Business Briefs for March 2

Ferrara Fire selects North Carolina dealer

Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc. in Holden has named First Choice Fire & Safety as its dealer in North Carolina.

Ferrara Fire Apparatus manufactures a full line of fire, emergency and rescue vehicles.

The company said First Choice has serviced fire departments in the state for more than two decades.

Starting business workshop planned

A free workshop on “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business“ will be held by SCORE from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 10 at the Baton Rouge Main Library at 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Topics include myths and realities of entrepreneurship, critical success factors, knowing your options, components of business ownership, legal issues, funding and cash management, and business plan basics.

For additional information or registration call the SCORE office at (225) 381-7130 or email or go to

Procurement seminar scheduled in Livingston

A free seminar on selling to the government is being hosted from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 11 by the Livingston Economic Development Council and the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce.

The seminar will be held at the North Oaks Medical Center, 17199 Spring Ranch Road, Livingston.

Cindy Carrier of the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center Southeast will present the seminar.

Participants will learn how the government makes purchases, how to identify government agencies and prime contractors that buy what you sell, marketing strategies or tips in marketing a business to the government, how to get government bid leads and respond to them, registrations associated with government contracting, and eligibility requirements for government programs.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is preferred by Tuesday by emailing, faxing (225) 686-3983 or calling (225) 686-3982. Information needed are name, company, address, phone and email address.

Harvey Gulf building LNG fueling facility

Harvey Gulf International Marine in New Orleans has begun constructing its $25 million liquefied natural gas fueling facility at its Port Fourchon terminal.

The Phase 1, Slip B terminal will be operational later this year.

“Today’s milestone represents another significant step in the path for Harvey Gulf to establish itself as the nation’s leader in utilizing LNG as a marine fuel,” said CEO Shane Guidry.

HGIM is investing $350 million in the construction of a LNG-operated fleet.

Harvey Gulf’s LNG facility will employ 70 full-time workers and create another 120 jobs to handle its Port Fourchon operations and fleet of LNG vessels.

The LNG facility will consist of two sites each having 270,000 gallons of LNG storage capacity.

HGIM selected Lockheed Martin, Michoud Facility for the construction of the facility’s LNG storage tanks. HGIM contracted CH-IV International of Houston as the FEED and EPC contractor and Matrix PDM Engineering of Pittsburgh for detail design and engineering. Civil engineering services are being provided by Carubba Engineering of Metairie.

LSU seminar to focus on LinkedIn tips

Tips on using LinkedIn profiles will be the subject of the LSU Executive Education’s Breakfast to Business series from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. March 11 in Room 1125 of LSU’s Business Education Complex on Nicholson Extension.

Heather Esposito, territory manager for Herman Miller, is the speaker.

Registration for the breakfast event is $25 per participant at LSU students, staff and faculty and members of SCORE, Louisiana Tech Park, Louisiana Business & Technology Center and Center for Emerging Technology pay $20.

All Coast building liftboat for SEMCO

All Coast LLC, a major liftboat operator in the Gulf of Mexico, has a contract with SEMCO LLC to construct a 250-foot leg liftboat.

The liftboat will be equipped with two 175-ton leg-mounted cranes and have the capacity of accommodating 50 people.

The vessel is expected to be delivered in about 15 months, will carry a U.S. flag and be named the Great White.

With this new build, coupled with the L/B Barracuda, which is being enlarged and refurbished, the All Coast fleet will total 31 active vessels.

Forestry forum planned at SLU in Hammond

The 25th annual Florida Parishes forestry forum will be held March 14 at the University Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

The theme for this year’s forum is “Markets, Weather and Issues Affect Forest Landowners.”

The forum, which is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, will provide information on new markets and state and national issues that could benefit or affect local forest landowners, according to LSU AgCenter area forester Brian Chandler.

Topics include emerging markets for wood energy, Louisiana weather, exporting pine sawtimber, state and national forestry issues, and potential market effects caused by new wood energy markets.

Registration is $25 per person before March 6, and $40 after. The fee includes lunch.

For more information or to receive a program with a registration form, contact Chandler at (225) 683-3101 or

Ochsner to manage Hancock Medical

Ochsner Health System has signed a two-year agreement to manage Hancock Medical Center.

“In the past five months, management from Ochsner Health System has proven that it is here to provide the same great care for patients in Mississippi that it is known for in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana,” said J. Larry Ladner, president of the Hancock Medical Board of Trustees, Ladner. “We’re excited to extend this agreement for two more years with a world-class health care organization.”

Hancock Medical is the Ochsner’s first management operation in Mississippi.

Hancock Medical’s chief executive officer is Polly Davenport, who is also CEO at Ochsner Medical Center-North Shore in Slidell.

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