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Located in BRYAN, Keystone Millwork, Inc. manufactures cabinets and custom pieces for commercial clients. Keystone has broken ground on a construction project that will double the size of its 20,000-square-foot manufacturing plant. Half of what the company does is "cookie-cutter" cabinets that are sold in bulk. The other half is creating custom cabinets, millwork, etc. Keystone has 38 employees. Keystone Millwork, Inc., 1740 Shiloh Avenue, Bryan, TX 77803; 979-823-4846; Fax: 979-822-5018; www.keystone-millwork.com

Macrofab Inc. provides advanced manufacturing at its headquarters in Houston. Its technology is used by a broad industrial base including energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and medicine. In addition, the company plans to open a new office in AUSTIN in the first quarter of 2018 and will hire about 15 to 20 people for that office. Macrofab provides services to early stage, small- and medium-sized businesses. Macrofab expects to expand to about 70 employees in 2018 as it plans to add people in positions such as sales, marketing and software development. The company currently has about 37 people. The company has also started operating out of a factory in Mexico in addition to its Houston factory. In 2016, Macrofab moved into a new headquarters on the northwest side of Houston. Macrofab Inc., 2000 W. Governors Circle, Suite F, Houston, TX 77092; 713-300-2591; 888-983-2503; www.macrofab.com

Seno Medical Instruments, Inc. is a SAN ANTONIO-based medical imaging company formed to commercialize a new modality in cancer screening and diagnosis called opto-acoustic imaging. The company is in the process of completing the commercialization, securing regulatory approval and launch of the products. Seno Medical Instruments will be leasing 26,719 square feet of space in the Callaghan Tower at 8023 Vantage Drive in San Antonio. Seno Medical Instruments, Inc., 3838 Medical Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229; 210-615-6501; Fax: 210-615-6508; www.senomedical.com

UPDATE: Veggie Noodle Company has updated and moved into a former computer-chip plant in East AUSTIN where it will produce noodles made from butternut squash and other organic vegetables. The vegetables will be conveyed through a system that cleans them, spiralizes them into noodles and then packages them to be shipped out to more than 1,400 stores across the country. Veggie Noodle has moved into 41,000 square feet from 17,000 that it just vacated. Located at 3714 Bluestein Drive, the new building will employ over 250 people locally and is a SQF level 3 food production facility. Veggie Noodle Company, 3714 Bluestein Drive, Suite 650, Austin, TX 78721; 512-200-3337; www.veggienoodleco.com


Minnesota-based resource technologies firm Ecolab is a global provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services to the food, energy, health care, industrial and hospitality markets. Ecolab has leased 192,350 square feet in Riverbend West Distribution Center in FORT WORTH. This will allow the company to expand and consolidate operations from two third-generation facilities located in Riverbend East and Riverbend West business park. Ecolab, 1 Ecolab Place, St. Paul, MN 55102-2233; 800-352-5326; Fax: 651-225-3098; www.ecolab.com

Kubota Tractor Corporation manufactures products in a wide variety of segments including lawn mowers, utility vehicles, construction equipment, agriculture tractors and hay equipment. Headquartered in GRAPEVINE, Kubota Tractor Corporation is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a complete line of tractors. Kubota plans to open its North American Distribution Center (NADC) after it purchased 203 acres near the company’s current leased facility in Edgerton, Kansas. The company plans to design and build two, one million square foot, facilities to expand their distribution capacity and streamline logistics processes for the timely delivery of Kubota branded service parts and equipment to its increasing customer base in the U.S. Kubota already employs 150 persons in Edgerton, and the expansion could add another 150-200. In addition to the logistics facilities, Kubota also announced an additional commitment to its Midwest dealers and customers by establishing a fifth operational division and sales office in Edgerton. The new Midwest Division office will reside within the same complex as the parts and whole-good operations. Kubota’s NADC will continue to receive and process shipments from Asia and Europe, in addition to several daily truckloads of goods from suppliers in North America. The new Midwest Division is an extension to the company’s existing divisional operation structure. The existing division offices are located in Fort Worth; Suwanee, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; and, Lodi, California, and will continue to provide regional support to Kubota dealers. Kubota Tractor Corporation, 1000 Kubota Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051, 888-458-2682; www.kubotausa.com

