Louisiana’s Industrial Employment Jumped 2.9% over Past Year

For the second year in a row, industrial employment in Louisiana posted a gain, according to the 2013 Louisiana Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Louisiana gained 5,685 manufacturing jobs from May 2012 to May 2013, or 2.9% – – more than double the gain MNI reported for the 2011-2012 survey period, and two percentage points above the national average gain as reported by the Labor Department.

Manufacturers’ News reports Louisiana is now home to 5,264 manufacturers employing 196,432 workers.

“Louisiana’s industrial climate continues to improve,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The state’s abundant natural resources and friendly business environment continue to result in many companies investing in its industrial sector, particularly those in the oil & gas and chemicals industries.”

According to MNI, employment in oil & gas extraction rose 17.2% in Louisiana over the survey period, with the third-ranking sector currently accounting for 22,824 of the state’s industrial jobs. Oil and gas companies that have announced plans to locate facilities in Louisiana included South Africa-based Sasol, which will open a natural gas to diesel plant in Westlake; and Methanex, which recently announced it would open a second ethanol plant in Geismar.

MNI reports employment in Louisiana’s chemicals sector increased 1.4%, and currently ranks first in the state for industrial employment at 25,296 jobs. Bright spots for the chemicals industry included Dyno Nobel’s plans to build an ammonia plant in Jefferson Parish; the expansion of Nalco’s dry polymer plant in Garyville; the expansion of two ExxonMobil chemical plants in Baton Rouge and Port Allen; and the recent opening of Myriant’s biochemical production facility in Lake Providence.

Other sectors to gain jobs included transportation equipment, up 7.8% and industrial machinery & equipment, up 5.2%. Fabricated metals, primary metals, and instruments/related products were each up 2.8%, while textiles/apparel rose 2.5%. Losses were seen in electronics, down 12.5%; printing/publishing, down 5.4%; furniture/fixtures, down 2.6%; paper products, down 2.2%; and stone/clay/glass, down 1.1%.

Industrial locations closing down included PepsiCo’s bottling plant in St. John the Baptist Parish; International Paper’s container plant in Minden; and Hostess-operated Cotton Brothers Bakery in Alexandria.

Gains were spread out across all regions of the state, according to MNI. Southeast Louisiana accounts for the most industrial employment in the state with 99,543 jobs, up 2% over the past twelve months. Southwest Louisiana accounts for 57,231 jobs, up 6.8%, while the Northwest region accounts for 28,743 jobs, up a half percent. The Northeast region is home to 10,915 industrial workers, up 1.8%.

MNI’s city data shows Baton Rouge remains Louisiana’s top city for manufacturing employment, with 15,654 industrial jobs, virtually unchanged over the survey period. Second-ranked Houma accounts for 10,248 jobs, up 13%, while industrial employment in Shreveport increased 2.1% over the year, and is currently home to 10,245 jobs. Lafayette accounts for 9,624 jobs, up 7.1%, while New Orleans is home to 9,159 jobs, up 1.7%.

Detailed profiles of Louisiana’s 5,264 manufacturing companies and 1,166 distributors can be found in the 2013 Louisiana Manufacturers Register® available in print for $111, or available online through MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZSelect.com. Users may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using a variety of criteria, including region, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more. Each business profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information, 19,367 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, and more.

Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of state industrial directories and manufacturers databases. For 101 years the company has identified, researched and profiled manufacturing companies. MNI employs an 85-person editorial staff to scour business registrations, trade journals, financial reports, and many other sources to pinpoint every manufacturing establishment in the U.S. Each manufacturer is contacted throughout the year to update their profiles, including their employee counts.

Pastry Chef Sang Ayu Anjani Gifted Young

Women with this horse hair tasseled casual conversation with the media crew. I was young, but he was wearing a white uniform can not hide quality. Embroidered on left chest there is a blue ribbon that read ‘Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 1895’.

Ayu Anjani Rahardjo was aged 22 years. However, it is now believed to be a consultant and supervisor pastry World Gourmet restaurant in Kemang, South Jakarta. And he manages home-based pastry business. Not to mention his experience working as a pastry chef in Australia.

