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: DALLAS—Walmart has awarded a contract to Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. (S&P) to deliver a Neighborhood Market in Colleyville, Texas.
S&P will renovate an existing 56,000-square-foot building in the Colleyville Plaza Shopping Center and convert it into a Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Project work began this month. With a compressed 90-day construction schedule, the new market, located at Colleyville Boulevard and Glade Road, is scheduled to open in October.
The scope of work for the $2.6 million project includes removal of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and installation of new components. Existing walls and ceilings will be replaced. S&P will demolish a 12-foot-wide section of the concrete slab perimeter inside the building to allow for the replacement of plumbing, refrigeration and other components.
The renovation also includes removing the ballasted roof’s rubber membrane and stone, installing an additional inch of insulation, and replacing the membrane.
The upgraded building façade will feature a brick exterior with additional windows, metal canopy and painted burnished block. S&P will recycle stone, floor and ceiling tiles, lighting ballasts and bulbs, and concrete.
S&P has constructed numerous stores for Walmart, including Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets. S&P’s Walmart experience the past few years exceeds $250 million and comprises more than 6 million square feet of space.
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