Legrand Building Control Systems, a manufacturer of lighting controls, is opening a service center in Campbell Creek Business Park in RICHARDSON, with plans to double its workforce in the near future. Legrand Building Control Systems, a division of Legrand North America, has leased about 42,000 square feet at 2240 Campbell Creek Boulevard. This office will become the new home for Legrand BCS' new service center and will help support the division's national operations. The company works directly with architects and general contractors, as well as sells through distributors for residential and commercial uses. The new Richardson hub is designed to support the company's customer service operations. Legrand Building Control Solutions (BCS) plans to initially employ about 80 employees, who will relocate from other facilities in the United States, including Legrand's current Plano facility. The company expects to move into the new hub by late 2017. By the end of 2017, Legrand expects the new facility to house 100 employees, with up to 165 employees to work from the center in the near future. As part of the deal, Legrand has first right-of-refusal on an additional 19,000 square feet. This will be the fourth facility Legrand Building Control Systems has built in the last two years, with similar operations in California and Utah. Legrand Building Control Systems, 60 Woodlawn Street, West Hartford, CT 06110; 877-295-3472; www.legrand.us/lighting-controls-building-systems.aspx

Louie Vuitton manufactures high-end leather goods and other products. The company is going to invest $20-million-dollar project in a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in KEENE. The company purchased 256 acres at 5520 County Road 316. Construction could begin in early January 2018, with production beginning sometime in 2019. Louie Vuitton could employ more than 100 persons at the facility. For more information, contact: Keene Economic Development Office, 2221 FM 2280, Suite 107, Keene, TX 76059; 682-970-0395; www.keenetx.com/departments/economic-development

Nutribiotech USA, a South Korea-based nutritional supplement manufacturer, will invest more than $100 million in their current R&D and production facilities in GARLAND. The company will grow its North American operations footprint from an existing 60,000-square-foot facility to more than 685,000 square feet of space over the next five years. A major component of this expansion will include the renovation of 375,000 square feet of the former Raytheon facilities and construction of a new 250,000-square-foot facility immediately adjacent to their current site. The project site is increasing from 4.5 acres to nearly 35 acres. Nutribiotech USA purchased a 30-acre portion of the former 110-acre Raytheon campus near the intersection of Jupiter and Miller Roads. Nutribiotech Co. maintains and operates facilities in Australia, China, South Korea and most recently launched operations in Garland. As part of this expansion project, over 1,600 new jobs will be created in multiple phases of the project. Nutribiotech USA, 3366 Miller Park S, Garland, TX 75042; www.nutribiotechusa.com

In McKINNEY, PACCAR Inc. has begun construction on a new 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for its Dynacraft division. The facility is located at the northeast corner of Wilmeth Road and Redbud Boulevard, and is expected to be complete in 2018. PACCAR will make capital investments of over $20 million and bring 200 jobs to the community over the next six years. Dynacraft provides PACCAR’s truck manufacturing and parts service divisions components, subassemblies and specialized services. Dynacraft supplies more than 25,000 component and assembly part numbers for Peterbilt and Kenworth vehicles. PACCAR Inc., Dynacraft, 650 Milwaukee Avenue N, Algona, WA 98001-7409; 253-333-3000; www.paccar.com

Polyguard Products specializes in products which protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water, or other undesired substances. Polyguard Products manufactures self-adhesive protective coatings for engineering and construction. The company has more than doubled its manufacturing capability after moving the majority of its activities to its new facility in CORSICANA. In March 2016, Polyguard purchased the former Anchor Glass building in Corsicana and has spent several millions of dollars renovating that space to accommodate increased manufacturing demands. The new facility, located near the intersection of US Highway 287 and Interstate 45 in Corsicana, is 380,000 square feet and has been modernized to accommodate the growth that Polyguard projects to double in size by 2021. The company’s existing headquarters will remain in Ennis, with some manufacturing continuing at that location. Polyguard Products, PO Box 755, Ennis, TX 75120-0755; 4101 S I-45, Ennis, TX 75119; 214-515-5000; Fax: 972-875-9425; www.polyguardproducts.com


