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: HOUSTON—Three land services providers – Mason Dixon Energy, OGM Land and Percheron –are merging to form Percheron LLC, a fully-integrated land services provider capable of serving clients coast-to-coast.
The combined organization will be headquartered in Houston, but will have the geographic reach and staff capacity to serve the entire country through its team of more than 1,000 working out of 43 offices in 17 states.
“Our clients with complex large-scale land projects are seeking land service providers with the capabilities to expertly manage all aspects of these projects,” said Asa Bowers, chief executive of West Virginia-based Mason Dixon Energy, in a prepared statement. “This merger brings together market leaders with the necessary specialized expertise in land, right of way, surveying and environmental services to handle large-scale projects anywhere in the United States.”
Each company will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Percheron LLC with leadership and client relationships remaining intact. For a transitional period, the companies will continue using their existing names, while leveraging opportunities for operational efficiencies and sharing resources and best practices.
“We're confident this merger will greatly benefit current and future clients as the best practices of each of these market leaders are combined,”said Mike Fleniken, chief executive of Simonton, Texas-based OGM Land, in a statement. “This merger will allow for ongoing investment in people, systems, processes and new specialties, driving greater efficiencies, a deeper resource pool, access to more skilled workers and the ability to handle projects of all shapes and sizes from coast to coast.”
Percheron LLC will be governed by a board of directors made up of current management from each of the companies.
“As a result of this merger, Percheron employees will enjoy new professional growth and advancement opportunities, access to best practices and high-level training, improved benefits and competitive compensation, as well as additional relocation opportunities due to a vastly expanded geographic footprint,” said Trent Oglesby, chief executive of Houston-based Percheron Acquisitions, in a statement. “Percheron employees can also expect enhanced job stability as part of a larger, stronger organization focused on continued growth.”
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