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Houston’s Kellogg Brown Wins $56.5 Million Defense Contract Boost

Texas Business reports:  A Houston firm won a $56.5 million contract change, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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South By Southwest Puts New Austin Bike-Sharing Program on a Roll

Austin’s fledging bike-sharing program, B-Cycle, took off during the 2014 South by Southwest festival, racking up nearly 17 times its normal usage and setting a U.S. daily bike-share usage record. Thanks largely to SXSW, Austin B-Cycle, just four months old, shows signs of rivaling San Antonio’s 3-year-old program. 

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Texas Service Sector Activity Strengthens Further

Texas Business reports: Texas service sector growth picked up in January, according to business executives responding to the Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey. The revenue index, a key measure of state service sector conditions, rose slightly from 16.8 to 18.1, its highest reading since February 2012. 

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Texas Service Sector Growth Strengthens

Texas Business reports: Texas service sector activity expanded in July, according to business executives responding to the Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey. The revenue index, a key measure of state service sector conditions, rose from 6.8 to 12.7, indicating activity picked up pace this month. 

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MRC Global Inc. To Acquire Flow Control Products

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON— MRC Global Inc. will acquire the operating assets of Dan H. Brown Inc., D/B/A Flow Control Products. 

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Texas Civil and Environmental Engineering Firm Lands Fracking Project in North Dakota

 Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Southwest Engineers Inc., a full-service civil and environmental engineering consulting firm signed an extensive agreement with Earthwater Resources Inc. for a major project on the Bakken Shale oil and gas zone in North Dakota. 

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Texas Firm Wins $160 Million EPA Environmental Remediation Contract

Texas Business reports: THE WOODLANDS, Texas—CB&I won a single-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract valued at $160 million from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

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Texas Service Sector Growth Strengthens

Texas Business reports: Texas service sector activity expanded in May, according to business executives responding to the Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey. The revenue index, a key measure of state service sector conditions, rose from 6.1 to 11.8, indicating activity picked up pace this month. 

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Optometrists Seek Negotiating Power With Insurers

A group of Texas optometrists is lobbying the State Legislature for more power to negotiate contracts with health insurance companies, and the measure they are supporting could hit consumers’ wallets, some business advocates say. 

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AZZ incorporated Completes Acquisition of Aquilex Specialty Repair and Overhaul

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH—AZZ incorporated, a manufacturer of electrical products and a provider of galvanizing services,  completed the acquisition of Aquilex Specialty Repair and Overhaul LLC, a provider of maintenance, repair and revitalization services to the nuclear and fossil fuel power generation markets, as well as the refining and industrial markets.  

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Texas Service Sector Growth Picks Up

Texas Business reports:  Texas service sector activity expanded in February, according to business executives responding to the Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey. The revenue index, a key measure of state service sector conditions, rose from 8.4 to 14.2, with 34 percent of respondents noting revenues increased from January. 

 
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Arizona Company Acquires South Texas Pool Supply Chain

 Texas Business reports: PHOENIX— Leslie's Poolmart Inc., the world's largest retailer of swimming pool and spa supplies, acquired Warehouse Pools  Inc. 

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Texas To Give $1.1 Million TEKsystems Global Services To Build Irving IT Center

Texas Business reports: IRVING, Texas—With a $1.1 million incentive from the state, TEKsystems Global Services plans to locate a new IT center in Irving. 

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Infochimps Enterprise Cloud On Market For Big Data

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Big data Platform-as-a-Service provider Infochimps announced the Infochimps Enterprise Cloud, a network of big data-focused data centers and system integrators, which, combined with its big data cloud services, allows enterprises to quickly and simply deploy elastic big data solutions in public, virtual private and private clouds. 

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Texas To Give ADP $2.4 Million To Expand El Paso Operation

Texas Business reports: ADP plans to expand its operations in El Paso, creating 585 jobs and $22 million in capital investment. Texas is providing $2.4 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to ADP. 

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TCU Contracts With San Antonio Firm To Upgrade Mass Notification System

Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—Texas Christian University contracted with MCS Fire & Security for the upgrade of its existing fire alarm system and integrate it into its mass notification and emergency communication system.


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Texas Service Sector Activity Expands at a Modest Pace

 Texas Business reports:  Texas service sector activity expanded in October, according to business executives responding to the Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey. The revenue index, a key measure of state service sector conditions, edged down from 15 to 13.5, suggesting growth slowed slightly from September.


 
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Texas Armoring Sales Spike amid Muslim Riots and Anti-U.S. Violence   | Muslim, protest, attack, Texas Armoring,
Texas Armoring Sales Spike amid Muslim Riots and Anti-U.S. Violence

Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—Texas Armoring Corporation, producer of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, said bulletproof vehicle sales rose dramatically after Muslim protests erupted last week due to a short video which was posted online portraying the Prophet Mohammad in a negative light. 

