Thursday, April 11 2019
Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Lowe as Port Freeport Director of Administration and Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for the accounting and financial reporting, treasury, risk management, financial analysis and human resource management.
Lowe joins Port Freeport from BASF with more than 20 years of managerial experience including leading multi-business unit accounting activities, financial leadership support, acquisition integrations, contract reviews, and organizational designs. Lowe holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. He is also an active member of the local community as a volunteer board member of Boys and Girls Club of Brazoria County, as well as served on the Finance Committee of Brazosport Regional Health System.
“On behalf of the Port Commission, I would like to extend a welcome to Mr. Lowe as he joins Port Freeport. We look forward to working with him on the Port’s continuing success for the future,” said Port Chairman Paul Kresta.
Thursday, March 21 2019
Ongoing Success and Positive Outlook Underscore Port’s Pivotal Role in North American Trade
Brownsville, TX -- The Port of Brownsville set new records in tonnage and total operating revenue in 2018, moving 11.3 million tons of diverse cargos with operating revenues of more than $24.2 million. The results, announced today at the annual State of the Port Address, reveal a 6.6 percent increase in cargos, a 25 percent increase in rail movements, and a 2.5 percent increase in operating revenues from the previous year.
“Congratulations to our partners, customers, and port users who all contributed to these new high-water marks,” said John Reed, Chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. “Steel was up, almost all petroleum categories were up, dry bulk cement and sugar were way up.
Friday, March 15 2019
Photo Caption: Port Freeport Commission and Executive Director/CEO, Phyllis Saathoff, present Brian Fielkow, CEO of Jetco Delivery and Brittany Schaeffer, Tenaris Community Relations, with The Environmental Stewardship Award.
Freeport, TX -- On March 12th, Port Freeport Commissioners awarded Tenaris and Jetco Delivery with “The Environmental Stewardship Award.” The award recognizes both partners for their utilization of the Freeport heavy-lift corridor (HLC) as part of their operations.
“The Port Commission is proud to recognize our partners that support the vision of positive economic impact while improving the quality of life and creating jobs in our local communities,” said Port Commission Chairman Paul Kresta. “The entire community benefits from fewer trucks on the road and reduced emissions.”
Tuesday, February 19 2019
Photo Cutline: Port Freeport Commission and Executive Director/CEO, Phyllis Saathoff, join the Brazos Pilots Association to commemorate the approval of a port dispatch center.
Freeport, TX — A new port dispatch center could prove to have an invaluable economic impact on Freeport area jobs, the local shipping industry and beyond.
The Port Freeport Commission voted unanimously to approve a contract for pilot dispatch services with Fort Velasco Signal Station, LLC for monitoring and managing the ship traffic coming in and out of the Freeport Harbor as the port continues to grow and flourish.
Larger ports have used and operated dispatch centers for decades to help manage their ship traffic, but it has not been economically efficient to have one in Freeport until now.
Friday, December 21 2018
Brownsville, TX -- The Port of Brownsville announces the promotion of Jorge I. Montero as new director of communications, effective Dec. 17, 2018.
Montero has more than 14 years of experience in journalism, marketing and communications, previously serving as communications specialist for the port. He now oversees the department responsible for implementing internal and external communications and media relations efforts for the Port of Brownsville.
Friday, December 14 2018
Ranks Second in Value of Exports
Brownsville, TX — For the third straight year, Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 (FTZ) at the Port of Brownsville ranks second in the nation for the value of exports, according to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board’s annual report to Congress released Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.
The port’s FTZ reported more than $3.5 billion in exported goods in 2017. Additionally, FTZ No. 62 ranked 18th nationally for the value of imports totaling more than $3.6 billion. The Port of Brownsville FTZ has consistently ranked in the top five nationally since 2012, earning the number 1 spot in the nation in 2012 and 2013. The port’s FTZ has ranked second in the list for three straight years now (2015, 2016, 2017).
Dkota Investments, Inc. to Build Distribution Center for Bimbo Bakeries USA in Tomball Business & Technology Park
Thursday, November 29 2018
Pictured from left to right: Justin Leitch, President, Leitch Properties; Russell Leitch, President, Dakota Investments; Tomball Mayor Gretchen Fagan, Kelly Violette, Executive Director, TEDC; Tom Condon, Jr., Senior Vice President-The Woodlands, Colliers International
Tomball, TX — The Tomball Economic Development Corporation (TEDC), is pleased to announce that it has sold its fifth lot in the Tomball Business & Technology Park. The buyer, Dkota Investments, Inc. of Dallas, is a national company that provides build-to-suit facilities in the warehouse and mixed-use segments for large multi-national corporations as well as smaller, privately owned businesses.
Dkota Investments, Inc. purchased 4 acres in the Tomball Business and Technology Park for a 20,000 square foot build-to-suit distribution center for Bimbo Bakeries, USA. This project is anticipated to create 14 new full-time jobs operating two 8-hour shifts within the city of Tomball once operational later in 2019.
Thursday, November 08 2018
Brownsville, TX — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded the Port of Brownsville a $1.5 million Rider 45 grant to enhance the port’s intermodal connectivity, further facilitating domestic and international trade in the Rio Grande Valley.
The state funds will be used for the construction of the South Port Connector Project, which is part of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority’s (CCRMA) East Loop Corridor plan. When complete, the port connector road will span two miles and will connect Ostos Road at the port with State Highway 4.
“The Port of Brownsville is a valuable asset to the Texas economy and a major economic force in the region,” said John Reed, Brownsville Navigation District Chairman. “Infrastructure improvements such as the port connector facilitate our efforts in strengthening the port’s position as the main hub for domestic and international trade in South Texas.”
Wednesday, October 10 2018
Texarkana, USA — Governors from both sides of the state line will converge in downtown Texarkana on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 3 p.m. to announce the creation of the AR-TX Regional Economic Development Incorporation (AR-TX REDI)—an organization formed to serve as a catalyst for regional growth and a strengthened economy for southwest Arkansas and northeast Texas. The public is invited to attend the announcement ceremony held on the steps of the United States Post Office and Courthouse.
The historical joint appearance by Governor Greg Abbott (TX) and Governor Asa Hutchinson (AR) will headline the launch of AR-TX REDI, a new nonprofit organization that aims to create jobs and expand the regional economic base by attracting new businesses and industries. AR-TX REDI was created to promote the value of the area’s unique resources along the regional interstate corridors in Bowie (TX) and Miller (AR) Counties. Currently, the area has 106 miles of interstate frontage along the corridors of I-30, I-49, and future I-69 (currently called I-369).
Thursday, September 20 2018
Freeport, TX — At the regularly scheduled meeting on September 10th, the Port Freeport Commission approved a resolution to hold the ad valorem tax rate at $0.0401 per $100 of property valuation. Holding the tax rate allows Port Freeport to meet the 2019 debt service obligations and support the expansion of the Port’s operations. The current total tax rate of $0.0401, reduced 25 percent since 2011, includes approximately three cents directed to Maintenance and Operations and one cent dedicated to debt service.
In August, the Port Commission approved a resolution to provide further tax relief to individuals 65 years of age and older or disabled. The resolution expands the residence homestead exemption for individuals 65 years of age and older or disabled from $100,000 to $150,000. The increased exemption, along with the 20 percent general homestead exemption, will provide tax relief opportunity to qualifying navigation district residents.
Monday, May 07 2018
Freeport, TX -- On Saturday, May 5, voters approved Proposition A, a $130 million bond package supporting the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project. The proposition passed with 58 percent of the votes, clearing the way for the Port to proceed with an improvement project that will deepen Freeport Harbor Channel from its current depth of 45 feet to a maximum level of 55 feet at its deepest point.
Monday, April 23 2018
Plainview, TX — The Plainview - Hale County Business Park Groundbreaking Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, April 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Business Park located on Interstate 27, north of Highway 194 (Dimmitt Highway).
Congressman Jodey Arrrington is scheduled to attend the ceremony as well as U.S. Economic Development Association Representative Trisha Korbis.
Others in attendance include Mayor Wendell Dunlap, Hale County Judge Bill Coleman, Hale County Commissioners, Plainview City Council and the Plainview/Hale County Economic Development Corporation. The public is encouraged to attend.
