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Baker Hughes releases weekly rig count

Baker Hughes Inc., oilfield services company out of Houston, released their weekly rig report showing the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by 7 last week, bringing the count down to 1854.

In the weekly rig report released Friday, May 2nd, the firm said of those 1,854 rigs, 1,527 are exploring for oil, 323 for gas, and 4 were listed as miscellaneous.

The same time last year, the U.S. rig count was 1,764, a yearly increase of 90 rigs.

Local design firm invests $1 MM in Calder Avenue

Come Spring 2015, Calder Avenue will have a new event center by K & K Designs. This is a major investment in the seemingly vacant east end of Calder Avenue.

Located at 1315 Calder, the vintage plantation style event center, will be just under 6,000 square feet. The building will feature a traditional parlor, dining rooms, enclosed courtyard, and a ballroom that will accommodate events of up to 200 – 220 people, with modern amenities throughout.  Clients will have the option of an outdoors event, with the landscaped gardens and grounds K & K Designs has planned.

From the desk of Chamber President Jim Rich

We have scheduled our mid-year review of our programs of work for May 21 at the Broussard’s Center under the direction of our Long Range Planning Division chaired by Tim Sudela. As an organization, we proudly take a moment mid way through the year to ask our divisions to report on progress and to illustrate what has been accomplished. The chamber has many moving parts utilizing volunteers and staff to accomplish a variety of tasks so it is prudent to take a moment and gauge how the moving parts are working and if the efforts continue to be relevant to our mission.

Celebrate The Travel Effect with the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau will lead local Texas travel workers in a travel Rally Day on Tuesday, May 6, as part of the 31st annual National Travel & Tourism Week. The event – replicated in countless cities nationwide – represents the travel community’s collective call to showcase the importance and impact of travel on jobs and economic growth in Beaumont, Texas.  

New addition for OCI Beaumont

OCI Partners LP, a Delaware limited partnership ("the Partnership"), announced today that it has implemented a state-of-the-art methanol truck loading facility on-site at its wholly owned subsidiary OCI Beaumont LLC ("OCI-B").

At present, the Partnership sells methanol via barge and via pipeline to neighboring customers in Beaumont, Texas. The new methanol truck loading facility will help the Partnership diversify its customer base and generate higher netback prices for a portion of its methanol sales volume.

Lamar University professor earns elite honor as 2014 Piper Professor

Lamar University’s Jerry Bradley joins an elite group of educators as a 2014 Piper Professor in recognition of his dedication to the teaching profession and his outstanding academic and scholarly achievements.

Bradley, university professor of English and Modern Languages, is one of 10 faculty members in Texas to be honored this year by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation – and the 13th Lamar faculty member to receive the honor since the program began in 1958.

Orange names Feb. 22 Earl Thomas III Day

Orange Mayor Jimmy Sims presents Earl Thomas III with a proclamation

Hundreds of Southeast Texans attended Orange’s Mardi Gras on the Sabine Saturday, Feb. 22, and many stayed to attend an after-party honoring Seattle Seahawks safety, Super Bowl XLVIII champ and West Orange-Stark High School graduate Earl Thomas III.

Following the parade at the Orange Pavilion, Mayor Jimmy Sims read a proclamation naming Feb. 22, 2014, as Earl Thomas III Day and presented Thomas with a key to the city.

Household hazardous waste, scrap tire collection event


The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste and Scrap Tire Collection Event on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bridge City Intermediate School parking lot located at 1029 W. Roundbunch Road, Bridge City.

During this free event, the SETRPC is collecting items that could cause damage to your health or the environment if they are disposed of improperly. Some of the items include paints, cleaners, antifreeze, car batteries, used oil, insecticides, swimming pool chemicals, and many others.

IG report finds no conflict of interest on Keystone XL

roughnecks and derrick

U.S. State Department Inspector General released a supplemental report Feb. 26 addressing allegations from the environmental community regarding the department’s selection of contractor Environmental Resource Management. ERM was contracted to prepare a report for the Department on the environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Dots connected on Texas clean energy

Texas has immense capacity for clean energy production — wind as well as solar and biomass fuel. About 15 years ago, the state demonstrated its commitment to increase clean energy through legislation as well as government funding. Our market-driven system with electric competition, incentives for renewables, and other factors in Texas has led to increased generation capacity and impressive growth in clean energy. Customers also have more choices, and prices are lower than they would be otherwise.