BUSINESS BRIEFS

Acadian Ambulance buys Texas company

Acadian Ambulance Service, of Lafayette, has acquired StarPlus EMS in McKinney, Texas.

The price was not disclosed.

The acquisition adds 50 full-time employees, eight ambulances and three wheelchair vans to Acadian’s Texas operations, the company said.

Acadian Ambulance now provides emergency and non-emergency service in 33 Texas counties, including Denton, Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Grayson and Hunt. The company began operating in the state in 2006.

Acadian Ambulance serves the Houston, San Antonio and Austin areas and Louisiana and Mississippi.

Lamar Advertising paying down debt

Lamar Advertising Co., of Baton Rouge, will repay $295 million of a $317 million loan Friday using $240 million of the $535 million the outdoor advertiser borrowed in October and the rest in cash.

Lamar has said the remainder of the $535 million — after fees and expenses Lamar netted $527.1 million — will be used to pay off $137.2 million in other debt, acquire NextMedia Outdoor Inc. and for general corporate purposes.

Ochsner names Baton Rouge CEO

Ochsner Health System has named Eric McMillen chief
executive officer of the system’s greater Baton Rouge locations.

McMillen had been interim CEO and chief operating officer since former CEO Mitch Wasden resigned this summer.

McMillen has been with Ochsner since 2000. Before joining Ochsner, he was the assistant administrator for Vermillion Rehabilitation Hospital in Abbeville. Ochsner has been in a state of growth recently with several new locations established over the last few years and more planned, including Ochsner Health Center — Harding Boulevard and a free-standing emergency department in Iberville Parish. Including the new Harding Boulevard location, Ochsner now has seven local health centers and one full-service acute-care hospital located at I-12 and O’Neal Lane.

Company building facility in Houma

Schottel Inc., of St. Rose, a marine wholesale and service company, will build a new facility in Houma.

President Nils G. Moerkeseth told a meeting of the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority board on Tuesday the move would create six jobs with the possibility of more.

Moerkeseth said 14 workers are slated to transfer from the company’s St. Rose facility, but there is a chance that a few will not move.

He said the facility should be completed by the end of July.

Schottel specializes in service parts and repairs. It began working with tugboats and decided 10 years ago to focus on the offshore industry.

Compiled from reports
by Advocate business writer Ted Griggs and
The Associated Press