Mike Copeland: Staying Cool at L3Harris; Real estate ahead; Waco under 40; Restaurant Overview | Local business news
The L3Harris aircraft modification plant in Waco has plenty of space and plenty of people to keep cool: half a million square feet and 1,200, respectively.
So the game plan includes coolers filled with ice water, neck cooling wraps, electrolyte popsicles, extra fans for use inside airplanes, one-ton coolers that will run on 120 volts and tents and umbrellas available.
“With temperatures forecast to remain above 100 degrees across Texas for the next two weeks, L3Harris employees are doing their best to stay cool during record-breaking heat. Chests with free ice-cold bottled water stocked in all break rooms, electrolyte popsicles and old-fashioned ice cream work to keep employees cool,” spokeswoman Marcella Thompson said.
Thompson, in an email response, said
Local and system-wide L3Harris is taking other energy-saving measures, including nightly and weekend air conditioning setbacks, Thompson said in an email. L3Harris also uses LED lighting or dimmed lighting and limits outside air intakes whenever possible, Thompson said.
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When asked if there were any functions that L3Harris had interrupted due to the heat, Thompson replied, “Not at the moment, encouraging constant hydration.”
Ahead of real estate
The Harrell team, a longtime fixture in the local real estate scene, has become the Onward Real Estate team, COO Kyle Cox said.
“It should be noted that Brad and Melissa Harrell are still the owners and we have the same great staff,” Cox said via email. “It was simply an effort to more accurately identify and project who we are and want to be as a company. It is indicative of forward movement, progress, commitment and determination.
The company’s new website is onwardret.com.
Team members include Keller Williams Residential Realty, KW Commercial Realty, Alliance Property Management, Lindon Holdings Land Development and HarCo Investment LLC, Cox said.
Purchase adjacent to BRIC
Baylor University recently completed the purchase of 4 acres of land adjacent to the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative at 100 Research Parkway. This is the former General Tire & Rubber Co. plant which began to close in the 1980s.
Baylor-anchored operations began there in 2013 following an extensive remodel.
Waco industrial real estate specialist Bland Cromwell said Baylor had been interested in the adjacent 4 acres since BRIC talks began.
“It was kind of the last piece of the whole first draft. It just took a while,” Cromwell said. “It was a little building just south of BRIC.”
“We have no immediate plans for the property, but it will provide future growth opportunities for Baylor to develop R1-related (research) business over the long term,” the university spokeswoman said. Lori Fogleman, via email.
The seller was WGLT LLC, whose agent is Waco businessman Gordon Robinson.
To help minority-owned businesses survive the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cen-Tex African American Chamber has launched its Cen-Tex Minority Business Equity Fund. Public and private sector donations continue to support the program. The McLennan County Commissioners Court has allocated $50,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to the Equity Fund, prompting a “thank you” from the chamber in a press release. Recent funding recipients include Sweep, Symphony Candle Co., Roc My Style, Glyphx Design, 4 Sons Trucking, the Relationship Clinic and KDR Transport LLC, the press release states.
Anyone interested in contributing to the Equity Fund can find more information at centexchamber.com.
Waco under 40
The Greater Waco Chamber has announced its Waco Under 40 Award winners. The program aims to identify local leaders under 40 and encourage young people to become leaders. A ceremony is scheduled for November 3 at Bird-Kultgen Ford.
The list includes Dr. Oluwarotimi Adesina, Ascension Providence; Trevor Beuerlein, Beuerlein Angus Ranch; Krista Brinser, Baylor University; Adrian Fajardo, Waco ISD; Carole Fergusson, Keep Waco Beautiful; Mark Firmin, Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson Law Firm; Dr. Danielle Geshay, Brazos Braces Orthodontics; Evan Hankins, First National Bank of Central Texas; and Christina Helmick, Extraco Banks; Matt Helton, National Central Bank; Kristina Holcomb, Premier ER and Urgent Care; Chris Martin, Ideal Personal Storage; Gary Pilant, Community Bank & Trust; Calvin Schoenfeld, L3Harris; Dr. Tyler Snedden, Texas Oncology-Waco; Megan Snipes, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center; Juan Tello, BancorpSouth; and Kent Willis, Pattillo, Brown & Hill LLP.
On the food scene, Mac House, the Franklin Avenue food kiosk that sells macaroni and cheese variations as well as salads and sandwiches, will close at the end of the month, according to a notice on Mac House’s website. He will move on to operating a food truck and catering.
Pop’s Lemonade will take over the kiosk, its first physical location.
Tiny Pies, which started in Austin and has four locations there, will open a store at Union Hall, the food hall on Eighth Street and Franklin Avenue. A dozen boxes arrived at the Tribune-Herald press room on Thursday, and the name says it all. The homemade product fits comfortably in the hand, much like a kolache filled with fruit, and tastes like a slice of something Grandma used to make.