$17 million CARBO Ceramics Inc.’s investment in an expansion of its Airport Industrial Park facility in New Iberia, creating 40 new jobs. The jobs will average about $50,000 a year, plus benefits, and the company plans to complete hiring and a renovation of its facilities in the fourth quarter of this year. CARBO is adding a second production line to an Iberia Parish facility that has been in operation since 1978. CARBO manufactures proppant used by oil production companies to boost the output of oil and gas wells.
$3.4 billion Amount the country’s major airlines collected in baggage check fees last year. The fees are typically $25 each way for the first piece of checked luggage. Delta Air Lines collected the most, $952 million, followed by combined United/Continental at $655 million, American Airlines with $580 million and U.S. Airways at $513 million. Airlines began charging baggage fees when the recession hit in 2008 and demand, particularly among business travelers, dropped significantly. Source: U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.