New Orleans Geological Society to Hear from LLOG Exploration Engineer

The Geological Society of New Orleans will meet at 11:30 a.m. on September 12 at the Zea Rotisserie in Covington.

David Schneider, reservoir engineer at LLOG Exploration, will be the guest speaker.

Admission is $30 for society members and $35 for non-members. To register for the meeting, go to nogs.org/events.

BRAC announces first class for minority business accelerator

The first class of the Baton Rouge area chamber’s Drive Minority Business Accelerator, powered by ExxonMobil, has been named.

Eleven minority-owned businesses, with a total of about $54.3 million in annual revenue and 258 employees, make up the class.

The members are:

  • Joshua August, Chicken Shack
  • Jelani Clark, Trendsic Corp.
  • Billy Duncan, Property Management Bonus
  • Norisha Glover, NRK Construction
  • Nenette Gray, Creative Lemonade Marketing
  • Rodney Greenup Jr., Greenup Industries
  • Xavier Hoskins, DXI Health Solutions
  • Lakeisha Robichaux, Spirit Leader
  • Evon Roquemore, luminous company
  • Craig Stevens, Genesis 360
  • Collis Temple III, EP Breaux Utility Services

The class will meet monthly until June.

LSU AgCenter to Expand Bioproducts and Bioprocesses Research with $1 Million Grant

The Louisiana Board of Regents awarded LSU AgCenter Louisiana Institute for Bioproducts and Bioprocessing a grant of nearly $1 million to upgrade equipment.

The institute is dedicated to creating sustainable products from forestry and agricultural industries, said Qinglin Wu, a professor at the AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources and the grant’s lead scientist.

Wu seeks to create new sustainable products such as its TigerBullets-Nano, which is a plastic-free composition that prevents loss of circulation in oil wellbores. Scientists in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering are using lignin, a byproduct of the paper industry, to create nanoparticles that can target fungicides to soybeans in an effective and environmentally safe method.

Metal Shark builds a military patrol boat for the Guiana Defense Forces

Metal Shark is building a 115ft welded aluminum patrol vessel for the Guyana Defense Force.

The ship is being built at Metal Shark’s Franklin Shipyard. When completed, the vessel will join the eight other Metal Shark interdiction and patrol vessels in service with the force.

The vessel will carry a crew of 24 and has been designed to handle a wide range of missions including search and rescue, border patrol, law enforcement and customs, counter-narcotics operations and securing waters.

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St. Tammany Tourism Spending Surpasses $1 Billion in 2021

A study commissioned by the Louisiana Office of Tourism found that visitors to St. Tammany Parish in 2021 spent just over $1 billion.

This is the first time the parish has achieved $1 billion in tourism spending and a 16% increase from 2019, the second-highest tourism spending growth rate in the state.

The spending report was produced by the UNO Hospitality Research Center. St. Tammany has the fourth largest visitor economy in the state. The parish has 13,800 hospitality jobs and $370 million in employment income.

Relief Windows opens new headquarters in Prairieville

Relief Windows has moved its headquarters to 16543 Airline Highway in Prairieville.

The company was founded in 2008 by Brandon Hollie. It has since expanded to include all of Louisiana and parts of Mississippi and Texas.

In addition to providing more space for training and client meetings, the renovated rear warehouse has more than 15,000 square feet to store custom-ordered products.

Relief Windows is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Air Pros USA acquires Dream Team Heating and Air

Air Pros USA has acquired Dream Team Heating and Air of Denham Springs.

The agreement expands Air Pros USA’s presence in Louisiana, after acquiring Doug’s Service Company in Thibodaux. Air Pros USA will now serve 20 locations in the Baton Rouge metro area, including Denham Springs, Prairieville and Central.

Air Pros USA has nearly 600 vehicles, 700 technicians and employees, and serves a customer base of nearly 450,000. The company operates in eight states and more than a dozen metropolitan areas, including Miami, Orlando, Dallas, Atlanta and Mobile , Alabama.

Opened a Mobile Detailing Business on Airline Highway

Prime Detailing LA is open at 17535 Airline Highway.

The business, which specializes in mobile detailing and tinting services, is owned by Anthony “Tony” Huey.

For reservations, call (225) 620-3900.