“I am excited about the opportunity to attract new businesses and jobs to Hale County and my hometown of Plainview,” says Congressman Jodey Arrington. “This is a great example of local, state and federal leaders working together to support rural economics, which are the backbone of this country.”
Tuesday, April 17 2018
New Development to Attract Jobs, Open Doors for Kyle
Kyle, TX – A new key commerce area is breaking ground in one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities -- Kyle, Texas, just twenty-minutes south of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Hays Commerce Center, which sits on 108-acres, is a mixed-use master development situated on the west side of I-35 between Loop 4 and Kyle Crossing.
On April 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Hillwood Properties, HPI Real Estate Services & Investments, and officials from area municipalities will break ground on Hays Logistics Center located at 300 Vista Ridge, a two-building distribution and fulfillment center totaling over 400,000+ square feet of leasable space. Based on strong market trends in Hays County, Hays Logistics Center will be built on a speculative basis looking to support the area's growing e-commerce and logistics industries. Construction will begin with Building 1, a 220,000 SF building set to deliver Q4 2018.
Monday, March 12 2018
Record-setting accomplishments, current and future projects highlighted during annual State of the Port Address
Brownsville, TX — A full house of regional stakeholders applauded Port of Brownsville officials during reports of record revenue and tonnage in 2017 at its annual State of the Port Address March 8.
“The state of the Port of Brownsville is strong and getting stronger,” said Brownsville Navigation District Vice Chairman John Reed. “As evidence, I offer two critical measures of success: total operating revenue and tonnage.”
The port’s total operating revenue reached nearly $24 million in unaudited total revenue, exceeding the previous high-water mark of $19.9 million set in 2015 by more than $4 million. On the annual tonnage side of the business, the volume of cargo handled at the port topped 10.3 million short tons, also a new record.
Wednesday, March 07 2018
Image Source: Harlingen Economic Development
Groundbreaking ceremony announced for distribution center in Harlingen, TX
Harlingen, Texas – CARDONE Industries, Inc., a global leader in the automotive parts industry, announced plans to build a state-of-the-art distribution center in the Harlingen Industrial Park. CARDONE will make history as the largest industrial project to ever break ground in Harlingen, Texas.
Construction of the new facility will commence following a formal groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m., at 815 FM 509, Harlingen, TX 78550. Operations are expected to begin in Summer 2018. The facility is expected to be finished in December 2018.
Thursday, March 01 2018
Freeport, TX — Port Freeport recently selected winners of the 18th Annual Logo Drawing Contest for its Take-A-Child Fishing Tournament (TACFT) to be held on May 5th at Freeport Municipal Park. Brazoria County’s youth ages 3-14 are eligible to enter the contest and are invited by fliers distributed to the schools within the area.
The first-place winner of the TACFT Logo Drawing Contest is Isabella Nunez, a first-grade student at O.A Fleming in Freeport. Isabella was awarded a framed print of her drawing and a $100 Visa gift card. Mikalah Hegefeld, an eighth-grade student at Lake Jackson Intermediate, won second place and was presented a $50 Visa gift card and a framed print of her drawing. The third-place winner, Serena Aad, a seventh-grade student from Brazosport Christian School, also received a framed print of her drawing and won a $25 Visa gift card.
Port Freeport Commissioners Call for $130 Million Bond Election to Support Election to Support Channel Improvement Project
Monday, February 19 2018
Freeport, TX — Port Freeport Commissioners passed a resolution calling an election on May 5, 2018, for residents in the Navigation District to vote on a ballot measure authorizing the Port to issue up to $130 million in bonds for the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project. The proposed bond package, coupled with approximately $165 million in federal funds, would pay for the deepening and partial widening of the Freeport Harbor Channel and is intended to be accomplished without an increase in the Port’s total tax rate.
“The $130 million bond package will allow us to complete the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project and make Port Freeport the deepest port in Texas,” said Phyllis Saathoff, Executive Director and CEO of Port Freeport. “The entire federal cost-shared project, authorized by Congress in 2014, is estimated to cost approximately $295 million to construct, and more than half of this amount would be paid for with federal funds.”
Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. Invests in Waco Plant to Offer Consumers, Retailers More Product Variety & Choice
Tuesday, February 06 2018
New $30 Million Investment in Waco, Texas Facility
Waco, TX — Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., part of the world's largest manufacturer of chocolate, confections, gum and mints, announced that it will invest an additional $30 million in its Waco, Texas site, breaking ground on a 65,000 square foot product distribution expansion.
Tuesday, January 23 2018
Lockhart, TX — College Station-based Dailey Electric, Inc., will open a 9,100-square foot facility on six and half acres in Lockhart, Texas. The company has purchased a property at the intersection of SH-130 and Maple Street and expects to grow to 100 electrical construction employees in over five years. The facility is located at 2201 Maple Street and is the latest company to choose a site along SH-130 to better serve the growing Central Texas marketplace.
The Lockhart facility will handle the electrical contracting work in Lockhart and the surrounding areas. The SH-130 toll road, which connects Austin to San Antonio with an 85 MPH speed limit, and the access to talent were large factors in the company’s decision to expand to the city.
Wednesday, December 13 2017
Photo Cutline: Port Commission and staff presents check to Bobby Fuller, Director of Texas Port Ministry.
Freeport, TX -- In October, Port Freeport hosted its Annual Golf Tournament at The Wilderness Golf Course in Lake Jackson benefiting Texas Port Ministry. During today’s meeting, the Port Commission presented a check in the amount of $43,500 to Bobby Fuller, Director of Texas Port Ministry.
“Over one hundred forty golfers participated in the tournament this year, most from the Freeport and Houston maritime transportation industry, as well as local businesses within the district,” said Port Freeport Executive Director/CEO Phyllis Saathoff. “It is an honor to host the annual tournament knowing all the proceeds benefit the mariners and truckers that come into contact with our Port community.”
Wednesday, December 06 2017
Photo Caption: Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Wood (fourth from left) presents the Chairman’s Award to ISL President Chris Green (center) and the ISL management team.
Mississippi-Based Irby Construction Company Opens 14,000 sq. ft. Office and Warehouse in Lockhart, Texas
Tuesday, November 21 2017
Lockhart, TX -- Irby Construction Company, a premier transmission construction company based out of Richland, MS, has expanded to Lockhart, Texas, just 30-minutes southeast of downtown Austin. The new facility includes 14,000 square feet (SF), of which 4,000 SF is office space and 10,000 SF is warehouse. The Lockhart facility will begin with eight employees in the office who will be supporting over 200 employees in the Texas market. Due to the boom in energy infrastructure projects, Irby expects to continue hiring employees over the next 10 years to support expected growth. The leased facility is located at 1406 Blackjack Street, Lockhart, Texas, 78644.
Thursday, November 02 2017
Lubbock, TX -- The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) announced the creation of 66 new jobs and $66 million in capital investment at a press conference Wednesday morning. The additional jobs and investment come as a result of the expansion of two local businesses.
X-FAB Texas, Inc. expanded its operations to include the production of silicon carbide power devices. Now, Lubbock is the first 6-inch silicon carbide foundry in the world. The company made a capital investment of more than $15 million to adapt its production to manufacture high-efficiency electrical power via Wide BandGap materials such as the silicon carbide wafers, and expects to spend as much as $50 million in capital investment over the next 10 years to increase capacity for Wide BandGap manufacturing.
Tuesday, October 10 2017
Los Angeles-Based Business Expanding Operations to Lubbock
Tuesday, September 19 2017
Midland, Texas — Weir Oil & Gas, a leading supplier of equipment and services to the oil and gas sector, has agreed to build a new multi-million dollar facility in Midland, securing nearly 100 jobs over the next five years. Still pending the Midland City Council’s approval, the agreement negotiated by Midland’s Economic Development Corporation will include $1.8 million of forgivable loans payable to Weir over the next 5 years. The investment is contingent upon Weir investing nearly $30 million in a new facility, related equipment and inventory in the City of Midland by 2019, and total employee salary and benefit payments of $6 million per year.
