Barge maker Trinity Marine Products plans to close Madisonville plant, lay off 336 workers

Monday, 05 October 2015 12:22 Written by
Barge maker Trinity Marine Products Inc. plans to close its Madisonville plant in December and lay off 336 people, according to a notice filed Monday with the Louisiana Workforce Commission. The company said the layoffs will begin on Dec. 4 and be complete by Dec. 30. In August, Trinity announced it would close its Brusly plant and lay off all 283 of its workers. However, last week the company said it had been awarded a…
Testing begins at Sabine Pass gas export facility
Monday, 05 October 2015 08:34 Written by
Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Sabine Pass natural gas export terminal has gotten its first fuel deliveries, according to data analysis firm Genscape. The small shipment indicates that Cheniere has begun the commissioning process, the testing that makes sure the Cameron Parish facility is working correctly. Cheniere has said it expects the natural gas liquefaction facility’s first production unit will be operating by the end of the year. Sabine Pass is the first LNG export facility built…
SONIC® Drive-In Crew in Louisiana Wins National Training Competition
Monday, 05 October 2015 06:59 Written by
Crew members of the SONIC Drive-In at 3505 Monroe Highway in Pineville, La., took home the gold medal at this year’s annual DR PEPPER SONIC GAMES, an Olympic-style competition and training program recognizing the best SONIC Drive-In crews across the country. The Pineville team competed against eleven other finalist teams at the national finals during the recent 2015 SONIC Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
Report: 120 died in Louisiana workplace accidents last year
Monday, 05 October 2015 03:17 Written by
A new federal report says 120 Louisiana workers died on the job last year — six more than in 2013. New Orleans CityBusiness (http://bit.ly/1KZzBHA ) reports that the Bureau of Labor Statistics found the largest number of such deaths — 37 — were in trade, transportation and utilities. That was followed by natural resources and mining with 23, construction with 19, government with 12, professional and business services with seven and manufacturing with seven.
Ryan Kavanaugh and investors to buy Relativity, minus TV business
Monday, 05 October 2015 01:50 Written by
Relativity Media founder Ryan Kavanaugh says he has won back the bulk of his bankrupt studio in an auction for the company's assets. Kavanaugh on Sunday reached a deal with lenders to acquire everything except Relativity's television business, the company said. The deal comes after court filings revealed the TV side, considered the most attractive asset, will go to a group of Relativity's senior lenders.
Louisiana chemical industry files suit to block $50,000 raises for Mississippi River pilots
Sunday, 04 October 2015 20:58 Written by
Louisiana’s chemical industry has filed suit to block raises for two groups of Mississippi River ship pilots that would boost their average annual pay more than $50,000 over four years, to $473,692 in 2019. Pay agreements approved by the Louisiana Pilotage Fee Commission include pay hikes of more than $30,000 in 2016, followed by 1.5 percent annual raises from 2017 to 2019. The agreements increase the number of ship pilots in the two groups on…
Entrepreneurs on their grind collaborate at La Haven Coffee for coworking
Sunday, 04 October 2015 18:48 Written by
CHICAGO, IL – As the entrepreneurial scene heats up, autumn temperatures continue to dip and a dozen entrepreneurs – from aspiring to established stages – huddled together at La Haven Coffee, located at 1250 S. Michigan Avenue, to discuss managing finances for their respective businesses. Coworking – the latest business-scaling craze turned ad nauseam catch-phrase – has made its way to the coffeehouse.
Women are less likely than men to want top corporate jobs, study finds
Sunday, 04 October 2015 16:48 Written by
Sheryl Sandberg may be telling women to lean in. But according to new research from the Facebook executive's own organization and the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., plenty of women — and men — don't really want to, at least when it comes to the very top executive jobs. The new report, released Wednesday, collected data from 118 companies and surveyed nearly 30,000 employees about their ambitions and their perceptions about career opportunities.
Ronald Wong helps businesses and others reach out to people of color
Sunday, 04 October 2015 07:14 Written by
The gig: Ronald W. Wong, 49, is the founder and president of Imprenta Communications Group in Pasadena. Imprenta surged this year into the Inc. 500 list of the nation's fastest-growing privately held companies, at No. 413, from well back in the 1,000s the previous year. Wong is passionate about what he calls "social marketing," taking on jobs that ensure that communities of color are informed "in a way that recognizes their diversity and shows a…
Supported employment helps both workers and businesses
Sunday, 04 October 2015 05:08 Written by
“Help Wanted” signs dot the local landscape. From restaurants to retailers, businesses are bemoaning a shortage of committed, skilled workers. But there exists a largely untapped pool of talent among people who live with mental illness. On average, only 22 percent of people served in community mental health programs are employed, despite the fact that more than three times that number want to be (many of them with college degrees).

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