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Company officials, local leaders discuss importance of ExxonMobil Beaumont polyethylene plant expansion to local economy, global demand

A project to expand ExxonMobil’s Beaumont polyethylene plant is right on track, according to the company, and should allow it to remain a global leader in the manufacturing of plastic products.
The BPEX project, which was announced in November 2016, will increase capacity by 65 percent – or approximately 716,502 tons per year. The plant is already at about 1.1 million tons of production a year. Completion is anticipated in 2019.

Scientists from around the world converge at Lamar to tackle CO2 emission problems

Ten nations were represented at the second International Workshop on Offshore Geologic CO2 Storage held June 19-21 at Lamar University’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE).
The workshop, hosted by Lamar University and University of Texas Geosciences, included sessions on finding offshore storage, environmental and overburden monitoring, offshore assessment and more.

Sea Rim State Park attendance up

Sea Rim State Park attendance is up, and officials have a summer program schedule that includes lessons on fishing, crabbing and learning more about the critters that call it home.
In addition to the park’s 5 miles of natural beach and marsh unit paddling trails, the programs draw visitors with families seeking to know more about the upper Gulf Coast.
Visitor numbers have increased 8.8 percent over this period last year, Nathan Londenberg, park superintendent, reports.

USCG Capt. Randal Ogrydziak retires after 38 years of service

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur received a new commander and captain of the port during a change-of-command ceremony Tuesday, June 20, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel in Beaumont.
Capt. Randal Ogrydziak has served as the commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur since July 14, 2014, and will be entering retirement after 38 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Texas economy adds 14,800 jobs in May

The Texas economy expanded in May with the addition of 14,800 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent, down from 5 percent in April.
“Texas employers created 266,600 jobs over the past year, and the Texas economy continues to provide competitive advantages to large and small business owners across the state,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC remains committed to fostering innovative partnerships that equip Texas students and workers with in-demand skills.”

Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition could have far-reaching effects on local and national retailers

Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market is a bombshell with potentially massive reverberations for both food brands and the world of brick-and-mortar retailing, said New York-based branding consultancy CBX.
“For starters, this acquisition promises to shake up pricing, the ecommerce space, the trajectory of retail automation in the United States, and the already considerable competitive pressures faced by existing food retailers,” said Todd Maute, a partner at CBX. “When it comes to making bold moves aimed at disruption, Amazon never disappoints.”

842nd Transportation Battalion welcomes new commander to Port of Beaumont

In a traditional U.S. Army Change of Command Ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel Brad Bane relinquished command of the 842nd Transportation Battalion to Lieutenant Colonel Donald Santillo at the Beaumont Event Centre on Wednesday, June 14.
Lt. Col. Bane has served as commander of the 842nd Transportation Battalion since June 9, 2015. Upon completion of his assignment with the 842nd, Bane will be reporting to the United States Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

Revivify Medical Spa opens in Beaumont

Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce representatives and staff and doctors from Revivify Medical Spa celebrated the opening of Drs. Lubna Elahi and Afia Naqvi’s new business at 3302 McFaddin Ave., Ste. 2, in Beaumont on Friday, June 30.
“On behalf of all the citizens of Beaumont, I would like to thank you for investing in our community,” said Ames.
Revivify provides the latest technology in medical spa treatments including the PDO Thread Face Lift that gives natural results and is heralded as the best non-invasive answer to loose and sagging skin.

Local middle schoolers learn research, problem-solving skills at ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

Around 37 middle school students from Southeast Texas schools were challenged Friday, June 16, to build a shock-absorbing prototype for spacecraft to safely land on Mars at the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University in Beaumont. The activity was part of the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, which began June 12 and was hosted by LU’s College of Education and Human Development
The middle school students come from traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations and are chosen by their teachers based on their aptitude for science and mathematics.

Spaulding awarded Texas Business Hall of Fame Ben J. Rogers scholarship

Eric Spaulding of Lamar University was selected to receive the Texas Business Hall of Fame Ben J. Rogers scholarship, an exclusive award granted to a small group from among applicants statewide. Spaulding and other winners will be recognized formally at the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation’s 35th annual induction dinner Nov. 1 in Dallas.

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