The world’s largest car maker until its fall from the top spot last year, Detroit-based GM filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization this morning; it is expected to successfully emerge a more competitive company. GM's less profitable brands like Saab and Saturn will be sold or liquidated, and the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that it is closing on the sale of its Hummer brand. GM also plans to eliminate Pontiac.
Officials at Courtesy Automotive Group and Service Chevrolet, Lafayette's two GM dealerships, could not be reached for comment this morning. Courtesy is the state’s No. 1 seller for Pontiac, GMC and Buick brands, and Service is tops in the state for Chevrolet sales. These dealerships are suffering from declining sales related to the national recession, though they have weathered the downturn much better than most of their counterparts across the country.
Bloomberg reported today:
GM reported $82.3 billion in assets and $172.8 billion in debt. The U.S. government will bankroll the transformation of the 100-year-old automaker, a victim of tumbling sales and higher gas prices. The U.S. plans to convert much of its $50 billion of loans to a 60 percent stake in the new entity. Today’s filing in New York coincides with a deadline for GM to convince a government auto task force that it could reorganize out of court through debt and cost cutting.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.