Business Briefs for Dec. 2, 2012

Company changes name to EnCon

Construction Management Solutions has changed its name to EnCon Engineering and Construction Resource Group and relocated to expanded offices adjacent to the Bocage Racquet Club at 7656 Jefferson Highway, Suite 2B.

After six years serving the construction and engineering industry, the new name better represents the company and the industries its serves, the company said.

EnCon Resource Group provides construction budget estimates, construtability analysis, engineering, project cost tracking, planning and scheduling, project management and quality control.

EnCon co-founders are Al Flettrich and Kyle Flettrich.

The company’s new phone number is (225) 925-5388 and website is http://www.enconllc.com.

Air Liquide facility gets certification

An Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP carbon dioxide liquefaction facility in Donaldsonville is among seven that have achieved an internationally recognized standard for food safety systems.

Six of the company’s liquid nitrogen plants also achieved the Food Safety System Certification 22000.

Air Liquide supplies carbon dioxide and nitrogen to customers in the food and beverage industry. Both products are used in a variety of packaging, preservation, temperature control and food processing applications. Air Liquide also supplies beverage-grade carbon dioxide, a key ingredient of carbonated beverages.

Air Liquide said it expects to have all of its liquid nitrogen plants and carbon dioxide liquefaction facilities that supply the U.S. food and beverage industry FSSC 22000-certified by the end of 2013.

FSSC 22000 is the international standard for food safety systems established by the Global Food Safety Initiative, a business effort for continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.

IRS issues mileage rates for 2013

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 56.5 cents per mile for business miles driven; 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes; and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

The rates are a 1-cent increase from the 2012 rates.

Organization seeks farmland protection

The American Sugar Cane League passed a resolution encouraging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to look at ways to protect sugar cane and other agricultural farmland in Louisiana’s Sugar Belt.

In recent years sugar cane farmers have suffered from abnormal field inundation caused by hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Isaac, the organizaton said.

ASCL General Manager Jim Simon said the 22-parish Sugar Belt produces more than 2.9 billion pounds of raw sugar on 408,000 acres. The area is also home to more than one million residents.

“Our resolution is very simple,” Simon said. “We are asking the corps to take agricultural farmland into account as they plan future flood mitigation projects in south Louisiana.”

Simon said recent hurricanes have flooded fields not normally impacted by storm surge.

Homes in agricultural communities such as LaPlace, Reserve, Lutcher and Gramercy that have never flooded were damaged by water from Hurricane Isaac, Simon said. Hurricane Rita caused a storm surge that flooded sugar cane fields as far north as Erath and Lake Charles in 2005, he added.