Valero avoids annexation by Port Arthur

After much debate and negotiating, the Port Arthur Valero refining plant will avoid annexation into the city of Port Arthur but will continue to pay millions of dollars to the city annually as part of an “in lieu of tax” agreement. Once supported by the Port Arthur City Council and Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince, annexation of the property where Valero now sits was underway in December 2014. The city called a halt to that process shortly before the new year.

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.