Page 1




IN THIS ISSUE: Gulf Coast Industry Forum Overview............................. 06 Sponsor Recognition .... 09 Testimonials ..................... 10 Student Breakfast ........... 12

President’s Letter • Members in Motion • Task Force Updates


FREE Safety Training!

You are priceless. Safety knowledge is free. 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. And did we mention all training through the Risk Management Institute is free? Give us a call for more information or to make a suggestion about training you’d like to see offered!

281.425.6311 www.lee.edu/rmi aa/eeo


PRESIDENT’S LETTER .................................. 05 CALENDAR OF EVENTS ............................. 15 TASK FORCE UPDATES .............................. 16 ECONOMIC ALLIANCE IN MOTION ..... 18 MEMBERS IN MOTION .............................. 20 MEMBER LISTING ........................................ 24


Since the early 1970s, GCA has helped Texas industry operate profitably and focus on their core business by providing regional wastewater treatment and other services.

• Assumes air and water permitting responsibility • Favorable economies of scale save you money • Improved wastewater treatment efficiency • Expert wastewater treatment staff • Taxable and nontaxable bond financing

Gulf Coast Authority Protecting the waters of the state of Texas

WWW.GCATX.ORG | 281-488-4115

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.

We are proud to count among our members the following Cities, Communities, Chambers of Commerce, and other government entities: Harris County

City of Pearland

Deer Park Chamber of Commerce

Port Houston

City of Seabrook

Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce

City of Baytown

City of Shoreacres

Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce

City of Deer Park

City of South Houston

Houston East End Chamber of Commerce

City of Galena Park

Community of Channelview

La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce

City of Houston

Community of East End

North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce

City of Jacinto City

Community of North Shore

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

City of La Porte

Community of Sheldon

Pearland Area Chamber of Commerce

City of Morgan’s Point

Community of South Belt-Ellington

South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce

City of Pasadena

Baytown Chamber of Commerce

South Houston Chamber of Commerce

Please take time to recognize our 2018 Board of Directors: Leigh Iguess, Brady Chapman, Holland, & Assoc. Darrell Morrison, HTS Inc. Randy Boeding, Setech Charles Montgomery, International Longshoremen’s Association Stuart Robles, BGE Wayne Webb, Community Bank Dr. Dennis Brown, Lee College Kenny Barhanovich, Comerica Bank Dennis Winkler, Winkler Public Relations Brent Cockerham, Moody National Bank Darcie Durham, The Boeing Company John Grimes, LBC Tank Terminals JR Moon, Qualified Properties, Inc.

Tim Buscha, IDS Engineering Natalie Picha, The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch Tom Brosig, BBVA Compass Captain Mark Mitchem, Houston Pilots Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College North Randy Drake, The Drake Companies Thomas Brinkso, BIC Alliance Chris Cain, LyondellBasell La Porte Plant Jay Bice, H+M Industrial EPC Barry McMahan, Green Bank Jim Griffin, San Jacinto College - CPET Kelli Gregory, Dixie Chemical Leonard A. Bedell, Mobil Steel Katie Yount, McDonough Engineering

Jeffrey Kuhn, Terracon Chip Schweiger, PKF Lori Traweek, Guf Coast Authority Chris Talley, Structure Tone Robert Armstrong, Kuraray Janet Gonzales, Amegy Bank Kristi Claypool, Meador Staffing Crystal Cedro, Hunter Buildings Tony Krause, Covestro Buddy Tucker, Ohmstede Connie Tilton, ExxonMobil Nathanael Ince, PinacleART

PRESIDENT’S LETTER The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region has concluded their 9th Annual Gulf Coast Industry Forum. The staff, volunteers, and sponsors have worked diligently to make this year, bigger and better than all the years before. This conference highlights the nation’s largest petrochemical complex and second largest port and continues to provide forecasts of what to expect in the coming years, along the Gulf Coast region. The two-day Gulf Coast Industry Forum saw over 900 attendees and continues to grow annually. Not only has the Gulf Coast Industry Forum opened doors for the region’s economic growth, but workforce development has remained a top priority to the Economic Alliance. This year included 10 tables of high school and college students looking for encouragement and guidance in their career choices. Including: a breakfast with speakers, plant managers, and elected officials to help inspire them. As always, the mission of this conference is to provide a top down look at what’s happening in the Gulf Coast petrochemical industry and how Port Houston is navigating the current economic times. It is led and supported by the stakeholders of the region. A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Port Houston for once again leading the way for what has become a critical information and networking event. The Board and staff of the EA would also like to thank the over 100 volunteers who make the event run as smoothly as it does. We are looking forward to next year’s 10th anniversary of the Gulf Coast Industry Forum. Very respectfully,

203 Ivy Avenue, Suite 200 Deer Park, TX 77536 (281) 476-9176

ECONOMIC ALLIANCE EXECUTIVE BOARD Chairman, Glenn Royal, The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch Treasurer, Steve Cote, Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates Secretary, Roger Blackburn, Wood Vice Chair, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Vice Chair, Karen Gregory, CenterPoint Energy Vice Chair, Jeff Garry, Dow Chemical Advisory, Mayor Tom Reid, City of Pearland

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

ECONOMIC ALLIANCE STAFF Chad Burke, President/CEO Fred Welch, Vice President, Economic Development Bridget Yeary, Financial & Administrative Manager Dana Ramirez, Events Coordinator Marisela Contreras, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Kaitlyn Conner, Special Projects Coordinator Patti Bell, Workforce Development Manager

LAYOUT AND DESIGN Kaitlyn Conner, Special Projects Coordinator

EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS marisela@allianceportregion.com

SPONSORSHIP SUBMISSIONS marisela@allianceportregion.com

Chad Burke President/CEO, Economic Alliance

To read an issue online, go to the bottom of our Homepage: www.allianceportregion.com


Keynote Speakers

Dave Morgan SVP - Polymers & Specialties Chevron Phillips Chemcials

Jerry MacCleary CEO Covestro LLC.

