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As Texas governor highlights Lockhart tech startup, other smaller businesses still struggle to get back on their feet

Feb 3, 2021

LOCKHART, Texas (Nexstar) — A Texas-born enterprise is having fun with some additional consideration Tuesday after being featured in Gov. Greg Abbott’s State of the State address as the right instance of Texas’ rising economic system. The corporate, Visionary Fiber Applied sciences, is seeking to innovate the refining and processing operations in a number of industries. “This know-how is mainly centered on creating a paradigm shift in chemical engineering gear,” VFT’s principal scientist Rana Mohamed defined, including their micron fibers make processing and refining far more environment friendly. “As a result of now we have these very small, slim channels, oil, and water can combine with out agitation, and on the similar time separate, so that you scale back the necessity for mixing and settling time, and your course of turns into far more environment friendly,” Mohamed defined. The corporate’s CEO and president, John Kinzer, mentioned Texas was the right place to launch again in 2018, and never simply because the scientist who patented the know-how is predicated at Texas State College. “It’s a very pro-business setting,” Kinzer defined. On Monday, the governor touted fewer rules and crimson tape to get in the best way of enterprise development in Texas in contrast with different states. “Texas does make it simpler to draw expertise. However you recognize, it’s, it’s the truth that there’s loads of expertise right here already,” Kinzer mentioned. There’s expertise proper throughout city, too, working the pits at Black’s BBQ. It’s been in enterprise now for almost 90 years. “My grandfather opened the enterprise proper through the Despair,” proprietor Kent Black mentioned. Right here, the previous 12 months have been troublesome attributable to pandemic rules. “The principles have modified virtually weekly… in order that’s been a battle,” Black mentioned. “We’ve executed our greatest to comply with the entire guidelines, the entire security guidelines. And we test temperatures daily with our workers. And we’ve been hanging in there.” Black mentioned the enterprise is down almost 30% in income, however they’re making it work. “I haven’t laid off a single worker. So we’re doing our greatest to maintain our workers collectively,” Black defined. He’s hopeful vaccine rollout will choose up steam quickly to get small and large companies alike booming in Texas. “We’re hoping, you recognize, issues shall be quite a bit higher by this summer time,” Black mentioned. Extra about Visionary Fiber Applied sciences Not solely is the know-how serving to processing turn out to be extra environment friendly, it’s additionally much less wasteful. “No matter desired materials you’re making an attempt to make, you wish to get essentially the most out of it. And a few of these supplies get misplaced in, in inefficient processes. So our know-how reduces that,” Mohamed defined. Mohamed mentioned the know-how has the potential to make renewable gasoline a risk. “It’s an actual risk, with no ton of power utilization, and with out the necessity to modify engines, and truly have the ability to make to make use of diesel that’s comprised of vegetable sources fairly than crude oil,” Mohamed defined. CEO Kinzer additionally expanded on native management that helped solidify their option to launch in Lockhart, particularly. “Town, the county, all of the officers, the Lockhart Financial Improvement Company, everybody was actually gracious, and went out of their approach to to assist us to achieve success,” Kinzer mentioned.

John Kinzer Investments

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John Kinzer has made 1 investments. Their latest investment was in Drift as part of their Series A on January 1, 2015.

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John Kinzer has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was Drift on September 01, 2021.

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9/1/2021

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