Women who familiarly called Ann’s extended family claimed there was nothing to be chef. Most of the work as a musician, including his brother, Rayi RAN. Then, from where she got her cooking skills? Detikfood met on the show ‘Life is Short, Eat Dessert First’ on Wednesday (09.01.13), Ann tells his journey in the culinary world.

Ann admitted she was stubborn as a child. Although her mother forbade playing with fire, Ann anyway. “Eventually my mother upset, my hands actually touched to fire so I knew it was on fire. Hard I cried. Since that time, I learned my lesson,” he said.

However, it seems that remorse did not last long. Ann because both parents busy working, he inevitably required to cook for his own use. “I do not like hungry, so I cook,” he said.

The fire incident also did not make the trauma. After graduating from high school, Ann migrated to Australia in pursuit of education in the culinary field, a field that is familiar with fire. However, since that time she was just 17 years old, he had to wait a year until I can enroll at Le Cordon Bleu Sydney.

To pass the time, Annpun internship at a local restaurant. Although the internship as he handles cuisine (savory dishes), when enrolling in Le Cordon Bleu he chose the field of pastry. “I think it’s more pastry requires skill rather than cooking. Usual cooking if we just need a feeling,” says Ann.

After nine months of study at the prestigious culinary school, Ann managed to get a diploma in the field of pastry. And he had worked at Firefly Tapas & Wine Bar in Sydney before returning to his homeland.

In Jakarta, Ann manage home-based business called ‘Ann’s Bakehouse and Creamery’. His specialty is homemade ice cream. Annpun brand aspires to enter the retail market.

“We are still stuck with the leading ice cream brand from overseas. So if it can, I want to enter into retail as a local brand of ice cream,” he said. Of home-based business is exactly, Ann received an offer to join as a pastry consultant at Gourmet World.

Ann hallmark of home-made dessert is simple, unadorned exaggeration, but neat. The reason, he is more concerned with taste than appearance. “People prefer the zoom scene. Fact, in the end, which can be edible and it really is just the inside,” said presenter cooking shows on private television.

Ann deplore less famous Indonesian food in the international arena. “Because of our lack of promotion. Why Thailand can advance really? Vietnam alone, such a small country, can advance the food,” he said.

He took the example of Australia, where he studied first. According to him, 80% of food in there dominated Thailand and Vietnam. Bulepun people know rice dish because of the popularity of the two countries.

However, according to Ann, Indonesia also had a pastry that can be proud of. “Lapis legit, because of the way bikinnya difficult, expensive, and is a mainstay of Indonesian cake,” he said

Actually, Ann continued, pastries wrapped in banana leaves is also unique. However, for this one, similar to the cuisine has Malaysia. “Moreover, Malaysia terrific promotion. Lapis legit I think that is bad Malaysia do not have,” he concluded.

Pawnshops profit vanish 20%

Pawn PT (Persero) recorded a decline in first-half profit in 2013 amounted to Rp718 billion. The decline equivalent to 22 per cent, compared with the previous acquisition of Rp929 billion.

Director of Mortgage Finance Agus Dwi Pramoedya said the decline in profit due to the decline in gold prices Pawn. “Earnings in the first half we declined, due to the decline in gold prices greatly affect the performance, so terkspos pawnshops with gold prices, gold prices fell borrowing had come down,” said Dwi on Pawn Headquarters, Jakarta, Thursday (01/08/2013).

Dwi explained, for income, Pawn still recorded an increase. Where the report in June of this year recorded revenue Rp 4, 1 trillion, or an increase of 6.5 percent over the same period last year, which is Rp3, 8 trillion.

While the number of assets, Dwi said today there was an increase in total assets Pawnshops, where the current total assets Pawn Rp33 trillion, up 13 percent compared to last year’s total assets amounted to Rp29 trillion.

“Customers we still rose to 14.4 million compared to June last year, there was an increase of 5 per cent, last year’s 13.7 million customers,” he added.

Further Dwi, turnover Pawn until June submit their increased 6 percent to Rp46 trillion last year reached Rp43 trillion.