Rich Wells US Gulf Coast VP Operations Dow Chemical Company

Jim Bowen CEO First Trust Portfolios LP

Ryan Sitton Commissioner Texas Railroad Commission

Sylvester Turner Mayor City of Houston

Janiece Longoria Chairman Port Houston

Steve Byrne, Ph.D., CFA. US Chemicals Equity Research Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

Dan Patrick Lt. Governor State of Texas

Freight Transportation Panel

Brian Fielkow President Jetco Delivery

Jack Morman Commissioner Harris County - Pct. 2

Quincy Allen District Engineer TxDOT

Roger Guenther Executive Director Port Houston

The Houston Port region petrochemical industry has invested more than $50 billion in facility upgrades over the last 4 years, with much of the increased production capacity coming online in 2017 and 2018. Combining the increased resin production along with Port of Houston trade via the Panama Canal our container volumes are expected to grow from 2 million TEU to 3 million TEU by 2020. With this growth comes the need for expansion in transportation infrastructure to ensure the efficient movement of product and workers. The panel will discuss critical freight infrastructure strategies, priorities and investments to maintain the global competitiveness of the Houston Port Region.

Petrochemical Panel - Day One

Kim Foley Site Manager - Channelview LyondellBasell

Derrick Morgan SVP - Federal & Regulatory Affairs American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

Cathy Culpepper VP - Manufacturing - North America INEOS

Petrochemical Panel - Day Two

William Hammarstrom VP - HyCO Americas Air Products

John Mabry Operations Manager Gulf Coast Growth Ventures - Corpus Christi ExxonMobil

The panels (one on each day) will include executives from the Texas Gulf Coast region petrochemical operations that have contributed to the $70B in announced projects since 2010. The discussion will highlight major capital projects, investment strategies and concerns/issues facing the petrochemical industry during unprecedented commitment to our region. These panels are at the heart of the mission of this conference to provide valuable information on growth and to identify hurdles and future opportunities facing the industry.

Industrial Regulatory Overview

Bryan Zumwalt VP - Federal Affairs American Chemistry Council

Kathleen Hartnett-White Senior Fellow & Director Texas Public Policy Foundation

Larry Taylor State Senator (TX-11) State of Texas

Environmental regulations must promote the shared national goal of a healthy environment while preserving America’s ability to innovate and create jobs. Key leadership from the Texas Chemical Council (TCC), the American Chemistry Council (ACC), and the State of Texas (Senator Larry Taylor) will focus their discussion on the State of Texas’ ability to maintain a competitive business environment for continued investments.

Congressional Panel

Brian Babin U.S. Congressman (TX-36) U.S. Congress

Gene Green U.S. Congressman (TX-29) U.S. Congress

Randy Weber U.S. Congressman (TX-14) U.S. Congress

The Port of Houston is the largest exporting U.S. port in the U.S., second in overall tonnage, and the largest container port in the Gulf of Mexico. This activity at the Port of Houston generates $617 billion per year in economic output, sustains nearly 3 million direct/indirect/induced U.S. jobs, and provides more than $35 billion in local, state, and federal tax revenue. The region is also the home to the world’s largest petrochemical complex and produces 27% of the nation’s gasoline, 60% of the nation’s aviation fuel, 80% of the nation’s military grade fuel and 42% of the nation’s specialty chemical feedstock. The Houston Port remains a vital economic engine; critical to our national security. It is important to hear from the representing U.S. Congressmen on issues in DC that affect the ability of this region to prosper and to continue to compete globally.

Workforce Development Panel

James Rhame VP - Polymers Flint Hills Resources

Jeff Garry Operations Director Dow Chemical Company

Steve Skarke Executive Vice President Kaneka North America LLC

In order for a region to stay competitive globally, companies evaluate where to locate large cap projects, the ability to build, operate and maintain these facilities is one of the first questions analyzed. The state of the industrial labor market that serves the entire Gulf Coast petrochemical industry plays a major role in our ability to land these projects when being competitively sited against China, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and even Europe. This panel will talk through the ongoing efforts to recruit, train and keep employees that will keep this region competitive for decades to come.

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors! Presenting

A Special Thank You to our Event MC!

Platinum Charles Montgomery Vice President International Longshoreman’s Association

Gold Bronze


Gulf Coast Authority BIC Alliance Capital One Bank Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance East Harris County Manufactures Association Bank of America The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch Kuraray Houston Pilots Association Trustmark Bank Texas Lawn & Sprinkler CertifiedSafety I.T. Works San Jacinto Museum of History Terracon Consultants, Inc. Systran, Inc. LBC Tank Terminals Houston Greater Houston Partnership / UpSkill Houston AT&T Nestle Waters North America Direct Energy Business KBR Amegy Bank of Texas Brown & Root



Connie Tilton Public and Government Affairs Advisor ExxonMobil - Baytown The Gulf Coast Industry Forum was a huge success, providing an opportunity for all to hear insights from top experts on critical energy issues that affect not only the Gulf Coast, but our nation. The conference has gotten bigger and better every year and is one of the most anticipated in our area. Thank you to Economic Alliance Houston Port Region for this valuable forum and for letting ExxonMobil be part of the conversation.