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China Comservice Jiangsu and InRoom Broadcasting Network Reach Agreement

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN, Texas and NANJING, China—China Comservice Jiangsu Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Communications Services Corporation Limited (CCSJS) and InRoom Broadcasting Network LLC, (InRoom) signed a five year agreement to provide IPTV and cloud computing systems and services to the global hospitality market through at least August 2017 and to share respective technology and expertise.

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Frontier Oilfield Services Buys Chico Coffman Tank Trucks

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Frontier Oilfield Services Inc. completed the acquisition of Chico Coffman Tank Trucks Inc., including its wholly owned subsidiary, Coffman Disposal LLC, which had audited gross revenue in 2011 of $40.5 million and net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $3,263,000.

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Digital Realty Buys Austin Data Center for $12.5 Million

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—San Francisco’s Digital Realty Trust Inc., a provider of data center solutions, completed the acquisition of 8025 North Interstate 35, a 62,000-square-foot data center facility located in Austin, Texas.

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Texas A&M privatizes dining, building maintenance, landscaping, and custodial services

Texas Business reports: The Texas A&M University System and Texas A&M University awarded a contract to Compass Group USA to manage and operate dining services, building maintenance, landscaping services and custodial services located in Brazos County. 

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Southwest Airlines Opens New San Antonio Call Center Creating More Than 300 Local Jobs

Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—Southwest Airlines opened its new customer support and services center. The new center, located at Interstate 35 and O'Connor, replaces the old facility located at Medical Drive, where Southwest Airlines employees provided service to customers for more than 30 years. 

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Darling International Acquires Connecticut's Grease Recovery And Trap Collection Business

Texas Business reports: IRVING—Darling International Inc. completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of RVO BioPur LLC. 

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InSO International Call Center Reaches New Contract with Urbanspoon for Lead Qualification and Verification of Restaurants Worldwide

Texas Business reports: ALLEN—InSO ,  an international call center with corporate office in Texas and international call center located in India, reached a new contract with Urbanspoon for restaurant verification and prequalification for leads and data mining.

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GHX Industrial Buys Key City Warehouse Sales

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Houston-based GHX Industrial LLC acquired Abilene-based Key City Warehouse Sales.

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Mesquite Firm Wins Fort Worth Federal Prison Mortuary Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Mesquite firm won a $262,000 contract to handle prison mortuary business, the Federal Business Opportunity agency announced. 

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After a Tower Climber Falls, Stand Down Called for on AT&T Projects   | tower, cell tower, AT&T, Goodman Networks,
After a Tower Climber Falls, Stand Down Called for on AT&T Projects
Following a worker's non-fatal 100-foot fall from a Texas cell tower last week, one of AT&T's construction management firms has instituted a stand down across several states, requiring that its subcontractors review safety practices. Full Story »
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Waco Carbonic Keeps Central Texas Eateries Running Smoothly    | Waco Carbonic, Abigail J. Risner, Abigail Risner,
Waco Carbonic Keeps Central Texas Eateries Running Smoothly

Texas Business reports: At a time when large corporations have swallowed personal service, a small, family-run business in Waco is committed to building relationships and catering to the mom and pop restaurants we all love. 

 

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Chaotic Moon Acquires Symbiot Security

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Chaotic Moon Studios acquired Symbiot, a risk metrics and security provider.

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Louisiana Firm Wins $9.4 Million Houston Dredging Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Louisiana firm won a $9.4 million contract to perform pipeline services in Houston, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.

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Florida Firm Buys Waco’s Black Book Depot With Plans To Move Operation To Illinois

Texas Business reports: BOCA RATON, Fla.—- InterpWorks Corporation, a Florida-based company, completed the acquisition of The Black Book Depot, based in Waco.

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California Firm To Remediate Texas’ Longhorn Army Ammo Plant

 Texas Business reports:  A California firm won a $7.4 million contract to recondition the site of an East Texas ammo plant, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.

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DFW International Airport and AT&T Reach Deal to Power Travelers with Free Wi-Fi

Texas Business reports: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport reached an agreement with AT&T to provide free Wi-Fi to all visitors at the airport. 

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TETRA Technologies Acquires Optima Solutions In $62 Million Deal   | Tetra, Optima, UK, rig cooling,
TETRA Technologies Acquires Optima Solutions In $62 Million Deal

Texas Business reports: THE WOODLANDS—TETRA Technologies Inc.’s subsidiary, TETRA Investments Company U.K. Limited, acquired Optima Solutions Holdings Limited ( Optima ) for GBP 40 million (approximately $62.7 million equivalent) plus contingent consideration to be paid in the future depending on profitability.

