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Orange County approves $150 million, 10-year tax abatement for Jefferson Energy expansion

Orange County and the Orange County Economic Development Corporation have approved a Chapter 381 abatement agreement with Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners, LLC to invest $150,000,000 in the expansion of its trans-load facility in Orange County.

According to Mark Viator, director of Public and Government Affairs/Special Projects at Jefferson Energy Companies, the abatement will allow the company to potentially build additional assets including but not limited to a new storage tank, dock and additional unloading stations and rail.

Entergy Texas to install advanced metering systems

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) voted Dec. 14, 2017, to approve Entergy Texas’ request to deploy advanced metering systems in the company’s market.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) defines an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), also called a smart meter, as “a metering system that records customer consumption hourly or more frequently and that provides for daily or more frequent transmittal of measurements over a communication network to a central collection point.”

According to Entergy Texas, upgrading to AMI will have numerous benefits:

Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals form joint venture in petrochemicals

Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals Corporation announced that affiliates of the three companies have signed definitive agreements to form a joint venture in petrochemicals on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The announcement was made Monday, Feb. 19.

The joint venture – in which Total will own 50 percent and Novealis Holdings LLC, a joint venture (JV) between Borealis and NOVA Chemicals, will own the remaining 50 percent – will commence subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals, according to a release by the companies.

Amacate Tortilla Bar to open in late March

A.J. Design & Construction is working on an $85,000 remodel of the old White Horse Bar & Grill at 7150 Eastex Freeway in Beaumont.

The newly remodeled, 3,700 square-foot restaurant will open between March 22-28 as the Amacate Tortilla Bar, said Jon Hutcherson, operations director for Del Rio Properties LLC, owners of the restaurant.

“We are fast-casual, authentic tacos and enchiladas. You’ll go through the line and then we’ll bring your food to you within five minutes,” said Hutcherson, who added that Amacate in Spanish means, “love of avocado.”

Port Arthur Industrial Group brings STEM-based Science Museum to 1,800 elementary students

Through the support of the Port Arthur Industrial Group (PAIG), which includes Port Arthur refineries and petrochemical companies, along with the PAIG Community Advisory Group, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) showcased the TAME Trailblazer at nine Port Arthur ISD schools from Jan. 29 to Feb. 9.

Boardwalk Grille opens temporary location, to build $850,000 restaurant on Sabine River

Orange City Council made a motion approving the Economic Development Corporation to enter into an agreement with the Boardwalk Grille for the expenditure of funds for infrastructure improvement in an amount not to exceed $200,000 at its Tuesday, Feb. 27, meeting.

The motion will help move forward the construction of a new $850,000 restaurant on Fifth Street along the Riverfront Boardwalk in Orange, according to restaurant co-owner Lacey Lemoine.

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.