Port of Corpus Christi Approves Project Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Deepening & Widening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel
Tuesday, September 05 2017
Corpus Christi, TX — The Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) Commission at a special meeting Friday, approved a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the deepening and widening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel (CC Ship Channel). The CC Ship Channel Improvement Project (CIP) will widen the CC Ship Channel to 530 feet plus additional barge shelves to allow for two way vessel and barge traffic in tandem, and deepen the CC Ship Channel to 54 feet MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water) to allow for safe passage of deep draft large vessels.
Friday, September 01 2017
Freeport, TX — Port Freeport at Port Condition RECOVERY. The Captain of the Port Sector Houston-Galveston of the United States Coast Guard is permitting the Freeport Harbor Channel to open for vessel transits starting 7:00 a.m. on August 31, 2017. Vessel transits will be daylight restricted and limited to vessels with draft of 33 feet or less until further notice. Surveys by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are currently underway to confirm deeper drafting vessels can safely enter the channel and proceed to their designated berths.
Post Hurricane Harvey Recovery Update Corpus Christi Ship Channel Re-Opens After Record Six Day Closure
Friday, September 01 2017
Corpus Christi, TX -- The United States Coast Guard Captain of the Port signed Marine Safety Information Bulletin authorizing the restricted opening of the Corpus Christi Sip Channel after a record six-day closure from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. This opening will allow the seven local refineries to startup operations in an effort to serve the already short transportation fuels markets in the region and the nation.
The CC Ship Channel restrictions are:
As the Corpus Christi Ship Channels re-opens, the Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots plan to start sailing the first vessel convoy at 1700 hrs. The Port’s Harbor Masters Office in concert with Industry to prioritize the more than 20 vessels currently awaiting berth assignments.
Thursday, August 31 2017
Temple, TX — Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) announced Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals, LLC will build a new $17 million capital investment, 36- bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Temple, TX. The project will result in 120 new jobs with an average annual salary of $52,000. The hospital will be located in the Temple Medical & Education District (TMED) South.
The Temple EDC Board of Directors approved a cash grant for infrastructure assistance at their May Board Meeting for Everest Rehabilitation Hospital.
“Everest Rehabilitation Hospital and TMED South will be the Southeast gateway to the community which is an ideal location for a specialty healthcare companies to locate.” said Temple EDC President David Blackburn. “Taking advantage of more than just our proximity to the population in the region, Everest Rehabilitation Hospital will also benefit from the talent and cost of doing business in Temple.”
Monday, August 28 2017
Corpus Christi, TX — In response to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) has now fully transitioned to Post Storm Recovery in accordance with the Port Hurricane Readiness Plan.
Tuesday, August 22 2017
Photo Cutline: Representatives from Port Freeport Commission, Executive Staff, and James Construction break ground for Phase 1 of the Parcel 14 Rail Development.
Freeport, TX — Port Freeport and their honored guests joined together for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the commencement for construction of the Phase 1 of the Parcel 14 Rail Development. The rail project has been one of the port’s long term strategic objectives for many years and will enhance landside accessibilities and supply chain efficiencies for the Port’s current and future users and for Brazoria County’s Petrochemical Industry.
Friday, August 11 2017
Freeport, TX — For the 28th year in a row, Port Freeport is awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, (GFOA), for its 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
Wednesday, August 09 2017
McLennan County, TX — Cypress Creek Renewables announces, in partnership with McLennan County and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, a $13,000,000 solar farm project in McLennan County near Bruceville-Eddy.
The 88-acre, 13 megawatt solar farm will generate enough power to support the energy needs of 1,000 homes annually, further supporting Central Texas’ growth and additional electricity demands. Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, completing within a six-month timeline. While under construction, the project is expected to support 100 related jobs. Cypress Creek is expected to utilize a significant number of local contractors to establish the site.
Wednesday, June 21 2017
Freeport, TX — During the June 9th Port Commission Meeting, Commissioners unanimously elected Paul Kresta Chairman of the Port Commission. John Hoss will serve as the Port Commission Vice Chairman. The other officers are as follows: Shane Pirtle, Port Commission Secretary; Bill Terry, Port Commission Assistant Secretary; Rudy Santos, Port Commissioner and Ravi Singhania, Port Commissioner.
Paul Kresta has served on the Port Commission since 2009 and is a life-long resident of Brazoria County. Employed by Phillips 66 since 1978, Kresta holds the position of Shift Superintendent and for 28 years has been in the private ranching business. Kresta served on the Board of the Brazoria County Fair Association for 25 years, contributed over 20 years to the Brazoria County Cattlemen’s Association as a member of the board and had served as president for two years. Kresta stays involved in other community organizations. Kresta has been married to Peggy Kresta since 1983 and has four children and one granddaughter.
Port Corpus Christi, Oxy Ingleside Energy Center Receive Very Large Crude Carrier, Largest Vessel to Call on a Gulf of Mexico Port
Tuesday, May 30 2017
Corpus Christi, TX -- The Port Corpus Christi announced the arrival of a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), the largest oil tanker ever to call on a Gulf of Mexico Port. The ship docked safely at the Oxy Ingleside Energy Center (OIEC) export terminal, the first crude oil export facility in the U.S. to receive such a large vessel.
The arrival of the VLCC reflects the port’s commitment to becoming a major exporter of Permian Basin crude and securing the infrastructure necessary to do so. Occidental Petroleum Corporation is using the visit for operational planning in preparation to regularly load VLCCs in the future from its oil export terminal.
Wednesday, April 19 2017
Corpus Christi, TX -- After months of negotiations, ExxonMobil and SABIC announced they have selected the San Patricio County site as their location to build its $10 Billion, 1,300-acre plastics manufacturing complex on the South Texas Gulf Coast.
The joint venture project between ExxonMobil and SABIC is a unique opportunity created by the abundance of low cost U.S. natural gas. ExxonMobil and SABIC bring unmatched expertise to this project, having worked together in petrochemical ventures for more than 35 years.
The economic forecast for this project indicates the multi-billion-dollar investment would create significant benefits for the South Texas region and beyond, generating thousands of jobs and stimulating positive economic growth. The plant would produce ethylene, one of the key ingredients for products ranging from antifreeze to plastics and it is scheduled to come online as early as 2020.
Thursday, March 23 2017
Brownsville, TX -- CSC Sugar began its new packaging and distribution operations at the Port of Brownsville March 22, 2017.
Key to the company’s expansion to Brownsville is the port’s rail infrastructure and cargo capabilities.
“We chose the Port of Brownsville specifically because it provides great access from both Union Pacific and BNSF railroads. It’s excellent rail connectivity. The freight rate to Brownsville is basically the same regardless where you’re coming from, whether it’s from the sugar growing regions in Minnesota or Idaho,” said Paul Farmer, CEO and president of CSC Sugar. “Having the Brownsville Rio Grande International Railway as the local short line is also a key part of the deal,” he added.
In 2014, the port signed a strategic partnership with OmniTRAX to operate BRG and develop the 1,400-acre GEOTRAC Industrial Hub.
Thursday, March 23 2017
Corpus, Christi, TX -- On March 3, 2017 at the Port Readiness Committee Meeting, U.S. Army LTC Brad Bane, presented recognition to Port Corpus Christi COO/Deputy Executive Director, Sean Strawbridge, for Port Corpus Christi’s support during recent Military Out-Load operations. The U.S. Army 842nd Transportation Battalion loaded and deployed over 1600 pieces of equipment including a fleet of Apache Helicopters via Port Corpus Christi.
Thursday, March 16 2017
Board Praises Record of Success; Announces Search for Successor
Austin, TX — Tracye McDaniel announced plans to depart her position as President and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation effective March 22, 2017. She will launch McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems LLC, a specialized consulting firm that will work with businesses, government and non-profit organizations.
“It’s been an exciting opportunity to work with Governor Abbott and his executive team. We’ve had some dramatic successes together,” said Tracye McDaniel. “But after thirty-plus years managing public and private economic development organizations in and outside of Texas, I’m ready for a change.”
Her new company, McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems, will focus on advising leaders on their organizations’ most critical issues and opportunities. She said that the company’s priority is to position its clients for “epic” success and help differentiate them from their competition.
