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Brown & Root, formed by combining two firms, to call Baton Rouge home, employ 6,000 in U.S., Mexico, Canada

Bernhard Capital Partners will combine its newly acquired Wink Engineering firm with Houston-based KBR Inc.’s Industrial Services Americas Group to form Brown & Root Industrial Services in Baton Rouge. Under the deal announced Monday, Brown & Root will be based at Citiplace on Corporate Boulevard. Brown & Root will bring 25… Continue reading →

Tesla CEO reveals ‘super crazy’ vision of a battery system in every home

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., unveils the companys newest product, Powerpack in Hawthorne, Calif., Thursday, April 30, 2015.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants — and he can profit. On… Continue reading →

Netchex founders build online business after Internet bubble bursts

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- Brad Caluda, left, Chris Dupuy, Patrick Ballard and Megan Woodruff brainstorm new Web features at Netchex, an online payroll and human resources company headquartered in Mandeville. The copany also has offices in Baton Rouge, Jackson, Mississippi, Atlanta and Dallas.

With smoke still rising in 2002 from the ruins of the dot.com crash, amid the rubble of broken dreams and catchphrases like “new economy” and “new paradigm,” Netchex’s co-founders had a crazy idea. They would start a web-based company. College roommates at LSU, best friends and wannabe entrepreneurs Will Boudreaux and Stuart Ethridge… Continue reading →

People in Business for July 5, 2015

Helen Seder, LSU Executive Education - LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute

NEW ORLEANS AREA Jeanmarie Murphy has joined The Ehrhardt Group as senior counselor, working for clients in the wireless technology, tourism, banking and oil and gas industries. Murphy moved to New Orleans to work as a unit publicist, supervising and executing on-set and behind-the-scenes media access and public affairs activities for clients… Continue reading →

Business Honors for July 5, 2015

BATON ROUGE AREA Sean Reilly, chief executive officer of Lamar Advertising Co., received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Gulf Coast area in the family business category. The awards recognize entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. The awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman… Continue reading →

Florida Boulevard office building sold

A 91,000-square-foot office building on Florida Boulevard designed by renowned architect A. Hays Town has been sold for $1.7 million. GNL Properties of Dallas sold the building at 10225 Florida Blvd. to BR Florida Street Property LLC in a deal that closed Wednesday, said Jim Allen of Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate. Allen represented the buyer,… Continue reading →

Website combines business services from several Louisiana agencies

Officials marked a $1.8 million overhaul of the secretary of state’s GeauxBiz.com website, which merges some of the services from the Department of Revenue and the Louisiana Workforce Commission to streamline the process for creating a new business. By folding in some of the services from the Revenue Department and Workforce Commission, people can now… Continue reading →

Shell moves forward on Appomattox development; largest Gulf platform could produce massive oil daily

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has greenlighted the Appomattox deepwater development, a project that will include building the company’s eighth and largest deepwater platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Shell did not release cost estimates for the project, which lies about 80 miles off Louisiana’s coast in 7,200 feet of water. Peak daily production — a… Continue reading →

Furniture Expo building sold near Cortana Mall

The Furniture Expo building on the outer ring road of Cortana Mall has been sold for $600,000. DKZ Realty Investments LLC of Baton Rouge bought the building at 9802 Cortana Place in a deal that was filed with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s office. The seller was M.J. Superstore LLC of Jackson, Mississippi. Hasnudeen… Continue reading →

Six of nine Louisiana metro areas lose jobs, but state still up overall

Advocate file photo -- Unused inland drilling rigs are stacked together earlier this year at the Port of Iberia. Low crude prices have contributed to a loss of oil and gas jobs in Louisiana, particularly in the Lafayette and Houma-Thibodaux metro areas.

Six of Louisiana’s nine metropolitan areas lost nonfarm jobs over the 12 months through May 31. Big gains in the Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Hammond areas, however, helped the state gain 8,100 nonfarm jobs over the same period, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Tuesday. Louisiana’s nonfarm employment finished the 12 months at 1,994,300… Continue reading →

Pennington scientists' breakthrough discovery on body’s fat use, diabetes goes against previous theories

Scientists at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center have made a discovery about the way fat is stored and used in the body, which could help with the development of new treatments for obesity-related conditions such as pre-diabetes and diabetes. The discovery also could benefit people who have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.… Continue reading →

Director says downtown Baton Rouge may not need new taxing districts

The head of the Downtown Development District said Monday that Baton Rouge may no longer need special taxing district incentives to stimulate development in the area because of residential growth and its goal of having 1,000 downtown hotel rooms now on the horizon. “I think once we get through the Courtyard by Marriott, it may be time… Continue reading →

Louisiana businesses react to fraud-fighting computer chip credit cards, which mean transition costs, and a deadline

Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- Waitress Courtney Jones processes a dinner tab with a Rail table-side credit card processing device at Tableau, a Dickie Brennan & Co. restaurant, in New Orleans. Dickie Brennan & Co., which operates four New Orleans restaurants, expects to pay more than $25,000 to replace card readers and software once chip cards are phased in and magnetic stripe cards.

