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Texas Manufacturing Activity Picks Up Pace

Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity increased again in June, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose from 11 to 15.5, indicating output grew at a faster pace than in May. 

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EPA Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Permit for 1.2 Billion Brazoria Plant

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to C3 Petrochemicals LLC in Alvin, Texas. 

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Texas Manufacturing Picks Up Again but Less Optimism in Outlook
Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity increased for the tenth month in a row in February, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose from 7.1 to 10.8, indicating output grew at a slightly stronger pace than in January.  Full Story »
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Texas Manufacturing Growth Slows but Outlook Improves
Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity increased for the eighth month in a row in December, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, fell from 16.9 to 7.1, indicating output grew at a slower pace than in November.

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Texas Manufacturing Activity Picks Up

Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity expanded in September, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose from 7.3 to 11.5, suggesting output increased at a slightly faster pace than in August. 

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STW Holdings and Tat-Tech To Develop Sea Water Processing and Power Generation Tech

Texas Business reports:  MIDLAND—STW Resources Holding Corp. announced a relationship with Tat-Tech Inc. to remediate oil sands waste, brackish ground water and seawater via the construction and operation of proprietary systems developed by Tat-Tech. 

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Holman Boiler Works to Relocate, Expand Houston Plant

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Texas Business reports: Dallas-based Holman Boiler Works Inc. plans to open a new, 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on a 2.54-acre site at Baypoint North Industrial Park Phase II in Pasadena, Texas. 

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Texas Manufacturing Activity Increases but at a Slower Pace

Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity continued to expand in July, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, fell from 17.1 to 11.4, suggesting output growth continued but at a slower pace than in June.  

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U.S. Concrete Adds to Its Texas Redi-Mix Operations

Texas Business reports:  EULESS, Texas—U.S. Concrete Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Redi-Mix, LLC, completed the acquisition of certain assets of the ready-mixed operations of Bodin Concrete LP, headquartered in Rowlett, Texas.


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Researchers Developing Treatment to Remove Hormone Disrupting Contaminants from Water System

Texas Business reports: Chemists, biologists and engineers at The University of Texas at El Paso are developing a treatment to remove endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in reclaimed water and drinking water. 

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Texas Manufacturing Activity Expands

Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity increased sharply in May, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose from -0.5 to 11.2, indicating a notable pickup in output. 

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After West Blast, Chemical Stockpiles Scrutinized

NEW BRAUNFELS — Off a dirt road connected to ever-flowing Interstate 35, a little metal sign on a wooden fence is the only indication of what lies ahead. Nearby, Buckley Powder, a mining and construction supply company, stores large quantities of ammonium nitrate, the source of the explosion at a fertilizer depot that killed at least 14 people and injured hundreds more last month in West.


 
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CB&I Wins $300 Million Air Quality Control Contract

Texas Business reports:  THE WOODLANDS— CBI won a contract for the execution phase of an air quality control program for 13 existing coal-fired units at five sites. 

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Texplainer: Who Oversees Texas' Fertilizer Plants?
Hey, Texplainer: Which state and federal agencies were responsible for overseeing and regulating the fertilizer plant in West that exploded last week, killing 14 and injuring at least 200? Full Story »
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Lund International Acquires Assets of Texas’ Tradesman Truck Accessories

Texas Business reports:  BUFORD, Ga.—Lund International Holding Company, a portfolio company of Highlander Partners LP, acquired the assets of Tradesman Truck Accessories LLC.  

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Newpark Resources Wins Two Deepwater Contract Awards

Texas Business reports:  THE WOODLANDS, Texas—Newpark Resources Inc. won two deepwater contracts.  In Brazil, the company was awarded a two-year contract from a subsidiary of Total SA, to provide drilling fluids and related services for a series of wells planned in the Campos Basin.  

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KBR Awarded Turnaround Contract for Ammonia Plant in Borger, Texas

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—KBR was selected by a major supplier of agricultural products to perform turnaround services for their ammonia furnace revamp and expansion project in Borger, Texas. 

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Turkey’s Borusan Mannesmann Pipe to Create First U.S. Plant in Chambers County

Texas Business reports: Borusan Mannesmann Pipe will expand its manufacturing operations to the U.S. with a steel pipe plant in Baytown, creating 250 jobs and $148 million in capital investment. 

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Arabian American to Build Second Renewable Hydrocarbon Processing Demonstration Plant

Texas Business reports: SUGAR LAND, Texas—Arabian American Development Co. signed a contract with Gevo Inc. to extend toll processing services of the hydrocarbon processing demonstration plant at its South Hampton Resources (SHR) facility in Silsbee, Texas and build a second demonstration unit to provide Gevo with toll-processing services necessary to process up to 16,000 pounds per month of mixed octane materials produced on the existing isobutanol to jet demonstration unit. 

