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SAN JACINTO COLLEGE: PREPARING TOMORROW’S WORKFORCE San Jacinto College partners with industry leaders to build the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology

In This Issue: PETROCHEMICAL AMBASSADORS: RECRUITING TOMORROW’S WORKFORCE Inspiring the next generation of workers to pursue petrochemical careers



GET INVOLVED: ECONOMIC ALLIANCE TASK FORCE COMMITTEES Come and sit in on a Task Force meeting, luncheon, or other events so you can see all the Economic Alliance offers.

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FREE Safety Training! The Center for Workforce and Community Development (CWCD) at Lee College is proud to announce the opening of their Risk Management Institute. Thanks to a generous donation by Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the Risk Management Institute was created to offer free seminars, workshops and safety training classes on health and safety for employers, employees, seniors and the general public. The Institute’s goal is to educate the community on how to prevent accidents, illness, explosions, and harm of people, property and the environment. Our newly-launched Risk Management Institute is ready to partner with all area businesses and groups in need of workplace safety training free of charge. So tell us what you need! To get the conversation started, this is what we can do for you: identify, secure and pay for facilitators, provide training supplies and materials, customize, conduct or assist with training sessions on or off-site and more. And did we mention free of charge? So, let’s talk!

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In This Issue

06 Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce

PRESIDENT’S LETTER ............................................... 05 TASK FORCE UPDATES.............................................. 13 CALENDAR OF EVENTS ............................................ 17 ECONOMIC ALLIANCE IN MOTION ........................ 18 MEMBERS IN MOTION ............................................. 24


MEMBER LISTING ..................................................... 31

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• A sponsor ad in the print and online versions of the publication commensurate with the level of sponsorship. • A link to the sponsor company website from the electronic version of the publication Based on the structured space we have within our publication, there will be a limited number of sponsorships available.

Website Sponsorship We are now offering quarterly Website Sponsorship opportunities, where your company logo will be placed in prominently in key sections of the website. With over 50,000 page views per month on average, a Website Sponsorship is an excellent way for members to increase their brand awareness and make the most of their membership in the Economic Alliance. Please contact our Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Marisela Contreras via email at marisela@allianceportregion.com, for sponsorship levels and benefits.

About the Economic Alliance The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, a non-profit organization created in 1985, provides professional economic development services on behalf of 16 communities surrounding the 25-mile Houston Ship Channel - home to one of the world’s most influential energy corridor and trade ports. Since 2008, the Economic Alliance has supported over 40 successful projects that has facilitated business activities creating over 4,400 new jobs and over $6.4 billion of capital investment to the Houston Port Region.







































Largest Petrochemical complex in the US. 1.1M jobs in the state of TX related to The most sought-after region in the entire Houston Ship Channel activity. #2 Total tonnage Port in the US. world for petrochemical, manufacturing, $265B of total economic activity in TX #1 Container on the Gulf Coast attributed to Houston Ship We are proud to countoperations. among our members the Port following Cities, maritime and logistics (95% of TX market share). Channel region. Communities, Chambers of Commerce, and other government entities:

Harris County Port Houston City of Baytown City of Deer Park City of Galena Park City of Houston City of Jacinto City City of La Porte City of Morgan’s Point City of Pasadena


City of Pearland City of Seabrook City of Shoreacres City of South Houston Community of Channelview Community of East End Community of North Shore Community of Sheldon Community of South Belt-Ellington Baytown Chamber of Commerce


Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce Houston East End Chamber of Commerce La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Pearland Area Chamber of Commerce South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce South Houston Chamber of Commerce



There is currently $185 billion in chemical manufacturing investment nationwide. 48% of US manufacturing investment in 2016 was in the chemical industry. That’s half of every dollar spent in the US on manufacturing being spent in the chemicals industry. Manav Lahoti, commercial director for The Dow Chemical Company’s U.S. olefins market in Houston, says a second wave of industrial investment is all but certain. I want to thank our Workforce Development Committee and our Chairman Dr. Allatia Harris for their leadership and focus of the Economic Alliance’s role in positively affecting our workforce situation. Our role in the pipeline is to increase awareness of the high-paying, high-demand jobs the Port Region has. I know we’ve made a difference; reaching 10,142 individuals through 92 presentations over the last 20 months. Are we making a difference? Well… our local community colleges have seen an average of 80% enrollment increase in five targeted career courses from 2012 – 2016, with Instrumentation enrollment growing by more than 2 ½ times. You know you’re working with someone special when she’s described in the following way: “When you throw the ball up, Denise Smesny is like Kenny “Sky” Walker; Grabs the ball, takes it to the hole, dunks it, and then points at the entire opposing team.” (credited to Dream It, Do It Board Member Glenn Johnson, BASF). We’re lucky to be where we are in this incredible time, and it’s a blessing to work with such great folks who care about each other and about making our part of the world a better place to live and work. God bless,

