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Instacart expands services to Southeast Texas

Southeast Texans can now have groceries and other store items delivered to their doorstep from three major area retailers.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 18, Instacart, a same-day grocery delivery service allowing customers to select groceries through a Web application and have them delivered by a personal shopper, has expanded its services into the Beaumont area.

Area residents can now order from H-E-B, CVS and Petco, and have items delivered straight to their homes in as little as one hour, and order up to seven days in advance, according to the company.

Groves eatery revives family recipes, mom-and-pop spirit

For Kevin Smith, bringing back Monceaux’s to Mid-County means more than just bringing back a popular restaurant dating back decades. He’s also keeping his mother’s memory alive, and her treasured recipes.

The late Helen McKinney was the cook at the original Monceaux’s in Port Arthur and brought her recipes with her when she began working there.

“Monceaux’s was famous for their shakes, hot dogs and hamburgers, but when my mom started working there, she brought stuffed shrimp, crab burgers, her tartar sauce recipe, and it blew up,” Smith said.

ExxonMobil begins production on new polyethylene line at Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant

ExxonMobil Chemical Company announced Tuesday, Oct. 17 that it has commenced production on the first of two new 650,000 tons-per-year high-performance polyethylene lines at its plastics plant in Mont Belvieu.

Sasol hires 500th employee to support Southwest Louisiana mega project and announces additional jobs to come

Sasol announced Wednesday, Oct. 11, that the company hired its 500th employee for its $11 billion ethane cracker and derivatives project in Calcasieu Parish and expects to hire at least an additional 200 employees over the next two years to support its new operations, resulting in 700 new jobs.

Texas Land Commissioner visits the Port of Beaumont

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush visited the Port of Beaumont Wednesday, Aug. 16 to tour the Port of Beaumont with Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick and Port Director Chris Fisher.

“The Port of Beaumont is always appreciative of elected officials who take the time to visit our great region. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush recognizes that the Port and Southeast Texas are vital components to the economic success of not only Texas, but the nation,” Port of Beaumont Director Chris Fisher said.

U.S. Army conducts largest military exercise in Port of Beaumont’s history

The month of August at the Port of Beaumont brought with it the largest military exercise in the port’s history.

The exercise was performed by the 842nd Transportation Battalion, which manages the deployment of Department of Defense (DoD) cargo throughout the central United States and is headquartered at the port.    

Port of Beaumont key in moving ExxonMobil project along

The Port of Beaumont safely off-loaded and transported more than 50 equipment parts and more than 250 tons of material for ExxonMobil’s SCANfiner expansion project during a nine-month period starting in late 2016.

“We appreciate the Port of Beaumont’s strong focus on safety and experienced workers to help ensure the flawless execution of unloading, staging and transporting the equipment,” said Brian Talley, project executive for the ExxonMobil SCANfiner project.

Avoid post-Harvey disasters

Many Southeast Texans are working hard to help their neighbors during chaotic post-Hurricane Harvey times. Heartwarming stories abound of neighbors helping neighbors and strangers from all over the United States coming with supplies and aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Texas Attorney General’s Office, however, warn disaster victims to be on the lookout for scammers and fraud in the hurricane’s aftermath. A natural disaster leaves more than uprooted lives in its wake. It also attracts price gougers, fly-by-night door-to-door contractors, and bogus charities.

Port of Beaumont hires former Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur to head security, facilities, and regulatory compliance

On October 2, 2017 the Port of Beaumont welcomed retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain, Randal Ogrydziak, to the team as the director of security, facilities, and regulatory compliance. Ogrydziak recently retired as a senior Coast Guard officer with 38 years of experience leading large, operationally complex, integrated military, law enforcement, and emergency management organizations in today's dynamic global response environment.

Lamar alum returns home to share his Chicago-based company’s food products, spirit of entrepreneurship

While attending Lamar University, Paul Fregia had his eyes set on a career as an electrical engineer, but in the long run, it wouldn’t be computers or electronics that he would be creating — he would instead concoct tasty recipes in the kitchen that summon childhood memories.

While Fregia holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Lamar University, his true love is his company, Grandma Maud’s Down Home Cookin’.

“I’ve often been referred to as the engineer who went from making electronic chips to chocolate chips,” Fregia said.