David Tilley Managing Director GulfEx Our experience this year at the conference was even better this year. I have been attending for the last 5 years every year has been better. I am always impressed by information that Chairman Janiece Longoria, Port Houston gives at the conference; as the Port has so much influence over the success of all the businesses in the area, on the Gulf Coast re-growth, restrictions, and what is mandatory for future growth. All the panels were excellent, as usual, especially information given by John Mabry with ExxonMobil on their Corpus $10B expansion. Information given by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton very detailed and positive for future of industry and the state of Texas. I was able to meet a few new managers with ExxonMobil and Kuraray which was very positive moving forward. I invited a VP of one of our main clients to attend. He was very impressed by who was attending from all the end user clients on the Gulf Coast. Overall it is getting better every year. Thank you for to the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region for everything you do for the industry along the Gulf Coast.

Michael Hanna Managing Director CAT-I USA The Gulf Coast Industry Forum (GCIF) was an excellent opportunity for myself and my business to obtain valuable information about trends in industry on the Gulf Coast, the status and changes of regulatory agencies, and exposure to other companies to develop partnerships. Industry Trends – The speakers at the GCIF were able to address recent and upcoming trends within industry on the Gulf Coast. From the impact of skilled labor pressure on the advancement of large construction projects to the status of the financial advantages that is provided by doing business here. Regulatory Impacts – Government regulations and their enforcement affect commerce around the country. The panel for Industry Regulatory Overview provided valuable information regarding the administration’s focus on deregulation and commitment to investing in infrastructure. Business Partnerships – As a premium forum, the contacts I made at GCIF will benefit my organization immediately. I was able to connect with organizations that will help my team spread our vision, partners that will reduce complexity and costs of my operations, and potential clients to share our success.

Robert Armstrong General Manager -EVAL Kuraray GCIF is a great event that bring leaders and future leaders of industry, commerce, government and education together to focus on the present state and future needs of the Houston Port region – looking forward to next year’s event already.

Introducing Our GCIF All-Star Volunteer! Roger Knight Account Manager The Stewart Organization

“It was a great pleasure volunteering for the Gulf Coast Industry Form. I enjoyed working with all of the other volunteers and the staff of the Economic Alliance to help make the event the success it became. All of the speakers did a fantastic job educating and raising awareness of what is needed to keep Port Houston a leading port in the nation. I look forward to contributing again next year.”


The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region would like to thank all of the Sponsors, Speakers, and Volunteers for all of your hard work and dedication in making the 2018 Gulf Coast Industry Forum a success. This event would not be possible without your abundant support. The planning has already begun on next year’s 10th Annual Gulf Coast Industry Forum, and we can’t wait to see what is in store. We hope that you continue to attend other Economic Alliance events and be sure to stay in touch with our staff, who is working diligently on making your experience as an Economic Alliance Member worth your while. If you or someone you know, would like to attend an event or become a member, please reach out to one of our staff members at allianceportregion.com or by calling (281) 476-9176.


Student Breakfast

Patti Bell Program Manager Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas

At the annual Gulf Coast Industry Forum we hosted the student breakfast with industry leaders on September 20. Nine local high schools, five community colleges, two universities, and one home school group were invited. We had 52 students, 10 adults, and many representatives from industry who attended the breakfast. Students were able to network with local plant managers, construction company owners and operators, community college officials, and elected officials. The breakfast provided an opportunity for students to show off their soft skills and submit resumes to the top industry representatives in our area. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to make contact with the movers and shakers in the petrochemical community.

More about Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas: Dream It. Do It. has made 5 presentations during the summer and 13 presentations since the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester. That makes a total of 48 presentations this year, with over 4400 students and student influencers. During this quarter presentations have been made to the Urban League of Houston, Career Readiness at San Jacinto College, Houston Community College P-Tech class, Texas Chemical Council Teachers and Industry, Career and Technical Association of Texas Conference, Deer Park ISD CTE staff development, Bondy Intermediate, Goose Creek Memorial High School, Galveston ISD CTE staff development, Kashmere High School, and Beaumont Workforce Solutions Career Expo. We are looking for volunteers to come to events and speak about their jobs in the petrochemical industry. If you can help email Patti at patti@allianceportregion.com

Meet Our Grand Prize Winner! Hipolito Juarez Student Channelview High School

Hipolito won 2 tickets to the Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars game on December 30th, donated by Wood. Hipolito says that he plans on taking his friend as a courtesy for taking him to school everyday.

Thank you for filling out a survey card. We hope you have fun at the game!

Student Breakfast

SUCCESS STARTS with the RIGHT PARTNER San Jacinto College is a great industry partner and supporter of Houston jobs.

THE NEXT GENERATION OF WORKERS San Jacinto College recognizes the need for well-rounded employees for the future of industry. We work side-by-side with our industry partners to provide students with the right hands-on training in real world settings to shape them into capable and certified workers.

sanjac.edu | 281-998-6150 An Equal Opportunity Institution


October Board & Membership Meeting Wednesday, October 17th located at Houston Pilots 3:30pm – 5:00pm Meeting 5:00pm – 6:00pm Reception Workforce Development Task Force Thursday, October 18th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Economic Development Task Force Wednesday, October 24th 3:00pm – 4:00pm Quality of Life Task Force Monday, October 26th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Business Growth Task Force Wednesday, January 9th 9:00am - 10:00am

Economic Development Task Force Wednesday, January 23rd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Gulf Coast Industry Forum Committee Meeting Tuesday, January 15th 3:00pm - 4:00pm Workforce Development Task Force Thursday, January 17th 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Public Policy Task Force Tuesday, October 23rd 3:00pm – 4:00pm

November Business Growth Task Force Wednesday, November 7th 9:00am - 10:00am

Public Policy Task Force Tuesday, November 27th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Gulf Coast Industry Forum Committee Meeting Tuesday, November 20th 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Economic Development Task Force Wednesday, November 28th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Economic Alliance Office Closed Thanksgiving Holiday November 22nd - 23rd

