Category Archives: Manufacturing/Industrial

Sunoco Expands Midstream Footprint 

Sunoco's greenfield terminal at the Port of Brownsville. (photo Port of Brownsville)

Sunoco LP, one of the largest independent fuel distributors in the United States, recently announced the development of a refined products terminal at the Port of Brownsville. The greenfield terminal will have 560,000 barrels of storage. The location will provide supply flexibility to the company’s existing fuel distribution business in South Texas. The site at the port will also facilitate Sunoco’s efforts to sell into the growing fuels export market…

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Port of Brownsville Bonds Maintain A2 Moody’s Rating

Moody’s Investor Services assigned a stable outlook to the Brownsville Navigation District and reaffirmed a high “A2” credit rating on its revenue bonds. The stable outlook reflects Moody’s view that “the port will maintain ample liquidity supported by strong operating cash flow margins.” Moody’s noted the Port of Brownsville’s “competitive position for cross border trade as well as the upside potential of near-term projects at the port and major private…

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Port of Brownsville Maintains A2 Moody’s Rating

Port of Brownsville financial resilience

Moody’s Investor Services recently assigned a stable outlook to the Brownsville Navigation District by reaffirming it with a high “A2” credit rating on its revenue bonds. The stable outlook reflects Moody’s view that “the port will maintain ample liquidity supported by strong operating cash flow margins.” Moody’s noted the Port of Brownsville’s “competitive position for cross border trade as well as the upside potential of near-term projects at the port…

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International Shipbreaking Gains Accreditation

The MT Wolverine safely moored at International Shipbreaking’s yard at the Port of Brownsville. (photo Port of Brownsville)

International Shipbreaking Ltd. now has EU Ship Recycling Regulation accreditation for its site at the Port of Brownsville. The company, part of EMR Metal Recycling, recently invested $30 million in compliant infrastructure at the Brownsville site. The local site is also the first U.S. shipbreaking site to achieve this accreditation. It can now help EU-based ship owners – as well as ships flying the flags of EU member states –…

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Changing A Legacy Product

Two CAP employees team up to handle a freshly made manhole cover.

Chad Nunnery was a high school state champion in distance running in his native Massachusetts. Seeing the long road and keeping at it are traits that would serve him in a future career. Nunnery would go on to start a business and guide it to early success in the challenging industrial manufacturing field. The New Englander-turned-South Texan now owns a manufacturing facility wedged between 23rd and 29th streets in McAllen. …

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Port of Brownsville Recognizes Keppel AmFELS

Mohd Sahlan Bin Salleh receives the 2020 Chairman’s Award from Sergio Tito Lopez.

Keppel AmFELS is the recipient of the Port of Brownsville’s with its 2020 Chairman’s Award. The award recognizes Keppel AmFELS’s work reintroducing shipbuilding to both the state of Texas and Brownsville. Brownsville Navigation District Chairman Sergio Tito Lopez presented the award to Mohd Sahlan Bin Salleh, president and CEO of Keppel AmFELS, on Dec. 3. Keppel’s work has helped build the ship building industry locally, bringing approximately 1,400 full-time jobs…

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VIDA Offers Paid Electrician Program

VIDA Executive Director Priscilla Alvarez and Director of Workforce Development Isidro Ramos

The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement is offering to pay tuition, tools and books for the Commercial Electrician Program beginning Jan. 11. Classes will take place in McAllen and Brownsville. According to VIDA, with this training, anyone with construction or electrician experience will be closer to gaining their electrician license.  For individuals with no experience, the program will get them on a career path to achieve the Journeyman License.…

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Port of Brownsville Again Ranks High in Exports

Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 consistently ranks in the top three for exports out of 193 FTZs nationwide since 2012. (Courtesy)

For the eight year in a row, Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville remains near the top in the nation for the value of exports. The recognition comes from information in the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board’s annual report to Congress. FTZ No. 62 ranks second in the country with more than $4.3 billion in exported goods in 2019. This is an increase from the $3.8 billion…

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Port Lands Major Ship-Building Project

Activity is busy at Keppel AmFELS at the Port of Brownsville.

A Seattle-based maritime contractor has chosen a Port of Brownsville tenant to build the largest hopper dredge in the United States. Manson Construction Co. is one of the nation’s leading builders of marine infrastructure projects. Its contract with Keppel AmFELS has AmFELS building a 15,000-cubic yard hopper dredge. It will have a length of 420 feet and a breadth of 81 feet.  A dredge is a marine vessel – a…

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Navy Ships Arrive to Port for Recycling

The U.S. Navy’s USS Ticonderoga and USS Charles F. Adams are now at International Shipbreaking LLC at the Port of Brownsville for stripping and recycling. Both ships are scheduled to be completely demilitarized by 2021. The USS Ticonderoga was built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., and then delivered to the Navy in 1982. Her service includes providing naval gunfire support off the coast of Lebanon on her maiden voyage…

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