Business Briefs for December 16, 2012

IberiaBank opens Airline-Pecue branch

IberiaBank has opened a branch at 12920 Airline Highway at Pecue Lane in Baton Rouge.

Heather Dunlap-Williams is branch manager and assistant vice president.

Branch hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, with drive-up hours 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The phone number is (225) 923-4350.

IberiaBank is a subsidiary of IberiaBank Corp., a financial holding company with 275 combined offices. Those include 182 bank branch offices in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and Florida; 22 title insurance offices in Arkansas and Louisiana; mortgage representatives in 62 locations in 12 states; and eight locations with representatives of Iberia Wealth Advisors in four states; and one Iberia Capital Partners LLC office in New Orleans.

BR’s AWC Inc. opens Texas, Ala. offices

Baton Rouge-based AWC Inc. has expanded in Midland, Texas, and Mobile, Ala.

The west Texas branch in Midland is AWC’s 10th location in the state.

The branch will focus on sales of instrumentation, automation and process control equipment.

AWC also purchased a 17,000-square-foot building that it had been leasing for 14 years in Mobile. AWC said it is upgrading the facility, adding office space and expanding the training facilities and the valve automation shop. The Mobile office serves customers in Alabama and parts of Mississippi and Florida. It focuses on the sale of instrumentation, automation, valves, filters and process control equipment.

Founded in 1965, AWC has 26 offices and 360 employees.

Ochsner-Harding health center opens

Ochsner Health Center – Harding Boulevard, a 2,000-square-foot health center, has opened at 7855 Howell Place Blvd.

Ochsner’s Baton Rouge services now include seven local health centers and a full-service, acute-care medical center off O’Neal Lane. The organization also plans to open a freestanding emergency room in Iberville Parish in 2014.

Ochsner employs more than 1,000 locally, including nearly 100 physicians. Ochsner Baton Rouge is a part of Ochsner Health System

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LAMMICO paying sixth dividend

Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Co., Louisiana’s largest medical malpractice insurer, will pay a sixth consecutive dividend to more than 6,000 policyholders in Louisiana and Arkansas.

The Metairie-based insurer will return 10 percent of policyholders’ premiums, or $5.1 million, in early 2013.

LAMMICO also returned 10 percent of policyholders’ premiums from 2009 to 2011 and two 20 percent dividends in 2008.

Lakeview Regional starts Nurses On-Call

Lakeview Regional Medical Center has launched Nurses On-Call, a free health information call center.

The center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (985) 867-3900 or toll-free at (866) 452-5384.

Nurses On-Call offers residents access to registered nurses and customer service representatives, who can answer questions, transfer callers to physicians’ offices, offer professional health advice and referrals, and provide other information.

Lafourche port finishes Slip C phase

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission said the latest phase of its Slip C dredging project is complete.

The overall project is designed to carve waterfront property where there once was just open water.

The Slip C Additional Hydraulic Dredging Project, which followed the initial Slip C dredging project in early 2012, creates a new slip in the northern expansion area of Port Fourchon.

The new Slip C is a 400-acre development that will provide 16,300 linear feet of new waterfront space in Port Fourchon. Once the adjacent property is filled and developed, companies will be able to lease up to 280 acres of waterfront property along the new slip.

A fully developed Slip C is estimated to take five to eight years to construct, but over half of the Slip C waterfront property is already promised to companies who have signed leases or rights of first refusal, the port said.

The dredging of Slip C, which was funded by port-generated revenue and the state Department of Transportation and Development’s Port Priority Program, was completed in early December.

Bulkhead projects are anticipated for 2013.

Estimated total public and private investment in Slip C is $335.5 million.

The project is expected to create 750-1,000 permanent jobs and attract more than 50 large deepwater support service vessels.