The City of Slidell
was recognized by the Louisiana Municipal Association for exceptional accomplishments for its efforts to rejuvenate the city's Olde Town district. The project -- a $4 million shot in the arm for Slidell's aesthetics, historical preservation, economy, recreation and culture -- won the "Exceptional Achievement in Community Achievement Award" at a recent LMA awards banquet.
added insult to injury last week when the company gave 17 employees a scant half-hour notice that they'd lost their jobs at the Geismar plant. A union official said the laid-off workers, who were told they had 30 minutes to gather their belongings and leave, had been working at BASF about two years and drew base salaries of about $50,000. A plant spokesman said the layoffs were the result of rising natural-gas prices.
International Inc.-Baton Rouge
again made headlines for another dangerous accident, the chemical plant's third in less than a month. One worker suffered a chemical burn and another experienced respiratory problems after an Aug. 13 hydrochloric acid spill. Honeywell was cited for failure to make a timely report of the incident, state police said. The other two chemical leaks, on July 20 and 29, killed one employee and sent several workers and residents to the hospital.