Keeping it in the family: McIlhenny Co. has named Tabasco creator Edmund McIlhenny’s great-great-grandson, Harold Osborn, as its new president and chief executive officer. Osborn worked on Southern Louisiana’s Avery Island and in the Avery Island salt mine for the McIlhenny Co. when he was younger. McIlhenny Co., founded in 1868, is one of the country’s oldest family-owned companies. Read the full story.
Restoration funds: Ouachita Parish received a nearly $500,000 federal grant to redevelop more than a dozen abandoned industrial and commercial sites, The News Star reports. The grants from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program will be used in the region surrounding Monroe, to fund development of cleanup plans for areas thought to be contaminated by chemicals or other pollutants and assessments for how the sites can be reused in the future. The EPA awarded 107 grants nationwide. Read the full story.
Fix-it: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, in partnership with Build Baton Rouge, formerly known as The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, today announced the launch of a new $1 million rapid roofing repair program known as “Roof Reset,” using Community Development Block Grants funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There are income requirements to qualify for the program. For more information about pick up sites or specifics for the program, contact the Build Baton Rouge office at 225-387-5606.