Meanwhile, the increase in Islamic mortgage that has increased 8.6 percent, where as of June this Pawnshops scored 6 trillion last year compared with the same period amounted to Rp 5, 5 trillion.

“Operating revenues actually still rising, with the increasing number of our customers, it looks the business we’re still growing,” he said.

PTPP Gets Projects Rp 4.5 Trillion in 3 Months

Construction of the state-owned Housing Development Tbk PT (PTPP) in the first quarter -2013 obtain new contracts Rp 4.5 trillion. New contracts coded PTPP has penetrated 23% of the target for the project in 2013, which amounted to Rp 19.7 trillion.

“This acquisition increased 2.5 times compared to the acquisition of new contracts to the same period last year,” said Betty Ariana PTPP Corporate Secretary in a press release on Friday (05/04/2013).

PTPP in this water dragon year targets to carve a net profit of Rp 370 billion, up 20% compared to the previous year’s target. The increase in the net income derived from the business income of 4 fields of construction, property, EPC, and investment.

Major projects which was won PTPP, among other projects JW Marriot Hotel, St Moritz, The Kencana, malls Sun Karawang, M Gold Tower, Uluwatu Hotel, Surabaya Tunjungan Plaza V, Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta Airport, train tracks South Sumatra by PT KAI, and Combined Cycle Power Plant EPC project Tanjung kitbag 120 megawatts (MW).

Come Enjoy Good EMC Indonesia Industrial Properties

Industrial properties are very excited. Many buildings, malls, apartments and housing built everywhere.

Passion that turns a positive impact on EMC storage players. For the second quarter of this year, EMC has also enjoyed the delicious Indonesian property industry.

“One of the significant business (growth) is not in the leading sectors such as telecommunications and banking, but the property industry is hot. Many transactions. Also in the financial and telecommunications industries, “said Adi Rusli (Country Manager, EMC Indonesia) on the achievement of the company ahead of time to break the fast together in Jakarta yesterday (07/30/2013).

Adi insisted, EMC revenue spearhead Indonesia remains the financial and telecommunications sectors. “But there is a rising industrial properties (growth) with demand virtualization to cloud storage consolidation,” he explained.

Compared to the first quarter of this year, said Adi, EMC’s total revenue in the country grew by 8.2%. “It should be bigger,” said Adi. Greater constraints on growth, he said, is not economic factors. “But because many projects are backed up to the third quarter. Usually January to July slowed somewhat, “he explained.

For storage business, said Adi, achieving EMC in the first half of 2013 grew 24% compared to the same period last year. While in total, EMC revenue in Indonesia for the first half of this year grew 25.4% compared to the first half of 2012.

Citing data from research institutions IDC for the first quarter of 2013, Adi mentioned that the EMC is now sitting in third. “In Indonesia, EMC is not number one,” he admitted. “But there is a significant growth. First, four years ago, EMC no ranking (in Indonesia), “he explained.

Currently, there are about EMC focuses on the business of big data, cloud and security. EMC’s business is divided into the field of storage, virtualization and Pivotal (big data). Confused what is Pivotal? Pivotal is a new platform, where all the virtualized infrastructure and presented as a service (service) and complete control through software. Pivotal is a new business entity EMC, the EMC’s ownership of 60%, 20% and 10% GE VMware.

University Of Bergamo Study Finds Over 75% Of Home Exchangers Agree “Most People Trustworthy”

For the first time, a detailed profile is available of the expanding demographic of home exchange travelers. The survey finds that the industry itself is making a deep impact on society. According to the researchers, “people are turning more and more to models of consumption that emphasize community over selfishness,” and home exchange “may help to make our societies work better towards a sustainable future.”

With 93% of respondents satisfied with their experience and 81% having swapped homes more than once, the future also looks bright for home exchange. No longer just looking for an inexpensive travel option, home exchangers possess a deep cultural curiosity (98% declare an interest in cultural heritage and 84% visit museums and nature parks).

