Category Archives: Manufacturing/Industrial

Bulk Cargo Dock Rehabilitation Nears Completion

Port of Brownsville bulk cargo dock

The Port of Brownsville will resume exporting grains by vessel with the rehabilitation of the bulk cargo dock scheduled for completion this month. The renovation project is part of a 2016 agreement between the port and West Plains LLC to restore and operate the grain elevator. The elevator has a capacity to store three million bushels of grain. Since restoration efforts began, West Plains has invested multiple millions of dollars…

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STC Receives More Than $1 Million in Grants

Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez, Workforce Solutions Strategy and Engagement Director Arcelia Sanchez, Workforce Solutions Boardmember Sonia Falcon, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, and South Texas College President Shirley A. Reed at the formal check signing ceremony Aug. 1.

Ceremonies took place at South Texas College Aug. 1 to announce a $1 million Skills Development Fund from Texas Workforce Commission and DHR Health. The funds marked the 27th SDF grant for STC from TWC. It also marks the second grant in partnership with DHR. The grant will provide customized training through a variety of healthcare areas. Additionally, it will benefit an estimate of 4,000 new and existing employees of DHR Health.…

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Big Boots Are Filled

In the mid-1990s, Carlos Rodriguez found himself back in his native Mexico. He had an industrial engineering degree in hand, but with an economy in tatters, he found no real jobs in his field. “I had no job, no car, no nothing, but a lot of enthusiasm to start a new adventure,” he recalled. Rodriguez had just returned from Canada. Here he took intensive English classes in Vancouver to bolster…

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RGV Prepares for Job Influx

Companies investing in the Rio Grande Valley anticipate high demand for workers that may exceed 9,000 jobs. The news comes from seven large employers attending a Workforce Summit recently held at the Port of Brownsville. Three proposed liquefied natural gas plants will drive initial demand. The companies should receive their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permits and commence construction within the next three years. During the construction phase these companies estimate…

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Local Education Receives $850K for Career Training

South Texas College is one of the local recipients of TWC's recent JET grants for training registered nurses. (photo STC)

One local college and four independent school districts are the recipients of $850,892 in grants from the Texas Workforce Commission. The funds are for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans grant program. The award total for 27 JET grants is $5,718,073 in 27 grants. Funds go to multiple public community colleges, technical institutes, state colleges and ISDs for programs. “I congratulate these JET recipients as…

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Local Jobs Coming With Plastic Manufacturer

Poly SACHI Polymers

Manufacturing company Poly SACHI Polymers LLC will soon be relocating its operations from Taylor, Texas, to Harlingen. The announcement came with an agreement on May 17. The company will occupy the 35,000-square-foot building at 1314 Industrial Way by summer’s end. The building is one of the few remaining vacant industrial buildings in Harlingen. This $1 million investment will also create 20 new jobs. Poly SACHI Polymers is the parent company…

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Keppel AmFELS Completes Containerships

Executives from Keppel AmFELS and Pasha Hawaii with Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed, fourth from left, and other federal, state and local dignitaries to commemorate the milestones achieved in the construction of two new containerships April 30. (photo Port of Brownsville)

Keppel AmFELS reached a pair of construction milestones April 30 in the building of two containership vessels for Pasha Hawaii. Executives from both companies were joined by Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed and other federal, state and local dignitaries for the ceremonial keel laying for M/V George III and the cutting of the first steel plates for M/V Janet Marie, the two containerships currently being built at the Port of Brownsville. Delivery of…

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Multiple Harlingen Entities Receive TWC Grants

Three grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Cameron area thanks to the Texas Workforce Commission. Workforce Solutions Cameron, in collaboration with Harlingen Economic Development Corporation, receives the $49,900 High Demand Job Training grant. A Skills Development Fund grant of $155,721 goes to Texas State Technical College – Harlingen, in partnership with a manufacturing consortium. The final grant, a $116,412 Jobs and Education for Texans, grant is for the Harlingen Consolidated Independent…

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STC and Hidalgo ISD Receive TWC Grants

STC, Hidalgo ISD and TWC representatives come together for a check presentation benefiting students in manufacturing and healthcare.

South Texas College, Hidalgo Independent School District and Texas Workforce Commission united for a check presentation benefiting student workforce training for careers in manufacturing and healthcare March 28. The grant provides both equipment and instruction for students in manufacturing and pharmacy technology career fields. More than $166,000 came from TWC in the form of the High Demand Job Training Grant and the Jobs and Education for Texans Grant. In partnership with TWC and…

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Port Sets Records, Eyes Future

Brownsville Navigation District Board Chairman John Reed

The Port of Brownsville once again posted a record year for 2018, moving 11.3 million tons of cargo with operating revenues of more than $24.2 million. That translates into a 6.6-percent increase in cargo along with a 25-percent bump in rail movements. Revenues were also up 2.5 percent over the previous year, according to figures released during the State of the Port event in March. “The Port of Brownsville made…

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