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TOTAL announces plans for second steam cracker at Port Arthur complex

TOTAL will launch front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the construction of a second integrated steam cracker at its Port Arthur complex, the company announced Wednesday, Sept. 23.

With a capacity of 1 million tons of ethylene a year, the planned ethane side cracker is expected to start up in 2019, subject to a final investment decision in 2016, a release by the company states.

Beaumont businessman raises money for MDA

Jay Willis, a Beaumont area businessman whose 9-year-old son Benjamin has muscular dystrophy (MD), was given an opportunity to donate 10 percent of his August and September proceeds to the MDA.

Willis’ Beaumont-based company Mometrix Test Preparation offers test preparation materials for standardized exams including STAAR, ACT, SAT, GRE and others.

In an interview with the Business Journal, Jay said his campaign has raised around $7,000 for MDA research so far. His goal is to surpass $10,000, he said.

STI Group cuts ribbon on West Orange facility

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Aug. 20 for the STI Group’s new state of the art industrial fabrication shop in West Orange.

According to a release by STI Group, the new West Orange fabrication shop adds an additional 33,000 square feet of fabrication space capacity to the company’s already considerable capacity of hundreds of thousands of space, allowing STI to handle even more throughput.

BASF and TOTAL’s “Miracle Match for Life” raises $110,000 for three area charities

Representatives from BASF and TOTAL presented checks from funds raised at the 2015 Miracle Match for Life golf tournament to representatives of the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program, LifeShare Blood Centers and the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at LifeShare Blood Centers.

Orange County, city cut EDC Funding

At a meeting July 27, the Orange County Commissioners voted to withhold funding from the Orange County Economic Development Corporation, which the court indicated would essentially shut down the county EDC. But on Aug. 3, County Judge Brint Carlton suggested that there is still hope the EDC could continue its work drumming up future investments for the county, at least in some capacity.

Merchants of the future try their hand as ‘business owners’ at Central Mall

Central Mall hosted young entrepreneurs during its fourth annual Kids Inc. Day on Saturday, July 25, when young people between the ages of 6 and 15 set up their own “stores” in Central Mall’s Grand Court to learn about business, make money, and most of all, have fun.

Altus hopes to open hospice facility by spring 2016

Progress on the latest Altus Hospice Beaumont development can be seen from College Street as construction continues on the 36,000-square-foot complex.

The Gardens, Altus’s newest hospice inpatient unit, will feature a three-story facility with an adjacent shell space for potential growth. According to Rachel Babb, executive director and administrator at Altus Hospice Beaumont, The Gardens is slated to open in spring 2016 with 16 beds.

Governor’s Small Business Forum set for Sept. 23

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The Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation will host the 2015 Governor’s Small Business Forum, sponsored in part by the Texas Governor’s Office, the Texas Workforce Commission and presenting sponsor Lamar Institute of Technology. The event will take place Sept. 23, from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza.

The Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation encourages entrepreneurs at every stage of business development, from start-up to expanding business, to attend.

Christus reports retaining 75 percent of employees affected by St. Mary downsize

Christus Southeast Texas Health System reported Aug. 13 that the Catholic, not-for-profit health care system was able to retain approximately 75 percent of its employees affected by a transition at St. Mary Hospital to a short-stay inpatient hospital.

Christus said it has placed associates affected by the transition in more than 104 positions. The number of associates affected ended up at 142, less than the previously reported 162 on the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, with 106 offers made and 104 offers accepted, said Christus spokesperson Melissa Welch.

Legislative updates detail major policy accomplishments

The 84th session of the Texas Legislature ended June 1 after consideration of the multitude of issues that need to be addressed in their biannual session. As dictated by the state constitution, lawmakers meet for 120 days every two years, then return to their districts to report the results to their constituents.

The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce got things started with their Legislative Update Breakfast held Aug. 6 at the Compro Event Center. A large crowd gathered to drink coffee, munch on pastries and digest the news about what happened in Austin.