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Fort Worth’s Lockheed Wins $7.2 Million Thailand, Pakistan F-16 Contract Change

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH—A Fort Worth firm won a 7.2 million defense contract boost, according to the U.S. Department of  Defense. 

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Arming U.S. Agents in Mexico Stalling Trade Agreement

LAREDO — Call it one of the most heralded binational agreements between the United States and Mexico you have probably never heard of.

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Fort Worth’s Lockheed Wins $7.6 Million Boost To United Kingdom Jet Fighter Contract

Texas Business reports: A Fort Worth firm won a $7.6 million boost to a fighter jet contract, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Officials Discussing Texas-Mexico High-Speed Rail Line

A high-speed rail line connecting San Antonio and Monterrey, Mexico, could be less than a decade away from welcoming its first passengers, according to federal and Texas officials who met with Mexican officials in Washington, D.C., recently to discuss the project. 

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Grand Prairie’s Lockheed Wins $263.4 Kuwait Patriot Missile Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Grand Prairie firm won a $263.4 million contract for weapons to be delivered to Kuwait. 

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Catapult Systems and ChinaSoft International Merge

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN, Texas—Catapult Systems LLC, a Microsoft-focused consulting company headquartered in Austin, plans to merge with ChinaSoft International Limited, acquiring 92.5% of Catapult Systems at an undisclosed amount, with Signal Hill acting as Catapult's financial advisor for this transaction.


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Texas A&M University to open a branch in Israel

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—Texas A&M University System  announced plans for the opening of the branch of Texas A&M University at Nazareth – Peace Campus. 

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Solera Holdings Acquires Servicios Informaticos Serinfo

Texas Business reports: WESTLAKE, Texas—Solera Holdings Inc., a provider of software and services to the automobile insurance claims processing industry, acquired 100% of the equity interests of Servicios Informaticos Serinfo S.A. in Chile. 

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Game Wardens Arrest Fishing Tournament Director

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Texas Game Wardens have arrested Michael Shane McCloud of Florida (formerly of Bryan-College Station) for theft related to a fishing tournament. 

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Corpus Christi Plant Agrees to Pay Over $750,000 to Improve Emission Controls

Texas Business reports: CORPUS CHRISTI—The MarkWest Javelina plant will invest over $650,000 for facility operations improvements that will reduce flaring events and improve communications with the local community. 

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Synthesis Energy Systems Reaches Agreement to Expand and Restart Chinese Plant

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. reached an agreement with Xuecheng Energy (XE), formerly Shandong Hai Hua Coal & Chemical Company Ltd. (Hai Hua), that will enable SES’ Zao Zhuang Joint Venture (ZZ JV) to restart the plants and expand into producing and selling methanol. 

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Fort Worth’s Lockheed Wins $70 Million Contract Change on Italian F-35s

Texas Business reports:  A Fort Worth firm won a $70.3 million contract change to an F-35 contract, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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Fort Worth’s DynCorp Wins 45.8 Million Defense Contract Change

Texas Business reports:  A Fort Worth firm won a $44.8 million contract change for military support, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Texas Instruments says next assembly/test facility will be in Chengdu, China

Texas Business reports: CHENGDU, China—Texas Instruments Incorporated outlined its long-term strategy for manufacturing facilities in Chengdu, China. Future plans include a new assembly/test operation and the expansion of its existing wafer fabrication factory. 

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Luminex Corporation and EMD Millipore Extend Global Supply and Distribution Agreement

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Luminex Corporation extended its global supply and distribution agreement with EMD Millipore—the Life Science division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. 

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The Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the Lone Star State

Texas Business reports: Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians account for growing shares of the economy and electorate in Texas, according to the Immigration Policy Center. Immigrants (the foreign-born) make up roughly 1 in 6 Texans, and one-third of them are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. 

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Texas Asks Feds for Help in Water Dispute With Mexico
Mexico’s reluctance to deliver water to Texas under the terms of a decades-old treaty has prompted the state’s top environmental regulatory agency to enlist help from the U.S. State Department. 
 