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Chairman, Jim Griffin, San Jacinto College Center for Petrochemical, Energy & Technology Immediate Past Chairman, Karen Gregory, CenterPoint Energy Treasurer, Steve Cote, Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates Secretary, Roger Blackburn, The Infinity Group Vice Chair, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Vice Chair, Glenn Royal, The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch Vice Chair, Barry Klein, Shell Deer Park Advisory, Mayor Tom Reid, City of Pearland


Randy Boeding, Setech Consulting Solutions Melissa Botkin, Galena Park ISD and City of Seabrook Teri Crawford, San Jacinto College Patti Jett, City of Baytown Susan Smedley, Lee College Connie Tilton, ExxonMobil


Chad Burke, President/CEO Fred Welch, Vice President of Economic Development Marisela Contreras, Marketing & Communication Coordinator Dana Ramirez, Event & Member Services Coordinator Bridget Yeary, Financial & Administrative Manager Denise Smesny, Dream it. Do It. Southeast Texas, Program Manager Kaitlyn Conner, Special Projects Coordinator


Chad Burke President/CEO, Economic Alliance Houston Port Region

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SAN JACINTO COLLEGE Preparing Tomorrow's Workforce

PETROCHEMICAL ENERGY TECHNOLOGY San Jacinto College and petrochemical industry leaders have partnered for years to ensure graduates successfully transition from the classroom and into the workforce. However, with the development of the 145,000-squarefoot Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology, industry partners will play an even larger role.



San Jacinto College relies on industry feedback by inviting representatives to be a part of its Petrochemical Advisory Council. Formed by San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, the Council includes leaders from the petrochemical industry, plant managers, the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region and the Greater Houston Partnership. They are tasked with assessing the curriculum, equipment and planning for the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology. “With the recent investments industry is making in this region, more than $40 billion, we know there will be a substantial workforce training need for many years to come,” said Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College vice chancellor for strategic initiatives.

“From the start, we have wanted the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology to set a high standard for meeting the training needs of the petrochemical and refining industry in our region. What makes this project very special is the amount of industry support we have had throughout the planning and design phases of the building.” The Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology will serve students earning associate degrees and certificates in the petrochemical manufacturing industry by providing training in the areas of process technology, instrumentation and analyzer technology, non-destructive testing and electrical technology. The facility also has non-destructive testing, instrumentation and

analyzer technology training labs; an exterior glycol distillation unit used to teach process operations and develop troubleshooting skills for entry, advanced credit students and incumbent workers; and a multifunctional glass pilot lab for training process systems. Companies may work with the Continuing and Professional Development division to create customized and confidential training for employees. Additional training elements will include electrical power labs for teaching industrial electrical equipment function and maintenance; process simulation training facilities; a control room for operating glycol distillation; and corporate training and professional development facilities designed to complement ECONOMIC ALLIANCE | THIRD QUARTER 2017



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many aspects of the petrochemical manufacturing industry. The Center will house conference, training and assembly spaces to accommodate academic, industrial and community functions.

“Many more companies have come to the table in meetings over the past 18 months to contribute to the design of this facility,” said Harris. “We see this facility as a hub for industry partners.”

LyondellBasell and Dow Chemical have provided leadership for the project steering team to review space, equipment and curriculum. Hunter Buildings will donate a blastresistant building that is now part of most plant sites. Tracer Construction is providing an electrical heat tracing system for freeze protection. A team from Shell has led the design of the analyzer lab and provided guidance on instrumentation labs. Eaton engineer Amber Wright has designed the electrical labs, working with experts from ISC, Austin Industrial, and Turner Industries to align curriculum and to focus on industrial work.

San Jacinto College trains more than 3,600 students annually in the areas of electrical technology, nondestructive testing, instrumentation and process technology. In addition to these areas, the College also offers petrochemical and manufacturing certificate and degree programs in the areas of air conditioning technology, electronics, engineering design graphics (drafting), environmental health and safety technology, pipefitting fabricator and welding. For more information, visit sanjac.edu/program/construction-industrymanufacturing-transportation.

“The Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology will serve students earning associate degrees and certificates in the petrochemical manufacturing industry by providing training in the areas of process technology, instrumentation and analyzer technology, non-destructive testing and electrical technology.”








PETROCHEMICAL AMBASSADORS Recruiting Tomorrow's Workforce from


The petrochemical industry is at a critical crossroad when planning for its future workforce to replace a rapidly retiring generation of baby boomers as well as an unprecedented growth within the industry. Over the next decade, an estimated 2.7 million jobs are likely to be needed as a result of retirements within the existing workforce while an additional 700,000 jobs are likely to be created due to natural business growth (Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute).


