Business Briefs for March 17

Robinson Brothers finishes renovation

The Robinson Brothers Ford Lincoln automotive group has completed its multi-million dollar renovation of its dealership at Airline Highway and Sherwood Forest Boulevard

The renovation is the result of Robinson Brothers agreeing to enter into the Lincoln Covenant Commitment Program, a protocol designed to provide Lincoln customers with a luxury experience. Some of the elements include concierge type services; Lincoln loaner cars for service customers; a dedicated separate showroom and service drive; a separate Lincoln service customer waiting area with WI-FI access; a multi-station customer business work center; and complementary refreshments.

The renovation was done by Baton Rouge-based construction firm TBT Industries LLC.

Robinson Brothers, which has been in business since 1946 and employs 125 people, is owned by Maxwell “Chip” Robinson III and his father Maxwell “Mackie” Robinson Jr. The dealership had more than $100 million in sales in 2012 as the top-ranked Lincoln dealership and the No. 2-ranked Ford dealer in the six-state Southern region.

LBTC hosting BP claim seminar

LSU’s Louisiana Business and Technology Center is hosting a free presentation on the BP claim process 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the LBTC in the training room of Building 3000 at 8000 GSRI Ave. in Baton Rouge.

Qualifications for claims related to BP’s Deepwater Horizon incident of April 20, 2010, will be discussed. Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5710125138/eivtefrnd.

Pond management workshop planned

The LSU AgCenter Southeast Region Extension office is conducting a pond management workshop 6-9 p.m. Friday at the St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers at 21490 Koop Drive in Mandeville.

Topics will include managing pond water quality, stocking fish, general biological management and controlling unwanted vegetation. The meeting is open to the public. Registration is required by March 19 byh calling Carol Franze at (985) 543-4129.

Media diversity topic of forum discussion

A free forum on “Diversity in Media: Covering the Total Community” will be held 7-9 p.m. Monday in Baton Rouge Community College’s Magnolia Performing Arts Theater at 201 Community College.

The event is being sponsored by the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists, LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and BRCC

Bryan Monroe, editor of CNNPolitics, will be the keynote speaker and a forum panelist. Monroe is a former editor and news executive with Knight Ridder, a former vice president and editorial director of Ebony and Jet magazines and a former president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Panelists include Fred Kalmbach, managing editor of The Advocate; Vicki Zimmerman, Region 1 news director for Raycom Media, parent company of WAFB; Chuck Bark, news director at WBRZ; and Josh Grimm, an assistant professor at the Manship School whose research focuses on representations of race in journalism, particularly portrayals of immigrants and immigration legislation.

Among the topics will be newsroom hiring, staffing and promotion and news coverage as it pertains to people of different backgrounds.

Advertising agency moving downtown

Baton Rouge advertising agency Red Six Media is moving into an office at 315 3rd St..

The agency has been in business for more than 3½ years and is graduating from the Louisiana Business and Technology Center business incubator.

The principals of Red Six Media are LSU graduates Matt Dardenne, Joe Martin and Kristen Morrison.

Services include advertising, branding, video production, political media and web design. The company had more than a half-million dollars in revenue in 2012.

Clients include Dow Chemical; RigNet Oilfield Communications; Ford, Bacon & Davis; and Party Time of Baton Rouge.

Medical supply company acquired

Patients Care Medical Supply Inc. has been acquired by Rachael and Scott Dartez, who is a partner of Perrin Landry DeLaunay Dartez and Ouellet.

Patients Care Medical Supply is a durable medical equipment and supply company with offices in Lafayette, New Iberia and Abbeville. Its website is patientscaremedical.com.

Textron gets contract for military vehicles

Textron Marine & Land Systems has been awarded a $113.4 million to produce an additional 135 Mobile Strike Force Vehicles for the Afghan National Army.

The contract was announced by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich. The vehicles are being contracted through the U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales process.

Textron Marine is an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company.

Work will be performed at Textron Marine & Land Systems’ facilities in the New Orleans area, with vehicle deliveries scheduled through February 2014. Three armored vehicle variants are being produced: MSFV with enclosed turret; MSFV with objective gunner’s protection kit; and an MSFV ambulance.

Since receiving its initial contract in May 2011, the company has been fulfilling contract orders for a total of 499 vehicles. More than 300 vehicles have been delivered.e_SClB