Business Briefs for Nov. 2, 2014 _lowres

Dr. Max Trahan, Acadia General Hospital

LABI begins annual meeting ticket sales

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has begun selling tickets and table reservations for its 2015 Annual Meeting being held Jan. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge.

LABI will celebrate its 40th year and recognize significant legislative and business community achievements.

Tickets for individuals are $165 before Jan. 6 and $200 after. The cost to reserve a table, which includes 10 tickets, is $1,650 before Jan. 6 and $2,000 after. For tickets, visit

For information on sponsorships, contact Elena Lacour at (225) 215-6647 or For more information about the event, visit or contact Claire Killen at (225) 928-5388, ext. 243, or

Food safety events set for area ag producers

The LSU AgCenter will hold two area meetings this month to inform agricultural producers about proposed Food Safety Modernization Act rules.

Congress passed the FSMA in 2010 to overhaul decades-old food safety regulations. The Food and Drug Administration is still developing rules to enforce the law. Comments on the proposed rules can be submitted to the FDA until Dec. 15.

FSMA will require farmers and food processors to take more steps to prevent contamination and to keep more detailed documentation on their practices.

Several aspects of agriculture, including water and soil quality, workers’ hygiene, wild animal control and equipment storage, will be affected.

The meetings will focus on the Proposed Rule for Produce Safety, which the FDA recently revised based on public comments.

Area locations are:

ALEXANDRIA: Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to noon; DeWitt Livestock Show Facility, 100 Gregg Marshall Drive, off U.S. 71.

HAMMOND: Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to noon; Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Highway, La. 1067.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Achyut Adhikari at or Amy Blanchard at (225) 578-2222.

Business fraternity plans career fair

Pi Sigma Epsilon, a national co-ed business fraternity focused in sales, marketing and management, is seeking companies to participate in a Nov. 21 career fair at LSU.

The Beta Xi Chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon at LSU is hosting PSE’s 2014 South Regional Conference on LSU’s campus Nov. 21-22.

The conference, made up of chapter members from 12 universities in the Southern region, will include networking opportunities, professional development workshops and sales competitions.

The PSE Fall Conference Career Fair will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Business Education Complex at the E.J. Ourso College of Business on LSU’s campus.

For more information, visit

Frank’s sets casing, string run record

Frank’s International recently set a new record for the heaviest casing and landing string run completed. Aboard the Noble Sam Croft drill ship, positioned in the Holstein Deep Field in the Gulf of Mexico, Frank’s International and Freeport-McMoRan successfully ran over 24,725 feet of casing/landing string with a final hook load of 2,243,000 pounds. The work was done in under 36 hours using Frank’s International’s patented 1,250 Ton Landing String Spider.

Nearly 21,000 feet of casing and about 4,000 feet of landing string were required, with a confirmed string weight of 2,037,000 pounds, which the company believes is a new world record for string weight.

Acadia General opens general surgery office

Acadia General Hospital, under the management of Lafayette General Health, has opened a new general surgery office at 719 N. Eastern Ave., Crowley, under Dr. Max Trahan.

Trahan specializes in minimally invasive approaches to surgery. He has expertise in voice preservation monitoring during thyroid and parathyroid surgery and experience with general abdominal robotic assisted surgery and laparoscopic surgery on hernias, bowels and solid organs.

Trahan was a house officer at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, where he completed his surgical residency.

Call (337) 783-1629 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Courtesy opens new Broussard facility

Courtesy Automotive in Acadiana has opened a new Courtesy Chevrolet Cadillac facility at 1345 Evangeline Thruway, Broussard, about 2.5 miles west of the dealership’s former location.

The 15-acre dealership has sales and service of new Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles, along with a new pre-owned facility next door.

Don Hargroder Sr., founder and owner of Courtesy Automotive Group, said the facility is centrally located where Iberia, Lafayette and St. Martin parishes meet.

“This move is a part of our vision to redesign the group for the next generation,” said Courtesy Automotive Group CEO Paul Stroderd.

A ribbon cutting event is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 14. Courtesy Automotive Group was founded in 1987.