Category Archives: Manufacturing/Industrial

Containerships Made in Brownsville

Keppel AmFELS president Simon Lee, left, shakes hands with George Pasha, IV, president of The Pasha Group, during the cutting of the first steel plates for the M/V George III, one of two containerships the Brownsville-based company will build.

Construction of the first of two containerships is underway at the Port of Brownsville. On Sept. 25, Keppel AmFELS cut the first steel plates for the M/V George III, one of two ‘Ohana Class vessels the Brownsville-based company is building for the Pasha Hawaii fleet. This fleet provides service to the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane. Once built, the new 774-foot U.S. Jones Act vessels will carry 2,525 TEUs, with a sailing speed…

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Port of Brownsville Seeks Public Opinion

Port of Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville invites stakeholders and customers to complete a survey designed to help the port in better service. The survey includes a number of questions that ask about personal views of the Port of Brownsville and the services and benefits it provides. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  To ensure confidentiality, an independent, third-party vendor is conducting the survey. Responses will remain anonymous and will be of…

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Rio Grande LNG On Track

Rio Grande LNG

Rio Grande LNG recently announced a major milestone that puts the project on track to receive federal authorization in July 2019 to proceed with construction. This timing is based on the Notice of Schedule released Aug. 31 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The federal agency reviews and permits all liquefied natural gas projects in the United States. This Notice of Schedule sets the dates for the final steps leading…

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TSTC Receives Toyota Donation

TSTC Toyota donation

Texas State Technical College’s Mechatronics Technology students will soon have labs equipped with two robotic arms to program and maintain as part of their hands-on training, thanks to Toyota. “Toyota’s donation is really important for our college, our program and our students,” said Lead Mechatronics instructor Eldwin Leija. “This allows us to expand our training and create more marketable graduates.” The donated robotic arms have built more than two million…

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Port of Brownsville Releases New Directory

Port of Brownsville directory 2018

The 2018 comprehensive director of the Port of Brownsville has been released and is available online and by hard copy. The marketing and communications tool is an annual guide featuring in-depth articles, facts and details about the port and related industries. The full color, 88-page publication serves as a guide for prospective clients looking to establish business opportunities in the region. The community may also peruse it to learn more…

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Bagging it by the Billions

Duro Bag operations manager Carlos Vela shows some of the many paper bags the company produces for restaurants and other businesses. (VBR)

That familiar orange and white paper bag filled with your favorite Whataburger sandwich and sides has Texas roots as deep as the hamburger chain itself; it was manufactured in Brownsville. The same goes for bags bearing the logos of Dairy Queen, Chick-Fil-A, Wendy’s, Popeye’s and Laredo Taco Company at neighborhood Stripes stores, to name just a few. Duro Bag, the only non-marine manufacturer at the Port of Brownsville, is also…

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STC Receives $6K Tool Donation

Grainger Industrial Supply donated $6,000 worth of tools to assist students in their career choices at South Texas College. (photo STC)

Grainger Industrial Supply recently made a donation fo $6,000 worth of tools to South Texas College. The tools were given in effort to assist students preparing to enter the workforce, The donation of tools to STC marks the first time the broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products has donated in bulk to the college. STC has now created a system for dual enrollment students who are unable to afford…

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Manufacturing services spur growth

IAI’s five Matamoros plants provide manufacturing services, such as laser etching, for American companies. (Courtesy)

When Bob Katusak launched International Assembly Inc. in Brownsville 26 years ago, he couldn’t have imagined how the company would evolve. In those pre-NAFTA days, businesses like his were known as shelter operations. In short, he established a manufacturing facility in Matamoros for small American companies that wanted to lower labor costs and contracted with IAI to oversee production, quality, labor and import/export paperwork. At that time, when AIDS was…

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Deal Advances $1.6 Billion Port Steel Mill

Big River Steel was the first to have a steel mill to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners recently signed an option agreement to lease for the company to build another LEED-certified plant at the Port of Brownsville. (photo Big River Steel)

On Tuesday, the Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners signed an option agreement for Big River Steel LLC to build a $1.6 billion plant at the Port of Brownsville. The agreement covers up to 800 acres of property. This will enable the steel-maker to develop a LEED-certified steel manufacturing plant, as well as storage and a distribution facility.  “This is good news for Brownsville and the result of hard work by many…

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UTRGV Receives Grant for Latina STEM

Latinas in STEM

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley a $249,992 grant for the NSF INCLUDES Symposium for ADVANCING STEM Latinas in Academic Careers. The federal funds will be made available to UTRGV on Aug. 1. The funding allows UTRGV to place emphasis on increasing the number of Latinas in STEM workforce areas. The NSF symposium will provide a national platform to  discuss and address the issues that affect…

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