New credit and debit cards with computer chips are putting the squeeze on small businesses. The cards being rolled out by banks and credit card companies are aimed at reducing fraud from counterfeit cards. As chip cards are phased in, magnetic stripe cards, which are easier for thieves to copy, will be phased out. Businesses of… Continue reading →

Business Honors for June 28, 2015

BATON ROUGE AREA The Leadership Livingston program has graduated 26 participants in its 2015 class. The program is for leaders who reside or work in Livingston Parish and is designed to make them aware of community and social topics. Topics include government, culture and tourism, community health care, leadership competencies, judicial system,… Continue reading →

People in Business for June 28, 2015

Jonathan Roberts, Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation

Dr. Jonathan Roberts has been appointed as a special government employee and member of the federal government’s Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation by Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald. The committee advises the secretary on the VA’s schedule for rating disabilities and makes recommendations on VA benefits… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for June 28, 2015

A free workshop titled “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” will be held by the SCORE Baton Rouge chapter from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 7 at the EBRP Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

Gay marriage expected to boost wedding-related businesses

Associated Press photo by RICHARD HAMM -- While marriage licenses weren't being issued Friday to same-sex couples in Louisiana, couples elsewhere, like Moriah Martin, left, and Jordyn Dolente in Athens, Ga., were marrying to celebrate the day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that  same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide. Gay weddings are expected to give a boost to wedding-related businesses.

Anthony Leggio’s timing couldn’t have been better: On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, he was hosting an event in New Orleans that served as a kind of wedding show for same-sex couples. While it may be up to a few weeks until… Continue reading →

U.S. oil and natural gas rig count increases by 2; Louisiana gains 6

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 859, the first weekly gain since December. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 628 rigs were seeking oil and 228 explored for natural gas. Three were listed as… Continue reading →

Weekly unemployment claims fall Louisiana

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 20 decreased to 2,731 from the previous week’s total of 2,888. The state labor department said Friday claims for comparable week a year earlier were 2,604. The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 3,072 from the previous… Continue reading →

Four area companies receive state Lantern Awards

Four companies in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette areas are regional winners of the 2015 Lantern Award from Louisiana Economic Development. “It is a pleasure every year to celebrate Louisiana-based manufacturers who demonstrate quality in their work processes and a commitment to their local communities,” said Steven Grissom, the state’s secretary for economic… Continue reading →

MidSouth Bank names Troy Cloutier president

Troy Cloutier, MidSouth Bank

Troy Cloutier has been named president of Lafayette-based MidSouth Bank by its board of directors. Cloutier served as chief banking officer and senior executive vice president since January 2011 and previously was regional president for more than eight years. He also will retain the title of chief banking officer. He has been with the bank since 1992… Continue reading →

Entrepreneur event coincides with Essence Festival

A national conference that brings together entrepreneurs of color with more than 50 national experts and investors is being held by PowerMoves.NOLA July 1-3 to coincide with the Essence Festival in New Orleans. PowerMoves.NOLA’s mission is to increase the number of America’s venture-backed, minority-founded companies in high-tech and high-growth sectors. The conference on July 2 includes… Continue reading →

Copa Airlines begins service between New Orleans and Panama

Copa Airlines is offering nonstop service four times a week between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama. New Orleans is the airline’s 11th U.S. destination and will provide access to more than 55 destinations in Central and South America and the Caribbean via Panama.… Continue reading →

Walk-On's picks Texas for its first location outside Louisiana, but you probably won't guess which city

Rendering provided by Walk-On's -- Walk-On's is planning a restaurant in the Americana traditional neighborhood development in Zachary among its new locations. It announced a franchise agreement Thursday for Lubbock, Texas..

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar has reached a deal to franchise its first out-of-state restaurant, a move that will lead to Lubbock, Texas, location opening in early 2016. The Baton Rouge-based sports bar announced Thursday it had signed a franchise agreement with Jared and Heather Burnett for the Lubbock location. The Burnetts have ownership stakes in several… Continue reading →

What the Supreme Court's Obamacare ruling means for Louisiana residents

Ron Busby of Virginia,  left, and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act react as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday June 25, 2015. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Some 138,000 Louisiana residents will keep the federal aid that helps them pay for their health insurance under Obamacare, thanks to Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Under the Affordable Care Act, most people must buy coverage or face a penalty. The federal law offers subsidies to help cover the cost for… Continue reading →

Monsanto announces plan for $1 billion Luling plant expansion

Associated Press photo -- Monsanto, the maker of Roundup herbicide, is considering a $1 billion expansion of its Luling plant.

