Category Archives: Manufacturing/Industrial

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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Women in Technology Explores Career Paths

South Texas College's Women in Technology takes place April 19. (photo STC)

The Women in Technology event takes place April 19 at the South Texas College Technology Campus Atrium, highlight careers in technology considered as non-traditional for females. The event will include information booths from programs in the Business, Public Safety, and Technology divisions. This includes Fire Science, Police Academy, Engineering Design, Culinary Arts and Construction. STC Information Technology Program instructor and event organizer Angelita Teniente says events like this are crucial for women who…

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Coast Guard Supports Texas LNG

Rendering of Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction terminal at the Port of Brownsville.

The United States Coast Guard found the Brownsville Ship Channel to be suitable for marine traffic resulting from Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction terminal at the Port of Brownsville. In a letter of recommendation issued Feb. 26, the Coast Guard concluded that the waterway is suitable to handle current and anticipated incremental traffic from the Texas LNG proposed facility. The Houston-based company plans to construct an LNG export facility on a…

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STC to Host HVACR Expo

STC HVACR Expo

South Texas College’s Technology Campus will host a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Expo on March 22. The event will provide both current and future students the opportunity to learn more about HVACR career pathways and opportunities at South Texas College. South Texas College offers many HVACR training programs, including electrical/electronic controls, and cooling and heating systems. It also offers fabrication as well as residential and commercial heat gained and loss calculations.…

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