While a savvy breed of traveler (with 62% stating a high level of education), home exchangers also represent a wide cross-section of the traveling public. For example, the typical home exchange participant travels as a family (49% of them with children) and comes from across five continents, with the USA, France, Spain, Canada and Italy being the top five countries of residency.

Fair trade food (63%) and organic food (73%) are important to home exchangers, and 69% prepare their own meals while traveling, taking advantage of their access to a fully equipped kitchen. When not on the road, they are active contributors to their communities, with 59% reporting that they participate in community services, wildlife preservation, youth services, cultural preservation or animal welfare.

Given the strong sense of trust found among respondents (75% agree that “most people are trustworthy”), collaborative consumption and home exchange should continue to grow in popularity. As stated in the survey:

Swapping houses is one of the most significant boundaries of modern tourism, because it incorporates some of the dynamics that characterize the tourist of the new millennium: the increasingly felt desire to travel several times a year, even with limited budgets, the need to organize tailor-made trips as personalized as possible and the desire to make the trip an authentic experience… not only to know a new country with all its attractions, but also to immerse yourself in a new culture”

About the Researchers at the University of Bergamo

Francesca Forno, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Sociology of Consumption, is also Director of the CORES LAB (Research Group on Consumption, Networks and Practices of Sustainable Economies).

Roberta Garibaldi, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Tourism Marketing, is also a member of CeSTIT (Centro studi per il turismo e l’interpretazione del territorio).

The study was conducted from April to May 2013, surveying 46,000 HomeExchange.com members with an unprecedented answer rate of 16% (7,000 respondents).

About HomeExchange.com

Started in 1992 by Ed Kushins, HomeExchange.com has evolved into the largest and fastest growing online home exchange travel company in the world. This year their 46,000+ Members will make over 75,000 home swaps across 154 countries. HomeExchange.com makes it easy to plan and enjoy a home exchange vacation in almost any country, city or area of interest and offers travelers a memorable, authentic ‘live like a local’ experience. The site is available in 16 different languages. HomeExchangeGold.com, serving the luxury market, launched in 2012.

Sales at Hypermart Selling Well, the Sun Gets Rp 63 Billion Profit

PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA) recorded a rise in net income during the first quarter of 2013 to Rp 63.2 billion. The figure was up 53.96% of the net profit the same period the previous year which only Rp 29 billion.

The company’s net profit increase was supported by higher revenues in the first quarter of 2013 which reached Rp 2.6 trillion, up 13.04% from the same period revenue last year amounted to Rp 2.3 trillion.

Acquisition of the company’s revenue is contributed full of Matahari Food Division (MFD), which is more than 90% is the result of the Hypermart.

This performance can not be directly compared with last year’s performance, due to the divestiture of assets / non-core business at the end of 2012 ago.

Since its launch in 2004 Hypermart, MFD scored a CAGR growth rate of 27.9%, which is the core strength of the Company’s growth and future prospects.

Operating profit also rose 32.2% to USD 74.6 billion from USD 56.4 billion last year. EBITDA reached USD 165 billion.

MPPA now recorded net interest income of USD 6.9 billion in the first quarter of 2013, higher than net interest expense of Rp 5.6 billion last year. This is due to lower interest expense of Rp 38.3 billion from Rp 62.7 billion last year, in line with the Company’s plan for the payment of the debt from the results obtained from the divestment of non-core end of last year.

Throughout the first quarter of 2013, the company has opened 2 new Hypermart stores located in Jakabaring, Palembang and Ambon.

New outlets Jakabaring further strengthen market dominance Hypermart in West Sumatra, while new outlets Ambon, which is a second outlet in the Maluku islands, also further strengthen market penetration and expansion Hypermart landing in eastern Indonesia.

In 2013, the Hypermart plans to open 20 new outlets across Indonesia.

“It makes us a hypermarket operator with the highest growth rates. Hypermart We will deliver the 100th will be operated at the end of 2013 and will be the largest and leading hypermarket retailer in Indonesia,” said Benjamin Mailool MPPA President in his press conference, in Jakarta, Monday (06/03/2013).

In the same period, MPPA also welcome Temasek Holding a significant shareholder with a plan to have a 26.1% ownership stake in the MPPA.