Stream Realty Partners Named to Market for Sale 126-acre Gateway Industrial Park in Gainesville in Partnership with the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation
Wednesday, March 01 2017
Dallas, TX -- Stream Realty Partners, a national real estate development, services and investment firm, has been named to market Gateway Industrial Park, a 126-acre, master-planned industrial park located in northwest Gainesville, just off Interstate 35 in the NAFTA Corridor.
Bob Hagewood and Cannon Green with Stream Realty Partners will partner with the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) to market the park.
“We are fortunate to team up with the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation to market Gateway Industrial Park,” said Bob Hagewood, senior vice president, Stream Realty Partners. “We see Gainesville as an excellent alternative for companies that want hard working, prideful employees and a city with open arms to development. It is well located along IH-35, with convenient access to the Dallas-Fort Worth region as well as Southern Oklahoma.”
Amazon Announces Ninth Fulfillment Center in Texas; New Robotics Site Will Create 1,000-Plus Full-Time Jobs
Thursday, January 19 2017
The new Coppell site will be the sixth fulfillment center in the DFW metroplex
Coppell, Texas -- Amazon.com, Inc. announced plans to open its ninth Texas fulfillment center in Coppell. Amazon currently employs more than 10,000 full-time associates at its seven currently operating fulfillment centers across the state and plans to create 1,000 more full-time positions at its third Coppell facility.
Elsewhere in the Lone Star State, Amazon currently operates fulfillment centers in Coppell (two facilities), Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, Schertz and San Marcos with a facility currently under construction in Houston. Amazon also has sortation centers in Irving, San Antonio and Houston.
Wednesday, January 18 2017
Central Texas Area, Texas – The Grand Central Texas (GCT) economic development partnership releases marketing video to attract and retain companies in the Central Texas area–a region that encompasses a population of 724,673. The marketing video showcases assets and information from the Bell, Coryell, Falls, Lampasas, McLennan and Milam counties.
Friday, December 16 2016
Brownsville, TX -- The Port of Brownsville expects to set tonnage and revenue records in 2016 predicts Eduardo A. Campirano, Port Director & CEO.
Campirano made the prediction before a group of 150 present Thursday at his State of the Port Address in Brownsville.
In 2015, the port handled more than 10.1 million tons of cargo, exceeding the 2014 record of 8.4 million tons, and recorded almost $20 million in revenue. Although the final numbers for 2016 are not yet available the port is on track to set new tonnage and revenue records. Campirano credits the Brownsville Navigation Board (BND) of Commissioners, customers and business partners for the port’s best performance to date.
Friday, December 16 2016
Port of Brownsville, TX -- West Plains LLC, a grain elevator subsidiary of the BioUrja Group, hosted a grand re-opening event Thursday, December 15, 2016, officially opening one of the port’s most iconic buildings.
The 50-year-old grain elevator has handled millions of tons of grain passing through the port, and upon completion of its modernization it will be equipped for efficient and high-speed handling of grain through all modes of transportation – truck, rail and vessel.
The renovated facility will provide storage for nearly 3 million bushels of grain, and in addition it will add eight full-time, year-round jobs.
“The agricultural industry in the Rio Grande Valley continues to have a tremendous economic impact for the region,” said John Wood, Brownsville Navigation District Chairman. “We’re pleased that the partnership between West Plains LLC, OmniTRAX Inc. and the Port of Brownsville will benefit our local growers and connect them with new markets.”
Tuesday, November 22 2016
Waco, TX -- Channel Control Merchants, LLC (CCM), has selected Greater Waco for the site of its first Texas distribution operation. The company has acquired a 200,000 square foot building located at 401 Precision Drive and will invest $1,050,000 in capital improvements and hire 116 employees. The company plans to have the facility updated, fully staffed and operational by September 2016.
Monday, November 14 2016
Sugar Land, TX - The Sugar Land Development Corporation recently approved an agreement with ABM as the Company relocates its corporate shared services operations to the City of Sugar Land.
ABM, a Fortune 500 company and a leading provider of facility solutions, has been proudly serving Texas since 1945 and currently has over 10,000 employees maintaining over 4,500 buildings throughout the state.
“ABM is excited to join the Sugar Land corporate community,” said D. Anthony Scaglione, CFO of ABM Industries Incorporated. “The City presented itself as a compelling business environment and a prime residential location. We look forward to our partnership with Sugar Land.”
Thursday, November 03 2016
Economic Development Incentives Available for Qualifying Businesses
Monday, October 24 2016
Austin, TX -- Governor Greg Abbott announced that Jacobs Engineering Group will be relocating its global headquarters from Pasadena, California to Dallas, Texas. Jacobs Engineering Group is a Fortune 500 company that provides maintenance, fabrication, construction and maintenance management technology to primary process industries. The headquarters relocation will bring more than 100 new jobs and $4 million in capital investment to the State of Texas. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of $1.3 million has been extended to Jacobs Engineering Group.
“Texas is already home to more than 50 Fortune 500 companies, and I am proud to announce today it will be home to one more,” said Governor Abbott. “Because of our robust economic environment, more businesses are choosing to call Texas home. I would like to welcome Jacobs Engineering Group as the latest business to relocate its headquarters from California to the Lone Star State.”
Friday, September 30 2016
Corpus Christi, TX -- An important amendment addressing the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project was included in legislation passing the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (H.R. 5303) is a comprehensive bipartisan legislation addressing the needs of America’s ports, harbors, locks, dams, flood protection, and other water resources infrastructure.
Thursday, September 29 2016
Corpus Christi, TX -- The State of the Port annual luncheon is is set for Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center. This year marks Port Corpus Christi's 90th year and the Port encourages attendees to “Feel the Energy” as we highlight the work, role and future of the Port of Corpus Christi.
Friday, September 23 2016
44,046 jobs in Texas related to port cargo movement
Brownsville, TX -- Maritime activity at the Port of Brownsville added $3 billion to the state economy in 2015 according to a new economic impact study commissioned by the port.
The study also reveals port activity is responsible for $2.2 billion in total personal income and local consumption, and $164.4 million in federal, state and local taxes. Additionally, the port is responsible for the creation of 44,036 total jobs statewide.
“The regional impact on jobs has grown dramatically,” said John Wood, chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. “The reason can be attributed to the increase in cargo handled at the port and the value of the commodities.”
Port Corpus Christi Commissioners Adopt a Memorandum of Understanding with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvements
Tuesday, September 20 2016
Corpus Christi, TX -- On Tuesday, September 20, at the September 2016 meeting of the Port Corpus Christi Authority, Port Corpus Christi Commissioners adopted a Resolution Approving a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District (COE) for work provided or performed prior to execution of a project partnership agreement for the Corpus Christi Ship Channel - Channel Improvement Project (CCSC-CIP).
The MOU allows for in-kind contributions by Port Corpus Christi for sediment testing services associated with dredging the entrance channel of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel ahead of a Project Partnership Agreement for the Corpus Christi Ship Channel - Channel Improvement Project (CCSC-CIP).
Friday, September 16 2016
Brownsville, TX -- Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville ranks second in the nation for the value of exports (shipments to foreign countries) during 2015 according to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board’s annual report to Congress released Thursday, September 15, 2016.
Dorchester County, South Carolina, and Broward County, Florida, are ranked one and three, respectively.
The Port of Brownsville FTZ reported exported goods valued at more than $3.2 billion in 2015. Additionally, FTZ No. 62 increased its national ranking for the value of imports to 21, up from 25 in 2014. The value of imports received totaled more than $3.3 billion.
Wednesday, September 14 2016
Midland, TX -- The Midland City Council and the Midland Development Corporation (MDC) approved two agreements with LeoLabs, Inc., a company offering space debris tracking services.
The city of Midland has executed a License Agreement regarding city-owned property for the use of LeoLabs.
The MDC has entered into a promotional agreement with LeoLabs, Inc., which will include advertising and publicizing for the City of Midland for the purpose of developing new and expanded business enterprises.
Tuesday, August 09 2016
Brownsville, TX -- The Port of Brownsville is launching an electronic newsletter on Monday, August 8, 2016, describing the port and maritime industry to interested readers.
The e-newsletter, Port Matters, is designed to give readers inside access to understanding how the port works, its role as a partner with other businesses and its place in the global marketplace.