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FW International Airport Foreign Trade Zone and Taiwan’s Farglory Free Trade Zone Sign Free Trade Alliance

Texas Business reports: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, operator of DFW Foreign Trade Zone #39, and the Farglory Free Trade Zone of Taiwan signed a free zone trade alliance today which creates a framework for a collaborative alliance between the two organizations. 

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Fort Worth’s Vision Systems Wins $31 Million Military Aircraft Support Contract

Texas Business reports: Vision Systems International LLC of Fort Worth, Texas, won a maximum $31,094,473 firm fixed price, sole source contract.  

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Hurst’s Bell Helicopter Wins $85 Million Iraq-Taiwan Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Hurst firm won an $85. 4 million contract for foreign military support, according the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Texas Firm Wins $8 Million Contract Change on Israeli Fuel

Texas Business reports:  A Bay City firm won a $8 million contract change on a foreign military contract, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Fort Worth’s Lockheed Wins $20.1 Million Contract for Israeli F-35 Parts

 Texas Business reports: A Fort Worth firm won a $20.1 million contract to provide components for the transfer of two F-35s to Israel, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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Buyer Group International Inc. To Buy Majority Interest in the Greenland Caribou Corporation

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Buyer Group International Inc. acquired option rights to the majority interest in  Caribou Greenland Corporation (GCG) based near the town of Isortoq, Greenland, including lands and surface rights approximating 360,000 acres, and a 50% interest in the meat processing  facility, equipment and small hydro facilities, and live herd, all valued at approximately $4,000,000.


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Fort Worth’s Alliant Techsystems Wins $31.4 Million Contract Change for Iraqi Aircraft Support

Texas Business reports: A Fort Worth firm won a $31.4 million military contract change to support and do training for Iraqi aircraft, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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CAMAC Energy Completes Airborne Gravity and Magnetic Data Acquisition in Kenya
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—CAMAC Energy Inc announced that Sander Geophysics Limited (SGL) completed shooting airborne gravity and magnetic geophysical surveys on the Company's Kenya onshore Lamu Basin Blocks L1B and L16 (Blocks).  Full Story »
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TransAct Energy Initiates Permitting for Scotland Plant

Texas Business reports:  SAN ANTONIO—TransAct Energy Corp. initiated the permitting/permissions process for the development of its Scotland based 500 tonne per day energy from waste plant. 

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PLH Group Acquires Pipeworx and Expands into Canada

Texas Business reports:  IRVING—PLH Group Inc., a portfolio company of private equity firm Energy Capital Partners, acquired Pipeworx Ltd., a pipeline contractor in Western Canada. 

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SES' Technology Wins $1.6 Billion Coal Gasification Project in China

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Hainan Dongfang Henghe Energy Development Company Ltd., based in Hainan Province, China, selected Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. for a 10 billion RMB (US$1.6 billion) coal waste to synthetic natural gas (SNG) project in Jiangxi Province, China. 

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Greenville’s L-3 Wins $9.1 Million Korean Contract

Texas Business:  A Greenville firm has won a $9.1 million contract to supports labs in South Korea, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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San Antonio’s StandardAero Wins $29.8 Million Contract to Overhaul Jet Engines for Japan

Texas Business reports:  A San Antonio firm won a $29.8 million contract to overhaul jet engines for Japan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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Grand Prairie’s Lockheed Wins $19.9 Million Patriot Missile Support Contract for Foreign Militaries

Texas Business reports:  A Grand Prairie firm won a $19.9 million contract to provide support to a missile system, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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Second F-35 For The Netherlands Rolls Out

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH—The second Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility earlier this week.


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Indonesia Votes Down $725 Million Harvest Natural Resources Deal

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Harvest Natural Resources Inc. announced that the Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) between PT Pertamina (Persero) and HNR Energia B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harvest, for the purchase of Harvest's interests in Venezuela for $725 million has been terminated as a result of the Government of Indonesia, in its capacity as sole shareholder of PT Pertamina (Persero), voting not to approve the transaction.  