In order to change the perception of the manufacturing industry and to inspire the next generation of workers to pursue petrochemical careers, the Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas Education Foundation is helping to get the word out to students, parents, and retooling adults. One of the foundation’s strategies is to market petrochemical manufacturing and related construction career opportunities to workforce potentials in the Southeast Texas area. Most of these high-need, highly paid careers require only a two-year Associate’s of Applied Science degree and related certifications from area intuitions including San Jacinto, Lee, and Houston Community Colleges.

Denise Smesny


To help students and families understand the educational pathways to obtaining skills that lead to high-paying careers in manufacturing, the Ambassador’s Program has been established. Ambassadors are talented employees from petrochemical manufacturing and industrial construction companies who help recruit middle school and high school students into career and technical education programs by visiting classrooms, attending career fairs, and other career-related events to share personal experiences of working in the industry. They are a group that is easily

relatable to students and one that can deliver an impactful message. Ambassadors understand and can share their core company values, are willing to describe the educational journey to that career, and feel comfortable speaking with students, parents, teachers, counselors, and school administrators about their chosen field. Workplace Ambassadors promoting what they do will help grow the pipeline of our workforce potential. Explaining who they are and what their jobs are is one of the most impactful things Ambassadors can do to encourage workforce potentials to choose careers in manufacturing and industrial construction. Most of all, sharing how these Ambassadors got to where they are, and how well they live as a result of these careers, helps the potential workforce to see the importance and personal value of manufacturing and construction careers. Ambassador training, facilitated by Dream It. Do It. Program Manager, Denise Smesny, was held on Thursday, July 27th at the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region Board Room for petrochemical and construction volunteers to help spread the word on the available careers in the industries. Ambassador events include career fairs, large group presentations, and classroom presentations and schools and other facilities throughout the Gulf Coast area. In the training, potential Ambassadors were encouraged to use these sessions to talk to students and adults about what they do on their jobs on a daily basis, relate what skills, education, and training are required, give information about what product their company produces and how that product is used in everyday life, and the importance of safety in the workplace. In addition, Ambassadors are encouraged to address the importance of workplace soft skills such as being on time, working as a team, and the strong communication skills required to have a successful career. Included in the training was information on the East Harris County Manufacturers Association’s “Petrochem Works” website. The site features information on more than 50 common industry positions and features an interactive matching tool to empower future workers to find careers




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tailored to their skills and interests. Career maps included on the site show growth trajectories and career transitions to help job seekers to plan their careers. Guidance on the necessary education, training, and skills needed for employment as well as informative school and program details are also included. Information on this site is gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Onet and is localized and validated by local area Human Resources departments and Workforce Development experts. The website helps high school students get the “big picture” for life after school with information on career possibilities and scholarship opportunities. Community college students benefit from focused information related to career education goals. For those seeking career changes, the site points to skills transferrable to the petrochemical and construction industries. In addition, the site helps to keep career advisors informed about the skills required and industry trends. To view PetrochemWorks, go to: https:// petrochemworks.com/

Potential Ambassadors also learned about EHCMA’s Gulf Coast Workforce Events Calendar. On this site, Ambassadors can find out about area events for which they can volunteer to help spread the word about the great careers in Petrochemical manufacturing and related industrial construction. The calendar features the descriptions and locations of scheduled events, event sponsors, contact information, and an area where volunteers can sign up to assist with the presentation. To view this calendar, go to: http://gulfcoastworkforceeventscalendar.org/ If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador to help build a viable skilled workforce in the Southeast Texas region, please call Denise Smesny at 281-476-9176 x 2. With your help and expertise, the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region and the Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas Education Foundation can become the grassroots authorities on influencing the positive perception of manufacturing and construction careers and help to recruit a well-trained, qualified workforce to address labor shortage the in the Gulf Coast area.

Ambassador Training Session







he Economic Alliance is truly a member-driven and member-service organization. Our structure of consists of an Executive Board, an Elected Board, and eight initiatives supported by members through their direct

involvement. Our seven-person staff works to carry out the directives of each of these bodies in the most efficient and effective way possible. Upon becoming a member, you are invited to participate in any or all of our Task Force Committees. We encourage you to come and sit in on a Task Force meeting, luncheon, or other events so that you get a better idea of how we operate and what we can offer you.



TASKFORCE Updates Business Growth Task Force The Business Growth Task Force committee meets the first Wednesday of every month at 9 a.m. As part of the committee and an opportunity for our members to network, a member spotlight has been implemented during the monthly meeting to highlight what their organization does and any projects coming up the pipeline. This past quarter, Turner Industries Group, LLC, Liquid Capital and vcfo had the opportunity to share more about their company at the beginning of our meetings.