“Port Matters is a play on words,” explains Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Wood. “The articles highlight port matters and also explain why the port matters to the local, state and international economy.”
Tuesday, August 09 2016
Austin, TX -- Governor Greg Abbott announced that The Charles Schwab Corporation will be establishing a new regional campus in Westlake, Texas. Schwab’s new campus will include more than 500,000 square feet of commercial office space, $100 million in planned capital investment and the creation of at least 1,200 new jobs over the next ten years. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $6 million has been extended to Charles Schwab. The project will create the largest number of new jobs by a TEF grant recipient since the beginning of Governor Abbott’s administration.
“Texas remains the brightest beacon of free enterprise in the nation, and Charles Schwab’s decision to expand its operations in North Texas is yet another testament to the Lone Star State’s promising economic climate,” said Governor Abbott. “By expanding their facilities, pouring millions into the Texas economy and creating more than a thousand new jobs, Charles Schwab is investing in the North Texas community and bringing more opportunities for our world-class workforce. I am proud this leader in the financial industry has chosen to expand in the Lone Star State."
Wednesday, July 20 2016
Lubbock, TX -- The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) and Market Lubbock, Inc. announced the creation of 580 new jobs and a $9.92 million capital investment at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. The additional jobs come as a result of the expansion of one local business and the expansion of another new business to the Lubbock community.
Monday, July 18 2016
Corpus Christi, TX -- Port Corpus Christi and Martin Midstream Partners announced the construction of Oil Dock 15 on the Northside of the Inner Harbor. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m.
Monday, July 11 2016
Brownsville, TX -- International Shipbreaking, LLC. Vice President Robert Berry has been appointed to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) by U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Paul N. Jaenichen.
Mr. Berry has more than 30 years of experience in the marine recycling industry, including managing the dismantling/recycling of Navy and commercial ships, drilling rigs and other maritime equipment.
Wednesday, July 06 2016
Birmingham, AL -- Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC), is pleased to announce the building of a new, expanded distribution center (DC) near Dallas, TX. The facility is scheduled to open in March 2017, and will be managed by Dan Krska.
The new address of the building site, on which Motion has just broken ground, will be 200 W. Trinity Boulevard, Grand Prairie, Texas.
"The new facility will provide excellent proximity for our current market and employee base," said Joe Limbaugh, Motion Industries Vice President, Operations. "The larger space will allow us to grow our industrial supply segment, and adequately fill customer demand in this region. As well, Motion's 5-star processes and technologies will be implemented as part of the new design, which will accelerate our speed to market."
Monday, June 06 2016
Brownsville, TX -- The Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners have elected John Wood chairman.
During its regular board meeting on May 18, 2016, the commission also elected John Reed as vice-chairman and Sergio Tito Lopez as secretary. Carlos R. Masso and Ralph Cowen also serve as commissioners.
Additionally, during the meeting Vice-Chairman Reed, Secretary Lopez and Commissioner Cowen were sworn in to begin their third four-year terms on the BND Board.
Thursday, June 02 2016
Waco, TX -- Channel Control Merchants, LLC (CCM), has selected Greater Waco for the site of its first Texas distribution operation. The company has acquired a 200,000 square foot building located at 401 Precision Drive and will invest $1,050,000 in capital improvements and hire 116 employees. The company plans to have the facility updated, fully staffed and operational by September 2016.
CCM chose Waco as its first Texas distribution location due to the central location within the state.
The company will also open a 38,000-square-foot retail location at 300 North Valley Mills Drive under its Dirt Cheap brand with plans for multiple retail locations throughout Texas. Dirt Cheap is the largest retailer of customer returns and marked out of stock merchandise in the United States.
Wednesday, May 25 2016
Washington -- More than 20 representatives of Texas communities and a member of the Texas Transportation Commission were on Capitol Hill this week urging federal officials to continue and accelerate the ongoing development of Interstate 69.
Local leaders participating as members of the Alliance for I-69 Texas pressed for federal approval of federal grants for two specific Texas projects that will improve freight movement on segments of I-69. The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking funding under the FASTLANE grant program for the I-35/I-69W interchange project in Laredo and for a portion of SH 99 which will connect I-69 directly to the Port of Houston.
The FASTLANE program was established as part of the FAST Act, the five-year federal transportation bill passed by Congress last year. This program will provide $4.5 billion over five years in competitive grants or credit assistance to nationally and regionally significant freight and highway projects.
Port Corpus Christi Sponsors AMBUCS in Support of Local Six Year Old Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy Patient
Tuesday, May 17 2016
Corpus Christi, TX, USA – Port Corpus Christi helps to provide support for a Driscoll Children’s Hospital patient with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. Six year old, Brandon Quintanilla was fitted with an AmTryke adaptive tricycle on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
Brandon, his Physical Therapist, and his family will bring his AmTryke to the Port Corpus Christi Commission Meeting to meet Commissioners and share how he uses the tricycle on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:30 AM at the Congressman Solomon Ortiz International Center, 402 Harbor Drive.
Port Corpus Christi is sponsoring an AMBUCS project helping to provide Brandon with the new AmTryke tricycle to continue his therapy at home.
Thursday, May 05 2016
Brownsville, TX -- Since beginning operations in 1965, the use of the Port of Brownsville’s grain elevator was in high demand. Millions of tons of grains like sorghum, corn, seed meal and oats were shipped from the port all over the world.
In a deal that seeks to recapture those glory years, West Plains LLC signed an agreement with the Brownsville Navigation District to modernize and reactivate the grain elevator in support of grain farmers throughout South Texas.
During its meeting Wednesday, May 4, the BND Board unanimously approved the lease, pumping new life into one of the port’s most iconic buildings.
“Farming is part of the DNA of the people of the Rio Grande Valley and many of its residents remember when the port used to move millions of tons of sorghum, corn, and other grain commodities,” stated BND Chairman Ralph Cowen. “We worked really hard to make this project become a reality and I am very pleased to have had the full support of the board as well as the support from the port’s staff who worked diligently to achieve this objective.
Monday, April 25 2016
Expansion to add more than 100 full time jobs to local Waco and Central Texas economies
Waco, TX -- Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, broke ground on a $200 million expansion of its Waco, Texas facility. The expansion will add 322,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the current facility, nearly doubling its current footprint. Once completed, the expansion is expected to add approximately 100 full-time jobs, with the potential for the expanded operations adding as many as 250 full-time jobs as the facility reaches full utilization. New positions that will be added include chemists, microbiologists, process engineers and production and maintenance technicians.
Monday, April 25 2016
By Roland C. Mower, President and CEO — Port San Antonio
Planned facility will attract, expand operations in multi-billion-dollar industry
Port San Antonio, TX -- The time-tested adage of “nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd” has held true for a broad spectrum of industries around the country—from Silicon Valley’s technology cradle to Detroit’s automotive resurgence. Centers of gravity for different employment sectors flourish in places where they achieve economies of scale, tap into the talent of a well-prepared workforce and count on focused and nuanced support of local policy-makers.
In this vein, San Antonio has ably leveraged its longstanding Military City, U.S.A. credentials to quickly become a national leader in cyber security. Thanks to existing secure facilities throughout the area’s bases, our city was first in line to accommodate large numbers of newly-minted cyber-warriors as recently as five years ago.
Monday, April 18 2016
Waco, TX -- Central Tube and Bar expands their operation into the greater Waco, Texas area by adding 20 Waco jobs to a 40,000 square foot facility and the largest tube laser operating in Texas.
Conway, Arkansas based Central Tube and Bar has announced their new location in Waco, Texas. Operations will officially start April 25, 2016, and will include the largest tube laser operating in Texas with a 16 inch diameter capacity. The announcement was made by Dustin Ward, President of the company.
Thursday, April 14 2016
Temple, Tx -- Performance Food Group Company (PFG) and The Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) announced that Performance Foodservice ‒ Temple will soon begin a $10-million expansion project. The expansion will include construction of a 76,000-square foot addition to the current operation at 4141 Lucius McCelvey Drive and is expected to create 100 additional jobs during the next 60 months.
The Temple EDC Board of Directors approved an economic development agreement that includes a cash grant, and The City of Temple also provided a 50 percent tax abatement to the company for five years.
