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ONEOK to Invest $2.3 Billion For Additional NGL and Natural Gas Infrastructure
February 21, 2018 - ONEOK to Invest $2.3 Billion For Additional NGL and Natural Gas Infrastructure Projects Include Mid-Continent to Gulf Coast NGL Pipeline; Fractionation Facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas; and Natural Gas Processing…  READ MORE

Mont Belvieu city manager delivers first State of the City
February 14, 2018 - In what was City Manager Nathan Watkins’ first State of the City address since taking the position, he said Mont Belvieu is growing both commercially and residentially. In 2017, Watkins…  READ MORE

Exxon cracker targeted for Q2 2018 startup
February 7, 2018 - ExxonMobil on Tuesday announced that its new ethane cracker at the Baytown complex is mechanically complete, and project startup is expected during the second quarter of 2018. The ethane cracker…  READ MORE

City of Baytown Teams Up with SiteSeer Technologies to Boost Retail Recruitment Effort
February 5, 2018 - The city of Baytown, Texas, has engaged SiteSeer Technologies to use the SiteSeer platform to bolster its retail recruitment strategy. Building upon eight years of economic growth and a housing boom in the…  READ MORE

Barbers Hill approves Oneok 313 tax deal
January 31, 2018 - Barbers Hill ISD has entered into an agreement with Oneok Hydrocarbon LP to build another fractionation manufacturing facility, the third Chapter 313 agreement the district has approved with the company.…  READ MORE

Enterprise Products Partners forms JV to build ethylene export terminal, reports strong results
January 31, 2018 - Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD) announced on Jan. 31 it’s moving forward on a joint venture to build an ethylene export facility along the Gulf Coast. The same…  READ MORE

Exxon says it’ll invest over $50 billion, citing tax cut
January 30, 2018 - DALLAS (AP) — Exxon's CEO says the oil company will invest more than $50 billion over the next five years to expand its business in the U.S. Chairman and CEO…  READ MORE

Retail Wrap: Ashley HomeStore opens three locations
January 27, 2018 - Ashley HomeStore recently opened stores at 9000 San Jacinto Mall in Baytown (33,702 square feet), 3465 Gulf Freeway in Dickinson (17,133 square feet) and 100 Texas 332 West in Lake…  READ MORE

Arcanum (Raven) Announces Butene-1 Expansion Plans
January 9, 2018 - HOUSTON/PRNewswire/ -- Arcanum (the Company) today announced plans for expansion of its Butene-1 production complex. The Company's flagship project, Raven, an on-purpose Ethylene-to-Butene-1 processing facility, is currently under construction in Baytown, Texas.…  READ MORE

Major spec industrial project in Baytown to hold groundbreaking ceremony
January 9, 2018 - JLL will host a groundbreaking ceremony this week for Port 10 Logistics Center on behalf of Houston-based Pontikes Development. The project will be on 246 acres at Interstate 10 and…  READ MORE

Enterprise Products Partners to expand facility near Houston
January 9, 2018 - Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD) announced another facility expansion this week, just days after a previous announcement. The latest expansion will be at the midstream giant’s butane isomerization…  READ MORE

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
January 5, 2018 - SBA Houston's District Office Resource Partner - SCORE Houston is providing a workshop designed to help small businesses not only survive but thrive in the current economy. You will also have the opportunity…  READ MORE


Here are the Houston-area stores H-E-B plans to open in 2018
December 29, 2017 - It’s been a year of growth for San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery Co. in Houston, and 2018 will be no different.  In 2017, the company opened two locations and a Joe…  READ MORE

Chevron finishes ethane cracker construction
December 20, 2017 - Chevron Phillips completed the construction of its Cedar Bayou ethane cracker, something the company on Tuesday called a “major milestone” toward the project’s total completion. The unit will now undergo…  READ MORE

GCCISD accepts Covestro expansion application
December 15, 2017 - Goose Creek CISD has accepted a Chapter 313 application from Covestro for possible future expansion that could invest millions into the school district.  The board first approved an agreement with…  READ MORE