December Legislative Kick-off Luncheon Wednesday, December 5th 11:30am - 1:00pm Economic Alliance Christmas Party & Open House Thursday, December 6th 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Workforce Development Task Force Thursday, December 20th 3:00pm - 4:00pm Economic Alliance Office Closed Christmas Holiday December 24th - 25th

Gulf Coast Industry Forum Committee Meeting Tuesday, December 18th 3:00pm - 4:00pm


TASK FORCE UPDATES Quality of Life Task Force The Quality of Life Task Force is excited to announce that Shell Deer Park’s “Big Energy” exhibit is now officially open at the San Jacinto Monument! We’re working with Shell Deer Park, the City of Deer Park and the San Jacinto Museum of History to inform our community as well as potential visitors about this limited exhibit, which profiles the oil and gas industry’s history in our region. To promote the exhibit, the Economic Alliance is creating two-sided rack cards to be distributed throughout our footprint, with the front dedicated to “Big Energy” and the back providing more information about our long-standing San Jacinto Texas Historic District license plate program. We hope to work closely with Shell throughout the life of the exhibit to promote not only the attraction but the history of the district as a whole. Beyond the “Big Energy” exhibit, our mini-mural and beautification efforts are also moving forward. Partner cities including La Porte and Pasadena are hard at work on their respective mini-mural projects, and other partners including Jacinto City are utilizing SJTHD matching funds to complete beautification in their areas. It is our hope that more partner cities will review the matching fund opportunities available to them through the district and come to us with any questions or potential projects. As always, we are open to new membership. Contact Marisela Contreras at marisela@allianceportregion.com or Kristin Callahan at kecallahan@deerparktx.org for more information!

Transportation Task Force The Transportation Task Force met August 14th to hear from Zachry, the contractor building the Beltway-8 bridge. Construction on the piers has begun, and the project is scheduled to be complete 2024. We also heard updates from Jeremy Phillips, Senior Director of Infrastructure for Harris County Precinct 2, and TXDoT projects update from Bill Brudnick Houston Director of Transportation, Planning and Development and Eliza Paul Deputy District Engineer. The committee continues to: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Review and assess progress on the Prioritized Freight Project Evaluate whether any new projects should be added to the list Review and discuss our strategies of getting our list of projects approved and built, and Map out the strategy for promoting our Project List in 2018

Committee Co-chairs are Bob Bradshaw, Ineos Site Manager & East Harris County Manufacturers Association Chairman, and Glenn Royal, The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch and Economic Alliance Houston Port Region Chairman.

Workforce Development Task Force Chairman Dr. Allatia Harris, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, San Jacinto College welcomed participants to both our June 21 and August 16 meetings at 3:00 P.M. in the SBDC Board Room at the Economic Alliance located at 203 Ivy Avenue, Deer Park, Texas. Our guest speaker in June was Roy Watson of Chevron and East Harris County Manufacturing Associations Workforce Development Committee. He reported on the research findings of projected workforce demands in petrochemical and industrial trades over the next 5 years. In August, Peter Beard, Senior Vice President, Regional Workforce Development at Greater Houston Partnership continued the report on the research findings of the EHCMA Workforce Demand Survey Report. Both speakers addressed the skills gap and the growing attrition rate due to retirees and the need for quality workers to replace these positions as well as a skilled workforce needed to fill the jobs created by construction being completed. All meetings for 2018 will be held at 3:00 in the SBDC Board Room at the Economic Alliance offices in Deer Park. The last meeting for 2018 be on October 18.

Economic Development Task Force Our year has been moving in a very positive direction for expanded and new investment in our region. Four projects to date have accounted for 855 jobs in business retention and openings in the region. Although we report on the new jobs created to our board it is important to note that retained jobs are nearly as high as new jobs created. The largest single project to date is the recent announcement by Bayport Polymers on their new polyethylene plant for Bayport. This $800+ million-dollar investment secures a new stream of production from an ethane cracker under construction in Beaumont. Total owns 51% of the project with NOVA Chemicals and Borealis as the partners in the venture. The new unit under construction will produce up to 625 KT per year of polyethylene using the Borstar@ technology. The Economic Development Task Force for Economic Alliance meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 3:00 PM. Meetings are held either at the office of the Economic Alliance or one of our member companies in the region. If you would like to get involved with the Economic Development Task Force, become an Economic Alliance Member, or if you would like to offer a site tour of your facility, please contact Fred Welch at fred@allianceportregion.com

Public Policy Task Force The Public Policy Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month and is Chaired by Dennis Winkler of Winkler Public Relations and Co-Chaired by Darcie Durham of Boeing. The committee is currently finalizing the State White Paper on policy issues facing our membership in preparation for the 2019 Session. The committee will host a Legislative Kick Off Luncheon on December 5th at San Jacinto College’s North Campus to hear from all of our regional State Reps and Senators on their predictions for the 2019 Session. We will also deliver our White Paper to the elected officials at the luncheon. Issues under discussion include property tax caps, Chapter 312 incentive renewal, reauthorization of the TERP funding, and determining a management organization for the O&M costs on the Coastal Spine.

Business Growth Task Force The Business Growth Task Force committee is Chaired by Councilwoman Natalie Picha, City of Seabrook and Vice President with The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch 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 BIC Alliance, Robert Half and Houston Methodist-San Jacinto Hospital were highlighted. The committee held its 3rd Quarter Business Education Luncheon on August 16th at the Houston Yacht Club sponsored by Amegy Bank of Texas. Over 100 guests were in attendance to hear Jesse Thompson, Sr. Business Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank discuss Houston’s Economy and Its Global Impact.

Save the Date for Next Year!

