Category Archives: Industry

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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Professional chefs invited to compete in recipe contests

Texas Onion Fest provides two contests The Texas Onion Fest invites professional chefs and cooks from restaurants and cafes are among the groups to participate in its upcoming onion and salsa recipe contests. The festival is March 25 at Mayor Pablo G. Peña City Park. The Onion Recipe competition requires a 1/2 cup of onions in each recipe, as the salsa contest requires a 1/2 cup of jalapenos in each recipe.…

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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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Accounting firm Long Chilton, LLP Merger

Long Chilton LLP has merged with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC and will carry the CRI name.

Local accounting firm Long Chilton, LLP joins top 25 national firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC Rio Grande Valley Long Chilton, LLP has merged with the CPA and advisory firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. Long Chilton is the largest locally owned accounting firm in the Rio Grande Valley with Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen locations. The local offices’ workforce of 10 partners and nearly 90 professional staff members join CRI’s…

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Op-ed: SBA loves Rio Grande Valley Small Businesses

Local assistance for small businesses It is exciting when a new business opens in the Rio Grande Valley, and we LOVE it because it strengthens both the community and the economy. The latest U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy stats show small firm openings have accounted for 40 percent of the “new” American jobs over the last two decades. During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, SBA approved 31…

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Communications director named at Brownsville EDC

Patricia Guillermo

Patricia Guillermo is new communications director The Brownsville Economic Development Council has hired Patricia Guillermo to serve as director of outbound communications. Guillermo is an award-winning journalist with decades of investigative reporting in both the Rio Grande Valley and northern Mexico. Most recently, she has served as communications director in Washington, D.C. for now retired U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa. “We are very pleased to have Patricia on board with our team at the…

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Starting a business? Info workshops kick off

Series of informational workshops for growing or starting a business kicks off Feb. 10 The U.S. Small Business Administration has organized a series of a number of informational workshops through May 12. The sessions help small business owners or anyone thinking about starting a business to properly start, build and grow. The sessions also provide an opportunity to connect with representatives from federal, state and local business resource agencies. The…

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International trade shows to feature Texas

Trade show locations range from Houston to Germany The State of Texas is coordinating the participation of Texas-based, export-ready companies at six trade shows throughout 2017. Each trade show features a Texas pavilion exhibition space, ultimately providing a unique platform for companies to meet and engage with international customers and enable Texas companies to showcase their products and services to thousands of trade visitors and exhibitors. Eligible companies receive free,…

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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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