The committee held its 3rd quarter Business Education Luncheon and collaborated with ACIT to host its Reverse Trade Show on August 22nd. There were about 200 in attendance to hear Russell Klinegardner, Houston Area Safety Council moderate a Contractor Safety Panel which included Steve Trickle w/Zachry, Bill Shaw w/Evergreen, Bennett Ghormley w/Zero Injury Institute and Gary Noto w/Hydrochem. Our next event, we will host the Industrial Procurement Forum Breakfast on Thursday, October 12th at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Economic Development Task Force The Economic Development Taskforce meets to discuss several ongoing economic development attractions, retention & expansion projects to highlight potential capital investment and job creation in the Houston Port Region.

Houston Partnership, as she discusses the energy industry and its impact on Houston as well as the region’s other key industries.

The taskforce will continue to be a source of relevant information and from time to time speakers will be invited to share with the group their expertise on various economic development related topics.

Jenny Philip is a regional economist and director of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. She studies Houston’s economic trends in areas such as employment, energy, real estate, and international trade. Additionally, Jenny conducts in-depth policy analysis in the areas of transportation, education, and energy.

In an effort to make connections with those making and/or supporting major capital investments in the Houston Port region the group is being exposed to the Houston Port region’s world-class economic development assets. The taskforce went on a short summer hiatus and will be returning this fall with a plant tour of a major petrochemical expansion in the Houston Ship Channel and will host Jenny Philip, Director, Economic Research, Greater

The taskforce meetings highlight the realworld applications of how our economic development assets are being utilized by local students, workers, and companies. Additional economic development asset meetings will be scheduled throughout the year and will take place on the last Wednesday of every month from 3pm to 4pm. The taskforce is currently chaired by Kristi Claypool, Meador Staffing Services.

Public Policy Task Force §§

Special Session ended August 16th


Hosting conversation with Congressman Gene Green and EHCMA


Has developed U.S.Trade Policy Position


Economic Alliance to host candidate forums in spring for State elections


Hosting Senator Ted Cruz, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Congressman Pete Olson, Congressman Randy Weber, and Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton at the Gulf Coast Industry Forum

Quality of Life Task Force The Quality of Life Task Force has some exciting developments underway! We are happy to announce that we have finalized our application for up to $5,000 in match funding for the creation of mini-murals in our member cities! Here’s how it works: Cities interested in installing mini-murals complete the application, describing the mini-murals they wish to create. With verification from the San Jacinto Texas Historic District that the design reflects either the city’s history or SJTHD history, the applicant will receive up to $5,000 in matching funds to be utilized within three years. If you like the idea of mini-murals but don’t know where to start, we’re here to help! Marisela Contreras and QoL Task Force Chair Kristin Edwards are currently conducting one-on-one meetings with interested partners to answer questions and provide examples from other Texas cities. Reach out today to set up a meeting!

Transportation Task Force §§

Attended the Texas Freight Advisory Committee Meeting – July 20th


Working with HGAC to get some of our projects on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that is released in September


Met with Quincy Allen, TXDoT District Engineer


Update from Eliza Paul, TXDoT Asst. District Engineer

Workforce Development Task Force

Chaired by Dr. Allatia Harris, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, this committee revised the meeting format to include informational presentations from contractors, petrochemical professionals, and economists to better inform the community on the wealth of highwage, high-need, highly-trained careers available to workforce potentials throughout the Gulf Coast area. Task Force meetings for the remainder of 2017 will be August 17th and October 19th in the Board Room at the Economic Alliance Building. All are welcome to attend.



TASKFORCE Updates Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas Education Foundation Update

Summer has been quiet for Dream It. Do It., but we will be back in full swing once school starts back up! We have already had an in-service presentation for Pearland ISD Career and Technical Education teachers and have 11 events scheduled through the end of October. Key upcoming events include the Deer Park High School Career Fair, the Youth Career Expo at Ford Center in Beaumont, and Mayor Turner’s 2017 Find Your Path Career Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Look for updates on these, and other great events, in our next newsletter!

Gulf Coast Industry Forum Update Rick Perry, U.S. Secretary of Energy (Photo by ©Kim Christensen)


It’s a record breaking year for the Gulf Coast Industry Forum’s attendance!


900 attendees registered as of August 21st. Expected to have over 1,000 in attendance upon event day.


Keynote Speakers include; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Commissioner Ryan Sitton, Texas Railroad Commission, Chairman Janiece Longoria, Port Houston, Heather Remley, SVP Petrochemicals, BASF, and CEO Jim Bowen, First Trust Portfolios.


