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Golden Pass LNG to donate $1.5M to Harvey relief effort

Golden Pass Products announced at a press conference Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce that the company will donate $1.5 million to assist with relief efforts in Southeast Texas communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“This fund will help Port Arthur, Jefferson County and Southeast Texas recover from damages this storm has caused,” said Sean Ryan, president of Golden Pass LNG.

Jon Huntsman Sr. pledges millions for Harvey’s victims, asks businesses to match donation

In a time of tremendous loss and dire need in Southeast Texas following Hurricane Harvey, Jon Huntsman Sr., founder and executive chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, has responded and is issuing a challenge to other business leaders — give.
In a special press conference Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Jefferson County Courthouse, which was still closed for business due to Hurricane Harvey, Huntsman announced that he wanted to help get Southeast Texans back on their feet.

Texas economy adds 19,600 jobs in July

The Texas economy expanded for the 13th consecutive month with the addition of 19,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in July. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent, down from 4.6 percent in June. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.4 percent, which was double the annual growth rate as compared to a year ago.

Golden Triangle Business Roundtable 26th annual Contractor Safety Awards

he Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR) held its 26th annual Contractor Safety Awards Luncheon on Aug. 15 to recognize and honor this year’s contractor safety award nominees, finalists and award recipients. This annual event honors Golden Triangle contractors for exemplary safety performance in the workplace. GTBR members nominate contractors for these awards, and the GTBR Safety Committee evaluates the nominations, conducts on-site visits and interviews contractors and contractor employees before selecting the recipients recognized during this banquet.

Petrochemical talk with Greg Masica, vice president and site manager for BASF TOTAL

Greg Masica, vice president and site manager for BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC, was the featured guest speaker at the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
“It is important for the community to understand the purpose of our plant facility, the value we bring to our local region, the consumer products produced with our raw materials and the overall impact the chemical industry has on individuals’ daily quality of life,” Masica said of his recent presentation to Chamber members at Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur.

Entergy pledges funds to help its customers

As Southeast Texas recovers from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, Entergy Texas announced $400,000 in charitable contributions to help rebuild the communities it serves.
“We know from experience that for customers, recovering from a disaster of this magnitude is a long and arduous road,” said Entergy Texas President and CEO Sallie Rainer. “Our commitment to our customers doesn’t end once we get electricity restored. We will be here to help our communities come back stronger than ever.”

LU interns gain real-world experience at BASF TOTAL

Five Lamar University students participated in the annual summer internship program at BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC.
The interns worked on engineering projects that allowed them to apply technical skills and knowledge to real-world situations. Employees work side-by-side with college students and challenge them to contribute to the site’s productivity and performance. The three-month program is part of BASF’s local workforce development efforts.

Nearly 50 graduate from CICE workforce development program

Nearly 50 graduated from Lamar University’s CICE Workforce Development program Tuesday, Aug. 15, after completing 10-12 weeks of training that prepared them for entry into the areas most sought-after occupations.

Nimble thinking got Beaumont’s water plant pumping again

On Saturday morning, Dan Misko took a warm shower and did a load of laundry.
A shower and some fresh clothes. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when you haven’t had access to either for several days, it means the world. Misko lives in Beaumont and felt the wrath of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the region and knocked out the city’s water supplies.

ExxonMobil to give $225,000 toward education programs in Beaumont

ExxonMobil announced Friday, Sept. 1, that it is contributing $225,000 toward Beaumont education programs spanning elementary to higher education, including funding for new lab equipment, engineering programs and scholarships.
“Education is a fundamental building block for individual opportunity and economic growth,” said Fernando Salazar, ExxonMobil’s Beaumont refinery plant manager. “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, in particular, are critical to ensuring today’s students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century.”

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