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Rich Keys Consultants Secures Agreement With Aerius International

Texas Business reports:  FRISCO—Global Holdings, Inc., reached a consulting agreement with Rich Keys Consultants and Aerius International Inc.

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Mace Security International Sells Arlington, Texas Car Wash

Texas Business reports:  Pennsylvania-based Mace Security International  Inc sold a car wash facility located in Arlington, Texas. 

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PFSweb Relocating Dallas Area Customer Call Center to Renaissance Tower in Downtown Dallas

Texas Business reports:  PLANO—PFSweb Inc. entered into a lease for 78,000 square feet of space in the Renaissance Tower building in the downtown corridor of Dallas which will be the new location of the company's North Texas customer care center.

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Jiffy Lube Heartland Acquires 10 New England Locations

Texas Business reports:  IRVING—Heartland Automotive Services Inc., America's largest Jiffy Lube franchisee, expanded in New England with the acquisition of 10 Massachusetts sites.

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Vertex Signs Five-Year Contract with Think Energy

Texas Business reports:  RICHARDSON—Vertex Business Services signed a five-year contract with Think Energy, the GDF SUEZ Energy Resources business established to serve small commercial electricity customers, to provide a fully hosted retail CIS solution, including call center management and back office operations.

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Global NuTech Acquires Petrochemical Services Company Fishbone Solutions

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Global NuTech Inc. dba Texas Gulf Energy Inc. acquired 100% of the equity interests of Texas based Fishbone Solutions Ltd.

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Cenveo Announces Agreement to Sell Forms and Business Documents Group to Ennis

Texas Business reports:  STAMFORD, Conn.— Cenveo  Inc. plans to sell its Forms and Business Documents Group ("Documents Group") to Ennis  Inc., manufacturer of printed business products & apparel headquartered in Midlothian, Texas.

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7-Eleven Completes Transaction With ExxonMobil   | dal_ftw_txbz, 7-11, ExxonMobil, Robbie Radant,
7-Eleven Completes Transaction With ExxonMobil

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—7-Eleven Inc. completed the transaction with ExxonMobil to acquire retail interests in 51 North Texas sites.


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Lumenate Acquires ANI Direct

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Lumenate acquired the Texas-based network security solutions firm, ANI Direct.


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Houston’s Oilfield Instrumentation Expands Rental Fleet in California

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Oilfield Instrumentation, which provides real-time drilling instrumentation and engineering laboratories to the oil and gas community, is expanding its Bakersfield rental fleet to accommodate increasing activity by local clientele.

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Lufkin Industries Acquires Datac Instrumentation and RealFlex

Texas Business reports: LUFKIN—Lufkin Industries Inc. completed the acquisition of Datac Instrumentation Limited and RealFlex Technologies Limited.


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AirBorn Inc. Acquires AESCO Electronics

Texas Business reports:  GEORGETOWN, Texas—AirBorn Inc., a Texas-based manufacturer of electronic components and provider of solutions for multiple industries, acquired AESCO Electronics, a full-service electronics manufacturer and distributor with divisions in Ohio and Massachusetts.

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DePelchin Children's Center Combines with Caring Family Network

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—DePelchin Children's Center will combine with Caring Family Network (CFN), an Austin-based foster care and adoption agency with locations throughout Central Texas including Austin, Brownwood, Kerrville, Lubbock and San Antonio. 

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The O'Gara Group Acquires San Antonio’s Vehicle Armoring Company

Texas Business reports:  CINCINNATI—The O'Gara Group Inc., a provider of diverse security and defense products and services, bought Protection Devices Inc. (PDI) based in San Antonio. 

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Oilfield Instrumentation and Advanced Building Services Open Second Service Facility in Eagle Ford Region

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Oilfield Instrumentation (OI), which provides real-time drilling instrumentation and engineering laboratories, and sister company Advanced Building Services (ABS), a provider of custom well-site accommodations, will open its second service center in the Eagle Ford shale fields January 15. 

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Illinois Firm Buys Houston’s Tube Supply For $165 Million  Full Story »
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Jiffy Lube Heartland Acquires 18 New Locations in Eastern Washington, Idaho, Oregon

 Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Heartland Automotive Services Inc., America's largest Jiffy Lube Franchisee, expanded into a new market with an acquisition of 18 locations in the Spokane, Washington area and nearby communities in Idaho and Oregon.


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DXP Enterprises to Acquire C.W. Rod Tool Company

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON— DXP Enterprises Inc. plans to acquire substantially all the assets of C.W. Rod Tool Company , a distributor of cuttings tools, abrasives, coolants and machine shop supplies.

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