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After a Powerful Lobbyist Intervenes, EPA Reverses Stance on Polluting Texas County’s Water | vic_txbz, corp_chr_txbz, uranium,
After a Powerful Lobbyist Intervenes, EPA Reverses Stance on Polluting Texas County’s Water
When Uranium Energy Corp. sought permission to launch a large-scale mining project in Goliad County, Texas, it seemed as if the Environmental Protection Agency would stand in its way.  Full Story »
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TCEQ Fines Pasadena Refining System and Exide Technologies

Texas Business reports: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved penalties totaling $1,831,176 against 47 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations. 

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Behlen Mfg. Co. expands to Texas

Texas Business reports:  MCGREGOR, Texas—Behlen Mfg. Co., with headquarters in Columbus, Nebraska,  announced a long-term lease subject to final approval of local incentives  of the former Smead Manufacturing plant in McGregor. 

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Univar to Acquire Magnablend

Texas Business reports:  REDMOND, Wash. and WAXAHACHIE, Texas—Univar, a distributor of chemistry and related services, and Magnablend, a Texas-based provider of custom chemical manufacturing, blending, and packaging solutions, signed a definitive agreement for Univar to acquire the company. 

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Navistar to close 900-job Garland Truck Plant in 2013    | Navistar, Garland, plant close,
Navistar to close 900-job Garland Truck Plant in 2013

Texas Business reports: GARLAND, Texas— Navistar International Corporation  announced that it intends to close its Garland, Texas, truck manufacturing operation as part of its efforts to reduce costs and optimize its manufacturing footprint. 


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Texas Manufacturing Activity Expands at Slower Pace

Texas Business reports:  Texas factory activity increased in October, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, dipped from 10 to 7.9, indicating slightly slower growth.


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Prolamsa Group To Build $150 Million Pipe Plant

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Prolamsa Group will build a $150 million manufacturing facility to produce pipe and tubular products to meet the growing demand of the U.S. oil and natural gas industries. 

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Repairs of Crude Distillation Unit Continue at Motiva Port Arthur Refinery

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Inspection activities and repairs continue on the crude distillation unit at the expansion of Motiva's refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. 

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Owner Resource Group Completes Acquisition of KMCO

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Owner Resource Group LLC acquired a majority interest in KMCO LP, KMTEX Ltd., and DOT Chemical Inc. from the McFerrin family. 

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Texarkana, Texas, Receives Two EPA Brownfields Grants Totaling $1.3 Million

Texas Business reports:  TEXARKANA, Texas—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced grant awards from the brownfields redevelopment program bringing the total to $1.3 million. 

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Texas Manufacturing Expands but New Orders Remain Flat

Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity continued to increase in May, according to business executives responding to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. 

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Synthesis Energy Systems Announces India Coal Test Agreement
 Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. entered into an agreement with a large steel-making corporation in India for analysis of their high ash coal for potential use in SES' advanced fluidized-bed gasification technology in a number of planned coal gasification projects in India. Full Story »
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L.B. Foster Opens Water Well Threaded Products Facility

Texas Business reports: Pittsburgh, PA-based L.B. Foster Company completed the relocation of its threaded products water well group from Houston to a new facility in Magnolia, Texas.

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Flotek Industries Reaches Chemical Supply Agreement with Pioneer Natural Resources
Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Flotek Industries Inc. entered into a multi-year bulk chemical supply agreement with Pioneer Natural Resources Pumping Services LLC.

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New York Firm Buys Dallas’ CompressorWorks In $37 Million Deal

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—New York’s Standard Motor Products Inc., an automotive replacement parts manufacturer and distributor acquired CompressorWorks, a temperature control company, for approximately $37.4 million.

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Baton Rouge Firm Selected for Eastman's Furnace in Longview

Texas Business reports:  LONGVIEW—The Shaw Group Inc. won a contract to provide its proprietary technology and engineering services for a new Ultra Selective Conversion (USC) furnace for Eastman Chemical Company's ethylene plant in Longview.

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BAE Systems Completes Austin Manufacturing Center

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN, Texas—BAE Systems has completed construction of the company's new manufacturing center in Austin.

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ABCs of Radioactive Waste in West Texas   | mid_txbz, odes_txbz, radioactive waste, waste control,

Waste Control Specialists employees dispose of low-level radioactive waste at a facility in Fernalt, Ohio. A new low-level radiation landfill run by WCS will soon open in Andrews County. WCS Photo.
ABCs of Radioactive Waste in West Texas

In a sparsely populated corner of West Texas near the New Mexico border, a private company has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build the nation’s newest radioactive waste disposal facility. 

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North Carolina Firm Buys TXI Package Products of Texas

Texas Business reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Bonsal American, Inc., an Oldcastle company, acquired the TXI Package Products business of TXI Operations, LP, a subsidiary of Texas Industries, Inc., which is based in Dallas, Texas.

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Texas' CB&I Wins $300 Million Petrochemicals Expansion Project

Texas Business reports:  THE WOODLANDS, Texas—CB&I won a contract valued at about US$300 million, by Williams Olefins LLC for a petrochemicals expansion project in Geismar, Louisiana.

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California Firm Wins Contract for $1 Billion Pipe Manufacturing Facility in Texas

Texas Business reports: PASADENA, California—Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. won a contract to provide Project Management Consulting (PMC) services for a new pipe rolling mill near Corpus Christi, Texas for Tianjin Pipe Corporation (TPCO).

