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Business Journal exclusive Q&A with Golden Pass Products President Sean Ryan

Golden Pass Products is well on its way to being one of the first in Texas to export LNG. The company received the green light from the U.S. Department of Energy in April to countries without free trade agreements with the U.S., removing the final, major federal regulatory hurdle for the $10 billion project. The LNG export terminal will be capable of producing up to 15.6 million metric tons of LNG per year, according to Golden Pass estimations. The Business Journal had the opportunity to interview ‎President at Golden Pass Products Sean Ryan to learn more about the operation.

Sabine Pass Port Authority to improve port, marina

Southeast Texans will soon see a new and improved Sabine Pass Port and Marina with the Sabine Pass Port Authority (SPPA) looking to invest millions of dollars in making improvements not only to attract more commercial shrimpers and fisherman but also recreational boaters and the general public alike.

For those unfamiliar with the SPPA, it is a entity that taxes property owners within the footprint of the Sabine Pass Independent School District, but also receives revenue from its port and marina businesses, according to Mic Cowart, port manager for SPPA.

Christus Southeast Texas unveils Susie Roebuck Mammography Center

Christus Southeast Texas unveiled the Susie Roebuck Mammography Center on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at its Southeast Texas Outpatient Center – Mid County location.

The center is now open and features a state-of-the-art women’s facility. According to Dr. Craig DeLord, radiologist at the center, Hologic’s Genius 3D Mammography is the only 3D exam approved by the FDA as clinically superior to traditional mammography and is proven to find more invasive, or lethal, cancers, thereby reducing the need for unnecessary follow-up exams due to false alarms by up to 40 percent.

President of Texas Oil and Gas Association among lineup of speakers at Beaumont Chamber event

Todd Staples, the president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA), was among a lineup of guest speakers at the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 2.

In November 2014, Staples was named president of the TXOGA, the state’s oldest and largest trade association. Prior to that, Staples served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and in the Texas Senate and House of Representatives.

BASF names new Beaumont site director

BASF has named Judy Brinkman site director for the Beaumont facility. Brinkman brings more than 35 years of experience within BASF manufacturing to her new position overseeing all activities at the Beaumont site of approximately 250 employees including, environmental, health and safety, process optimization, capital investments, talent development and community outreach.

Delivery of essential equipment keeps ExxonMobil polyethylene plant expansion project on track

Two of the largest and heaviest pieces of equipment, significant to ExxonMobil’s Beaumont polyethylene plant expansion, recently arrived at the site after a long voyage covering half the globe.
The two pieces of equipment — a reactor and purge bin — were ordered in the first quarter of 2016 by ExxonMobil for the company’s BPEX project and were fabricated in South Korea by the company Sewon, according to ExxonMobil Project Executive Vince Yuskiewicz.

Education First FCU celebrates opening of Laurel Avenue branch

Education First Federal Credit Union celebrated the opening of its newest branch on Laurel Avenue with a ribbon cutting Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The 3,371-square-foot branch was designed to capture the distinctive brand identity of its recently completed administrative building, and further enhance members’ experience, a release from the company states.

Chamber voices support for hospital district in Orange

The Greater Orange Chamber of Commerce released a statement Oct. 20 announcing its support for a hospital district in the area.

Area leaders have been looking for a solution to the absence of a full-service hospital since Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas Orange Campus terminated its emergency services in January.

Iconic Bevil Oaks eatery coming back after its fifth disaster

Martha Vautrot calls her little restaurant “the best kept secret in Texas.” She’s never advertised beyond word-of-mouth since Vautrot’s opened almost 25 years ago, she said.

She follows the advice her grandmother gave her growing up: “No matter how much you advertise, if your food’s not good, they won’t come back.”