Venyu, headquartered in Baton Rouge, has won a contract from Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA and Canadian Kawasaki Motors Inc. for data recovery, protection and storage.

The contract’s value was not released. In a news release, Kawasaki cited Venyu’s innovative approach to data de-duplication, cloud storage backup and total cost of ownership.

The Kawasaki family of companies is one of the world’s leading makers of motorcycles and recreation vehicles.

Kawasaki has more than 1,500 power sport dealers and more than 8,000 small-engine and power product dealers with 326 employees in the United States and Canada.

Albemarle creates environmental unit

Specialty chemicals maker Albemarle Corp. announced Tuesday it had formed the Albemarle Environmental Division, which will focus on air pollution control technologies.

William S. Pickrell has been appointed as global business director, replacing Sid Nelson Jr. Pickrell has more than 28 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry, including 15 years of sales and sales management experience within the industrial water treatment industry and 10 years of business management experience for Albemarle Corp.

Apartment complex proposal delayed

University Edge, a three-building apartment complex at Iowa and McKinley streets, was among items deferred before the start of the city-parish Planning Commission meeting Monday night.

University Edge would have 474 bedrooms in 158 units, with 20 one-bedroom units, 30 two-bedroom units, 38 three-bedroom units and 70 four-bedroom units. Two of the buildings on the roughly six-acre site would be four stories and the third three stories.

It has been deferred before previous meetings.