Ground effect: Helicopter service companies Era Group and Bristow Group, which operate heliports at Scholes International Airport in Galveston, last week finalized a merger in an industry likely to see more consolidation as the oil and gas industry struggles against significant headwinds.

The 13 island employees will remain in the merger, which won’t dramatically change operations beyond a name change to Bristow and the eventual repainting of the helicopters to Bristow’s trademark red, white and blue colors, spokesman Ed Memi said.

Laura Elder: 409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com

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