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New visions, renovations for Hotel Beaumont underway

Renovations of the 101,400-square-foot, 11-story Hotel Beaumont, purchased by Garden Street Holdings LLC in October from the city of Beaumont for more than $1.1 million, are underway, according to the project’s senior designer Issac Greenetz, who spoke to the Business Journal in an exclusive interview about he and owner Seth McCormick’s vision for the 92-year-old structure, which is considered a historic district contributing property. Greenetz said he and his team have spent approximately 160 hours thus far on design tactics for hotel renovations.

Entergy supervisors give recruiting pitch to technology students

Representatives from Entergy’s Sabine Power Plant in Bridge City were looking for a few good men and women during visit to campus this week.

Charles Eaves and James Landry, the production superintendent and control operations supervisor, respectively, at the natural gas-fueled power station on the east end of the Rainbow Bridge, invited Instrumentation Technology and Process Technology students at Lamar State College-Port Arthur to apply for full-time employment and part-time internships currently available at their plant.

Lamar softball team to play on campus

photo by Brandi Haskett


By Tyler Sumrall
Special to the Business Journal

In March 2015, the Lamar Softball program will get something it has nev­er had before – a brand new on-campus softball facility to call home.

The team, which returned in 2013 after a 25-year absence, has played all of its home games at Ford Fields, lo­cated six miles away on the outskirts of Beaumont.

Head coach Holly Bruder has been campaigning for years to get approval for a facility that was more convenient.

EPA proposes stricter methane emissions reporting standards

Pumpjacks extract oil from a well in Orangefield.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed two actions Friday, Nov. 14, amending subpart W of the greenhouse-gas reporting program and revising annual methane emissions reporting requirements by oil and gas companies.

One rule, effective Jan. 1, 2015, eliminates certain moni­toring methods currently used by oil and gas companies to report methane emissions and was finalized Nov. 14. A sec­ond rule was proposed that would require new methane emissions data to be reported. This rule is expected to take ef­fect in 2016.

TCEQ calls proposed EPA air quality standards ‘shortsighted’


The Texas Commission on Environ­mental Quality (TCEQ) is opposed to the EPA’s new proposal to strengthen air quality standards, the agency an­nounced in a Nov. 26 press release. The TCEQ response came after the EPA announced a proposal earlier that day to introduce new standards that would “bring ozone pollution standards in line with the latest science” and within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb), while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. The proposal, part of the Clean Air Act, is aimed at reducing smog from power plants and factories across the country.

Oil-by-rail industry project boosts Southeast Texas economy

Jefferson Energy Companies updated the county on the progress of its Crude by Rail Terminal project in a Monday, Dec. 1, special presentation at the Jefferson County Commissioners Court.

Business and legal watchdogs nurture budding partnership

Assistant Texas Attorney General Rosemarie Donnelly and Jay Sheppard of the BBB


By Jennifer Johnson
Beaumont Business Journal

Nov. 5, the day after being elected Jef­ferson County District Attorney, longtime lawyer and judge Bob Wortham announced his first order of business – forging a work­ing relationship with the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas.

New casino brings nugget of Vegas to Lake Charles

Tilman Fertitta celebrates the opening of the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles.

Las Vegas just got a little bit closer to Southeast Texas. The Golden Nugget casino, known throughout Sin City for its saucy shows, five-star lodging, top-notch table games, the best in entertainment, and the hottest slot action in town, has finally made its long-awaited Lake Charles debut. The 290-acre casino and resort is owner Tilman Fertitta’s fifth. He purchased the Las Vegas Golden Nugget in 2005.

New Beaumont H-E-B breaks ground

Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames, Beaumont philanthropist Regina Rogers, Darlane Jackson, and Guy Goodson, acting chairman of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce

H-E-B, city officials, and community leaders celebrated the start of construction of H-E-B’s newest store, located at the corner of College and 11th streets, with a groundbreaking Monday, Nov. 17.

According to H-E-B, the company’s investment was at least $5.3 million to raze and construct a new 68,000 square-foot store that will bring more than 300 job opportunities.

The store is slated to open in early summer 2015, according to a media advisory released by the company.

Black Friday by the numbers

graphic by National Retail Federation

Thanksgiving is a joyous time of year and a chance to reunite with family to spend time together and reflect on positive things to be grateful for. But when the football games are all over and everyone has had their fill of turkey and cranberry sauce for the night, it’s off to bed early to prepare for a stressful morning of shopping for many who dare to brave the lines for Black Friday deals.

How can retailers prepare themselves for the madness?