Business Briefs for Nov. 9, 2014 _lowres

Jimmy Skrasek, Lafayette General Health

Diaz Inc. renovates Clearview Shell station

Diaz Inc. has opened the recently renovated Clearview Park Shell, 4400 Clearview Parkway, Metairie.

The renovated location houses Diaz Market, a local convenient store chain operated by Diaz Inc., GiGi and MoMo’s, a fresh build-your-own burrito concept, and PJ’s Coffee, which also will offer drive-through service. The business employs 15 full- and part-time workers.

The station was renovated to be more energy efficient with modern pumps and tanks and energy-efficient LED lighting.

Diaz Inc. is a minority-owned, family-operated chain of Shell-branded gasoline stations and convenience stores founded by D. Mauricio Diaz and his wife, Maria, in 1996 with the purchase of one Shell station on Metairie Road. The business has grown to 20 locations serving New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Marrero, Westwego, Slidell, Covington, Hammond and East Baton Rouge.

Ag distinction award nominees sought

Nominations for induction into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction are being accepted through Dec. 15.

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is a joint effort of the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Radio Network and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

It honors individuals who have made significant contributions to agriculture or agriculture-related industries. Nominations can represent farming, ranching, forestry, aquaculture, fisheries, education or agribusiness.

Inductees will be recognized at a banquet at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge on March 5.

The nomination form can be found online at www.louisiana or through a parish LSU AgCenter extension office.