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.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
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
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—Lockheed Martin will reduce its workforce by 540 positions, officials said.
There will be approximately 540 reductions in employment in Lockheed’s Aeronautics business area as part of a plan to trim the organization and improve operational efficiency.
The greatest impacts are occurring at the larger sites in Fort Worth, Marietta, Ga., and Palmdale, Calif.
Lockheed Martin currently has more than 28,000 employees at its principal Aeronautics sites in Texas, Georgia and California and at six smaller locations in as many states. Affected employees are expected to depart the company by the end of the year.
“These reductions are part of Aeronautics' plan to realign the organization, enabling us to meet the requirements of our customers,” said Lockheed Martin Aeronautics executive vice president Ralph D. Heath in a prepared statement. “While this is a difficult decision, we're committed to conducting this process in a fair and responsible manner that treats affected individuals with respect and that does not disrupt the important business we do for our military service customers.”
In June, the company announced a target reduction of approximately 1,500 positions by year-end. In August, Lockheed Martin offered eligible salaried employees an opportunity for a voluntary layoff to minimize the number of involuntary layoffs. More than 450 employees applied for and were approved for voluntary layoff.
The firm also achieved reductions by eliminating about 300 open positions. Earlier this year, the company announced approximately 300 positions in its Sustainment Services organization would be eliminated - those layoffs are included in its target reduction of 1,500 positions.
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