Stanley Black & Decker is a manufacturer of hand tools, power tools, accessories and storage solutions. The company will open a new manufacturing facility in MISSION. The company has signed a lease on a nearly 300,000-square-foot facility that will make DEWALT power tool products. The facility will eventually support approximately 450 new jobs in the region and is expected to begin operations in early 2018. The new facility will be the company’s third manufacturing facility in Texas. Stanley Black & Decker operates approximately 30 manufacturing facilities in the United States, which produce a broad range of products under major brands such as STANLEY, PROTO, LISTA, VIDMAR, CRAFTSMAN and DEWALT. Over the past three years, the company has added 40% more manufacturing employees in the United States, and added manufacturing capacity in North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Maryland and more. Stanley Black & Decker, 1000 Stanley Drive, New Britain, CT 06053; 860-225-5111; www.stanleyblackanddecker.com

UPDATE: voestalpine Texas LLC is spending more than $8 million on sound mitigation measures implemented at its PORTLAND iron production plant. The company conducted sound assessments to determine the causes for the noise concerns, which later were used to develop solutions that have been implemented over the past few months. While voestalpine incurred costs to install the first batch of sound reduction measures — involving the installation of two silencers along with orifice blades and flow straighteners. That carried a price tag of $1.2 million, with the equipment for the improvements costing about $170,000. The new pieces of the sound mitigation plan at the Portland facility include an additional large silencer on the main air blower, extra lagging (pipe insulation) and further equipment for pulsation damping of compressors (to lower noise levels). While the investment for the measures themselves was a little over $1 million, shutting down the plant to install them had a $5.6 million impact. Another $350,000 is being spent for ongoing work to minimize the noise from the plant's process gas compressor. Noise from the facility has dropped nearly 12 decibels since September 2016. voestalpine Texas LLC, 2800 Kay Bailey Hutchison Road, Portland, TX 78374; 361-704-9000; www.voestalpine.com/texas/en


D-Tech Drilling Tool Inc., HOUSTON, manufactures innovative and robust rotary steerable solutions that drill faster, smoother and straighter. The company manufactures the D-Tech rotary steerable tool. Available in three sizes, six hydraulically operated pistons are deployed against the wellbore to push the drill bit in the required direction. The pistons use the fluid within the drill string as a source of hydraulic power. The company operates in a 23,000-square-foot facility. D-Tech Drilling Tool Inc., 4667 Kennedy Commerce, Houston, TX 77032; 281-925-1150; www.dtechdrilling.com

UPDATE: Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. started production on a new line at its plastics plant in MONT BELVIEU. ExxonMobil Chemical Company started production on the first of two new 650,000-tons-per-year high-performance polyethylene lines at its Mont Belvieu plant. ExxonMobil’s Baytown area integrated petrochemical complex is located on approximately 3,400 acres along the Houston Ship Channel, about 25 miles east of Houston. The facility includes a refinery, chemical plant, olefins plant, plastics plant and a global technology center. The lines were mechanically complete in May 2017 and were expected to begin production during the third quarter of 2017. Once the additional line is in production, the Mont Belvieu plant’s capacity will total more than 2.5 million tons per year, making it one of the largest polyethylene plants in the world. A “significant portion” of that will be exported from the Port of Houston, with more than 200 containers per day shipping from the site at peak times. The first shipment is expected in October 2017. The Mont Belvieu project is part of Exxon’s multibillion-dollar expansion in the BAYTOWN area and the company’s broader Growing the Gulf expansion initiative. Through the Growing the Gulf initiative, Exxon plans to invest more than $20 billion over 10 years to build and expand facilities, including 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. It’s expected to create more than 45,000 jobs — including more than 12,000 full-time positions. ExxonMobil Chemical Company, 22777 Springwoods Village Parkway, Spring, TX 77389-1425; www.exxonmobilchemical.com

Fashion Glass & Mirror, LLC provides antique mirrors, shower enclosures, etched glass, leaded glass, stained glass, table tops, and bypass doors. The company has more than 290 employees. Its locations include the 50,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in DeSoto, a manufacturing facility in Denton, a new state of the art facility in Lockhart that serves the surrounding Austin and San Antonio areas as well has two manufacturing facilities in Houston. Fashion Glass and Mirror has renewed a 25,200-square-foot industrial lease at Prologis North Park, 333 Northpark Central Drive in HOUSTON. Fashion Glass & Mirror, LLC, 333 Northpark Central Drive, Houston, TX 77073; 713-937-9900; Fax: 713-937-9060; www.fashionglass.com

