Natgasoline holds procurement fair

Vendors, contractors and suppliers wait in line to share information on their businesses and learn how to bid on jobs from Natgasoline’s procurement team.

Natgasoline held a procurement fair Thursday, March 19, at the Beaumont Civic Center to educate area busi­nesses on how to do business with the company, which is currently building a greenfield world scale methanol plant in Beaumont. The plant will be the first methanol facility of this scale in the United States and the country’s largest methanol production facility based on nameplate capacity, and construction is expected to be completed in 2017, ac­cording to Laurens Limpens, site man­ager for Natgasoline.

Sabine-Neches surpasses New York/New Jersey port in tonnage shipped

The Sabine-Neches Waterway has surpassed the Port of New York and New Jersey in terms of tonnage shipped in the U.S. Ports National Ranking, ac­cording to an annual report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center.

This makes the Sabine-Neches Wa­terway the third largest port in the U.S. in terms of tonnage shipped. The Sa­bine-Neches Waterway consists of two public ports (Beaumont and Port Ar­thur) and all of the public and private marine terminals between Sabine Pass and the I-10 bridge over the Neches River in Beaumont.

Site prep begins for largest methanol plant in United States

Aerial view of Natgasoline methanol plant construction site and surrounding area prior to site preparation

After unveiling plans for construc­tion of the largest methanol plant in the United States in November 2013, Nat­gasoline LLC and parent company OCI N.V. report site preparation in Beaumont is underway and on schedule for startup in early 2017.

According to the company, OCI N.V. is a global nitrogen-based fertilizer pro­ducer and engineering and construction contractor based in the Netherlands but operating globally. OCI N.V. reportedly employs more than 75,000 people in 35 countries worldwide.

Emeritus at Dowlen Oaks receives new name as part of Brookdale merger

Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames and Brookdale Dowlen Oaks Executive Director Arthur Berry cut the ribbon to celebrate the merger between Brookdale Senior Living Inc. and Emeritus Corporation.

Emeritus at Dowlen Oaks held a ribbon cutting and rebranding celebration to recognize the senior living facility’s new name, Brookdale Dowlen Oaks, on Tuesday, March 24.

The merger between Brookdale Senior Living Inc. and Emeritus Corpora­tion creates the first national senior living solutions company and transforms Brookdale into the only national full-spectrum senior living solutions com­pany, with over 1,150 communities in 46 states, covering 80 percent of the U.S. population and serving more than 110,000 residents.