Monsanto Co. announced preliminary plans Wednesday for a potential $1 billion-plus expansion of its Luling plant. The project, if it goes forward, would create 95 direct jobs averaging $76,500 per year plus benefits. The Luling plant already has 645 workers. A final investment decision is expected in early 2016. The expansion would take three to… Continue reading →

Jindal, GOP hopefuls caught on horns of Obamacare dilemma

Bobby Jindal and the other three Republican governors running for president face a potentially campaign-defining choice if the Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act subsidies. They can let tens of thousands of people lose their health coverage or the governors can try to create a state health exchange ...and lose credibility with their anti-Obamacare base,… Continue reading →

Exterran closing Broussard oil, gas equipment plant, laying off 76

Exterran will begin closing its Broussard Production Equipment Manufacturing facility Aug. 28, when 46 employees will be terminated. By the time the plant is fully closed later this year, a total of 76 workers will have lost their jobs, Louisiana Workforce Commission records show. The announcement Tuesday followed notification of state officials on Friday, according to… Continue reading →

Saratoga stock removed from exchange

Saratoga Resources Inc., an energy company with offices in Houston and Covington, will no longer be listed on the NYSE MKT, formerly known as the American Stock Exchange. The company said Tuesday that NYSE Regulation Inc. planned to begin the proceedings to delist Saratoga’s stock. Saratoga does not plan to appeal that decision. The… Continue reading →

Albemarle evaluating keeping Baton Rouge as its corporate headquarters

In the year since Baton Rouge-based Albemarle Corp. announced its $6 billion acquisition of Rockwood Holdings, Albemarle has been evaluating the possibility of calling another location its corporate headquarters. The Rockwood deal was so large and transformative that Albemarle Chief Executive Officer Luke Kissam said in 2014 that it would take two to… Continue reading →

Kohl’s to open Juban Crossing store in September

Kohl’s plans to open its Juban Crossing department store in Denham Springs in September. The retailer said it has begun hiring about 100 full- and part-time workers for the store, in a variety of supervisory and customer service positions. Kohl’s has 1,164 stores in 49 states.… Continue reading →

Bengal transportation company buys new corporate headquarters

Bengal, a Geismar-based industrial transportation company, has purchased a 6,100-square-foot office building in Prairieville that will serve as its new headquarters. Bengal paid $2.1 million for the former InfiniEdge Software building at 14320 InfiniEdge Way in a deal that closed earlier this month. InfiniEdge recently moved to a new location in PraIrieville.… Continue reading →

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opening in Independence

A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is set to open Wednesday at 515 3rd St. in Independence. The 12,000-square-foot store will employ 30 people. The neighborhood market will have a pharmacy along with a grocery store selling fresh produce and meat. Wal-Mart has been concentrating on smaller Neighborhood Markets. They’re more like a traditional grocery store, with a… Continue reading →

Pennington estate — main house, 4-bedroom cabana, 2 pools and a pond — sells for $6 million

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The estate belonging to philanthropist Paula Pennington de la Bretonne and Dr. Jacques de la Bretonne, at 11001 Highland Road, sold Friday for $6 million. The estate is spread over 12.5 acres.

The Highland Road estate owned by local philanthropist Paula Pennington de la Bretonne has been sold for $6 million, a deal that local real estate experts say is the most paid for a single-family home in Baton Rouge. “That’s the most expensive sale to ever go through the (Multiple Listing Service),” said Quita Cutrer, an agent with… Continue reading →

Goodrich close to completing Tangipahoa wells

Goodrich Petroleum Corp. is one to two weeks away from initial production on two oil wells in Tangipahoa Parish. The wells — B-Nez 43H-1 and B-Nez 43H-2 — lie in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, an oil-bearing formation that stretches from Texas into Mississippi. The drop in oil prices drove most energy companies out of the… Continue reading →

Local entrepreneurs dive into TV show, emerge without cash but richer in experience

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  Colin Grussing is a frenetic serial entrepreneur, whose businesses include selling shark suits, spandex suits fans wear to games, residential real estate, a two-car Uber fleet, and 52Businesses.com. He frequently works at the IDIYA Makerspace in New Orleans, La. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

FuzziBunz founder Tereson Dupuy’s appearance on ABC television’s “Shark Tank” netted some painful but valuable advice. Artist Kyle Rainey taught his children an important life lesson about trying and failing … and took them to Disneyland. Lisa Lloyd landed an investment partner for Treasure Chest Pets, but the business ultimately failed.… Continue reading →

Avian flu a bad break for nation’s egg prices

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Line cook Shannon Singleton whips up an omelet and a couple of fried eggs Friday morning at Frank's Restaurant on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.An avian flu outbreak has wiped out millions of hens, raising egg prices and causing restaurants to feel the pinch of higher prices.

Breakfast lovers may not be seeing higher restaurant menu prices yet, but skyrocketing egg costs are hitting them at the grocery store because of a devastating outbreak of bird flu across the Midwest. “Egg prices have doubled in the past month and a half,” said Brent Guerin, manager of Frank’s Restaurant, a popular breakfast spot… Continue reading →