Business Briefs for Aug. 10, 2014

Variable Bore opens center in Texas

Variable Bore Rams Inc., an original equipment manufacturer in Lafayette, has expanded with a new distribution center in Midland, Texas, its second facility in Texas.

Variable Bore Rams provides support for oil and gas well blowout prevention operators worldwide.

President Hines M. “Chip” Marshall Jr. said the facility will improve response time to customers in New Mexico, Oklahoma and west Texas by up to seven hours and make inventory rotation into and out of VBR’s headquarters easier.

VBR has identified at least 300 rigs in west Texas that would benefit from its new distribution center’s services.

DEQ schedules training for discharge reports

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is offering training for permittees on the use of the NetDMR online application for the submission of discharge monitoring reports.

The session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at DEQ Headquarters, 602 N. Fifth St., Baton Rouge.

A discharge monitoring report, known as a DMR, is a self-reporting document that is generated by permittees who have a Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The DMR contains information pertaining to water discharges into state waters.

Register by emailing deqnetdmr@la.gov. For information on the NetDMR program, visit deq.louisiana.gov/netdmr.

Businesses can tap industry vendor sites

The Safety Council Southwest Louisiana is administering Vendor Vet, a Web portal set up for businesses to tap into $67 billion in announced industry development in southwest Louisiana.

All of the industries that are either building new facilities or expanding existing ones will need contractors and subcontractors to provide numerous services.

To obtain a contract, businesses need to research the types of services companies need then register their companies with Vendor Vet.

Businesses can also register with large construction companies.

For information about registering for contracting opportunities and a listing of services and products large industrial companies seek, visit vendorvet.scswla.org/; sasolnorthamerica.com/vendors; fluorprocurement.com; cheniere.com/LNG_terminals/lng_contractors.shtml; supplier.bechtel.com/; la-ptac.org/homePage.do; seedcenterswla.com; and allianceswla.org.

Innovation conference registration starts

Registration has started for the second annual Innovation Louisiana life science entrepreneurship conference set Nov. 17-18 at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center at 1441 Canal St.

The conference will be followed on Nov. 18 by the 3rd annual BioChallenge pitch competition. Registration for it begins Sept. 3, with cash prizes totaling $25,000.

The conference offers participants the opportunity to network with and learn from industry experts, investors, regulators and other innovators from across the state and country.

More than 100 professionals and entrepreneurs in the life sciences, digital health and clean technology sectors attended the inaugural conference in 2013.

Experts will discuss topics from protecting intellectual property and accessing early-stage funding to developing a regulatory strategy and building strategic partnerships.

Keynote speaker is Dr. James R. Baker Jr., director of the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences. He will discuss challenges and opportunities in pharmaceutical and health care innovation.

Environmental services division new at Danos

Danos in Larose has added an environmental services division to its oilfield-related services.

The division, on the Intracoastal Waterway in Larose, will provide environmental cleaning — from spill kits to tank cleaning and small releases to large magnitude spills, Executive Vice President Paul Danos said.

Environmental services is led by Operations Manager Farrell Lafont.