Category Archives: Manufacturing/Industrial

New Mobile Harbor Cranes Arrive at Port

A crew member of the cargo vessel M/V BBC ASIA observes the unloading of one of the mobile harbor cranes at Dock 16 at the Port of Brownsville. (photo Port of Brownsville)

Two new mobile harbor cranes arrived Jan. 16 at the Port of Brownsville. The Brownsville Navigation District ordered the Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor cranes in June 2019 to increase the port’s on-dock lifting capacity due to higher demands of cargo volumes. “These cranes are one of the latest investments by the Port of Brownsville to meet the needs of our port tenants and growing list of clients,” said…

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Harlingen EDC Supports Moving Business

TPPS New Investment Incentive

Texas Plating & Polishing Solutions recently received a $25,000 New Investment Incentive from the Harlingen EDC. The funds will help cover moving costs to TPPS’s new facility in the Harlingen Industrial Park. TPPS provides chrome, polish and nickel for the plastic injection mold industry. The company services customers both in the United States and in Mexico. It creates molds for automotive, appliance and medical companies. Owner and President Jose J.…

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Port Recognizes Welding Works International

Ralph Cowen, Brownsville Navigation District Secretary; John Wood, Brownsville Navigation District commissioner; Sergio Tito Lopez, Brownsville Navigation District vice chairman; Mary Treviño, Welding Works International Inc. executive administrator; Alfredo de la Fuente, Welding Works International, Inc. president; Christina de la Fuente, Welding Works International Inc. manager; John Reed, Brownsville Navigation District chairman; and Esteban Guerra, Brownsville Navigation District commissioner.

Welding Works International Inc. is the Port of Brownsville 2019 Chairman’s Award honoree. The award recognizes the company’s 20-plus years of “setting a high standard in safety training and providing ongoing contributions to the well-being of the Rio Grande Valley community.” Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed presented the award to Welding Works President Alfredo de la Fuente at the Customer Appreciation Luncheon Dec. 3. More than 200 guests were…

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Three New LNG Projects Move Forward

The Port of Brownsville is one step closer to welcoming three new LNG projects with an investment totaling $38.75 billion. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved their proposals late last week during its monthly commission meeting.  “Today’s announcement is another significant milestone in making these energy projects a reality and is the result of years of hard work by the applicants,” said John Reed, chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District.…

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STC Hosts Information Sessions on High-Demand Careers

South Texas College invites communities in Starr County to visit and explore high demand, high wage career opportunities in a series of information sessions in November and December. Sessions will take place at the Starr County campus, 142 FM 3167, Rio Grande City. The Emergency Medical Technology Program will open its doors from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 20,, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4. The Patient Career Assistant Program also welcomes the…

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TSTC, Mueller Co. receive TWC Skills Grant

Back row, Executive Director for Workforce Solutions Cameron Patt Hobbs, TSTC Executive Director for Workforce Training and Continuing Education Victor Blalack, TSTC Business Relationship Manager for Workforce Training and Continuing Education Robert Quintanilla. Bottom row, TSTC Provost Cledia Hernandez, Manufacturing Manager for Mueller Co. LLC Sergio Marroquin, Product Engineer for Mueller Co. LLC Alexis Salinas, Texas Workforce Commission and Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel.

A Texas Workforce Commission grant will allow Texas State Technical College and Mueller Co. to advance the technical skills of more than 80 Mueller Co. employees. TSTC will provide the workforce training for employees at the Brownsville location. Bryan Daniel, TWC’s chairman and commissioner representing the public, presented both organizations with the $107,705 Skills Development Fund grant. “TSTC is at the forefront of employer and student success,” said TSTC Provost…

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Celebrate Manufacturing Month

Members from the South Texas Manufacturers Association, the Pharr EDC, South Texas College, and PSJA ISD with Commissioners Court. Manufacturing Month is observed in October. Support manufacturers and buy U.S. products.

For generations, manufacturing has played a critical role in Texas’s diverse economy. Texas is home to approximately 17,500 manufacturing firms, with 80 of those being in Hidalgo County, said Mike Willis, treasurer of the South Texas Manufacturers Association. National Manufacturing Month is in October. Today, Oct. 4, the first Friday in October, is actually National Manufacturing Day. “Celebrating Manufacturing Month gets more people involved in economic development, it increases awareness and promotes…

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TIA Brings Jets, Hanger to Life

Scene at Harlingen airport hangar where TIA does repair and maintenance work on turbo engine jets.

Robert Sanders rolls open the huge doors of a World War II-era hanger. He walks onto a floor of Learjets and other turbo prop business and civilian jets.  It’s TIA Aeronautics at the Valley International Airport in Harlingen. Sanders, the business owner, and Orlando Cano, the company’s general manager, begin to point out the various state of repairs on the planes. Sanders was born in Germany as the son of…

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Moving Cotton To Mexico

Forklift operators work in moving bales to waiting trucks at Commodities Integrated Logistics.

The bays of a brand new 82,500-square-foot warehouse swing open. Truck trailers stand ready to receive freshly packaged 500-pound bales of Rio Grande Valley cotton. “The gins are working 24/7, so we have to be ready,” said Laura Salazar, the general manager of Commodities Integrated Logistics. Salazar walks through the warehouse in Weslaco. Forklift operators are busy transporting packages of cotton to and from the trailers. It’s the cotton season…

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New Mobile Cranes Coming to Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville’s new Model 6 cranes will feature a powerful lifting curve with a maximum lifting capacity of 125 tons. (photo Port of Brownsville)

In June, the Port of Brownsville ordered two new mobile harbor cranes, soon increasing its dockside handling capacity. The seaport is experiencing higher cargo volumes across its range of services. The two new Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor cranes will be delivered both fully assembled and commissioned. They will be ready to begin work as early as December. The cranes will handle a wide variety of cargo, including breakbulk,…

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