“Business Briefs” for Jan. 13, 2013

Capitol Construction becomes franchisee

Ben Fontana, owner of Baton Rouge’s Capitol Construction, is expanding his business by becoming a Rainbow International franchisee.

Capitol Construction was formed in 2005.

Rainbow International is a global provider of residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services. The company said it has grown its franchise base by 62 percent during the U.S. recession, expanding from 191 independently owned and operated units at the end of 2007 to about 310.

Founded in 1980, Rainbow International is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group Inc., a Waco, Texas-based holding company of seven service-based franchise organizations.

Texas firm with
BR office acquired

Houston-based Subsurface Group Inc., an engineering firm with offices in Baton Rouge and South Bend, Ind., is now part of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure development company with 14,000 employees.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Subsurface will be part of PB Energy Storage Services in the U.S. power and energy division of Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Subsurface provides services in underground injection, underground storage, specialty wells, petroleum and natural resources, and environmental science. In its 2012 fiscal year, the 37-person Subsurface Group had revenue of about $50 million.

Tulane center plans business workshop

The Tulane Family Business Center will host a workshop 8 a.m.-noon Friday in the Lavin Bernick Center for University Life’s Kendall Cram Lecture Hall on Tulane University’s uptown campus at 31 McAlister Drive in New Orleans.

The program will feature Henry Hutchenson, founder of Family Business USA and a former third-generation family member of Olan Mills Portrait Studio and Peerless Woolen Mill.

Hutchenson will discuss “Wealth, Entitlement and Other Disrupters in the Family Business,” designed to help participants identify, manage and alter influences that disrupt the continuity of the family business.

Register via email at
familybiz@tulane.edu or call (504) 862-8482.

Business center holding workshop

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University is holding a free workshop titled “8(a) Certification Training” 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday at the Louisiana Technology Park at 7117 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

Topics include 8(a) eligibility criteria, GLS login, application process and how the program works.

The workshop will also cover central contractor registration and small business source system registration and provide general information on doing business with the federal government.

To register, call Louisiana SBDC at (225) 922-0998 or go online to http://www.lsbdc.org.

Company acquires Reserve firm

A subsidiary of Tulsa, Okla.-based Matrix Service Co. has acquired Pelichem Industrial Cleaning Services LLC in Reserve for an undisclosed amount.

Matrix, a publicly traded company, said the price was less than $10 million and the company used available cash.

The deal expands Matrix’s industrial cleaning business and further extends the company’s geographic reach along the Gulf Coast.

Matrix already owns industrial cleaning facilities in Baton Rouge; Kansas City, Mo; and Tulsa.

Mosaic Co. awards engineering contract

Paris-based Technip has won the front-end engineering and design contract for The Mosaic Co.’s proposed new ammonia plant in St. James Parish.

Mosaic said it would to prefer build the plant, which will cost an estimated $700 million, next to its existing Faustina fertilizer manufacturing operations. The new plant could produce 2,200 metric tons of ammonia per day.

Mosaic operates two Louisiana chemical facilities on opposite banks of the Mississippi River: Faustina on the west side and Uncle Sam on the east side. Combined, the current facilities employ 379 Mosaic employees and 235 contract employees.

Ammonia is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of phosphate-based fertilizer.

Mosaic expects to make its final investment decision in mid-2013, after the engin-
eering design and cost evaluation of the project are completed. Construction would start in 2014, with plant operations likely to begin in early 2016.

Development course scheduled this week

LSU Executive Education is offering its Basic Economic Development Course from Tuesday to Friday at the Business Education Complex on the LSU campus.

The course is approved by the International Economic Development Council.

It is the cornerstone for Certified Louisiana Economic Developer certification and offers an introductory look at economic development in North America, with an emphasis on Louisiana.

Online registration and more information are available at executive.lsu.edu.

Other courses in 2013 for the CLED curriculum are real estate development and reuse, May 7-8; business retention and expansion, Aug. 13-14; leadership and management, Nov. 6-7.

Two physician groups join OLOL

Two physician practices have joined Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group. They are Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates and Medical Oncology and include 10 board-certified oncology physicians.

“We are excited to now offer the benefits of oncology and hematology services in our network of primary care physicians and specialists,” said Dr. Curtis C. Chastain, medical director of Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group.

Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates is at 4950 Essen Lane, Suite 500, and the phone number is (225) 250-1120. Medical Oncology is at 8119 Picardy Ave. and can be reached at (225) 757-0343.

Internet summit set at Hammond center

The LSU AgCenter will host a free “Connect My Louisiana” summit on the importance of being connected to the Internet 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Southeast Region Office at the Hammond Research Station at 21549 Old Covington Highway.

The summit feature success stories and educational modules that showcase effective uses of broadband Internet technology, said LSU AgCenter agent Valerie Vincent.

Connect My Louisiana is an educational program in 18 Louisiana parishes and provides classes designed to introduce residents and business people to high-speed Internet access via broadband and to show them how the Web can be used to improve lives.

To register, go online to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4802011947.

Center schedules counseling sessions

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University is working with its partners in the region to offer “outreach” counseling sessions throughout the Northshore during 2013.

The free, confidential, one-on-one meetings will be available by appointment only.

The SBDC typically provides assistance with business plans, advertising and sales, inventory control, financial projections, cost analysis and more.

The schedule for appointments and host locations and phone numbers are:

  • First Tuesday each month at the Amite City Chamber of Commerce, (985) 748-5537.
  • First Wednesday each month at the Dixie Business Development Center in Denham Springs, (225) 665-0809.
  • First Thursday each month at the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce in Covington, (985) 892-3216.
  • Second Wednesday each month at the Livingston Economic Development Council, (225) 686-3982.
  • Second Thursday each month at the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation in Mandeville, (985) 809-7874.
  • Third Tuesday each month at the Livingston Parish Library Watson and Livingston branches, (225) 686-2489.
  • Third Wednesday each month at the Northshore Technical Community College – FP Campus in Greensburg, (225) 222-4251.
  • Third Thursday each month at the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce, (985) 735-5731.
  • Fourth Tuesday each month at the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce in Slidell, (985) 643-5678.
  • Fourth Thursday each month at the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce in Denham Springs, (225) 665-8155.

Consultants are also available for meetings by appointment at the LSBDC Southeastern main office at 1514 Martens Drive in Hammond.

For more information, call (985) 549-3831 or visit http://www.lsbdc.org/slu.

Symposium outlines state tax credits

The Lafayette Economic Development Authority and Opportunity Machine will hold a free Tax Credit Symposium 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday in the Louisiana Immersive Technology Enterprise auditorium at 537 Cajun Dome Blvd. in Lafayette.

The symposium will provide Louisiana businesses with information to help them
use state tax credits to expand and/or offset a state tax liability.

Registration is available at http://taxsymposiumla.eventbrite.com/#.

Reamco expands product capabilities

Reamco Inc., an international drilling tool manufacturer, rental and refurbishing provider, has purchased and installed a Haas VF-7 Four-Axis CNC Milling Machine and a Haas TL-3B Hollow Spindle CNC Lathe.

CEO Ashley Lane said the milling machine will significantly expand Reamco’s existing milling capacity and allow the company to add further products to its capabilities.

The lathe enables the company to manufacture motor and turbo drill parts with greater speed and precision.