Worker shortage: As Louisiana continues its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, with people over 70 beginning to get their first shots this week, contract-manufacturing companies working to accelerate the global availability of vaccines are struggling with a shortage of their own: There aren’t enough workers to meet this year’s big production push, according to The Wall Street Journal. The talent pool is so tight that Emergent BioSolutions Inc., a Maryland-based contractor for AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, enlisted its CEO and a half-dozen other senior executives to pitch potential hires at a virtual career fair in October. Read the full story.
Fresh faces: Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP has named three new partners for the Baton Rouge office. Kelsey A. Clark, David C. Fleshman, and Catherine B. Moore started in their new roles as of Jan. 1. Clark practices in general litigation, tax litigation and elder law; Fleshman practices in general litigation, construction and sports law; and Moore practices exclusively in health care. BSW was founded in Baton Rouge in 1928 and has offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Ovens firing: Louisiana bakers anticipate increased king cakes sales this year due to the ongoing pandemic, WBRZ-TV reports. King Cake is typically enjoyed after the Catholic celebration of Epiphany on Jan. 6. But this year, the pandemic is motivating some to purchase them much earlier. Some bakeries say cakes are already being sold and that customers are grabbing two or three at a time. Read the full story.