Panelists include; U.S. Congressman Randy Weber, U.S. Congressman Pete Olson, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Cal Dooley, American Chemistry Council, Hector Rivero, Texas Chemical Council, Dr. Bryan Shaw, TCEQ, Bill Ralph R.K. Johns, Earl Shipp, Dow Chemical, Bill Brudnick, TXDoT, Rod Herrick, Covestro, Mitch Krutilek, Chevron Phillips, Marcus Pezent, BASF, John Moseley, Port Houston, Nick Vafiadis, IHS, Cliff Kuhfeldt, Bahri Logistics, and Scott Campbell, LyondellBasell.




Business Growth Task Force

Business Growth Task Force

Wednesday, November 1st 9:00am – 10:00am

Workforce Development Task Force Thursday, November 16th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Public Policy Task Force Tuesday, November 28th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Economic Development Task Force Wednesday, November 29th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Wednesday, December 6th 9:00am – 10:00am

Economic Alliance Christmas Party & Open House Thursday, December 7th 1:00 – 5:00pm

Gulf Coast Industry Forum Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 19th 3:00pm – 4:00pm



Economic Alliance Receives Workforce Excellence Award The Economic Alliance was recognized at the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) Mid- Year Conference June 8th in Plano, TX for its workforce development efforts. The conference included an overview of the “State of the Workforce in Texas” and highlighted contributions by communities who have implemented successful workforce initiatives. §§ Innovativeness through a coalition of cities, schools, colleges, and industry partners §§ Transferability to many different economic sectors throughout the Houston area §§ Community commitment and leverage exemplifying the regional to accomplish a mutual goal of increasing the area’s trained workforce potential §§ Measured objectives from this effort can be viewed through the developed quantifiable metrics to deliver tangible results to our Board of Directors and to the Workforce Development Committee. We are actively tracking the number of contacts reached through our speaking engagements and other activities to determine program scope and effectiveness. §§ Secondary community benefits will be counted for decades as new manufacturing complexes are built and successfully operating in the Houston Port Region that will change the lives of area residents for generations.




Bayport Terminal Tour & Briefing On June 14th, 2017, the Port Houston hosted a tour and economic development briefing at their Bayport Terminal. Economic Alliance staff attended the briefing and had the opportunity to tour the terminal. Buses carried attendees around the terminal and viewed how shipping containers are placed on trucks and on ships, as well as what is being imported/exported in the containers. The briefing highlighted the immense capacity that Port Houston handles in day-to-day operations.




Active Shooter Presentation On July 13th, Economic Alliance Staff attended an Active Shooter presentation, presented by the Deer Park Police Department. This event was hosted by the Office of U.S. Congressman Brian Babin. The training focused on critical steps to take during active threat events, as well as the aftermath of the ordeal. The training guided the participants on their response to a deadly threat including the concepts of “Run, Hide, and Fight”.





Women’s Leadership Luncheon The Economic Alliance Hosted the Women’s Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, August 2nd at the Houston Yacht Club. We were honored to have our very own Chairman of the Business Growth committee Natalie Picha, Vice President Senior Financial Advisor at The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Over 40 attendees came to hear Natalie share her experiences and challenges in her journey that have led her to where she is today.





Houston Ship Channel Contractor Safety Panel & Reverse Trade Show The Economic Alliance Hosted the Houston Ship Channel Contractor Safety Panel Luncheon & Reverse Trade Show on Tuesday, August 22nd. The Contractor Safety Panel consisted of four panelist Including Moderator: Russell Klinegarder, COO, Houston Area Safety Council.




Panelist Included: §§ Bill Shaw, CSHO Vice President of Health, Safety & Environmental, Evergreen §§ Steve Trickle, Vice President of HSSE, Zachry §§ Gary Noto, CEO, Hydrochem §§ Bennett Ghormley, Zero Injury Institute Other organizations hosting this event were Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT), Texas Chemical Council (TCC), East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA), Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) and Houston Business Roundtable (HBR). Exhibiting Companies at the Reverse Trade show were: BASF, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Exxon Mobil, Kaneka North America, Kinder Morgan, Kuraray America, Port Houston, and Shell Oil Company. Representatives from owner companies were able to answer questions and visit with attendees on “How to do Business” with their company.



Arkema Recognized by the Texas Chemical Council

BIC Alliance Receives First-ever ACIT Leadership Award

Arkema’s Houston, TX plant achieved seven years without a recordable injury on April 5, 2017. This represents more than 1.3 million man-hours and more than 2,555 days without injury. The collective efforts and focus throughout every day is ultimately what allowed this achievement. We are proud to share this record and remain engaged for continual progress in Arkema’s quest to “Drive to Zero”.

The Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT) recognized BIC Alliance with its first-ever ACIT Leadership Award. The award was given to BIC Alliance for its outstanding involvement and support for ACIT and the petrochemical industry.

