Pest, turf firm establishes La. center

The assets of Precision Chemical and Equipment LLC in Baton Rouge have been acquired by Target Specialty Products, a national wholesale distributor of pest management and turf and ornamental products.

The acquisition gives the Sante Fe Springs, California, distributor a 42nd U.S. service center.

“The growth in customer demand in greater New Orleans and the surrounding area has allowed for Target Specialty Products to expand our business by adding another service center,” said Todd Ferguson, head of Target Specialty Products.

Shawn and Shae Robinson, former owners of Precision Chemical, will join Target Specialty Products and assist in the transition of the company.

“Combining the reach and expertise of Target Specialty Products is a great compliment to the local business we have created in Louisiana. This will help drive value for our clients while improving customer service,” Shawn Robinson said.

Target Specialty Products has 80 years of industry experience as a wholesale distributor in the United States and Canada for pest control and turf and ornamental products, application equipment, supplies, services, education and training programs. Private and public sectors it serves are aquatic, forestry and vector control; golf course, turfgrass and landscape maintenance; nurseries; structural pest control, fumigation and vegetation management.

La. medical society partners with KaMMCO

The Louisiana State Medical Society has formed a partnership with KaMMCO Health Solutions to help member physicians access health information, adapt to performance-based payment models and use analytical tools to improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies and improve patient safety. 

Partnering with KHS offers benefits relevant to patient care and the successful transition to alternative payment models.

"This is a winning combination for our members,” said LSMS Executive Vice President and CEO Jeff Williams. “KHS offers a unique perspective, as they too are physician-led." 

KaMMCO Health Solutions Inc. is a provider-led subsidiary of the Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Co., a medical professional liability insurer affiliated with the Kansas Medical Society.

LSU AgCenter retools international program

The LSU AgCenter is retooling how it does international outreach, putting a greater focus on endeavors that improve the Louisiana agriculture industry.

A new unit called the LSU AgCenter Global Network was formed recently, replacing the Office of International Programs. AgCenter Vice Chancellor John Russin is in charge.

The Global Network needs to expand beyond the conventional role of coordinating exchanges with other universities, Russin said. He hopes to work more closely with local companies and harness international expertise to help solve their problems.

“We want to cultivate not only partners at universities for exchange students, but we also want private connections, embassies, internship opportunities that bring international students to our Louisiana companies,” Russin said. “It’s a much more comprehensive program that will touch faculty, staff and students in a way that we’ve never done before.”

A just-completed project is an example of how Russin envisions network's function. Two forestry graduate students at Mendel University in the Czech Republic were in Louisiana during October and November for a one-month internship with Plaquemine landholding company A. Wilbert’s Sons.

The company has been exploring growing eucalyptus trees for biomass. The students developed a series of mathematic equations that can be used to estimate the merchantable volume and value of timber in eucalyptus plantings.

“Because of these students’ visit, this company now has a tool that can enhance their bottom line,” said Russin, who also holds the A. Wilbert’s Sons Professorship in the AgCenter.

The students also studied ways to propagate eucalyptus without seed through a method known as vegetative propagation. And they worked with Mark LeBlanc, head of the AgCenter Department of Agricultural Chemistry, to look at possibilities for extracting and marketing oil and compounds from eucalyptus leaves.

More initiatives along the lines of the eucalyptus project are in the works with Mendel and other universities, said Ivana Tregenza, associate director of the AgCenter Global Network and director of College of Agriculture International Relations.

Chemical packager acquires warehouse

A former beer distribution warehouse on Airline Highway has been sold for $4.2 million to a local chemical packaging/material-handling service.

Brown Eagle Warehouse purchased the property at 7808 Airline Highway in a deal that was filed with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s Office. The seller was Crescent Crown Distributing LLC.

The 100,659-square-foot warehouse sits on a nearly 5-acre site near Airline and South Choctaw Drive.

Leon Audibert, an agent/broker with Property One Inc. who had the listing for the warehouse, said Crescent Crown acquired the warehouse when it bought out the Baton Rouge Beer Agency. Crescent Crown has a distribution center on Tom Drive that it opened in 2015, so it moved the inventory out of the building and put the property on the market.

“They didn’t have a need for the building,” Audibert said.

Brown Eagle works with local chemical companies to handle, package, warehouse and ship products. The company was founded in 1968. H. Ben Johnson, of NAI/Latter & Blum, represented the buyers.

Neighbors reopens Denham Springs branch

Neighbors Federal Credit Union has reopened its Denham Springs branch at 175 Rushing Road West that flooded in 2016.

Neighbors said it took the opportunity to rebuild and redesign the branch with modern technology and design to minimize wait times and speed delivery of products and services. The branch will include five interactive teller machines, like those installed at its Perkins branch, including two in the drive-thru.

“After the devastating flood of 2016, we had to resist the desire to hurry and rebuild without planning for the future,” Neighbors President and CEO Steve Webb said. “With our new branch, we wanted to let the Denham Springs community and in fact, the entire Livingston Parish community know that we are committed to them for the long term. That’s why we started from scratch and completely remodeled this branch into something special.”

Acadia General ER being expanded

Lafayette General Health has started construction on an expansion and renovation of the emergency department at Acadia General Hospital.

The project will increase the ER's size from 3,000 square feet to 7,378 square feet. It will grow from four curtain bays and two private rooms to 10 private rooms, two holding rooms and two triage areas. The original ER space was built to serve 600 patients per month. Acadia General sees 1,850 patients per month.

The cost of the project is estimated to be $4 million, of which $850,000 has been raised. The estimated completion is 12 to 14 months.

Mobile floor covering franchise opens

A Floor Coverings International mobile flooring franchise has opened, serving south Baton Rouge, Prairieville, Gonzales, St. Gabriel and Ascension Parish.

The franchise is operated by John Long, formerly an estimator and project coordinator with an industrial contractor, and his father, Lenny Long, an engineering project manager in the petrochemical industry for almost 40 years.

The franchise offers free in-home design consultations in customers’ homes using a mobile flooring showroom. Flooring choices include carpet, hardwood, ceramic, tile and vinyl, as well as specialty products such as bamboo and slate.

Floor Coverings International has more than 150 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Physical therapy clinic opens in Chalmette

Tulane Health System is collaborating with PT Solutions to operate a physical therapy clinic at 801 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

The clinic, which previously operated as Bridges Physical Therapy, will become Tulane PT Solutions Physical Therapy.

The clinic’s physical therapists treat adults and children suffering pain or dysfunction from injury, stress, bad posture or recent surgery. The clinic is outfitted with exercise machines, dry needling and other equipment to help patients exceed therapy milestones through individualized treatments and programs.

The clinic is Tulane’s fourth, with plans to add additional free-standing locations. Call (504) 278-7567.

PT Solutions is a privately owned physical therapy practice with more than 140 locations across 12 states. It teamed up with Tulane Health System in 2015 to manage and expand Tulane’s rehabilitation services.