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Chevron Phillips Chemical To Expand the NGL Fractionation Unit at the Sweeny Plant in Old Ocean, Texas

Texas Business reports:  THE WOODLANDS, Texas—Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP will expand the Natural Gas Liquids  Fractionator Complex at its Sweeny Plant in Old Ocean, Texas.

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Global NuTech Forms Texas Gulf Electrical & Instrumentation

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Global NuTech, soon to be renamed Texas Gulf Energy Inc. formed a new wholly owned subsidiary named Texas Gulf Electrical & Instrumentation Inc.

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FWT LLC To Expand Into Ohio

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH—FWT LLC, a manufacturer in the design and fabrication of custom steel structures for the utility and telecommunications industry, plans to expand into Ohio through the purchase of a plant in the Village of Hicksville.


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Huntsman AcquiresTurkish Polyurethanes Systems House

Texas Business reports:  THE WOODLANDS—Huntsman Corporation acquired EMA Kimya Sistemleri Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., a polyurethanes systems house in Istanbul, Turkey. 

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Houston’s Westlake Chemical to Increase Size of Louisiana Plant

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Westlake Chemical Corporation is increasing the capacity of the previously announced chlor-alkali plant to be located at its vinyls manufacturing complex in Geismar, Louisiana.


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Kirby Corporation Buys of Three Coastwise Tank Barge and Tug Units For $42.3 Million

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Kirby Corporation bought a coastwise tank barge fleet of Seaboats Inc. and affiliated companies consisting of three 80,000 barrel coastwise tank barge and tug units for $42.3 million in cash.


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Four Groups in EPA Region 6 Receive More than $3.1 Million to Reduce Diesel Emissions

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—More than $3.1 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds have been granted to four organizations in EPA Region 6 to aid in diesel emissions reductions. The organizations are the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Railroad Research Foundation, Leonardo Academy and Port of Houston Authority. 

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Kuraray To Build $49 Million Production Expansion for Resins in Pasadena

Texas Business reports:  PASADENA— Kuraray America Inc. announced the approval of a project to increase its  production capacity by more than 17 million pounds (8,000 tons) per year at a cost of $49 million.

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Odyssey Investment Partners Acquires TNT Crane and Rigging
Texas Business reports: New York-based Odyssey Investment Partners LLC  acquired Houston’s TNT Crane and Rigging Inc. from MML Capital Partners. Full Story »
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HNI Corporation Acquires Sagus International Inc.

Texas Business reports:  A Temple Texas company, Artco Bell, was bought as a package of school furniture companies by an Iowa firm.

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Lauren Moves Forward With Plans To Open Modular Assembly Plant In Montana

Texas Business reports:  ABILENE— Lauren Engineers & Constructors finalized the purchase of property near Bynum, Montana which will be used as a modular construction facility.

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Emerson To Spend $55 Milllion On Two Texas Projects
Texas Business reports:  Emerson plans to spend $55 million over the next two years in Texas to build facilities in McKinney and Houston. Full Story »
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Air Liquide Expands Capacity in Cleburne, Texas

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP broke ground this week on a new nitrogen liquefier at its air separation plant in Cleburne, Texas.


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Braskem Completes Buyout of Two Texas Chemical Plants
 Texas Business reports:  SAO PAULO—Braskem, a major resin producer in the Americas, announced the completion of its acquisition of the polypropylene business from The Dow Chemical Company. Full Story »
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EPA Proposes Texas Refinery Be Added To Superfund Sites

Texas Business reports:  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a Texas site has been added to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites: the Falcon Refinery in San Patricio County, Texas. The EPA also announced the US Oil Recovery site in Pasadena, Texas, has been proposed to the NPL.  Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.

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Eastman Completes Acquisition of Sterling Chemicals .

Texas Business reports: Texas City--Eastman Chemical Company completed the acquisition of Sterling Chemicals Inc., a single site North American petrochemical producer, for $100 million in cash.


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Varel International Relocates Eastern Hemisphere Headquarters
Texas Business reports:  CARROLLTON—Varel International, the world’s largest independent supplier of drill bits for the oil and gas industry, relocated its Eastern hemisphere headquarters.

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GreenHunter Water Buys Marcellus Water Service Property

Texas Business reports:  GRAPEVINE—Greenhunter Energy Inc., a diversified renewable energy company focused on water resource management in the unconventional oil and shale resource plays, announced its wholly owned subsidiary, GreenHunter Water, has executed a definitive agreement to acquire approximately 99 mineral acres and 84 surface acres located in West Virginia where it will develop a commercial water service facility.


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Italy's M&G Group to Build Corpus Christi Plant, Hire 250  | corp_chr_txbz, M&G, M&G Group, PET, PET resin, Italy, Tortona, chemical engineer, Marco Ghisolfi, PTA,
Italy's M&G Group to Build Corpus Christi Plant, Hire 250

Texas Business reports:  M&G Group, an Italian-based PET resin manufacturer, has chosen to locate its third North American plant in Corpus Christi.


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