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26-story mixed-use tower planned at Taylor & Fifth in downtown Fort Worth

Jetta Operating Co., a 24-year-old privately held oil and gas company in Fort Worth, and a related entity plan a 26-story mixed-use tower downtown at Taylor and Fifth streets on a site once owned by the Star-Telegram.

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UPDATE: Six candidates file for two Water Board seats

Six candidates have filed for the two open seats on the Tarrant Regional Water Board, setting up a battle that could potentially shift the balance of power on the board and the priorities of one of the largest water districts in Texas.

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Fort Worth breaks ground on $8.6 million South Main renovation

Fort Worth Near Southsiders and city officials broke ground Monday on the 18-month rebuild of South Main Street between Vickery Boulevard and West Magnolia Avenue.

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Fort Worth Chamber names Small Business of the Year winners

A trampoline recreation business; an oilfield services company; a longtime aviation maintenance firm; a maker of electrical wiring harnesses. Those were the wide variety of businesses that received the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

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Body-camera maker has financial ties to former Fort Worth police chief, others

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions.

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Bell to lay off 115 engineers

 

Bell Helicopter plans to lay off 115 engineers, primarily at the company’s Fort Worth corporate headquarters, the company informed workers earlier this week.
In a statement Cathy Ferrie, Bell’s senior vice president of engineering, said the company remains committed to future programs, but “for these programs to win in the marketplace we have to be cost competitive.”
In May, Bell laid off about 140 workers.


Bell’s parent company, Textron on Wednesday said its fourth-quarter net income rose 13 percent, benefiting from higher revenue from its Cessna jet and Bell helicopter businesses and its industrial division.
Textron officials said in 2013 Bell delivered 13 V-22s, 6 H-1s and 75 commercial helicopters in the quarter, up from last year’s fourth quarter when it delivered 9 V-22s, 6 H-1s and 65 commercial helicopters in last year’s fourth quarter. During the quarter, the Department of Defense also notified Congress that it intends to sell six V-22s to Israel.


On the commercial helicopter front, Textron reported that Bell delivered 213 helicopters for the full year, up 13 percent from last year’s 188 units.
Despite those improvements, Textron officials said they expect Bell to be flat in 2014, reflecting a decrease in military revenue that should be offset by increases in the commercial business. - Robert Francis
 

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