Arkema’s Houston, TX plant was again recognized by the Texas Chemical Council for the 2016 year. The work by all employees at the site shows a demonstrated commitment and exemplary results toward our safe operations. The site’s awards included “Zero Incident Rate” (for... not having any employee recordable injuries in 2016), “Zero Contractor Incident Rate” (none of our contractors were injured onsite in 2016 ) and “Occupational Safety Distinguished Safety Service Award” (for demonstrated safety improvement).


“The ACIT board wanted to specially recognize BIC Alliance President Thomas Brinsko and the entire BIC team for their support of the industry and our organization,” said Hector Rivero, president of ACIT. “Congratulations to BIC Alliance!”

Chevron Phillips Chemical Marks Major Milestone of its $6 Billion U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) announced today that the two polyethylene (PE) units of its $6 billion petrochemical investment on the U.S. Gulf Coast successfully achieved the major milestone of mechanical completion. The PE units are now undergoing a series of rigorous commissioning activities, system checks and final certifications to ensure a safe and reliable start-up, and consistent, high-quality production. Once operational, each PE unit will produce at least 500,000 metric tons of product annually. “These new units allow us to utilize the abundant natural gas liquid feedstocks provided by the development of shale resources in the United States to meet the growing demand for polyethylene from our global customers producing performance films, highpressure pipe and packaging,” said Peter Cella, president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical. “The hard work of the project team and thousands of engineering, procurement and construction workers, as well as the terrific support from the community surrounding Old Ocean, have made today possible.” The PE units are in Old Ocean, Texas. Ethylene feedstock for the new units will be supplied via the company’s ethylene pipeline and storage system that was also expanded as part of this project. Along with the PE units, the company purchased nearly 3,000 rail cars and constructed a state-of-the-art rail facility with the capacity to store 1,500 rail cars to ship PE pellets to customers around the world. The final element of the company’s $6 billion U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project entails the construction of a new ethane cracker in Baytown, Texas, that is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017. “Achieving mechanical completion of the PE units is a significant step toward bringing the entire investment on line,” said Steve Prusak, commercial director, U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project. “We remain focused on safely starting up these new assets and look forward to completing the entire project in 2017.” For more information about Chevron Phillips Chemical’s U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project, visit www.cpchem.com/usgc.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Announces President and CEO Leadership Succession

management responsibility for Phillips Petroleum’s Olefins business. In 2000, he joined Chevron Phillips Chemical as Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and Phillips Petroleum combined their chemical businesses to create Chevron Phillips Chemical. Since that time, he has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, including the Asia Region manager, senior vice president, Specialties, Aromatics, & Styrenics, and executive vice president, Olefins and Polyolefins. Mr. Lashier holds a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from Iowa State University. “Mark brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and the strategic vision that will only further elevate Chevron Phillips Chemical’s trajectory in the years ahead,” said Michael E. (“Mike”) Coyle, president, Manufacturing, Chevron and member of the Chevron Phillips Chemical Board of Directors. “We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented, effective, and passionate leader at the helm of the organization and I look forward to all that Mark and his team will accomplish together.”

City of Deer Park Hires New Manager The Battleground at Deer Park Golf Course is happy to welcome their new General Manager, Rich Earlywine! Hired by Touchstone, the entity leasing the course from the City of Deer Park, Earlywine will work with customers enjoying the 18-hole, 72-par course, the Republic Grill, the newly re-opened driving range at the training grounds and lots of other amenities and services.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (Chevron Phillips Chemical) has announced that Mark Lashier, formally the executive vice president, Commercial, has succeeded Peter Cella as president and CEO upon Mr. Cella’s retirement. Mr. Lashier has nearly 30 years of experience in the chemicals industry, beginning his career as an engineer with the Phillips Petroleum Company, now Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), at its Bartlesville, Oklahoma, facility. By 1997 he had assumed ECONOMIC ALLIANCE | THIRD QUARTER 2017




EHCMA Update

EHCMA is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is reflecting how it has been #makinggood in the community since 1987. See highlights from the past 30 years by following @EHCMA on Twitter and Facebook. EHCMA’s annual golf tournament has been renamed the PetrochemWorks™ Golf Tournament and expanded to be co-hosted by the Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT), Texas Chemical Council (TCC) and Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston (ABC). The tournament will be held Friday, October 27, 2017, and proceeds will continue to go to sponsorships and technical programs for San Jacinto College, Lee College and Houston Community College. Visit EHCMA.org to learn more.

Community College Students Receive Scholarships for Industry Careers

Mike Zamora, director of Americas Regional Manufacturing for ExxonMobil Chemical Company, congratulated students and spoke to ExxonMobil’s long-time interest in workforce development and continuing investment in the program. “The CCPI partnership is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when employers and educators work together.”