Tuesday, April 12 2016
Innovative Package Includes Loan/Grant Plus Tax Abatement
Center, Texas -- The Center Economic Development Corporation recently closed on an incentive agreement with Yoakum-based Sustainable Soil Solutions, LLC, which plans to produce an organic fertilizer product.
“We are delighted that Sustainable Soil chose Center over other communities and plans to re-use an existing facility,” said Center Mayor David Chadwick. Sustainable Soil recently purchased the former Bruce’s Hardwood Flooring plant in Center, which closed in 2009. Following a successful rezoning effort, Sustainable Soil bought the 38 acre facility from a group of local investors.
“We ultimately chose Center over another city because of the existing building and proximity to our primary feedstock,” explained Dennis Kaspar, President of Sustainable Soil. “Also the City and Economic Development were very welcoming to us and our product.” Sustainable Soil agreed to invest $5 million in facility improvements and equipment and create 22 local jobs.
Friday, April 08 2016
Waco, TX -- Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. announces plans to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing operation in Waco, Texas. Polyglass will invest $19 million in the 145,000-square-foot facility, located at 1701 Exchange, to produce modified bitumen roofing membrane. Employment will reach 45 full-time associates within the first three years of operation.
"Polyglass is excited to open its fifth American manufacturing facility in Waco," said Natalino Zanchetta, CEO of Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. "We chose Waco as our next location because of the outstanding support from the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, the centralized location and the pool of talented people in the surrounding communities."
Friday, April 08 2016
Freeport, TX -- Ravi K. Singhania, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Port Freeport, announces the selection and appointment of Phyllis Saathoff as Executive Port Director/Chief Executive Officer. Chairman Singhania noted that after several months of diligent searching and review of a number of excellent applicants, the Board reached a unanimous decision in her selection. We are delighted to have a person of her background, join us again.
Friday, March 25 2016
Waxahachie, TX -- The Waxahachie city council approved an incentive agreement with Airborne Imaging that will allow the long-time business at Mid-Way Regional Airport to expand its operations by constructing a new hangar at the airport.
The $3 million project will construct a 30,000 square foot hangar that will utilize approximately 2.4 acres at the airport, according to the agreement approved at Monday night's regular meeting. Through the construction, Airborne will enter into a 30-year ground lease with Mid-Way, which is jointly owned by the cities of Waxahachie and Midlothian. The incentive agreement was expected to be presented to the Midlothian city council after press time at its Tuesday meeting for approval.
“Airborne Imaging has been a long-term tenant for us up at the airport. They have leased a 10,000-foot city-owned hangar,” said Michael Scott, the Waxahachie Assistant City Manager. “They contract with the Department of Defense and do a number of different things out there. They are a very successful business. They have an opportunity now where they want not to just lease a hangar, but to build a hangar.”
Thursday, March 24 2016
New partnership will bring hundreds of additional units on-line within two years
Friday, March 18 2016
National industrial plant design and construction leader makes big move to America’s original industrial design-build firm, The Austin Company.
Cleveland, Ohio -- The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com), a leading international design, engineering, construction, design-build and site location consulting firm is pleased to announce that J. Brandon Davis has joined the firm as Vice President and General Manager of Austin’s Cleveland operations. In this role, Davis will have overall responsibility for Austin’s largest operation, which includes consulting, design, engineering, planning, construction and design-build operations.
“Brandon is a great addition to our executive team and we are confident that he will help drive and continue our growth and our commitment to high-quality, on-time, on-budget, project delivery. We are proud to welcome Brandon to the team – his values, leadership style and commitment to excellence fit in perfectly at The Austin Company,” said Mike Pierce, president of The Austin Company.
Wednesday, March 16 2016
(PHOTO: Office of the Governor, 3/14/2016)
Austin, TX -- Governor Abbott announced that California-based Pegasus Foods will be expanding new operations to Texas. Pegasus Foods will construct a new, 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Rockwall, Texas in order to expand its food production capacity. The expansion is projected to create at least 325 jobs and $10 million in capital investment.
“Once again, a California company has decided there is no better place to grow and operate a business than the Lone Star State,” said Governor Abbott. “Less government, lower taxes, smarter regulations and right-to-work laws create an economic framework that allows free enterprise to flourish and attracts employers to our large cities and small towns. Texas offers room to grow, and I look forward to welcoming even more businesses from California.”
Friday, March 11 2016
Austin, TX -- Governor Greg Abbott announced that McKesson Corporation will consolidate and expand its operations in the Dallas metro area and open a new regional office in Irving, Texas. McKesson’s expansion is projected to create at least 975 new jobs and $157 million in capital investment in the State of Texas. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $9.75 million has been extended to McKesson Corporation, the largest TEF award offer made by Governor Abbott to date.
“I am proud that McKesson has chosen to expand their operations in the Lone Star State and create hundreds of new jobs,” said Governor Abbott. “This expansion is yet another testament to the power of Texas’ low-tax, low-regulation economic climate that continues to attract industry leaders, innovators, and job creators from around the globe. I am confident McKesson’s outstanding leadership in the pharmaceutical and healthcare technology sectors will serve as an invaluable contribution to the Texas economy.”
“After a thoughtful and thorough selection process, we’re excited to consolidate our Dallas-area offices into a new, state-of-the-art facility in Irving, Texas,” said David Evangelista, Senior Vice President and General Manager of McKesson Financial Center. “Investing in this new, modern workspace will enable our associates to more effectively serve McKesson customers in the evolving healthcare industry.”
Tuesday, February 23 2016
Colby Tanner Named Assistant Vice President for Economic Development
Fort Worth, TX -- BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) announces customers served by the freight rail provider invested $1.2 billion in new or expanded facilities in 103 communities across the BNSF rail network in 2015. This marks the fifth consecutive year that BNSF customers and local economic development organizations have invested more than $1 billion in a calendar year for new or expanded facilities. Their efforts resulted in the creation of more than 1,500 jobs.
“With BNSF’s experience and expertise, we work with communities to bring businesses and jobs to locations where our network operates,” said Colby Tanner, assistant vice president, economic development. “Freight rail transportation offers great efficiencies and effectiveness for a range of businesses and industries and our job is to help facilitate and expedite the sometimes complex process of establishing rail service and a transportation infrastructure that is attractive to industry. More transportation and logistics options then help drive investments and employment opportunities across the communities we serve.”
U.S. and Mexican Officials Celebrate the Inauguration of the Port of Entry and International Bridge in Tornillo, Texas
Friday, February 05 2016
Tornillo, TX -- U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson joined Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to inaugurate the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry and International Bridge in Tornillo, Texas. The port of entry will replace the Fabens-Caseta Port of Entry completed in 1938 and will connect Tornillo, Texas and Guadalupe, Mexico.
Officials from both governments participated in today’s inauguration ceremony, including U.S. General Services Administration Southern Border Executive Charlie Hart, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha, Mexican Secretary of Finance and Public Credit Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu, and Mexican Tax Administration Service Chief Aristóteles Núñez.
Friday, February 05 2016
Waxahachie, TX -- The Nation’s premier Indoor Trampoline and Adventure Park operator, Urban Air, has secured a location in Waxahachie, TX at 507 N. HWY 77, STE 700, Waxahachie, TX 75165.
The lease is signed and plans are under way to bring a new Indoor Trampoline & Adventure Park to Waxahachie, Texas.
With a signed lease and planning under way, Urban Air Trampoline Park is targeting a Grand Opening of Summer 2016. Urban Air is rapidly expanding across the United States with over 30 locations under development and by securing a location in Waxahachie, we will now get to share Urban Air with thousands of fans across the Waxahachie metro area.
Monday, February 01 2016
Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport Commissioners and Executive Staff congratulate tenant Freeport Terminal, LLC for their milestone of reaching the 365th day without lost time injury.
“Freeport Terminal has done a great job in raising the safety standards and accomplishing their goal of zero accidents. Their team has accomplished something uncommon in the stevedoring world,” said Ben Westerlin, Port Freeport’s Safety Supervisor.
Mercedes-Benz, USA Selects Grapevine, Texas for New Dual-Purpose Parts Distribution and Training Facility
Friday, January 22 2016
Grapevine, Texas, is now part of only six regional facilities within key markets of the United States from which to service its MBUSA client-dealerships.