SEPTEMBER 18TH & 19TH Be sure to check out the 2018 GCIF photos at allianceportregion.com/gcif


ECONOMIC ALLIA New Member Luncheon

Economic Alliance Gives Back

The Economic Alliance welcomed all of the New 2018 Members by hosting a luncheon at Saltgrass Steakhouse on August 9th. With 9 companies in attendance, the EA Staff was able to engage with the new members and helped build relationships. Thank you to all who participated, and a huge thank you to Brent Cockerham, with Moody Bank for sponsoring this event.

The Economic Alliance Business Growth Task Force participated in packaging Care Kits for the homeless, in an effort to give back to the community. The materials used for this project included: • Gallon sized bags • Bottled waters • Granola bars • Toothbrushes • Toothpastes • Combs • Feminine Products

For more information on how to become a member, please email Marisela Contreras at marisela@allianceportregion.com.

Economic Development Tours Leader Gasket

The committee packaged 200 kits to distribute to the homeless. Everyone took a handful to distribute when they encounter someone in need. We hope to continue supplying Care Kits and look forward to your participation in the future.

The Economic Development Task Force met on September 26th at the new Leader Gasket facility off Sens Road in La Porte. Members were invited to participate in a tour of the facility and were provided a detailed description on the gaskets being made in the warehouse. Gaskets are custom designed to the client’s needs and are then created and tested for a customer satisfaction guarantee. Leader Gasket’s products are produced in different styles special types for the most demanding applications in, such as: - Automotive industry - Exhaust and manifold gaskets - Valves - Heat exchanger - Heating and cooling equipment - Special machinery and others If you would like to get involved with the Economic Development Task Force, or if you would like to offer a site tour of your facility, please contact Fred Welch at fred@allianceportregion.com

LyondellBasell Groundbreaking On August 22nd, Chad Burke, Fred Welch, and Kaitlyn Conner, attended the LyondellBasell – Channelview PO/TBA Site Groundbreaking. This facility will be the largest PO/TBA site ever built. With the booming regional economy, we are looking forward to seeing the economic growth, that this expansion will face. The facility is scheduled to open in 2021. For more information on the facility, please see the LyondellBasell “Member in Motion” section on page 21.

ANCE in MOTION Bondy Intermediate students hear from Dream It. Do It. Teacher, Mike O’Connell and his Career Explorations classes hosted Dream It! Do It! for two days at the beginning of the fall semester for presentations to over 150 Career Exploration students in 7th grade. We discussed petrochemical, logistics, and maritime careers and looked at the two year degrees required for those high demand, high wage jobs. Dream It! Do It! program manager, Patti Bell demonstrated the www.petrochemworks.com website on how students could find careers that might interest them by completing the Match Me selection on the website and completing “Your Interests”, “Your Skills”, and “Your Education”.

Meet our Data Entry Intern!

Everyone, we’d like to introduce to you Maria Serrano, she is a junior at Deer Park High School, with the goal of attending Baylor University and becoming a Trauma Surgeon . She started working with us in early June, throughout the summer and continues to work here in the afternoons after school. She has helped tremendously with updating member contact information, inserting member data and just recently helped with organizing supplies and name badges for the Gulf Coast Industry Forum. We are excited to have her on our team and look forward to seeing her succeed and grow as she meets new people and gets experience in the workforce.

LAST CHANCE TO SPONSOR the PetrochemWorks Golf Tournament! Last Chance to Sponsor: 2018 PetrochemWorks

Golf Tournament The 2018 PetrochemWorks Golf Tournament (formerly Friday, October 26,Golf 2018Tournament) the EHCMA Workforce Development will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018, at the Wildcat The 2018 PetrochemWorks Golf Tournament (formerly the EHCMA Workforce Development Golf Tournament) will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018, at the Wildcat Golf Club. PetrochemWorks is a Golf Club. PetrochemWorks is a joint effort between joint effort between EHCMA and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Construction & Maintenance Foundation (CMEF) to support regional development. EHCMAEducation and Associated Builders and workforce Contractors (ABC) andtournament the Construction Maintenance Education This fifth annual will benefit technical& student scholarship programs at Lee, San Jacinto and Houston Community Colleges, as well as other groups that bring value to the manufacturing community. This Foundation (CMEF) to support regional workforce event is an essential funding source to build tomorrow's workforce and help the next generation take advantage of opportunities in our region. development. A big thanks goes out to last year’s tournament sponsors who helped raise more than $380,000. We are proud that this tournament has raised $1.6 million to date. This year’s goal won’t be reached without our contract companies, suppliers and community support. Please consider helping again, or if you’ve not participated before, think about becoming one of our valued sponsors. Right now we have all levels of sponsorships available (including several at the $30,000 level), and we also recently opened team sponsorships at the $1,500 level.

This fifth annual tournament will benefit technical student scholarship programs at Lee, San Jacinto and Houston Community Colleges, as well as other groups For morebring information or to register a team, visit petrochemworks.com/golftournament that value to the manufacturing community. or email jaime.ortegon@cpchem.com. This event is an essential funding source to build tomorrow’s workforce and helpathe next generation Become Sponsor take advantage of opportunities in our region. A big thanks goes out to last year’s tournament sponsors who helped raise more than $380,000. We are proud that this tournament has raised $1.6 million to date. This year’s goal won’t be reached without our contract companies, suppliers and community support. Please consider helping again, or if you’ve not participated before, think about becoming one of https://twitter.com/ehcma our valued sponsors. Right now we have all levels of https://www.facebook.com/EHCMA/ sponsorships available (including several at the $30,000 level), and we also recently opened team sponsorships at the $1,500 level. For more information or to register a team, visit petrochemworks.com/golftournament or email jaime. ortegon@cpchem.com.


