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: Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., appointed Virgil "Chip" Duffie as Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for the company's overall Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and corporate compliance programs.
Safety-Kleen is a North American used oil recycling and re-refining, parts cleaning and environmental solutions company, providing a broad set of environmentally-responsible products and services to more than 300,000 customer locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
“Chip Duffie has done an excellent job as our interim head of EH&S, and as our lead environmental and regulatory counsel he has always been a very strong advocate for compliance within Safety-Kleen,” said Safety-Kleen board chairman Ron Haddock in a prepared statement. “The appointment of Chip to this new position, reporting directly to the CEO and the board, represents Safety-Kleen's commitment to enhancing and incorporating compliance into all aspects of our business.”
Duffie joined Safety-Kleen in 1997 as environmental counsel, and has held multiple roles of increasing legal and regulatory compliance responsibility since that time.
As chief compliance officer, the company's EH&S, corporate safety, corporate compliance and internal audit functions will all report to directly to Duffie.
Duffie has a Masters Degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University.
Safety-Kleen is a North American used oil recycling and re-refining, parts cleaning and environmental solutions company, with approximately 4,200 employees serving more than 300,000 customer locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Safety-Kleen provides a broad set of environmentally-responsible products and services that keep North American businesses in balance with the environment.
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