Together with PT Multipolar Tbk (MLPL) as the majority shareholder with a 50.2% stake, MPPA will get a more solid support from shareholders in its aim to develop the retail business forward.

“We are proud to see MPPA still carve out a good performance in the first quarter of 2013 despite having to operate in a challenging market environment,” said Benjamin.

In addition, the divestment of non-core as well as the successful participation as a strategic shareholder Temasek increasingly bring MPPA achieve its mission to be the No. 1 modern FMCG retailer in Indonesia in the next short period.

“MPPA is a leading modern FMCG retailer in Indonesia, which has the widest network of stores by 82 hypermarkets, 28 supermarkets, 80 pharmacy outlets that operate in more than 52 cities across Indonesia,” he said.

Three options for the sugar mills Kigumas

Sugar Sugar Factory Industrial Society in the village of rewards, Gondanglegi District, Malang, East Java, has not operated in accordance with expectations, but construction costs are not small. Malang Regent Rendra Krishna prepared three options that will be taken to the rescue.

“There are three options to be offered to the continuation of the sugar mill, but until now still not sure which option will be selected district government,” said Renda Krishna in Malang, Friday.

Three options for the fate of Sugar Industrial Estate Society (Kigumas) which was built in 2003 it is whether it will be sold, or donated to community cooperation. Which option will be taken subject to approval by the board of the district government.

Further Rendra said a number of attempts have been made by the regency of Malang, including conducting due diligence and legal opinions in 2012. Currently also being conducted appraisal (valuation) to calculate how much the value of the actual building Kigumas.

He was admitted to the present PT Kigumas previously built with the hope to contribute to local revenue (PAD) and improve the welfare of sugarcane farmers, it is still not operating as expected.

In fact, the Renda, the condition lasts long enough. Moreover, after the emergence of case law in the area of ​​industrial projects plantation society (kimbun) which spread to PT Kigumas, for being one of the evidence in the case.

“We hope this problem has a solution soon so Kigumas can operate according to expectations and objectives in its development,” said Renda.

Chairman of Malang Regency Saso previous day also questioned the handling and assets that do not generate revenue Kigumas at all, even the condition of buildings and equipment gilingnya also “stalled”.

Kigumas Sugar Factory which was inaugurated by President Megawati Sukarnoputri to-5 was built starting in 2001 with a budget of Rp30 billion from the budget revenue and expenditure (budget) Malang.

Kigumas initially built to accommodate the farmers who harvest sugar cane annually excess production, so it must be sent to a number of areas.

Kigumas development on an area of ​​11 thousand square meters that can be targeted return on investment (BEP) after one year of operation. Initial design is able to produce sugar Kigumas super category one with a production capacity of 250 TCD.

Selling Fitri Cake, from 200 so Rp80 Million Profit

Work became a regular employee with a mediocre salary, make this a husband and wife and rack my brain thinking how to meet the needs of the household as the prices of essential commodities are at all times always increase.

The wife who like to cook and love to make cookies had the idea to make an effort to channel his hobby with a small pastries that will be deposited in a stall near the in-laws’ house Lanteng region Agung, South Jakarta.

In 2007 the husband and wife named Hendra named Risky Alsany thinking about how to develop the dry cake business to be more developed. Because the cookies are deposited in the stalls near the in-laws house only profit only Rp100-Rp200 per one cake.

However, because the spirit was high and both partners want to widen his efforts, little by little advantages that relatively small savings and make money Rp250 thousand.

? “When deposited in the shop anyway luckily Rp100-Rp200 the same cake but my wife in the tube until around Rp250 thousand, I say why not continue to try to expand marketing, not just in the stall and eventually deposited in a cooperative where I work, it continues walk up to a year, in 2008, “said Hendra told Okezone, as she tells the story of a successful businessman pastries.

The wife who works as a teacher in an English play group Bintaro, where as a faithful husband, who every evening Hendra always pick up his wife from Sudirman, which is the office where she worked towards Bintaro on a motorbike and return home to the Supreme Lanteng .

