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Biztorming celebrates grand opening

Biztorming held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of its offices and Talent Development Center at 1846 I-10 Access Road South, Suite 201, in Beaumont on Wednesday, June 6.

“We’re happy to introduce our facility to the community and to our clients who will benefit from the training and consulting services that we offer for local business,” said Biztorming owner and CEO Luciana Paulise. “This ribbon-cutting ceremony is a dream come true for me, as it is another step for Biztorming’s continuous growth.”

Orange County EDC, Chamber partner on Industrial Exchange

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce and the Orange County Economic Development Corporation are collaborating to host the 2018 Industrial Exchange on Thursday, August 16 at Lamar State College Orange Cypress Center. The half-day event will connect industry representatives, Southeast Texas contractors and service providers in an effort to further local initiatives to employ, purchase and work local.

Fishing for dollars

Any serious angler is familiar with the Bassmaster Series, and for about a week in June, the fishing tournament again increased the Orange population by thousands. Professional anglers came in early for their practice runs on the Sabine River, along with their teams, families and friends before the event kicked off on Thursday, June 7.

Foundation for SETX awards $320K to 10 hurricane relief projects

The Foundation for Southeast Texas announced the recipients of the second round of grants from the $1.5 million Golden Pass Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund on Tuesday, June 5.

The grants will provide $320,000 to local organizations to support hurricane relief and mitigation efforts in Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties.

SETX Emergency Relief Fund gives out $525K to assist flood victims

The Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund (SETERF) distributed checks totaling $525,000 to six area nonprofit organizations Monday, June 18, at Board Chairman Robert Edgar’s office in Beaumont.

The funds are part of a $3 million donation earlier this year to SETERF by Motiva Enterprises LLC. They will be used to assist with rebuilding and recovery efforts for flood victims in Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties.

PATV Powersports and Offroad coming to Orange

Tuesday morning, June 10, the Orange City Council made a motion approving the Orange Economic Development Corporation to enter into an agreement with PATV Powersports and Offroad for the expenditure of funds in an amount not to exceed $192,000 for infrastructure improvements at 9590 I-H 10, a voluntary annexation, and a property tax abatement for three years. The new business estimates a $1.3 million capital investment, and will provide jobs for up to 15 full-time employees and five to 10 part-time employees.

NASA technologies reduce aircraft noise

The ARM flights were flown on NASA’s SubsoniC Research Aircraft Testbed G-III aircraft, or SCRAT, at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. NASA combined three technologies, including Landing Gear Noise Reduction, landing gear cavity treatments, and the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge flexible wing flap, to demonstrate a reduction in airframe noise in excess of 70 percent. This may reduce aircraft noise for communities that live near airports. | Photo by Ken Ulbrich/NASA

A series of NASA flight tests has successfully demonstrated technologies that achieve a significant reduction in the noise generated by aircraft and heard by communities near airports.

The Acoustic Research Measurement (ARM) flights, which concluded in May, at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, tested technology to address airframe noise, or noise that is produced by non-propulsive parts of the aircraft, during landing. The flights successfully combined several technologies to achieve a greater than 70 percent reduction in airframe noise.

CVB announces large convention booking

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Sales Team announced Thursday, May 31, that Beaumont has been named host city for The Grand Chapter of Texas Order of The Eastern Star, a fraternal organization composed of women with Masonic affiliation and Master Masons.

CommunityBank of Texas supports Family Services with pledge of $5,000


CommunityBank of Texas recently donated $5,000 to Family Services of Southeast Texas. The donation will be used towards helping the organization serve families and individuals in crises. Family Services Counseling Center provides healing to individuals and families who are facing a variety of issues that affect families, such as grief, stress, parenting challenges, marital difficulties, substance abuse and more. Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter provides hope to all victims of domestic violence.

Caliche to store ethylene in Beaumont salt cavern

Houston-based company Caliche Development Partners, which develops, constructs, and operates subsurface hydrocarbon storage assets and related pipelines in North America, announced Tuesday, May 8, the execution of a long-term storage services agreement for ethylene in its Beaumont cavern.

Caliche will provide firm storage service in a substantial portion of the 600-million-pound capacity salt cavern for its customer’s ethylene and derivative operations in the Golden Triangle area, beginning in the third quarter of 2018.