1-800-275-7878 www.pvrentals.com

Responsive. Resourceful | Reliable


Terracon Offices Labs

LOCAL SERVICE. NATIONAL PRESENCE. We provide innovation, expertise and quality services with an emphasis on safety to all projects locally and nationally. Environmental


Tw e n t y o f f i c e s / l a b s s e r v i n g Te x a s Houston (713) 690 8989 terracon.com/houston Geotechnical


Schedule Your Consultation

Awards for Excellence 2017 Pinnacle Winner

MansfieldMarketing.com (713) 533-8899



MEMBERS in Chevron Phillips Chemical Names James Becker VP Polymers and Sustainability

City of Morgan’s Point starts construction on Colonel Morgan New Washington Prairie

Chevron Phillips Chemical announced Polymers Vice President James “Jim” Becker has assumed the role of vice president, polymers and sustainability. Mr. Becker now holds senior executive responsibility to shape the company’s emerging sustainability strategy. In this role, he will direct commercial and technical resources to advance internal sustainability achievements and collaborate with select industry groups. Those include leading NGOs and organizations working toward innovative, sustainable solutions to global concerns, including plastics in the environment. Mr. Becker began his career at Chevron in 1980 and has since held several leadership roles, including executive assignments at Chevron Phillips Singapore Chemicals and Saudi Polymers Company LLC. Prior to serving as polymers vice president, he led the specialties division. He also is a board member of America Styrenics LLC.

In April of 2015, the City of Morgan’s Point acquired 50 acres south of Main Street with the intent of maintaining it as open space. Later that year, the City partnered with Texas A&M School of Landscape Architecture to create a master plan that focuses on developing the property with improvements that complement the open space concept. Named the Colonel Morgan New Washington Prairie, planned improvements include restoring much of the property to original 1830’s Texas prairie, 4,500 linear feet of sidewalk, a large pond, substantial tree plantings, interpretive signage, bird blinds, viewing platforms, and outdoor classroom. In January 2016, the City acquired two additional acres, bringing the total acreage to 52.

Mobil Steel CEO Encourages Texas A&M Grads to be Bold, Life-Learners Mobil Steel International, Inc. President and CEO Leonard A. Bedell encouraged Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMU-Kingsville) graduates to step out and be bold with the confidence that they have been well-prepared through their education and college community experience to face challenges in a changing world. Bedell delivered the commencement keynote in August. Bedell provided a message of continuous change and learning for life to graduates he called well prepared by their TAMU-Kingsville education in the classroom and college community. “You are entering an accelerating pace of change in our world. Many times you will not know the answer. Step out, be bold, ask questions to understand,” said Bedell while reminding students they would have to continue to learn and personally evolve to respond to a changing world.

In late 2016, the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region learned that LBC Tank Terminals was seeking a permit through the Army Corps of Engineers to expand operations on wetland property. With the understanding that the City of Morgan’s Point was seeking to improve their 52 acres. The Economic Alliance thought there might be a potential partnership and mentioned LBC Tank Terminals efforts to Michel Bechtel, Mayor of Morgan’s Point. Soon after LBC Tank Terminals and Morgan’s Point met to discuss both projects, a partnership was formed whereas LBC Tank Terminals will construct a wetlands project to be constructed on 17 of the western most 52 acres. Partnering with Morgan’s Point to build the wetland project satisfied a key Army Corps of Engineers permit requirement and allows LBC Tank Terminals to move forward with their expansion project. Design of the wetlands project is under way, with construction expected to begin in the fall. With the planned wetland project, the 52 acre Colonel Morgan New Washington Prairie project foot print was reduced to 35 acres. A recent grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, a financial contribution from LBC Tank Terminals, a financial contribution from Harris County Precinct 2, and a financial contribution from the City of Morgan’s Point, will allow the City to begin construction in late fall.

n MOTION LyondellBasell - Channelview Breaks Ground on the Largest PO/TBA Plant Ever Built

LyondellBasell broke ground in August 2018 on what will be the largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant ever built. The Houston area project is estimated to cost $2.4 billion, the single-largest capital investment in the company’s history. Once in operation in 2021, the plant will produce 1 billion pounds of PO and 2.2 billion pounds of TBA annually. The 140-acre PO/TBA plant will be built at the LyondellBasell Channelview Complex while an associated 34-acre ethers unit, which will convert TBA to oxyfuels, will be built at the company’s Bayport Complex in Pasadena. The project is estimated to generate more than $453 million in tax benefits over a 10-year period. It will create up to 2,200 construction jobs and 160 permanent positions.

Meador Staffing Promotes Kristi Claypool As a part of our 2019 growth strategy, we would like to announce the upcoming promotion of Kristi Claypool to Executive Account Manager – Professional Staffing. Kristi will work on growing our Direct Hire and Professional Contract divisions. She has blessed our team with 12 years of service and continues to be one of our organization’s top performers in business and community service. Kristi’s focus will remain on clients in Deer Park and other areas that she currently serves during the transition process. In the coming weeks, the transition will include an expansion of focus into the Northwest and Greater Houston areas, as well as outside of Houston where our clients may be headquartered. Congratulations from the entire team at Meador Staffing Services!

New Mariners Recognized at Crew Member Ceremony

Fueling Nature and Education

San Jacinto College recently graduated a new class of mariners. The College held a Crew Member Ceremony for this summer’s maritime transportation associate degree graduates. The program provides two years of rigorous maritime transportation curriculum that includes sea time during the summers through internships with local industry. The maritime transportation associate degree program is the first of its kind in Texas. Since starting in 2012, approximately 50 maritime graduates have completed the program and began their maritime careers. Volunteers from Shell Deer park recently spent the afternoon at the Outdoor Learning Center tending to the grounds before this year’s students’ arrive for field trips. “This is our fifth year working at the center,” said Jenny Weinmann on behalf of Shell’s instrumentation and process control department. “It’s great to be able to really dig in to our community and give back in a way that contributes to the learning of so many Deer Park students.”

