Category Archives: Manufacturing/Industrial

From Warship to Scrap and Beyond

Old Ships Build the Future International Shipbreaking Ltd. CEO Chris Green moves among employees with ease, greeting them with waves, smiles and handshakes. Walking across the hangar deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence, he stopped to talk with two workers. “How’s your boy doing?” he asked one man whose son had been experiencing health problems. “We have a group of really hard-working people around here,” Green said. “They are our greatest asset.” The USS Independence is the most…

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Port of Brownsville Supports Wetlands Restoration

Proposed and expanded Carl “Joe” Gayman channel

Agreement with Rio Grande LNG supports Major Bahia Grande Wetlands A provisional commitment has been reached by the Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners and Rio Grande LNG towards the restoration and enhancement, as well as preservation of the Bahia Grande wetland complex. The commitment includes the expansion of a pilot channel into a permanent and enhanced source of tidal flow to the Bahia Grande. Accoding to a press release from…

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USS Independence Decommissioned in Brownsville

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Independence receives a tow through the Brownsville Ship Channel June 1, on her way to International Shipbreaking Ltd's yard at the Port of Brownsville.

Carrier dismantlement to construct new vessels The USS Independence arrived in the Port of Brownsville June 1, completing her final voyage. The decommissioned aircraft carrier will be dismantled by International Shipbreaking Ltd. The carrier will undergo a dismantling and recycling process, expected to take around a year and a half to complete. The process will generate about 160 jobs locally, says Robert Berry, vice president of ISL. “We recognize that…

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Keppel AmFELS to Build Hawaiian Vessels

LNG-fueled containerships in deal Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville will build two new LNG fueled containerships for Pasha Hawaii. The Honolulu-based based company is in the process of finalizing contract specifications. This may also include an option to order two additional vessels. According to a press release from the Port of Brownsville, the new vessels operate fully on LNG, therefore reducing environmental impact and increasing fuel efficiency. Other energy-efficient components include a…

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TSTC to Offer Year-Round OSHA Training

Marco Salinas from the Brownsville Public Utilities Board hangs from a harness and is hoisted down a makeshift manhole during confined space training at the Infrastructure and Safety Summit recently hosted at Texas State Technical College (photo TSTC)

Training comes from agreement between TSTC and TEEX Starting in Fall 2017, Texas State Technical College’s Continuing Education department will be the only facility in South Texas to offer Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety certification trainings year-round through Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. The agreement in place between TSTC and TEEX will offer companies and its employers the opportunity for localized OSHA training. The training will range from eight…

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How to Keep Your Best Employee

“Once you find somebody who shares your values and work ethic, you have to make a decision on how to keep them. If you just increase their salary, you still risk losing them at any point. Laurie Tresch was an employee we needed to keep,” said Allan Crockett, who with his wife Terrie and sons runs Hilco, Crockett Farms and Gulf Coast Contractors. “Laurie is the face of Hilco, the…

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Up and coming: Adriana Cantu and the Cover Cap

Cover Cap protects against weather Adriana Cantu’s husband works on construction projects all around the United States.  When he complained about the cold, she stayed up nights working on a design to protect his head from the elements.  At the time she was a parent-educator with the  PSJA school district, teaching crafts and sewing, skills that enabled stay-at-home moms to work for others or themselves. Cantu came up with the…

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Warehouse park a boom to local economy

The GEOTRAC Industrial Hub park features more than 1,400 acres of land suitable for light and heavy manufacturing, logistics, energy services, technology development and export/import warehousing. (Photo courtesy Port of Brownsville)

Upcoming area Class-A warehouse park expected to be big drive to local economy A Class-A warehouse park is coming to a 200-acre parcel at the GEOTRAC Industrial Hub at the Port of Brownsville. According to the port, OmniTRAX Inc. and Majestic Realty Co. will develop up to 2.8-million square feet during 15 years. It is expected to attract diverse companies, particularly wholesale distributors. “These warehouses will provide companies with the benefit…

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Port of Brownsville administrative offices move

The Port of Brownsville administrative office is now at a temporary location during renovation and expansion. (photo Port of Brownsville)

Regular Port offices undergoing renovation and expansion The Port of Brownsville administrative office is now at a temporary location at Keppel AmFELS, 20000 SH 48, Brownsville. The administration complex at 1000 Foust Road is undergoing an approximate 18-month renovation and expansion. The project includes rehabilitation of the current building and construction of a new pod featuring a new boardroom, as well as a new parking area. Additionally, a new permit office is…

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TSTC offers its first NCCER electrical course

College earns NCCER certification Texas State Technical College’s Continuing Education recently earned an electrical certification through the National Center for Construction Education and Research. This gives the college the opportunity to create its first NCCER Level 1 Electrical course. Enrollment for the June 2017 cohort, which is open to anyone in or pursuing a career in the industry, opens in March. The 224-hour electrical course consists of NCCER Core, NCCER Electrical,…

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