Business Briefs for May 18, 2014

Gage offering cloud video conferencing

Gage, a Baton Rouge communications company, has begun providing cloud video conferencing.

Its technology enables users to collaborate via video with standard HD conference room systems, desktops/laptops, Web browsers, tablets and smartphones.

The company said traditional video conferencing is more expensive and prohibitive for most small and mid-sized companies.

Primerica office opens on South Sherwood

A Primerica Inc. office has opened at 3636 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd, Suite 500, Baton Rouge.

Primerica is an independent financial services marketing company. The company offers life insurance, mutual funds, variable annuities and other financial products.

The office was opened by June S. Lyle, a regional vice president with Primerica. The phone number is (225) 931-3992 and the website is www.primerica.com/junelyle.

Primerica, headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, has about 90,000 licensed representatives.

Ferrara Fire selects Pennsylvania dealer

Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc. in Holden has signed on as a dealer Kaler Fire Equipment in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

Ferrara manufactures fire, emergency and rescue vehicles.

Rockit Science expands with building purchase

Rockit Science Agency, a boutique advertising agency, has expanded its Baton Rouge office.

The agency has acquired an adjacent office building and will combine it with its existing offices to double the agency’s space.

Labarre Associates Inc. will oversee the architecture and construction, estimated to be complete in late July.

Rockit Science Agency President Brad BonGiovanni said the agency’s reach over the past five years has led to project and retainer work in the Pacific Northwest, Washington, D.C. and Texas.

Its client list includes H&E Equipment Services, Eatel, U.S. Navy, NASA, the Texas Oil and Gas Association and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Ogwyn Law Firm adds partner, changes name

The Ogwyn Law Firm has changed its name to Ogwyn | Bonaventure Attorneys at Law.

Jason Bonaventure has joined the firm as partner, joining founding partner David Ogwyn.

Bonaventure’s experience includes business, employment, insurance defense, governmental and construction law.

The phone number is (225) 302-7188.

Energy technology conference planned

An Industrial Energy Technology Conference is scheduled for May 23-24 at the Loews Hotel New Orleans, with a focus on industrial energy efficiency, technologies that reduce energy-related production costs and business-smart energy practices.

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ Technology Assessment Division and Texas A&M’s Energy Systems Laboratory are co-hosting the event.

“The most cost-effective and environmentally friendly energy is the energy you don’t have to use,” said Thomas Harris, director of DNR’s Technology Assessment Division.

“The conference will showcase some of the many benefits of energy efficiency, from saving money and energy to creating economic opportunity now to ensuring a healthy and sustainable environment in the long term,” he said.

Topics will include the latest technologies and expertise on smart manufacturing, corporate energy management, energy opportunity analysis, and case studies of successful, real-world industrial efficiency projects.

The event is targeted to industrial energy managers, utility experts, government program managers and related fields.

The agenda and registration for the conference is available online at http://ietc.tamu.edu/home.

BR engineering firm opens in Lake Charles

Ford, Bacon & Davis LLC, of Baton Rouge, has opened an office in Lake Charles on the sixth floor in the Capital One Building at One Lakeshore Drive.

The location is central to supporting plants and refineries in the Lake Charles region where an industrial expansion is occurring, the company said.

The company expects to have at least seven engineering personnel in Lake Charles providing process, mechanical/piping, civil structural and electrical/instrumentation engineering services. The staff could grow to 30 within 12 months.

Jeff W. Fails was named vice president and general manager of the Lake Charles operations. He was vice president of operations with Furmanite in Lake Charles.

Ford, Bacon & Davis LLC is an engineering, procurement, project management and construction management company. Its other offices are in New Orleans, West Monroe and Greenville, South Carolina.

Growth coalition launched in Louisiana

An alliance of businesses, local trade associations and concerned individuals has launched the Main Street Growth & Opportunity Coalition in Louisiana.

The organization said it supports a common sense, pro-growth agenda for America and will support comprehensive tax reform, immigration reform and expanding trade opportunities

“Uncertainty about how policymakers will reform the nation’s tax code and immigration system — or even whether they will act — has stifled job creation and investment and has held back economic and wage growth,” said Clay Pinson, partner at Massengale Grounds Management Inc. in Baton Rouge and a founding member of the Louisiana coalition.

“America’s businesses are doing their part to drive growth and create economic opportunity, but they’re not getting the support they need from Washington,” said Al Boudreau, co-owner of Printing Tech in Baton Rouge and another member.

“Main Street is where America’s comeback will begin,” said Calvin Mills, founder and CEO of CMC Technology Consulting. “We hope Congress will listen to the nation’s job creators and work for their constituents, not just their party, to move the ball forward on job-creating, pro-growth policies.”

The organization’s website is www.mainstreetgrowthand-opportunity.org/.

Lead training course slated for renovators

A Lead Certified Renovator Training Course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 29 at the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center on the LSU campus, 2858 Gourrier Ave., Baton Rouge, directly across from Alex Box Stadium.

The course will help contractors meet the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The rule requires contractors who disturb paint in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities to be lead-certified.

Course participants will be eligible to take the RRP certification test administered through EnviroEd, a national EPA-accredited RRP training provider. The class also qualifies for eight continuing education credits for Louisiana Residential Contractors.

Registration, course fees and more information about the class and the RRP rule are available at www.lsuagcenter.com/LaHouse on the “Seminars and Events” page.