Great Western Valve, Inc. Installs New Equipment and Hires New Staff Great Western Valve, Inc., an industrial valve company specializing in repair, remanufacturing, and field service for control, pipeline, and relief valves as well as electric actuators, instruments and positioners, has installed a new Thermogenics boiler and added a new in-line AccuTEST Safety Valve Test System with automated lift assist to service Section I and Section VIII steam valves in the shop and on-site. The company’s new boiler allows it to service customers anytime they need testing. Great Western Valve, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Nick White, Steve Sills and Mikela Johnson to its team. Nick White joins the team as an Account Manager servicing the Houston-area marketplace. Bringing over 20 years of valve experience, Steve Sills joins the company as Inside Sales Manager and Field Service Coordinator. Lastly, Mikela Johnson has joined the team as Marketing Coordinator. She is a recent Texas Tech University graduate with a dual management and marketing degree.

GCA Officially Renamed Gulf Coast Authority

ExxonMobil Baytown Olefins Plant Manager Woody Paul (left) poses with Lee College President Dr. Dennis Brown (far right) and other Lee College reps to present scholarships to three Lee College students (center) at a CCPI luncheon.

Representatives from ExxonMobil and nine Houstonarea Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI) partnering colleges recently convened at ExxonMobil to present $45,000 in scholarships to 38 students. The program, entering its fifth year with an additional $200,000 grant from ExxonMobil, supports efforts by to prepare thousands of local residents for high-paying jobs in the chemical manufacturing industry. ExxonMobil has contributed more than $2 million toward training new workers since the program’s launch.

AUSTIN, June 15, 2017—Texas Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 1489, which officially changes GCA’s name from Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority to Gulf Coast Authority, effective immediately. “We are excited about the name change since it better reflects the regional services GCA provides, including industrial and municipal wastewater treatment, solid waste and water systems, all of which promote economic development statewide. The ‘waste disposal’ part of our old name seemed somewhat limiting,” said GCA Assistant General Manager Lori Traweek. The renaming formalizes a convention and logo that have been used for a number of years. The Texas State Legislature created the Authority under its former name in 1969.




Lori Traweek Named GCA General Manager As Ricky Clifton Retires With 43 Years HOUSTON, July 31, 2017—The Board of Directors of Gulf Coast Authority (GCA) today announced the retirement of General Manager Ricky Clifton after 43 years with the organization, naming Assistant General Manager Lori Traweek to the top executive leadership position. “Ricky had a long and distinguished career, earning his way through college while working fulltime for GCA and rising through the ranks,” said Board Chairman Frank Jones. “He leaves the Authority in the capable hands of Ricky’s deputy, Lori Traweek. On behalf of the entire Board and organization, we wish Ricky the best and congratulate Lori on her well deserved promotion to General Manager.” Traweek is a 24-year GCA veteran. She joined the Authority in 1993 as Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, served in several senior management positions prior to being promoted to Manager of Operations in 2000 where she served until being named Assistant General Manager last year. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquatic and Fisheries Biology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Gulf Winds International, Inc. Enters 10th Year as a SmartWay Transport Partner Gulf Winds International, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of transportation, logistics and supply chain solutions, continues its commitment to track and report its carbon accounting practices for a 10th consecutive year as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay® Transport Partner.

“Gulf Winds has made upgrades to equipment in the fleet, identified enhanced load patterns, reduced waste companywide through paperless initiatives, and increased promotion of safe driving best practices. Through these initiatives we maintain continual improvement by maximizing our efficiencies and operating safely.” - Amy Ferguson, Safety & Compliance Manager. Additionally, Gulf Winds works directly with owner operators to purchase the latest and most fuel-efficient tractors available on the market. Most notably, Gulf Winds is responsible for transloading over 60,000 containers a year at its 2 million square foot Port Houston warehouse campuses. The net result is a more efficient supply chain, greater visibility, and over 50% reduction in the carbon footprint of the ocean box.

H+M Named Houston Business Journal Fast 100 Finalist H+M has been named a Houston Business Journal Fast 100 finalist for the 4th year in a row! The Fast 100 List recognizes Houstonbased, privately held companies that have demonstrated significant revenue growth in the past two years. The ranking of these companies will be revealed September 15th at an award ceremony at the Hilton Americas.

H+M Named Houston Business Journal Fast 100 Finalist

“We are thankful for this partnership. For 10 years, our partnership has worked to improve air quality in our local community, while also supporting our overall company’s mission, vision and values.” - Todd Stewart, President, Gulf Winds SmartWay is a voluntary program that supports companies’ initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from freight supply chain transportation activities. The SmartWay Partnership is a domestic and international freight and supply chain program that manages data for over 3500 partners across all domestic shipping modes in the US and Canada.

Gulf Winds Named Inbound Logistics’ 75 Green Supply Chain Partner (G75) The selection process considers a company’s involvement in three areas - participation in public-private partnerships; corporate sustainability initiatives; and collaborative customer-driven projects.

