Business Briefs for April 27, 2014

Bayou State Lumber acquires saw mill

Bayou State Lumber Co. LLC in Livonia has acquired and reopened a sawmill on Roy Baker Road in Le Moyen.

The St. Landry Parish mill was restarted March 3, two months after the previous owner closed the mill, and many of its workers returned.

With the acquisition of the Le Moyen mill, all of the Livonia sawmill operations moved to Le Moyen and the Livonia site is being used as a lumber yard.

Bayou State Lumber and its affiliates — Jackson Hardwood LLC in Jackson and Big River Lumber Co. LLC in Centreville, Miss. — are capable of producing more than 30 million MBF of green lumber annually.

Species include a variety of southern hardwoods and cypress. All three mills provide shipping and receiving services via trucks and rail service.

Bayou State Lumber’s owners also own Timber Source Group LLC, which purchases standing timber from landowners across Louisiana and Mississippi.

CC’s Coffee House opens in OLOL hospital

A CC’s Coffee House has opened in Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center at 5000 Hennessey Blvd.

The CC’s is in the food court at the first-floor Heart & Vascular Institute Entrance 2.

Primeaux RV starts expansion in St. Landry

Primeaux RV of Carencro has broken ground on a 25-acre site in St. Landry Parish as part of an expansion.

The site is just south of the Sunrise Estates subdivision off the Interstate 49 service road.

The facility will house Primeaux RV’s service department, with more than 30 service bays.

Completion is expected by the end of the year.

Primeaux RV began nearly two decades ago at its seven-acre site off I-49 and Exit 7 in Lafayette Parish.

“Our sales and delivery operations will remain in Carencro for now, and we look forward to having more space available there to increase our new and used inventory,” said Chief Executive Officer Mark Primeaux, who resides in St. Landry Parish.

“Our customers, though, will be much better served by having an enlarged service department …” at the St. Landry site.

Good Growth Coalition accepting nominations

The Growth Coalition is accepting nominations for its annual awards until July 1, with its 2014 Good Growth Awards Gala scheduled Aug. 21 at the Renaissance Hotel.

The Growth Coalition is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

Nominations are to be submitted in digital format only.

Go to GrowthCoalition.com to download the application document and pay application fees via credit card. Applications can be submitted by email to office@growthcoalition.com, or digital files on a jump drive or disc can be dropped off at Beau Box Commercial Real Estate, 6777 Jefferson Highway.

Health care act topic for Livingston meeting

The Livingston Economic Development Council is holding its spring membership meeting with a discussion on the Affordable Care Act at 11:30 a.m. May 8 at Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive, Denham Springs.

The keynote speaker is Michael Bertaut, health care economist and exchange coordinator for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

His topic is “Time to Implement! The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

The cost of lunch is $18. Reservations by email are required by May 5 to kaylynn@ledc.net.

Blue Cross expands program for therapists

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is expanding a program to help physical and occupational therapists identify best practices in providing health care for patients.

The Quality Blue Physical & Occupational Therapy Program is part of a series of programs the insurer has created in partnership with care providers in the network to improve patients’ health and lower costs.

Blue Cross worked with therapists around the state to develop the Quality Blue PT/OT program.

Enrolled therapists are reimbursed for services on a fee schedule that rewards extra steps to measure their progress in implementing best practices to improve patients’ experiences.

Quality Blue PT/OT began in October with Baton Rouge Physical Therapy-Lake and Physical Therapy Provider Network, a network of outpatient rehabilitation clinics throughout Louisiana, as the first enrolled providers.

Quality Blue PT/OT is open to any Blue Cross network physical or occupational therapists.

Wildlife field day event to focus on deer, hogs

The LSU Agricultural Center Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station near Clinton will hold a wildlife field day at 8 a.m. May 3.

The event will focus on the management of white-tailed deer and what’s on the horizon for controlling feral hogs and other nuisance animals.

Topics include a new genetics trial established specifically for wildlife, the identification and nutritional value of understory browse plants for deer, deer aging using tooth wear and replacement along with antler scoring and a report on the 2013-14 deer hunting season.

Registration is $40. Checks should be made payable to Quality Deer Management Association and mailed to Tammy Bosch, 10114 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.

Information about the field day is available from Don Reed, LSU AgCenter forestry and wildlife specialist at the station, at (225) 683-5848.

Manufacturing, shale resources event set

An event highlighting the potential of domestic shale resources and the resurgence of American manufacturing will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 9 in the Hilton Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge.

Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the keynote luncheon speaker.

A May 8 networking reception will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The “Manufacturing Renaissance Discussion Series Regional Event” is being hosted by the LSU Center for Energy Studies and the American Shale & Manufacturing Partnership.

The discussion will be focused on five core areas: federal and state policies, infrastructure, environment, research and innovation and workforce education and jobs creation.