The San Jacinto College maritime program is guided by an advisory council that includes industry partners who play an instrumental role in the curriculum and placement of students in internships. Find out more about maritime training at San Jacinto College by visiting sanjac.edu/career/maritime-transportation.


MEMBERS in Big Energy: A Texas Tale of People Powering Progress

Justin Goodman and Saleem Qassem Join Structure Tone Southwest as Directors Construction management firm Structure Tone Southwest has added two new directors to its Houston operations. Justin Goodman joins the firm as Director of Business Development, and Saleem Qassem joins as Director of Operations.

The birthplace of Texas is now an energy hub, powering progress globally. Explore its rise and impact through the lens of the people, the city, and a company that call it home, and discover your role in making the future. Opening October 2018 at the San Jacinto Museum of History.

Goodman comes to the company from AECOM, where he led the healthcare, higher education and social infrastructure sectors. His clients included institutions in the Texas Medical Center such as Methodist Health. In higher education, he established AECOM’s first college program in the state with San Jacinto College. As Structure Tone Southwest’s Director of Business Development in Houston, he will continue to pursue those sectors and others for the company as it continues to grow in the Houston market. Goodman holds a bachelor’s degree in construction science from Texas A&M. As Director of Operations, Qassem is responsible for the overall operations of Structure Tone Southwest’s Houston office. Qassem has over 18 years of experience in delivering both mid-scale and multi-milliondollar construction projects for public and private sector clients. Qassem is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering.

Gerry Hooper Celebrates 50 Years at Shell With 50 years of service under his belt, Gerry Hooper may well be Shell Deer Park’s longest-serving employee. Looking back on his time at Shell, Hooper says it seems like he was hired only 10 years ago. From enlisting with the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the Texas Army National Guard and serving the Guard during his first five years with Shell, to being a foster parent with Harris County, Hooper has many a story to tell his 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He’s also shared many a story at the site having worked at many of the units and seeing the way we manufacture products change over the years as technology advances. Hooper says, “you have to like your job out here, you have to be happy while your young, we have rules to follow but Shell’s been real good to me.”

Structure Tone Southwest is a regional leader in managing the construction of a variety of project types, from corporate interiors and luxury retail renovations to ground-up data centers and industrial facilities. The company has offices in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio and is part of the Structure Tone organization, which employs 1,900 professionals across the US, Canada, UK and Ireland. www.structuretone.com.

Community College Students Recieve Scholarships for Industry Careers Great Western Valve has expanded its service area with the opening of 2 new service centers in Oklahoma City, OK and Corpus Christi, TX. Dave Ricketts has been hired as Oklahoma City Operations Manager, and Art Gatica as Corpus Christi Branch Manager. Both locations will service all primary service lines including control, pipeline and relief valves as well as electric actuation, instrumentation and field service. GWV’s field service team has also been expanded and aligned under 3 seasoned Product Line Managers, Chuck Lee (Pipeline & Terminals), Deramus Joe (Power Generation), and Steve Gaskey (Chemical Plants & Refining), all known for their technical expertise and exceptional customer service. GWV is API Spec Q1, and VR Stamp National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector certified.

n MOTION Shell Deer Park Welcomes New Operators

Mobil Steel Earns a “Three-Peat” Performance for Outstanding Safety

Shell’s newest employees have spent the past few weeks training and gearing up to take on roles in the refinery and chemicals plant. From learning about Shell’s Life Saving Rules and Process Safety Fundamentals, to understanding our responsibility to our community, this team has seen it all. Welcome aboard, stay safe and have fun in your new roles.

Mobil Steel International, Inc. performed a safety “three-peat”, improving safety performance each of the past three years, earning increasing levels of safety performance recognition awards for three consecutive years, and reaching an OHSA safety milestone.

Community College Students Recieve Scholarships for Industry Careers

On March 31st Mobil Steel recorded two years of working safely without suffering an OSHA recordable injury – a workplace injury or illness that would require medical attention. In July, Mobil Steel picked up the distinguished Platinum level 2018 Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) program award from Associated Builders and Contractors National. Mobil Steel advanced its STEP level safety performance each year, earning a gold in 2017 and silver in 2016. “Our employees have developed a culture of safety performance that results in continuously improved safety performance,” said Leonard A. Bedell, President and CEO of Mobil Steel. Mobil Steel leadership accept a Platinum 2018 Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) award for distinguished safety and health performance in the industrial contracting industry. From left, [place names in order from photo]

Representatives from ExxonMobil and nine Houston-area Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI) partnering colleges recently convened at ExxonMobil Baytown to present $45,000 in scholarships to 39 students. The program, entering its sixth year, supports efforts 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.

Shell Science Lab Regional Winners Three Deer Park science teachers recognized for finding innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences to students. Local winners are Carol Voight, Judith Janes and Barry Smith, science teachers at Deer Park High School North Campus, Fairmont Jr. High School and Deepwater Elementary School, respectively, of Deer Park Independent School District. The regional winners each received a school science lab makeover support package valued at $10,000 (for the elementary and middle levels) and $15,000 (for the high school level).

