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Karina Ramirez: Labinal celebrates new headquarters with ceremony

On Tuesday, Safran Group’s Labinal Inc. inaugurated its new site at the former Russell-Newman building, 3790 Russell Newman Blvd.

The 130,000-square-foot location serves as Labinal’s new American headquarters and is double the footprint of its previous building. Labinal produces wire harnesses for customers including Boeing, Sikorsky and Bell Helicopter.

Labinal CEO Karen Bomba said in a news statement that the facility provides room for improvement and growth through investments in its existing locations.

“Labinal has a truly global workforce and we remain committed to our operations in North America, where almost half of our workforce is based,” she said.

Jorge Ortega, vice president and general manager of Labinal North America, said the move to the new headquarters did not affect customers.

“We split the move into 41 projects and set aggressive targets as a team,” he said in a news statement. “It was good to see everyone step up and take personal ownership of the success of the project.”

Building renovations included automatic lighting controls, high-efficiency light fixtures and updated insulation. The facility now uses less water and has an energy management system, officials said.

Labinal has 700 employees and is looking to accommodate future employment growth, the news release stated.

Denton Regional Medical Center teamed up with Mission Regan and area firefighters to provide mattresses for people affected by the West plant explosion.

After the April 17 disaster, the hospital worked with several Little Elm firefighters to coordinate the donation and delivery of 41 hospital mattresses for relief efforts.

The mattresses were donated to Mission Regan, a nonprofit that repurposes used medical supplies for those in need. Denton Regional Medical Center is one of the organization’s donating partners.

May is both National Barbecue Month and National Military Appreciation Month, so the drink cups at Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q are sporting camo colors in support of veterans and Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit that builds homes for severely injured veterans.

Customers who opt to donate $1 to the organization will get a coupon for a drink, according to a news release.

Funds raised through May will be designated for Army Spc. Justin Perez-Gorda, who was left paralyzed and suffered a traumatic brain injury after an explosion in Afghanistan. Homes for Our Troops plans to build a custom home for Perez-Gorda in Dripping Springs.

Rudy’s will donate additional funds based on the number of its new followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this month.

Rudy’s Denton location is at 520 S. Interstate 35E. For more information and links, visit .

Moms are getting more technology this year for Mother’s Day than ever before.

According to the National Retail Federation’s Mother’s Day survey, shoppers will spend $2.3 billion on electronics for mothers this year, up from $1.6 billion in 2012.

Just over a third of respondents said they planned to give jewelry, spending a total of $4.2 billion, up from $3.7 billion in 2012.

Other gifts include brunch or dinner, flowers, gift cards, clothing or accessories, and spa treatments or other services.

Pollster BIGinsight surveyed 4,912 consumers during April 2-9. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points.

Texas received an “A” grade for Small Business Friendliness, according to the 2013 Small Business Survey. The survey, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, used data from 7,766 small-business owners nationwide.

Respondents granted the state an “A” for ease of hiring, employment laws and labor regulations and environmental regulations. The state also ranked seventh in the nation for the quality of its online business resources.


Katherine Siwek recently became the compulsory program director and USA Gymnastics girls team coach at Achievers Gymnastics Center.

Siwek spent 12 years as the women’s assistant gymnastics coach at Seattle Pacific University and also previously worked for ASI Gymnastics in Keller. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Seattle Pacific, where she was on the gymnastics team.

For more information, visit

Coming up

Making sense of the health care reform act will be the topic of discussion at the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce’s May luncheon, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

For cost and more information, e-mail

On Friday, GameOn Athletics will celebrate its third anniversary. The training facility, at 2686 Old Alton Road, will offer football, soccer, baseball and basketball challenges, demonstrations, food, prizes and more.

For more information, call 940-565-1500 or visit .

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.