Louisiana comes in at a respectable 25th in Site Selection Magazine’s 2009 business climate ranking. Billing itself “The magazine of corporate real estate strategy and area economic development,” Site Selection surveyed corporate real estate executives as well as tallied industrial plant activity in ranking states. For the eighth time in nine years, North Carolina tops the list, cited in large part for the synergy between economic development and its university system. The Tar Heel State is followed by Texas, Virginia, Ohio and Tennessee in the top five.
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 go public this year.
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.