Leonard A. Bedell, President & CEO; Mark Scott, Mobil Steel General Manager; Sheri Henry, Mobil Steel Human Resources manager; Michael Dunavant, Mobil Steel Project Manager and Estimator; Rick Johnson, Mobil Steel Project Manager and Project Engineer.ABC Houston President Russell Hamley; Steve Cote, BCH Insurance, risk management safety consultants to Mobil Steel;

PinnacleART Continues To Grow! PinnacleART continues to make process industries more reliable. This quarter the company was named for the sixth time to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fasted-Growing Privately Held Companies, hired 129 new team members, and completed construction of two new corporate buildings located in Pasadena, TX. PinnacleART continues to grow its offerings, including machine learning, various types of inspection (rope access and other advanced NDT), and its reliability benchmarking assessments to ensure that it can partner with its clients to mitigate downtime and loss of containment and optimize associated maintenance and inspection spend better than anyone else it the world. To learn more about PinnacleART, visit www.pinnacleart.com, email info@pinnacleart.com or call 281-598-1330.


Join Our Growing List Of Members Partner Members

Stakeholder*, Corporate, and Proprietorship Members Adaptive Tech Services Air Products Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemical LLC AL Law Group Amegy Bank American Acryl Apache Oil Company Arete Advisors Arkema Inc. Armand Bayou Nature Center Association of Bayport Companies AT&T B.J. Superior, Inc. B2BCFO Baker Ripley Barbara Walling Bartlett Cocke Industrial Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Bayshore Medical Center Bayside Industrial Inc. Baytown/West Chambers Economic Development BB&T BBVA Compass Bank Beacon Federal Credit Union Belt Harris Pechacek, LLLP Bendel Tank & Heat Exchanger BGE BIC Alliance Brady Chapman Holland and Assoc. BrandSafway, LLC Capital One Bank CAT-I Cenikor Foundation CenTech Staffing, LLC Ceremity CertifiedSafety, Inc. Channel Biorefinery & Terminals, LLC Check-6 International Cherry Companies Chevron Phillips Chemicals CHI St. Lukes Health Patients Medical Center Colliers International Comcast Comerica Bank Community Bank of Texas Core Occupational Core Trucking of Texas D&C Inspection Services Dannenbaum Engineering Corp. DeLane’s Ad Specialties Dianal America, Inc. Dimension Energy Services, LLC Dixie Chemical East Harris County Manufacturers Association ECC Alliance Economic Incentive Services, LLC Empire Torque Tools Energy Edge Consulting Environmental Rental Services Equipment Depot Exel Logistics Flint Hill Resources

Gateway Printing & Office Supply, Inc. Global Relations Great Western Valve Greater Houston Manufacturers Association Greater Houston Partnership Green Bank Gulf Coast Authority Gulf Winds International, Inc. Gulfex, LP H+M Industrial EPC Haldor Topsoe,Inc. Ham, Langston & Brezina, LLP HDR Engineering, Inc. Houston Pilots Association Houston Yacht Club HTS, Inc. HUB International Insurance Services Hunter Buildings & Manufacturing I.T. Works IDS Engineering Group ILA #1351 Industrial Packaging System Innovative Alternatives, Inc. ISTC John Manlove Marketing & Communications JSC Federal Credit Union Kaneka North America LLC Kenco Bucket Trucks Kinder Morgan Knudson LP Lakewood Yacht Club Les Ellard Insurance Agency, Inc. Liquid Capital Business Funding LJA Engineering Lubrizol Magnus & Company Mass Transfer, Ltd McDonough Engineering Corporation McKim & Creed Meador Staffing Services Mobil Steel International Monument Chemical Houston, LLC Moody National Bank Mosher Seifert & Company, CPA National Property Holdings NiSoft Nissan Chemical Houston Corp Noltex, LLC Northern Air Orion Group Holdings, Inc. OSI Soft, LLC Oxyvinyls Pfeiffer and Son,Ltd. Phelps State Farm Insurance PKF of Texas, P.C. Place Champlains Pollution Systems Priority Power Management, LLC PV Rental, LLC Qualified Properties, Inc. Raba Kistner Consultants Richmond Equipment

RIS Industrial Services Ritter Forest Products Robert Half RUS Industrial San Jacinto River and Rail SETECH SGS Galson Shafaii Party and Reception Center Inc. Shell Federal Credit Union Single Point Carrier Services Skanska USA Building SMART Group Houston Solvay Southwest Shipyards, L.P. Springhill Suites by Marriott - Baytown Star of Hope Stockstill & Associates Structure Tone Southwest Swagelok Southeast Texas Systran, Inc. T & T Construction, LP Taylor Marine Construction, Inc. TC Global Commercial Real Estate Team Services LLC Technofink Terracon Consultants, Inc. Texas Citizens Bank Texas Industrial Medical Texas Lawn & Sprinkler Texas Molecular Limited Partnership Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance Texas Security Shredding Texas Southern University TexasDeepwater Partners (TDWP Partners LLC) Texplan Solutions The Drake Companies The Mundy Companies The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch The Stewart Organization TIMEC Tolunay-Wong Engineers,Inc. TPC Group Trustmark National Bank Turner Contruction Company TurnerDuran Architects University of Houston-Clear Lake University of Houstson - Central VCFO Weeks Marine, Inc. Welcome Group, LLC West Gulf Maritime Association West Mermis, PLLC Winkler Public Relations Wood

* Stakeholder members in bold.

203 Ivy Avenue, Suite 200 Deer Park, TX 77536 (281) 476-9176 allianceportregion.com

Profile for Economic Alliance Houston Port Region

Economic Alliance Houston Port Region - 2018 Q3 Newsletter: Gulf Coast Industry Forum Edition  

A quarterly publication created and distributed by the economic development corporation of the Houston Ship Channel. For more information ab...

Economic Alliance Houston Port Region - 2018 Q3 Newsletter: Gulf Coast Industry Forum Edition  

A quarterly publication created and distributed by the economic development corporation of the Houston Ship Channel. For more information ab...