In August, H+M delivered supplies & backpacks to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston to benefit their School Supply Drive. Selected Littles & their siblings received a backpack full of supplies pertinent to their grade level. H+M wishes everyone a successful school year!





INEOS O&P USA Sponsors STEM Event INEOS O&P USA sponsored an Alvin ISD program called

of underground utilities. These services enable engineers and contractors to design and build facilities that minimally impact existing utilities and create a safer construction site. Greg Jeffries, SUE regional manager for Texas, is a 30-year seasoned professional and a multi-state licensed contractor specializing in underground utility location, 3D utility mapping, utility construction and surveying. He is a resource called upon for expert testimony in utility damage incidents. McKim & Creed offers conventional and advanced geomatics, as well as storm water engineering services through offices in Houston, Austin, and DFW, as well as throughout the U.S. www.mckimcreed.com.

FIRST PLACE WINNERMoving parts! GEMS (Girls in Engineering Math and Science) to provide an opportunity for young women to learn concepts of STEM. It was a three day event where seventy young women worked on projects that incorporated concepts of engineering, math and science. They went on a field trip to Pleasure Pier where they were able to see firsthand the concepts of their projects come to life. Throughout the three day event we had speakers from INEOS and industry partners speak on their career path. Speakers from INEOS included Kendra Carter, Deborah Hutchison, Randa Moore, and Susan Rodriguez. Denise Smesny from Eco Alliance also spoke on the outreach program Dream It Do It. It was a great opportunity for INEOS to assist in introducing young women to our industry in a safe, fun and engaging environment.

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Meador Staffing Hires Branch Manager Meador Staffing is excited to introduce their new Pearland branch manager, Tanisha Dixon. A Houston native and mother of three, Tanisha holds a Master of Science degree in Management with a specialization in Human Resources Management. She started in the staffing industry in 1997, where she served as Branch Manager for Olsten Staffing Services in Dover, Delaware. Tanisha has held various leadership positions in corporate America, including Vice President-Employment Manager at Compass Bank. Tanisha left corporate America in 2002 to focus on family and full-time ministry. She joined the Meador Staffing Pearland team on May 22, 2017, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Business Administration degree. We are excited to have Tanisha as part of the Meador Staffing organization.

Mobil Steel Earns Back-to-Back Industry Awards for Outstanding Safety Mobil Steel International, Inc. added back-to-back safety performance recognition awards from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) national association’s Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) program. Mobil Steel received the prestigious 2017 gold STEP award after earning a silver STEP award in 2016. “I am proud to say that for two consecutive years Mobil Steel employees have delivered on the promise of a safe and healthy workplace. Last year we qualified for silver certification; this year we achieved even higher recognition as an ABC Gold STEP award recipient,” said Leonard A. Bedell, President and CEO of Mobil Steel.

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ABC’s STEP program, established in 1989, evaluates performance using Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and reporting requirements, plus 20 key health and safety components. For more information, www.mobilsteel.com



Bachelor’s degrees coming to San Jacinto College Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 2118 allowing San Jacinto College to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the

Mobil Steel leadership accepts the 2017 Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) award for distinguished safety and health performance in the industrial contracting industry. From left, Mobil Steel President and CEO, Leonard A. Bedell; Sheri Henry, Mobil Steel Human Resources Manager; Mark Scott, Mobil Steel General Manager; ABC Houston President Russell Hamley; Steve Cote, BCH Insurance, risk management safety consultants to Mobil Steel; and, Michael Dunavant, Mobil Steel Project Manager and Estimator.

Environmental Solutions Firm Opens Office in the Economic Alliance Building The AL Law Group has announced that it will open an office at the Economic Alliance building starting September 1st. “Our competitors have offices in London and New York . . . we’ll be in Deer Park”, said Jed Anderson, a principal attorney with the firm. The AL Law Group is an innovative one-stop environmental solutions firm. The firm includes lawyers, environmental consultants, and government relations experts. “We combine expertise to pursue the simplest, best, and lowest cost solutions for our clients. We wanted to be closer and more accessible. The Economic Alliance and the port region is one of the most exciting places in the world to be right now. Phenomenal people. Phenomenal region. Phenomenal opportunities.”

Bachelor of Applied Technology. “This move by the Texas legislature and Gov. Abbott will help to fill a critical workforce need in our region,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “I applaud and thank our local officials who supported this bill, as well as Sen. Kel Seliger and Rep. Sarah Davis for introducing bills in the Senate and House, respectively. Our region will have a stronger workforce and economy because of this legislation.” The College will fine tune curriculum proposals for presentation to and approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission On Colleges. The College hopes to begin offering the BSN and BAT degrees by fall 2019. Read more at sanjac.edu/article/bachelors-degrees.



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