Grapevine, TX -- Seeking to capitalize on its outstanding location in the dynamic Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and its prime development opportunities, the City of Grapevine, Texas, is excited to announce the official welcome of Mercedes-Benz, USA (MBUSA). The proposed project will involve two facilities: a regional Parts Distribution Center (PDC) designed to support the sales and distribution of spare parts to the customers and dealer network of MBUSA along with a Learning & Performance Center (LPC). The LPC is relocating from Houston, Texas to this Grapevine site and planned to be a high-end technical facility to accommodate on-going training of Mercedes-Benz dealership technicians from around the Southwest region.
Thursday, January 21 2016
The PIC Group expands its North American footprint through the establishment of a partnership with the Tecma Group of Companies
El Paso, TX -- The Oshawa, Ontario based PIC Group has recently entered into a contractual agreement under which it will operate in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico through the Tecma Group of Companies' Mexico shelter company services.
Offerings delivered by Tecma will enable the PIC Group to begin initial operations in servicing its primary automotive OEM client that is located in the state of Baja California. Among the services that the firm will render to its customer from the facility are:
Tuesday, January 19 2016
Corpus Christi, TX -- At the first regular meeting of the Port Corpus Christi Commission for 2016 W. Wes Hoskins was sworn in and welcomed as the new member of the Port Corpus Christi Commission representing San Patricio County, Texas. Mr. Hoskins was administered the Oath of Office by Nueces County Judge, Lloyd Neal. Additionally, Judge Neal administered the Oath of Office to Richard Ralph Valls, Jr. as he was re-appointed to his seat on the Commission by the City of Corpus Christi.
The San Patricio seat Mr. Hoskins is appointed to was formerly held by Commission Chair, Judy Hawley, and made available as she served the Commission through her term limit. Nueces County Appointee, Charles Zahn takes over as Chair; City of Corpus Christi Appointee, Wayne Squires Vice-Chair; and Nueces County Appointee, Barbara Canales retains her position as Secretary of the Port Corpus Christi Commission.
Monday, January 11 2016
Project Partners Receive Record of Decision from Federal Highway Administration
Corpus Christi, TX -- The Harbor Bridge replacement project cleared the last major hurdle in moving toward construction with a record of decision from the Federal Highway Administration.
The Harbor Bridge replacement project brought multiple partners together for the common good of the region including the Texas Department of Transportation, the Port of Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Corpus Christi Housing Authority, the City of Corpus Christi and many elected officials on local, state and federal levels. Reaction to the good news including the following comments:
Monday, January 04 2016
Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport Commissioners proudly presented Shintech with the “Partners in Environmental Stewardship Award” at the December 17th regular commission meeting.
Shintech received the award for using the Heavy Lift Corridor (HLC) as part of their operations. This project started four years ago by Port Freeport, as a result of Texas House Bill 1305, which was authored by Representative Dennis Bonnen and supported by Senator Joan Huffman. The Bill was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011. The Heavy Lift Corridor lowers the truck pollution by 20-22%, fees paid by the trucks help pay for highway maintenance so the local tax payers save tax dollars. Also, the corridor makes the highways safer.
Chairman Ravi Singhania said “We want to thank Shintech and the Environmental Defense Fund for working with Port Freeport”.
Monday, January 04 2016
Corpus Christi, TX -- Following the United States government’s repeal of a 40 year ban on the export of U.S. crude oil, NuStar Energy and ConocoPhillips have loaded the nation’s first export cargo at Port Corpus Christi. The light crude oil sold to the international trading company Vitol, has set sail from Port Corpus Christi.
Major investments in terminal operations at Port Corpus Christi in recent years have primed the South Texas port for a position as a leading exporter of U.S. crude oil. Deep water, dock space, and abundant storage along with plans for further channel deepening will accommodate some of the world’s largest tankers for efficient movement of crude and condensate from Port Corpus Christi. Port Corpus Christi is connected via intricate pipeline systems to the South Texas Eagle Ford Shale and to the Permian Basin.
“Infrastructure improvements at Port Corpus Christi have placed our port in a unique position as a critical component in the export of U.S. crude and condensate. Port Corpus Christi’s deep draft ship channel and strategic location to some of the largest production areas in the US provides a secure and competitive supply chain to markets worldwide. Future capital improvements including deepening the ship channel will accommodate larger vessels that are required to cost effectively supply US crude oil to global markets,” said John LaRue, Port Corpus Christi Executive Director.
Friday, December 18 2015
Waco, TX -- Time Manufacturing, headquartered in Waco since 1968, announces expansion plans for its truck-mounted hydraulic lift manufacturing operations in Waco, Texas. Time will invest $5.8 million to expand its facilities by 50,000-square-feet at Texas Central Parkway and add 121 jobs during the next four years.
Thursday, December 17 2015
Waco, TX -- Coca-Cola Refreshments receives tax abatement incentive through the expansion of its Waco, Texas presence with a $13.3 million investment of a new blow-molding line for in-house production of bottles within its facility in the Texas Central Park. The facility will retain 327 permanent, full-time positions.
Friday, December 11 2015
Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport hosted its fourth annual golf tournament to help raise $30,000 for Texas Port Ministry. “We had over one hundred forty golfers, most from the Freeport and Houston maritime transportation industry,” said Port Freeport Chief Financial Officer Jeff Strader.
Friday, December 04 2015
Houston, TX -- American Electric Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:AETI), a leading provider of power delivery solutions for the global energy industry, announced that its M&I Electric business has recently shipped power delivery solutions for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Texas.
M&I Electric recently shipped a custom-engineered power distribution center (PDC) for the power generation, distribution, and control of a new 100,000 gallon per day natural gas liquefaction and distribution facility located in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale. The PDC contained low voltage and medium voltage switchgear, motor control center, uninterruptible power supply equipment and a variable frequency drive. M&I Electric was awarded the project due to their ability to provide a customized and integrated PDC with a short-cycle delivery time. The micro-LNG plant will produce LNG from Eagle Ford Shale feedstock as a substitute for diesel to be used in high-horsepower fuel applications including drilling, pressure pumping, power generation, trucking, rail, mining and other industrial applications.
Thursday, November 19 2015
Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport Commissioner Ravi Singhania welcomed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Brig. General David C. Hill and the Galveston District’s Colonel Richard P. Pannell. General Hill, the Delegation was briefed on the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project (FHCIP) and the current General Reevaluation Report (GRR). The Delegation toured each unique feature of the Project.
Thursday, October 29 2015
Pflugerville Community Development Corporation Recruited and Negotiated Deal Securing EOS of North America, Inc. with 44,680 Square Feet Lease at 130 Commerce Center; 75 Jobs
Pflugerville, TX -- Pflugerville Community Development Corporation’s (PCDC) Interim Executive Director Amy Madison today announced EOS, a global market leader in industrial 3D- printing technology, will expand business operations and establish North American headquarters at Pflugerville’s 130 Commerce Center.
This move is projected to create 75 new jobs in Pflugerville within the next three years. Within the last two weeks the PCDC has successfully signed leases for more than 60,000 square feet of office and light industrial space at Pflugerville’s 130 Commerce Center.
“Pflugerville offers EOS access to a diverse and talented workforce and major transportation corridors that have made Central Texas a growing hub for high-tech industries in the United States,” said PCDC Interim Executive Director Amy Madison. “These resources are critical for an innovative technology leader looking to further expand its market share with major aerospace, medical, automotive, tooling, consumer, and industrial organizations. They need a community where they can continue to grow and evolve — Pflugerville is that place.”
Monday, October 26 2015
Waco, TX -- The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) announces plans to expand its Waco, Texas presence with the construction of a new state-of-the-art, 600,000-square-foot distribution facility in the Waco International Aviation Park. Sherwin-Williams will invest $39 million including a 49-acre land acquisition, personal and real property. The facility will retain 264 permanent, full-time positions and is expandable to accommodate additional growth. The company currently occupies 440,000-square-feet in Texas Central Park, also located in Waco.
Sherwin-Williams established its first Waco distribution facility in 1989. The expanded operations are a result of the company's continued growth in product demand and a long-established partnership with the city of Waco, McLennan County and the Waco Industrial Foundation.
