Category Archives: Manufacturing/Industrial

STC Opens New Technology Expansion

STC Dean of Business, Public Safety and Technology Mario Reyna uses a blowtorch during a special ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening an expansion of STC's Technology Campus. (photo STC)

Facility built with the assistance of industry in the Rio Grande Valley It’s not the most traditional of ways to host a ribbon cutting, but the use of a blowtorch instead of scissors by South Texas College staff and faculty on Jan. 19 was fitting. Donning welding masks, they gathered to officially announce the opening of STC’s expansion at its Technology Campus in McAllen. STC Dean of Business, Public Safety…

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TSTC Graduates First Engine Specialists

Joseph Wright, David Colunga, Juan Velez and Hector Garibay (photo TSTC)

Four graduate in Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Specialist program Texas State Technical College’s Continuing Education Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Specialist program recently graduated its first group of students. The graduates are Joseph Wright, David Colunga, Juan Velez and Hector Garibay. The four men earned a certification of completion, giving them the opportunity to work as diesel engine technicians. They have already found employment with PetroChem Transport, H-E-B, Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District…

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International Shipbreaking Receives Award

Recyclers honored with Port of Brownsville Inaugural Chairman’s Award International Shipbreaking Ltd. is the recipient of the Port of Brownsville‘s Chairman’s Award. The inaugural award recognizes the company’s commitment to community, economic development and representation of the port to trading partners around the world. The Chairman’s Award will be an annual award to highlight the achievements of port tenants in the areas of business growth, leadership, job creation, customer service,…

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CARDONE Distribution Center Breaks Ground

CARDONE Industries owner and executive vice chairman Michael Cardone

New center to create more than 1,000 jobs Construction on the largest industrial project in Harlingen history will begin soon following a groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 4. The 920,000-square-foot CARDONE Industries distribution center is expected to be completed by December 2018, with some operations to start as early as the summer of 2018. With a core processing facility in Harlingen for the past 10 years, CARDONE is the largest privately held…

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Port of Brownsville Ranks in Imports

Foreign Trade Zone ranks second in United States Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville ranks second in the nation for the value of exports during 2016. This is according to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board’s annual report to Congress released Nov. 16. Dorchester County, SC, and Miami-Dade County, Fla., are ranked first and third, respectively. The port’s FTZ reported more than $2.8 billion in exported goods…

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GFOA Recognizes Port of Brownsville

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Financial reporting goes beyond requirements The Brownsville Navigation District has received the highest form of recognition for governmental accounting and financial reporting for its 2016 comprehensive annual financial report. This is the sixth consecutive year the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has recognized the port for its excellence in financial reporting. “The Brownsville Navigation District financial team is committed to full financial transparency, as are…

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STC ranks nationally with metalworking institute

South Texas College has recently received a high national ranking based on its credentialing of students from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. (photo STC)

NIMS ranks college 10th in credentialing South Texas College is among the top 10 in the nation when it comes to credentialing students entering the workforce, according to the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. The college ranks as the 10th busiest credentialing location in the United States as of Sept. 20, 2017 with 163 credentials issued since Jan. 1. STC also ranks as the 11th busiest credentialing location in the…

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TWC Grants Boost Local Manufacturing Training

STC and PSJA ISD receive $564,469 for job training The Texas Workforce Commission is investing more in local manufacturing industry with the awarding of grants to RGV educational institutions. A $221,799 Skills Development Fund Grant goes to technical training at South Texas College’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. The $342,740 Jobs and Education grant will go to purchase and install equipment at PSJA ISD for dual-credit Career and Technology Education students.…

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STMA to Host 25-Year Celebration

Oct. 19 event recognizes established area manufacturers The South Texas Manufacturers Association celebrates 25 years in a big way Oct. 19 with a celebration of the past, present and future of the local manufacturing industry. Both STMA members and guests are invited to help recognize numerous manufacturers who have facilities that have been open in this region for 25 years or more. Early maquila pioneers in the region who have…

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Port Debuts New Marketing Tool

2017 Port of Brownsville Directory

Directory is comprehensive guide for potential clients The Port of Brownsville has launched its newest marketing and communications tool, the 2017 Port of Brownsville Directory, a comprehensive annual guide featuring in-depth articles, facts and details about the port and related industries. The full color, 82-page publication serves as a guide for prospective clients to learn more about the port’s role as a vital economic engine of the Rio Grande Valley.…

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