EXPANSION MODE: Allied Mineral doubles the size of facility in Brownsville

Posted: 03/05/2015
Author: Brownsville Economic Development Council

Allied Mineral Products, Inc. kicked off 2015 with a grand opening ceremony to showcase the expansion of its manufacturing facility located at the Port of Brownsville.

The expansion is part of Allied Mineral’s efforts to be in close proximity to its customers, according to John Tabor, the company’s President and CEO.

2014 proved to be a year of milestones for Port of Brownsville

Posted: 01/05/2015
Author: The Brownsville Herald

Last year started off big for the Port of Brownsville — literally in the sense that port tenant All Star Metals in February took delivery of the decommissioned USS Forrestal aircraft carrier.

The first of the Navy “supercarriers,” the Forrestal was the largest ship ever to come to the port for scrapping and, in fact, the largest ship ever to be dismantled by a U.S. ship breaker.

The ex-Forrestal was followed in September by another carrier of the same size and class, the former USS Saratoga, which is being taken apart by ESCO Marine.

Electrical infrastructure expected to generate economic activity and industrial growth

Posted: 01/05/2015
Author: The Brownsville Herald

A major project to bring additional electric transmission capacity to Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley made strides in 2014, with the Public Utility Commission of Texas in April approving the final route for a new 345kV (kilovolt) transmission line to be erected between the North Edinburg Substation and the Loma Alta Substation near the Brownsville Ship Channel.

The so-called “Cross Valley Project” will link to a separate project: a 156-mile, 345kV transmission line being built between Laredo and the Edinburg substation.

Navy awards another vessel to Brownsville ship recycler

Posted: 12/29/2014
Author: The Brownsville Herald

A procurement contract for a fourth aircraft carrier — the decommissioned USS Ranger — has been awarded to a Brownsville ship recycler.

TheU.S.Navyannounced the contract with International Shipbreaking Ltd. on Dec. 22. The company will pay one cent for the vessel, the lowest price the Navy could have paid for the ship to be towed and dismantled. International Shipbreaking will make its money back from the sale of scrap metal as the ship is dismantled.

Three phase initiative looks to close the gap between education, workforce and industry

Posted: 12/16/2014
Author: Brownsville Economic Development Council

 BROWNSVILLE, Texas — About 50 company representatives from the Greater Brownsville area participated in the first part of a three phase initiative created by the Brownsville Economic Development Council and United Brownsville with the intent of closing the gap between education, workforce, and industry.

Honorable Joe Straus Receives Leadership Award

Posted: 12/16/2014
Author: Brownsville Economic Development Council

Speaker of the House recognized for supporting economic development

New York investment firm agrees to back Texas LNG project

Posted: 12/05/2014
Author: The Brownsville Herald

Houston-based Texas LNG, one of four firm that have announced plans to build Liquefied Natural Gas export terminals at the Port of Brownsville, announced Dec. 4 that Third Point LLC, a New York investment fund with $17 billion in assets, had signed on to provide development capital. Third Point will take an equity interest in the project and also join Texas LNG’s board. The project envisions an LNG liquefaction and export facility capable of processing 2 million tons of natural gas per year on a deepwater frontage site at the port.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends deepening of Brownsville Ship Channel

Posted: 11/24/2014
Author: The Brownsville Herald

A proposal to deepen the Brownsville Ship Channel in order to accommodate newer, larger cargo vessels has received the official endorsement of the chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, U.S. Army chief of engineers and commanding general of the USACE, recommended in his recent “Chief’s Report” to Secretary of the Army John McHugh that the channel be deepened to 52 feet from its current depth of 42 feet.

Plans in place for Brownsville to become a "true dual-customs airport"

Posted: 10/14/2014
Author: The Brownsville Herald

 Brownsville is the only airport in the Valley with free U.S. customs inspection 24/7, with no appointment necessary

Brownsville community welcomes SpaceX

Posted: 09/23/2014
Author: The Brownsville Herald

 The family friendly Celebration SpaceX event welcomed residents and community leaders at the Brownsville Sports Park Monday afternoon.


Administrators from IDEA Public Schools in Brownsville were taking applications for the 2015-2016 school year.Michael Vargas assistant principal of operations at IDEA of Brownsville said the event provided an excellent opportunity to meet with potential students and their families amid the excitement and anticipation of SpaceX.

The Brownsville Economic Development Council (BEDC) is a publicly-funded organization created in 1992 to help companies establish or expand operations in the Brownsville area. The BEDC staff offers companies the financial, job training, and site location assistance required to be successful here. The BEDC also facilitates the development and location of enterprises into the region by guiding prospective firms through the process of zoning and acquiring permits, identifying potential suppliers, making contacts with other businesses, and setting appointments with the appropriate community leaders.

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