"Sherwin-Williams is pleased to continue and expand our relationship with the Waco community," said Francis Huppmann, Sherwin-Williams vice president of operations. "The Sherwin-Williams - Waco partnership is positive economic development for the entire area."
Monday, October 19 2015
Removal of obsolete transmission towers and construction of new substation clear path for development of industrial sites
Monday, October 05 2015
Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport officials are pleased by the affirmation of the prior “A” rating and stable outlook by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, based on the Port’s senior-lien revenue refunding bonds and revenue notes.
Thursday, September 24 2015
Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport is pleased to welcome Jason Miura to the Port Freeport Team as the Director of Business and Economic Development.
Tuesday, September 08 2015
$9-million road project makes way for future development and supports growing logistics, commuter activity
San Antonio, TX -- A new road project is underway at Port San Antonio, marking an important step in the organization’s efforts to attract and grow key industries in the region.
Thursday, August 27 2015
Midland, TX -- New Teraco, Inc. is proud to announce that it is expanding its Midland, TX facility with significant support from the Midland Development Corporation.
Teraco's management and ownership were looking to consolidate one of its two manufacturing facilities and chose to move additional production equipment and dozens of new jobs to Midland, TX instead of Chicago, IL. Teraco first moved to Midland in 1970 and continues to be one of the larger employers in the area that is not focused in the oil and gas industry.
Teraco is a leading manufacturer of plastic cards. We specialize in the manufacturing, personalization and distribution of gift cards, loyalty cards, membership cards and hotel keycards. As a result of the company's Midland expansion, Teraco is looking for dependable, hardworking people to come join our team.
Wednesday, August 26 2015
Marquee names at Port San Antonio include Boeing Lockheed Martin Chromalloy StandardAreo and GDC Technics - Photo Courtest Port San Antonio
$5 million allocated for the demolition of obsolete buildings, clearing of prime industrial property
Tuesday, August 11 2015
Corpus Christi, TX -- Air quality in the Corpus Christi Region is of good quality these days and not through lack of significant effort on the part of Corpus Christi stakeholders and industry. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) sets National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for the health and welfare of the public. Specifically, there are NAAQS for six principal pollutants that can affect the air we breathe – ozone, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, lead and particulates. The NAAQS that has been of closest interest to our community and one that we have exceeded in the past is ozone. The NAAQS for ozone is currently 75 parts per billion for a rolling 3-year average. Currently, the 3-year average for ozone in Corpus Christi is 62 parts per billion at both federal air monitors that are in operation.
The USEPA has a proposal pending to lower the NAAQS for ozone to 70 parts per billion for a rolling 3-year average, and is considering lowering it further. There is significant concern of lowering the standard nationwide as all the major cities in the country could become non-attainment for ozone. This would be a challenge to have all the cities not in compliance with the NAAQS and create severe complications in working to come into attainment. However, even if that is the case, the Corpus Christi Region is still in good standing if the NAAQS for ozone is lowered as low as 65 parts per billion.
Thursday, August 06 2015
Brownsville, TX -- An automotive supplier is currently setting up in a facility at the Brownsville airport industrial zone where it will generate 35 light manufacturing jobs and add to the region’s growing automotive supplier ecosystem.
Tuesday, July 28 2015
Lubbock, TX -– The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) Team is pleased to announce the hire of Jorge Quirino as special projects coordinator.
Tuesday, May 26 2015
Atlanta, GA -- The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com), an international design, engineering, construction and location consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Charles (Charlie) H. Stevens to Vice President of Construction Services.
Charlie joined The Austin Company in 1977 and has over forty years of experience in construction services. He was promoted to Vice President and Atlanta Operations Manager in 2006 and then to Vice President and Project Executive – Southeast Region, in 2013. Prior to that, Charlie was Director of Construction Services, and Manager of Construction – Southeast Region. In addition to field construction supervision, Charlie’s practical experience and counsel have made major contributions to Austin’s design-only contracts. His areas of expertise include: construction management, construction supervision, scheduling, safety program management and quality control.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Charlie’s expertise lead our Construction Services,” said Phil Todd, Senior Vice President, Operations of The Austin Company. “We look forward to Charlie’s continued leadership and client service in this new role.”
Wednesday, May 20 2015
Cleveland, Ohio –- The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com), an international design, engineering, construction and location consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, continues its growth in 2015, announcing the addition of multiple associates located in Ohio, Georgia, California, Michigan and Missouri.
Wednesday, May 13 2015
Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport was proud to host its 15th Annual Take-A-Child Fishing Tournament (TACFT) May 9th at the Freeport Municipal Park. The entry fee of a canned good benefited the Brazoria County Dream Center. They received over 300 canned goods to help fill their pantry. There were 240 registered anglers with their families from communities in Brazoria County and beyond generating more than 700 people in attendance. The young anglers caught a variety of fish and presented a total of 692 that were weighed. Port Freeport would like to thank everyone who attended and congratulate this year’s winners:
Wednesday, April 29 2015
Austin, TX -- Michael Chrobak has been appointed Executive Vice President of TexasOne, it was announced here today by Tracye McDaniel, President and CEO of the organization. He will be responsible for spearheading research-based lead generation and strategic partnership activities including business attraction and expansion of jobs, investment and industry development for the state.
Tuesday, March 31 2015
Temple, TX -- Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) partners with five economic development organizations: Belton Economic Development Corporation, Cameron Industrial Foundation, Killeen Chamber of Commerce, McGregor Economic Development Corporation and Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce to form the regional group Grand Central Texas. The new economic development team will serve as a partnership to promote Central Texas to businesses interested in expanding or locating to the five county region.
“This unique, multi-county coalition allows us to better leverage our region’s many assets and offer our prospective companies and clients a wider range of business, talent and investment options,” said Temple EDC President David Blackburn. “A strong regional economy benefits all of Central Texas communities and this is an opportunity to establish a brand and image for the entire region that doesn’t end at the city limits.”
BNSF plans $226 million capital program in Nebraska to maintain and expand rail capacity and ensure safe, reliable operations
Monday, February 09 2015
Fort Worth, TX -- BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) announced that its 2015 capital program for its operations in Nebraska will be an estimated $226 million for rail capacity improvement projects and maintenance. Unlike other modes of freight transportation, U.S. railroads own and maintain their own networks. To ensure BNSF’s network operates at optimal efficiency, each year the company allocates capital for infrastructure and expansion projects that will enable it to serve the growing needs of customers from a broad cross section of the economy.
“This year’s substantial investments in Nebraska are a clear reflection of how important our operations in the state are to our overall network and our unwavering commitment to always operating safely – for our people and the communities in which we operate,” said Janssen Thompson, BNSF general manager operations Nebraska Division. “We know our customers are competing in a fast-paced, global economy where a smooth, efficient supply chain can be the difference between winning and losing in the marketplace. This year’s planned expansion and maintenance projects will help give BNSF the capacity flexibility it needs to support our customers’ growing demands and connect Nebraska products to key markets.”
Wednesday, February 04 2015
St. Louis, MO -- The Austin Company’s healthcare and hospitals division, provider of fully-integrated design, engineering and construction solutions for acute care hospitals and other healthcare facilities, expanded in 2014 with the addition of numerous new hires in response to new project awards. This division of The Austin Company is led by experienced industry professionals who serve clients nationwide.
Tom Bice, general manager of the healthcare division, stated, “This rapid growth is a reflection of the need for Austin’s unique service approach in the healthcare marketplace, in addition to our team’s experience and expertise in serving the healthcare industry.”
Friday, January 16 2015
Freeport, TX -- Port Commission Chairman John Hoss announced today the signing of a second global transportation provider at Port Freeport. Hoegh Autoliners, an ocean carrier whose ships specialize in the transport of roll-on/roll-off cargoes (such as automobiles, excavators and other related cargoes), has signed a ten year contract with Port Freeport.
"We are extremely pleased to be associated with Hoegh Autoliners, who is considered a "best-in-class" global ocean carrier. Their extensive network of services allows Port Freeport to have access to all major trade lanes on a worldwide basis.” Hoss went on to state, "this new service will translate to exceptional employment opportunities for the citizens of Brazoria County and is consistent with Port Freeport's mandate to create regional economic impact.”