Goose Creek CISD population projected to grow by thousands over next decade
December 14, 2017 - A 10-year demographic update was presented to board members at Goose Creek CISD, showing that the student population is expected to explode in the next decade.  Two members of Population…  READ MORE

Plastic logistics co. opens new $24M Baytown warehouse
December 11, 2017 - To meet a growing customer need in the petrochemical supply chain, a Houston-based plastic logistics company has expanded its greater Houston presence.  Plantgistix held a grand opening of its 333,000-square-foot…  READ MORE

Houston Will Gain 45,000 Jobs in 2018, Predicts Economist Patrick Jankowski
December 8, 2017 - HOUSTON – (By Michelle Leigh Smith, Realty News Report) – Patrick Jankowski, the Greater Houston Partnership’s Senior Vice President, Research and Regional Economist, says he’s cautiously optimistic about the Houston…  READ MORE

H-E-B opens its doors in Baytown once again
December 6, 2017 - Ever since H-E-B closed its doors nearly six years ago, Baytonians have had to rely on rumors of when the beloved Texas grocery chain would return.  Today is that day. …  READ MORE

Baytown FEMA recovery center closing
November 21, 2017 - The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Baytown will close Tuesday. The center at the Baytown Community Center, 2401 Market St., will permanently close at 6 p.m., but those who still…  READ MORE

State updates on local transportation projects
November 15, 2017 - The Texas Department of Transportation on Tuesday gave an update on road projects in Chambers and Liberty counties, as well as in Baytown, including the $855 million expansion of the…  READ MORE

Ikea’s Houston-area distribution facility creates 200 jobs
November 7, 2017 - The Netherlands-based furniture giant Ikea reported Nov. 7 that its two newest U.S. distribution facilities — including a Houston-area facility that previously opened — each have or will create 200…  READ MORE

Baytown site of latest big-box logistics project
October 19, 2017 - Houston-based Pontikes Development plans to develop a 3 million-square-foot distribution center in Baytown to serve companies handling products from plastic pellets to finished retail goods. The Port 10 Logistics Center,…  READ MORE

ExxonMobil begins production on new polyethylene line at Mont Belvieu plastics plant
October 17, 2017 - HOUSTON — ExxonMobil Chemical Company announced that it has commenced production on the first of two new 650,000 tpy high-performance polyethylene lines at its plastics plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas.…  READ MORE

These Houston-area school districts have the most new homes under construction
October 2, 2017 - Houston developers and homebuilders often consider the quality of local schools when determining the location of their next master-planned community or subdivision of homes. That’s because for many Houston families…  READ MORE

FEMA opens disaster recovery center in Anahuac
September 26, 2017 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened three additional disaster recovery centers, including one in Anahuac. FEMA has now opened recovery centers in Chambers, San Jacinto and Aransas counties.  The…  READ MORE

GHP to host workshop series
September 14, 2017 - Recover. Rebuild. Resurge. Getting Back to Business Workshop 1: Recovering and Rebuilding Hurricane Harvey will have a lasting impact on the Houston region. The Greater Houston Partnership wants to help our members…  READ MORE

FEMA disaster center opens in Baytown
September 12, 2017 - The Baytown Community Center is now one of three disaster recovery centers in the greater Houston area.  As of Monday, three Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Centers opened in…  READ MORE

Enterprise Resumes Service at Substantially All of Its Major Assets
September 5, 2017 - HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 5, 2017-- Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) announced today that it has made significant progress in restoring service at substantially all of its major assets impacted by…  READ MORE

ExxonMobil Says Baytown Restart Activities Continue, Pipelines Beginning to Transport Fuels
September 5, 2017 - IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ExxonMobil said today that facility assessments and restart activities continue at its Baytown refinery, and that it has made significant progress in restarting chemical production, pipelines and other…  READ MORE

Baytown booming – 5 years down the road
August 20, 2017 - With carefully laid plans, Baytown is hitting its stride as a new H-E-B, renovated San Jacinto mall and potential conference center are in the works.  So what’s next for this…  READ MORE