“Rain, traffic jams and fatigue has become my daily meals. As family who still mediocre, although double my income but it is still there mortgage installments sister college and department of motor vehicles are still concerned,” confidante.

? While the holy month of Ramadan comes, Hendra and his wife decided to make cookies widths. Given the wife who loves to make cakes, of Hendra to support his wife very badly.

Through Hendra expertise in digital marketing, he began a guerrilla in the virtual world, through Facebook. Alhamdulillah, through hard work, when it was very unusual because dry cake merchandise selling up to 156 jars.

“Despite struggling home office to the supermarket to buy ingredients for cakes and cookies jar and keep the oven to stay up hours 1:00 to 03:00 pm, wake up to dawn, with the capital savings are deposited into selling cake stalls,” he said.

Having accumulated cash funds amounting to Rp1, 8 million from the sale of dry cake. Hendra with his wife kept turning his brain to re-develop the business.

“I’m not one to keep quiet even while working but the brain continues to spin about what ya after Lebaran business that still exist. Because if only for a moment Lebaran cookies alone,” said Hendra.

? Finally the second business opportunity came, her cousin who lives in Depok then resigned from her job in Sanyo, which is Cimanggis business expert. Cousins ​​asked combine business with capital to do business Moslem then deposited a total capital of 500 thousand to Rp 1 million to 20 piece Muslim dress.

“I take 10 pieces he took 10 pieces. ‘Been there you marketed’, but I was confused too Mandarinnya, future sales guy Moslem girl. Already wet but subside after abstinence sail, via Facebook and blog, I re-marketed Moslem , “said Hendra.

On his new business, he expressed in the first month turnover reached 950 thousand, and in the second month to Rp1, 9 million and turned in monthly turnover is always up. It turns out marketing through social networks like Facebook and assisted the business blog more leverage. Given the over-selling sales through cyberspace, he tried to re-sell the business to create their own web-bajumuslimah.com bersitus clothes.

“Buy a domain and hosting, the seventh month of my turnover is above Rp 5 million per month,” said Hendra.

? Looking turnover growing at that time he told his wife to quit working for the care of the merchandise to customer service and Hendra himself as a doubles team marketing and courier.?

“At that time my wife tells me where sufficient turnover still 5 million to the turnover will continue whether or fall. I said, ‘yes I have run it once while working, concurrently CS, marketing’, “he explained.

“Entering the tenth month, the turnover of Rp15 million through mid-2009 when it was around. New at Rp15 million turnover at the top of my wife want to burn the ship stopped working, and be customer service in the business, and during Eid in 2009 our turnover penetrate up to Rp70- 80 million with the increasing number of our agencies outside the region and even from abroad, “he concluded.

Two Consecutive Years Sharp Losses, Now it Reaches Rp 51 Trillion.

Japanese electronics giant, Sharp, posted a loss for two consecutive years. The company also intends to depose the CEO who was installed a year ago.

Sharp lost 545.3 billion yen (USD 51.3 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 2013. The loss swelled pretty big compared to losses in the previous year in the same period a year earlier 376 billion yen.

Despite high losses, Sharp sure to be back next year to make a profit

“We’re sorry we’ve suffered substantial losses in two consecutive years,” said Sharp Director Tetsuo Onishi after reporting financial results to the public as quoted by AFP on Tuesday (05/14/2013).

Sharp is currently undergoing a restructuring of the company, one of them with layoffs (layoffs) with thousands of employees. In fact, the company will also depose Takashi Okuda from the post of CEO replaced by Kozo Takahashi.

Though Okuda recently served as CEO of Sharp in April last year. After stepping down, Okuda served as commissioner will, his last position before retiring in habits of the Japanese.

This loss occurs due to high operating expenses and the company’s sales plummeted, chiefly in the television division. The television division turnover has fallen very deep.

“Our mobile phone sales also fell, due to lack of raw materials in the first half of last year,” he said.

Total sales of Sharp at the end of March 2013 reached 2.48 trillion yen, up from the same period last year 2.46 trillion. Next year, Sharp predict could reach 5 billion yen profit.

“We had anticipated that the overall business situation this year is full of uncertainty,” he said.