Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
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Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Sgt. Luis Ahumada of 1st Battalion, 361st Regt., 5th Armored Brigade, performs a push-up during a combined physical training session between 5th Armored and 402nd Field Artillery brigades here April 28. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Scott, 5th Armored Bde
Texas Business reports: Fort Worth—A California firm won a $65 million piece of the $5 billion Fort Bliss expansion program.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. in a joint venture with Huitt-Zollars received a contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District for construction phase services within the Southwest region, primarily at the Fort Bliss Army Post, located near El Paso.
The contract value is $65 million.
The $5 billion Fort Bliss Expansion Program encompasses over 4,500 acres of green field development, over 1,000 acres of major Army Airfield Area upgrades, and multiple infill projects scattered across 3,000 acres of the historic Fort Bliss Main Post.
Implemented by the US Army to support the global repositioning of soldiers, Base Re-alignment and Closure (BRAC) and the Grow the Army (GTA) initiatives, these programs represent the largest construction efforts by the US Army since WWII. It is projected that by year 2013, more than 34,000 soldiers and their family members will be stationed at Fort Bliss.
“For the past four years we have supported the US Army Corps of Engineers on this dynamic and challenging program,” said Jacobs group vice president Tom McDuffie in a prepared statement. “We are truly honored to be able to continue delivering services in support of the Army, the soldiers and their families by providing construction phase services on facilities that are expected to enhance their training and the quality of life.”
Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services.
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