IKEA Expands at Port Houston
August 3, 2017 - Home furnishings retail giant IKEA cited two primary reasons for selecting Baytown for a new distribution center: the fact that Houston is one of the largest cities in the United…  READ MORE

H-E-B anchoring new shopping center near Baytown breaks ground
August 1, 2017 - Houston-based Fidelis Realty Partners announced Aug. 1 that the H-E-B anchoring its new Mont Belvieu Marketplace development recently broke ground. The 87,000-square-foot grocery store is expected to open early next…  READ MORE

Despite e-commerce’s disruption, industrial activity still largely driven by Port
July 28, 2017 - Several major trends, including the Port of Houston's appeal and the growing presence of e-commerce companies in Houston, contributed to the industrial market's strong absorption performance last quarter. In the…  READ MORE

Port Houston Cargo Up 9% From Last Year
June 15, 2017 - HOUSTON—Port Houston continues to thrive, handling nearly 13 million tons of cargo for the year, an increase of 9% from last year. Total container volumes have also grown by 12%,…  READ MORE

Targa Resources to lay new pipeline from Permian Basin to Mont Belvieu
May 26, 2017 - Houston pipeline company Targa Resources Corp. plans to build a $1.3 billion natural gas liquids pipeline from West Texas’ Permian Basin to its plant in Mont Belvieu, east of Houston, the…  READ MORE

Exxon Mobil completes massive plastics expansion near Houston
May 22, 2017 - Exxon Mobil said Monday it has completed a large plastics plant expansion in Mont Belvieu as part of a massive, multibillion-dollar petrochemical growth effort in the Houston area. Exxon Mobil…  READ MORE

New Panama Canal Finally Delivers for Houston: New 500,000-SF Development Coming
May 19, 2017 - HOUSTON – The expanded Panama Canal, which allows exceptionally large ships from Asia to reach Houston, has contributed a benefit to the Houston economy – a new 500,000-SF industrial development,…  READ MORE

Material Insights: ExxonMobil, Sabic team up for massive petrochemicals project
April 24, 2017 - ExxonMobil Chemical and Sabic have announced plans for the world's largest ethylene cracker in Texas, Plantgistix on track for an expansion in Texas and M&G Group's PET facility in Texas…  READ MORE

Influx Of Development Capital Reshaping East Houston
April 11, 2017 - The immediate area east of Houston is known for the Port of Houston, petrochemical plants and 93M SF of industrial warehouse and distribution space. In recent years the area has…  READ MORE

Exxon Is Steering Its Construction Dollars Back to U.S.
March 6, 2017 - Exxon Mobil Corp. announced a $20 billion building spree in the heart of the U.S. chemical and refining industry, a program it said would create 45,000 jobs. President Donald Trump quickly…  READ MORE

Ikea distribution center near Port of Houston swaps hands
February 22, 2017 - Canada-based Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (TSX: AAR.UN) has inked a deal to buy the newly constructed industrial buildings Ikea is leasing near the Port of Houston. The real estate…  READ MORE

VIGAVI completes Build-To-Suit at Thompson Ten Business Park
February 11, 2017 - VIGAVI completes Build-To-Suit at Thompson Ten Business Park BAYTOWN, TX - (February 11, 2017) - VIGAVI, a commercial real estate development and investment firm specializing in industrial real estate, is…  READ MORE

Houston-area town hotbed of PE-related activity
February 10, 2017 - HOUSTON (ICIS)--In Baytown, Texas, the city motto is “where water and oil really do mix”, but recent activity there shows a lot of polyethylene (PE) being added to the mixture.…  READ MORE

HVS Market Pulse: Baytown, TX
February 6, 2017 - More than 500 years ago, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, the famous Spanish explorer, shipwrecked on Texas’s Galveston Island. De Vaca’s subsequent trek across the area’s marshes most likely took…  READ MORE

Port Houston Draws Big Crowd at Synthetic Resin Symposium
February 1, 2017 - Port Houston welcomed nearly 300 supply chain professionals, beneficial cargo owners and exporters at its second Synthetic Resin Symposium Jan. 24 at the Sheraton Houston North Hotel at Bush Intercontinental…  READ MORE

