Nominate: This is your last day to make sure your favorite business ends up on the 2019 Best of 225 ballot. Nominations opened Tuesday, Jan. 15, and run through Feb. 5. Visit 225batonrouge.com/bestof225 to submit your favorites now.
Deals: Baton Rouge-based H&E Equipment Services announced it has completed its acquisition of We-Rent-It, a non-residential construction-focused equipment rental company in Texas. The assets of the acquisition include approximately $75 million worth of equipment and six branches in the central Texas market. Read the full announcement.
Game changer: In a global collapse of oil prices five years ago, scores of American oil companies went bankrupt. But one field withstood the onslaught, and even thrived: the Permian Basin, straddling Texas and New Mexico. A new feature from The New York Times details how the Permian Basin has made the U.S. a star on the international market through a combination of technical innovation, aggressive investing and copious layers of oil-rich shale. Read the full story.