LyondellBasell Industries NV is considering building a new $2 billion project that would use propane to make chemicals and polypropylene for customers in North and South America. It would likely be built somewhere along the Gulf Coast — possibly in the HOUSTON area. A final decision may not be made for about a year.  LyondellBasell Industries NV, 1221 McKinney Street, Suite 300, Houston, TX 77010; 713-309-7200; www.lyondellbasell.com/en

Due to damage at its Energy Corridor headquarters, between 450 and 500 of HOUSTON-based McDermott International Inc.'s employees have been working remotely or in sublease space since Hurricane Harvey impacted the Houston area. The offshore engineering and construction company signed a sublease for 186,000 square feet at 4424 West Sam Houston Parkway N. in Houston. McDermott is subleasing the space from GE Oil and Gas for an undetermined length of time. McDermott's headquarters at 757 N. Eldridge Parkway suffered damage from Harvey. The company filed a building permit for repairs that indicated the work would cost around $600,000. www.mcdermott.com

Calgary, Canada-based pipeline company TransCanada is expanding its space in the Bank of America Center in HOUSTON. The Canadian pipeline company will increase its space by three floors, or nearly 50 percent, at 700 Louisiana. The company has leased an additional 82,916 square feet for a total of 260,000 square feet. Consolidating employees into Bank of America Center will enable TransCanada to accommodate future growth and enhance employee productivity. TransCanada's space in Bank of America Center serves as the headquarters of its U.S. pipeline operations, which grew acquisition of Houston-based Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. in 2016. TransCanada, 757 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston, TX 77079; 281-870-5000; www.transcanada.com/en


Crop Production Services (CPS) will be the anchor tenant the Texas Northwestern Railway’s new 580-acre Panhandle Logistics Park. CPS provides fertilizer and nutritionals, as well as seed. The company recently broke ground at the park in DUMAS in Moore County and will begin offering agricultural products and services in early 2018. Texas Northwestern is working to secure more tenants for the park and the newly opened Panhandle Logistics Solution which focuses on the transfer of materials between railcars and trucks. Crop Production Services, 3005 Rocky Mountain Avenue, Loveland, CO 80538; 970-685-3300; www.cpsagu.com

Houston-based midstream company Genesis Energy LP is selling the crude oil terminal in WINK to Irving-based Exxon Mobil Corp.  The crude oil terminal is Exxon’s first to be anchored by the company’s newly acquired Delaware Basin acreage. The acreage doubled Exxon’s Permian Basin resources to 6 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The terminal connects to the Plains Alpha Crude Connector pipeline system and is permitted for 100,000 barrels per day of throughput with the ability to expand. It will handle Permian Basin crude oil and condensate for transport to Gulf Coast refineries and marine export terminals. www.genesisenergy.com ; www.exxonmobil.com

Headquartered in EL PASO, ReadyOne Industries provides employment opportunities to individuals with significant disabilities, and places them in an environment that inspires and nurtures self-determination and successes. ReadyOne industries will need to fill 500 positions after it was awarded $90 million worth of federal contracts to produce sophisticated military uniforms. ReadyOne Industries plans to fill about 250 jobs with people who have significant physical or mental disabilities, and about 250 jobs with any qualified candidates. The company will produce the uniforms over the next 12-18 months. The company operates a not-for-profit division with about 800 workers with disabilities, and a for-profit division with about 160 workers who do not need to have disabilities to get a job. The for-profit factory does work for a jeans maker and the U.S. Postal Service. The not-for-profit factory produces military garments. Both factories will be involved with the new military garment contracts. ReadyOne also operates a box-making operation at 11460 Pellicano Drive with about 100 employees, and a small call center with about 15 employees, which include both disabled and regular workers. ReadyOne Industries have garment factories and both divisions — the not-for-profit at 1414 Ability Drive, and the for-profit factory at 12100 Esther Lama Drive. ReadyOne Industries, 1414 Ability Drive, El Paso, TX 79936; 915-858-7277; 855-531-1641; www.readyone.org