Enterprise Products plans new facility in Mont Belvieu
January 30, 2017 - Enterprise Products Partners, LP, a publicly traded midstream energy service company, plans to build a new isobutane dehydrogenation unit in Mont Belvieu. The facility will have a production capacity of…  READ MORE

ExxonMobil signs logistics contract for PE export from Texas
January 20, 2017 - ExxonMobil Chemical Co. has signed a 10-year contract with German logistics firm Talke Group to package and export new polyethylene capacity from ExxonMobil in Mont Belvieu, Texas. The contract calls…  READ MORE

DUNA-USA to expand Baytown, Texas plant
January 16, 2017 - DUNA-USA Inc. (Baytown, Texas) has started a multi-million dollar expansion of its Baytown plant to meet increased production demands for the insulation, aerospace, sign and tooling industries. The expansion is expected…  READ MORE


Resin packaging plant under construction on Gulf Coast
December 21, 2016 - You can add Plantgistix to the growing list of firms adding resin-related facilities on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Houston-based company provides in-plant and off-plant services — including maintenance and…  READ MORE

Port Houston continuing to thrive in plastics
December 4, 2016 - The Port of Houston Authority, which is currently in the midst of a branding campaign to be known as Port Houston, says the operation is thriving. “At the port, business…  READ MORE

Distributors keep growing as area business prospers
December 4, 2016 - Three of the biggest distribution complexes in the Baytown/Chambers County area are doing their part of help with the area’s growth. Representatives from TGS Cedar Port, AmeriPort and Katoen Natie…  READ MORE

Local industries provide updates on current projects
December 4, 2016 - Representatives from local industries gathered at Lee College to discuss the impact their expansions are having on the community and economy at the third annual Baytown-West Chambers County Industrial Expansion…  READ MORE

November 28, 2016 - HOUSTON, November 28, 2016 - Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority (GCA) is pleased to announce that the $150,000 planning grant from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to evaluate the…  READ MORE

Raven On-Purpose Butene-1 Facility Announces Capital Commitments and EPC Contract
November 16, 2016 - HOUSTON -- SBE Chemical Partners I LLC (the Company), the owner of "Raven", an on-purpose Ethylene-to-Butene-1 processing facility to be located in Baytown, Texas, today announced the execution of definitive…  READ MORE

Houston Developer Scoops Up Land Near Ship Channel
November 10, 2016 - Houston-based Avera Cos. has acquired a 41.7-acre site at the entrance of the Houston Ship Channel for an undisclosed amount. The property, called HMS 850, is near the San Jacinto…  READ MORE

H-E-B Breaks Ground On New Baytown Store
November 3, 2016 - An H-E-B is officially underway in Baytown. The grocer broke ground yesterday on a plot at the corner of Garth and Hunt, near the San Jacinto Mall. The 80k SF…  READ MORE

Drever Capital Management Acquires 240-Unit Apartment Community in Houston Submarket
October 27, 2016 - BAYTOWN, TX - Drever Capital Management (DCM) has acquired Aria at Rollingbrook, a 240-unit Class A apartment community previously known as Watercolor, a half-mile from ExxonMobil Baytown, the largest petrochemical…  READ MORE

Global Plastics Distributor Nabs 200 Acres in Southeast Houston
October 25, 2016 - A global plastics distribution company purchased 200 acres in Houston's Cedar Port Distribution Park, the largest master-planned rail- and barge-served industrial park in the nation. Ravago Americas, a subsidiary of…  READ MORE

Preparing to ship PE during a ‘resin boom’
October 18, 2016 - Chicago — Shipping firms and related companies are gearing up to move a lot of new polyethylene resin. New construction is being spurred by the addition of massive amounts of…  READ MORE

Lee Hits Record-High Enrollment with 7,280 students
September 12, 2016 - BAYTOWN, TX — A record-setting 7,280 students are pursuing associate degrees and certificates this fall at Lee College, marking a more than 5 percent increase from the previous year and…  READ MORE

