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Annual job shadow event connects students and engineers

Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle, in an effort to educate young people on business, economics and free enterprise, hosted its seventh annual Engineering Job Shadow Lunch at the Beaumont Event Center on Feb. 21. The event was held to allow high school students to explore the engineering field by interacting face to face with professional engineers and participate in activities that featured the science of the field.

Salata to open Beaumont location on March 29

Salata is slated to open in Beaumont on Thursday, March 29. This will be the restaurant’s inaugural location in Beaumont and the second Salata restaurant for franchise partner Edgy Veggies, owned by Joe Piro and Chad George. The location is an extension of the health-focused lifestyle that stands as a cornerstone of the Salata brand. A gluten-free certified group of restaurants with over 70 locations, Salata not only encourages but also guides patrons toward body wellness through nutrient-rich foods.

Stark Foundation holds building dedication for multi-million-dollar addition to museum

The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation Board of Trustees and Staff dedicated the new Walter G. Riedel III Education Center and Eunice R. Benckenstein Library & Archive at the Stark Museum of Art on Thursday, Feb. 22.

The new two-story addition, a more than $7 million project, is approximately 15,000 square feet, built primarily from concrete and steel. The new building is designed to withstand a category 5 hurricane, according to a release by the Stark Foundation.

Southeastern Freight Lines promotes Henry Ruelas to service center manager

Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, announced that Henry Ruelas has been promoted to service center manager in Orange.
With over 17 years of experience at Southeastern, Ruelas started his career at the Houston service center as a part-time freight handler. Since then, he has served in a variety of roles, including full-time freight handler, driver trainee, pickup and delivery driver, frontline leadership and most recently, operations manager in Houston.

ExxonMobil Polyethylene Plant manager keynotes Golden Triangle Business Roundtable Semiannual Plant Manager's Meeting

Jason Duncan, plant manager of the ExxonMobil Beaumont Polyethlene Plant, gave an update on the Beaumont Polyethylene Expansion Project (BPEX) to the Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR) Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Paul & Connie Szuch Multipurpose Conference Center at Lamar Institute of Technology.

Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals sign definitive agreements to form a joint venture in petrochemicals

Borealis AG ("Borealis") and NOVA Chemicals Corporation ("NOVA Chemicals") announced Monday, Feb. 19 that affiliates of the three companies have signed definitive agreements to form a joint venture in petrochemicals on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The joint venture – in which Total will own 50% and Novealis Holdings LLC, a joint venture between Borealis and NOVA Chemicals, will own the remaining 50% – will commence subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.

The joint venture will include:

Jon Huntsman dies at age 80

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Meade Huntsman Sr., 80, died Friday, Feb. 2, at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah.

His family released a statement saying he “passed away peacefully” around 2 p.m., “surrounded by a loving family, following long-term health challenges.”

Huntsman had previously beaten prostate cancer, mouth cancer and two types of skin cancer in his lifetime.

City of Beaumont to invest $6 million in sewer collection system

On May 2, 2017, the Beaumont City Council authorized the issuance of $21 million in Water Revenue Bonds in order to make repairs to the City’s water and sewer infrastructure. Of that amount, $2 million was allocated to a citywide assessment of the sewer collection system and $4 million was allocated to pipe bursting defective sewer lines.

Economist Ray Perryman, panel of county judges share predictions for area’s future at SETEDF event

The Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation’s 2018 Economic Forecast Breakfast featured keynote speaker and renowned economist Dr. Ray Perryman of the Perryman Group, and an impressive panel of Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, Orange County Judge Brint Carlton and Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel.

Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Event Centre in Beaumont, Perryman presented a forecast for 2018, broken down by national, state and local economies, while the panel of judges shared their perspective on the future of their counties’ economies as well.