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Synthesis Energy Systems' Yima Joint Venture Plant Advances Toward Full-scale Operation and Methanol Production

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. completed steps toward finalizing the commissioning of the remaining equipment systems at the Yima Joint Venture project in Henan Province, China. 

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TAMU Signs Agreement To Provide Food and Water Safety Consulting To Qatar

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—A Texas university is working with a Middle Eastern Country on how to keep its food and water safe.


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Clariant Mining to Expand Plant in Australia

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Clariant Mining  will increase its global footprint in the production of PIBSA emulsifiers with the expansion of its plant in Victoria, Australia. 

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China Firm Acquires Ownership Interest in MD Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Center

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON— Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited, a specialty hospital management solution provider and operator of the largest network of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging centers in China, closed the acquisition of 19.98% of indirect ownership of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Center (MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center). 

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Scottish Firm Acquires Houston’s Total Instrumentation & Controls

Texas Business reports:  ABERDEEN, Scotland— Proserv Group Inc., an energy production technology services company, acquired Total Instrumentation & Controls (TIC), a specialist in in advanced process and control systems equipment, based in Houston. 

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McKinney’s Raytheon Wins $25.7 Million Malaysian Weapons Order

Texas Business reports:  A McKinney firm won a $25.7 million weapons order, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Fort Worth’s Lockheed Wins $563 Million Contract Change

Texas Business reports:  A Fort Worth firm won a $563 million contract change on an older model of fighter jets for foreign governments, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.


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Fort Worth’s Vision Systems Wins $12 Million Contract for F-16 Support.

Texas Business reports:  A Fort Worth firm won a $12 million contract to support F-16 aircraft for foreign militaries, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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Shell's Olympus Hull Departs South Korea.
Shell's Olympus Hull Departs South Korea

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Shell Offshore Inc.'s (Shell) Olympus hull, the approximately 32,500-metric ton main body of the Olympus TLP, departed from South Korea today to begin its two month journey to the U.S. Gulf Coast. 

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Arlington’s L-3 Wins $22.6 million Contract For Iraqui Air Crew Training

Texas Business reports: An Arlington firm won a $22.6 million contract to train Iraqui aircrews, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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OSHA cites Vann Energy Services in Nixon, Texas

Texas Business reports:  NIXON, Texas—The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Vann Energy Services LLC in Nixon with 13 safety and health violations – including two willful and three repeat – for exposing workers to flash fires and other hazards. 

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Foreign F16 Personnel to be Trained in Fort Worth

Texas Business reports:  A Florida firm won a $250 million contract to train Fighting Falcon jetfighter personnel from other countries in Fort Worth, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Fort Worth's Lockheed to Retrofit Oman Jetfighters In $94 Million Deal

Texas Business reports:  A Fort Worth firm won a $94.7 million contract to refit several Oman jetfighters, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Former biller for Marcelo Herrera doing business as RGV DME Convicted

Texas Business reports: McALLEN—Beatriz Ramos, 28, of Edinburg, a former biller for RGV DME, a now defunct McAllen area durable medical equipment (DME) business, pleaded guilty today for her role in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced along with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. 

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Fort Worth’s Lockheed Wins $28 Million Contract Change for Italian F-35 Parts

Texas Business reports:  A Fort Worth firm won a $28.6 million contract change for F-35 aircraft parts for Italian jetfighters, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Drilling Rig Equipment Firm Hampco and G-Tech To Build New Facility along Grand Parkway in Katy

Texas  Business reports:  It’s a long way from Aberdeen, Scotland to Katy, but the two cities do have things in common. 

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China goes nuts over Texas pecans

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION – China has gone nuts over pecans, which is great for U.S. growers but might have consumers shelling out more money for the fall food favorite.


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