Here are Houston’s top 10 fastest-selling residential communities
August 15, 2016 - Houston’s once red-hot housing market has cooled amid the oil slump. Houston’s housing market saw its largest decrease in home sales for the year in July, according to the most…  READ MORE

TopSail Energy Announces Initial Acquisition and Future Expansion Plans
July 12, 2016 - TopSail Energy, LP ("TopSail"), a recently-formed midstream energy company, completed the acquisition of a 44-acre undeveloped industrial site in Baytown, Texas and will commence construction on a new processing facility…  READ MORE

Master-planned community to rise in Baytown
July 11, 2016 - Houston-based Wells Holdings plans to develop a 190-acre master-planned community on the shore of Tabbs Bay in Baytown. The development, Trinity Oaks, is being touted the first master-planned community at…  READ MORE

Retail Rush: New 1 million SF IKEA Distribution Center May be Tip of the Iceberg for Retailers’ War
May 2, 2016 - BAYTOWN, Texas – The new 1 million SF IKEA distribution center planned for the TGS Cedar Port Industrial Park near Baytown is a sign of things to come. At the…  READ MORE

San Jacinto Mall demolition begins
April 28, 2016 - Fidelis Realty Partners kicked off the initial demolition phase of San Jacinto Mall in Baytown on April 28. The initial phase will demolish the former Ward’s and Bealls buildings, but…  READ MORE

Chevron Phillips to Expand Capacity at Baytown Plant
March 29, 2016 - Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP has decided to further expand production capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown. The expansion will increase the low-viscosity polyalphaolefins capacity by 10,000 metric…  READ MORE

Houston-Based Petrochem Co. Expands Footprint, Looks to Grow Staff
March 24, 2016 - A Houston-based petrochemical company is taking on more space and planning to hire over the next three years. Tidal Tank, an equipment rental and hazardous waste transportation company, will move…  READ MORE

Hydrogen Plant to Break Ground in Baytown
February 23, 2016 - Pennsylvania-based Air Products and Chemicals Inc. will break ground on its $400 million plant in Baytown on Feb. 25. Air Products' (NYSE: APD) word-scale plant will produce carbon monoxide and…  READ MORE

Downstream Activity is Causing this SE Town to Boom, and Fidelis Project is Proof
February 11, 2016 - If you’ve never thought about (or maybe even heard of) Mont Belvieu, that’s about to change. Between the booming downstream market, $7.5B of petrochemical expansion and the Port, the city…  READ MORE

More Details on 80-acre Land Deal in Baytown
January 5, 2016 - A Houston-based developer closed a major industrial land deal in Baytown and plans to start building on a spec basis. Houston's Clay Development & Construction Inc. bought 79.57 acres in…  READ MORE


Massive Industrial Park Near Port Sells Land for Spec Distribution Facility
December 29, 2015 - Nearly 80 acres in the Cedar Port Industrial Park have been sold for construction of a 1.5 million-square-foot development. Houston-based Clay Development & Construction Inc. bought the 79.57 acres on…  READ MORE

Air Products to Build World-Class SMR in Baytown, TX
October 26, 2015 - Already Sold-Out Facility Will Connect to World's Largest Hydrogen Plant and Pipeline Network System Air Products (NYSE: APD), the leading global hydrogen provider, announced today it will invest $350-$400 million…  READ MORE

Packaging company comes to Cedar Port
August 2, 2015 - Cedar Port Industrial Park, the largest industrial park on the Gulf Coast, will have a new tenant in the coming months as the Venezuela-based PBP Inc. recently purchased 50 acres…  READ MORE

Time is Right for Redevelopment of San Jacinto Mall
July 24, 2015 - The recently announced sale of San Jacinto Mall, which Fidelis Realty Partners purchased from Triyar Cos. July 15, lines up with the trend of converting malls to open-air shopping centers…  READ MORE


Chevron Phillips Chemical to Expand Alpha Olefin Capacity at Cedar Bayou Plant
June 30, 2014 - Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) is pleased to announce it received Board of Directors approval and obtained the necessary environmental permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental…  READ MORE