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: A Massachusetts firm bought the assets of a San Antonio engineered products company.
FLEXcon, a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films and adhesives, acquired the business assets of Arlon Engineered Coated Products and Arlon SignTech Ltd. of San Antonio forming FLEXcon Industrial LLC.
The move expands FLEXcon’s manufacturing capabilities to produce engineered products. The new FLEXcon Industrial LLC has hired all of the executives and employees.
For more than 50 years, Arlon Engineered Coated Products manufactured a range of industrial products for numerous industries. The company coats and laminates a variety of films, foams, synthetic materials, and foils.
Arlon SignTech Ltd. produces flexible PVC substrates used in outdoor signage, and is a supplier to Arlon Graphics LLC. The new FLEXcon Industrial, LLC will continue to manufacture and sell its full line of adhesive tapes and laminates.
“FLEXcon is excited to announce the formation of FLEXcon Industrial, LLC,” said FLEXcon chief executive Neil McDonough in a prepared statement. “The specialty equipment, and skill set of the employees enhances our capabilities to produce adhesive tapes and laminates and positions us for further growth in the industrial sector.”
FLEXcon is a family-owned, privately-held business formed in 1956, with 1200 employees throughout North America and Europe. The company makes coating, laminating, and finishing of wide-web roll-to-roll polymeric materials, with expertise in graphics and label applications as well as bonding, barrier, optical, and electronics applications.
The manufacturer also produces one-of-a-kind custom film and adhesive products as well as the large selection of standard off-the-shelf products.
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