LetterFab, Fat City festival logo; Great Raft Brewery; 3d Printing in BR; Expo in NOLA
Written by  // Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:59 //

new-orleans-tourismLouisiana Biz Shorts for today: LetterFab illuminated signage company now in Gretna; Jefferson chamber announces Fat City festival logo winner;  Great Rafting in Shreveport, 3d Printing makes it to Baton Rouge and upcoming expo in New Orleans


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Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and LetterFAB LLC executive Patrick Daigle announced the company will make a $1.77 million capital investment to develop an illuminated-signage manufacturing facility in Gretna. The company will create 45 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $30,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 35 new indirect jobs, for a total of 80 jobs in the Southeast Region. Headquartered in Crested Butte, Colorado, the Gretna location will be the LetterFAB’s second facility and its first facility in Louisiana.
Governor Jindal said, “When LetterFAB officials began the search for a second manufacturing facility, they – like many other business investors – were looking for a state with a sound business climate, highly skilled workforce and world-class infrastructure. Louisiana provided all those essential building blocks for an economic development project, with Gretna offering a very competitive site with great workforce attributes that will serve the company well. We are proud to welcome LetterFAB to our state, and we look forward to seeing the company grow and provide quality jobs for Louisiana families for many years to come.”
LetterFAB is a national manufacturer of 3-D, channel-letter, illuminated signs. Using fully automated machinery, the company produces channel letters to meet the exacting standards of nationwide customers. The company can manufacture letters and signage in standard, reverse-mounted and logo-box formats.
“Opening our second facility here in Gretna will provide LetterFAB with the opportunity to more easily reach new markets in the South and the East Coast,” LetterFAB Manager Patrick Daigle said. “With our state-of-the-art equipment, we will be able to manufacture high-quality channel letters for customers right here in Louisiana and across the country.”
LED began working with LetterFAB on the project in May 2014. The company is expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs. LetterFAB has begun the process of moving equipment into its facility on Madison Street in Gretna and will complete the installation process by the end of September. The company also has started the hiring process to fill the 45 new positions. Commercial operations at the facility will begin in October.
“Greater New Orleans Inc. is pleased to welcome LetterFAB to the region,” said GNO Inc. President and CEO Michael Hecht. “LetterFAB’s decision to invest in Jefferson Parish is proof again that our region is one of the leading regions in the country to expand and grow your business.”


The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace Convention and Expo brings more than 4,500 facility management professionals for three days of education, innovation and inspiration following the theme for this year’s conference: “FM + Strategy x Innovation = Your Formula for Success."

Sessions throughout the three-day event will include a disaster preparation workshop that showcases cutting-edge products and services that help prepare for the worst disaster recovery as well as feed efficiency in the most costly part of any facility -- building maintenance. As part of their commitment to sustainability, IFMA will donate attendee bags, foam core board and centerpieces to ReNEW Schools following the Expo.

IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 96 countries. Considered by many to be the marquee facility management conference in the world, World Workplace is the annual meeting for groundbreaking discussion on topics relevant to professionals who support the built environment.

The last time IFMA held an event in New Orleans was in 2007. This year’s conference is projected to have an economic impact of nearly $5.3 million.

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), Halls H-J

Wednesday, September 17-Friday September 19, 2014


Wednesday, September 17: Keynote speaker by Peter Sheahan, Fl!p: Creative Strategies for Turning Challenge into Opportunity; MCCNO, Conference Auditorium, 2nd Level; 10-11:30 a.m.
Friday, September 19: Closing Keynote speakers present short TED Talk-style presentations; Simon T. Bailey, Shift Your Brilliiance; Crystal Washington, Social Media for Natural Disasters; Kaplan Mobray, The 10 I’s of Innovation: How to Think on Your Feet and Generate Ideas That Win! ; MCCNO, La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom; 2:15-3:15 p.m.
WEBSITE: www.ifma.org, www.worldworkplace.org
TWITTER: @IFMA, #WorldWorkplace, #IFMAWW14
YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/user/IFMAGlobal
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The Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals (JCYPs) are thrilled to announce the winner of the first annual Fat City Festival Logo Contest. The competition was fierce, but Ali Solino’s design emerged from the contest victorious.

Solino, a long-time designer, got her start in the design world approximately eight years ago. She attended Loyola, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in advertising and a minor in graphic design. After working with several advertising agencies, Ali decided to take her future into her own hands. She currently runs her own business, offering freelance design and the creation of laser cut items to her happy customers. Check out her website at www.mygirljosephine.com. Originally from Marrero, Ali now lives in St. Charles Parish.

Ali’s inspiration for the winning design came from Fat City’s cross-section of different cultural backgrounds and the ways in which one experiences those cultures; through music, food, and interesting people. She says those slices of unique traditions make Fat City a colorful place, both to live and do business.

“I am so grateful to have my design chosen to represent Fat City Fest among such stiff competition,” Ali said. “It's a great feeling to know that I was able to create a logo that connected so well with the community. Thank you to everyone who voted! The other designers really deserve to be commended, too, for generously donating their time and resources to promote great events happening in Jefferson Parish.”

The Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals received 28 designs from 12 talented designers. An internal panel reviewed all of the submissions and chose six designs that embodied the spirit that the Fat City Festival hopes to capture. Those six designs were placed on Facebook, where the community was asked to vote for their favorite design by “liking” the image. Ali’s design received 243 “likes.” In total, the designs were “liked” 780 times. Designs highlighted on Facebook were submitted by Ali Solino (winner), Phillip Brimer, Andre Watkins, Rebecca Morehiser, Brock Boutte, and Shaun Walker.

Ali’s design will become the official logo for the inaugural Fat City Festival, a celebration of Jefferson Parish culture in the community’s most up-and-coming area. On Saturday, November 15th, 2014, the JCYP’s will take over 18th Street in Fat City to host an event of epic proportions. Join the community’s young professionals from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM to experience live music, delicious food and beverages, and a showcasing of some of the parish’s local businesses.

The Fat City Festival would not be possible without the support of the local business community. The JCYP’s have a number of sponsorship opportunities available for this festival, which will provide businesses with increased visibility within the community and a chance to be a part of something truly special. If your business is interested in getting involved, contact Brittany Gilbert at (504) 835-3880 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here for additional details regarding sponsorship information.


To celebrate the one-year anniversary of their first beer sold in Shreveport, Great Raft Brewing will host an anniversary party, 3-11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17 at the brewery and tasting room located at 1251 Dalzell Street in Shreveport. Tickets are now available for the party, which will feature more than nine beers on tap – including “a crazy line-up of fun, new beers and a few ol’ favorites” – as well as food vendors, live music and more. For more information, including a list of beers being poured at the party, or to purchase tickets, visit www.greatraftbrewing.com.
“Wow, our first year has been awesome,” said Lindsay Nations, co-founder and vice president. “To thank everyone for the amazing support we've received, we're going to throw a rockin' anniversary party.”

General admission tickets, which include access to the tasting room from 4-11 p.m. and five 5-ounce sample beer pours, are $15 each. VIP tickets, which include early admission beginning at 3 p.m., a keepsake Teku anniversary glass and five 5-ounce sample beer pours, are $30 each.


(From WAFB)
A new 3D printer was unveiled at the Louisiana Business and Technology Center on Wednesday.
The new device doesn't just print put flat laser cut images. It is called 'protostripes' and it can build anything with its 3D printer.
"We've had a trial run on a medical device that has moving parts. And we've had one of the companies here, St. James Technologies, that's made a product, or part for the automotive industry," said LBTC Executive Director Charlie D'Agostino.

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