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Manufacturers: New and Expanded

CENTRAL TEXAS

GW Plastics, headquartered in Bethel, Vermont, is expanding its SAN ANTONIO manufacturing facility. GW Plastics has begun work on a 14,000-square-foot expansion to accommodate the additional growth of its medical device and automotive safety critical business. Production in San Antonio is split between health care and automotive, but manufactures more surgical devices on the health care side than automotive products. GW Plastics makes implantable medical devices, surgical instruments, high-volume disposables for diagnostics, drug-delivery devices and medical packaging. When complete, the facility will have 51,000 square feet of advanced manufacturing and external warehouse space. GW Plastics San Antonio, 901 Paulsun Street, San Antonio, TX 78219; 210-225-1516; Fax: 210-225-1563; www.gwplastics.com

Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Insys Therapeutics is a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes innovative drugs and novel drug delivery systems for therapeutic molecules that improve the quality of patients' lives. Insys is expanding in ROUND ROCK and is in the process of completing a 30,000-square-foot expansion at 2700 Oakmont Drive. The company plans to invest $24 million in the facility and new equipment, enabling the company to bring on more pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity and create new jobs. The facility in Round Rock supports Insys by providing commercial and clinical manufacturing, and research and development capabilities for future growth. Insys Therapeutics, Texas Manufacturing Facility, 2700 Oakmont Drive, Round Rock, TX 78665; www.insysrx.com

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. is a fabless provider of high-performance, radio frequency integrated circuits, or RFICs. Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. has opened an office at 3801 S. Capital of Texas Highway in AUSTIN. Development of products for mobile applications will be one of the main duties for those working in Peregrine’s Austin location. Peregrine manufactures products used in a variety of industries, including automotive, broadband, industrial, space, mobile devices and smartphones. Peregrine Semiconductor, Austin Development Center, 3801 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Suite 150, Austin, TX 78704; Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, Corporate Headquarters, 9380 Carroll Park Drive, San Diego, CA 92121; 858-731-9400; Fax: 858-731-9499; www.psemi.com

USA Compression Partners LLC is a provider of compression services to the oil & gas industry. USA Compression is a third-party provider of mission-critical compression services to customers across the oil & gas industry. Its compression equipment provides the means by which its customers move natural gas through the domestic pipeline system. The company employs a highly-trained workforce of field technicians and engineers who maintain the compression equipment to allow for uninterrupted operation. USA Compression Partners LLC expanded by 2,893 square feet at 100 Congress Avenue in AUSTIN. USA Compression Partners LLC, 100 Congress Avenue, Suite 450, Austin, TX 78701; 512-473-2662; www.usacompression.com

NORTH TEXAS

Arizona Polymer Flooring (APF) manufactures high-performance flooring products and concrete coatings systems for contractors, architects and end users nationwide. APF’s products are used in industrial environments, such as military bases, aircraft hangars, government buildings, hazardous areas, food and beverage production facilities, healthcare facilities, and other demanding environments. APF has a production facility at 303 Commercial Drive in BUDA that currently supports Super-Krete Products that is a division of Arizona Polymer Flooring, Inc. Plans are underway to expand and upgrade the facility so the company can produce a wider range of APF products and systems. Arizona Polymer Flooring, 4565 W. Watkins Street, Phoenix, AZ 85043; 623-435-2277; 800-562-4921; www.apfepoxy.com

Christmas Designers is a manufacturer of LED and incandescent Christmas lights, as well as wreaths, garlands, and accessories. Christmas Designers plans to expand and diversify its operations in SHERMAN. The company plans to add lawn and garden products that will increase their operations throughout the year. The new products are slated to begin in 2018. As this operation rolls out, the company will probably need to add secondary warehousing in 2018. In about three years, the company expects to start looking for a new building in Sherman. The company will probably add a warehouse between 150,000 and 200,000 square feet. The company currently has about 14 year-round employees and about 40 seasonal, and projects that in about three years it will employ 30 year-round personnel and about 100 seasonal personnel. Christmas Designers, 215 W. Park Avenue, Sherman, TX 75090; 903-328-6023 Fax: 800-667-2619; www.christmasdesigners.com

Creative Manufacturing, LLC is a manufacturer of lap desks that are used for laptop computers or tablets. Creative has expanded into a 23,000-square-foot facility at Midpoint I-20 Distribution Center in ARLINGTON. Creative Manufacturing, LLC dba LapDesk.com, 3701 New York Avenue, Suite 100, Arlington, TX 76014; 800-527-3375; www.lapdesk.com 

FloorballPlanet, a division of GBK Sports LLC, is a supplier of equipment and accessories for the sport of “floorball”. FloorballPlanet sells sticks for all skill levels, balls, gear bags, apparel, blades, grips, goalie equipment and accessories. The company has set up its headquarters, showroom and distribution center in the Upper Great Southwest Industrial District. FloorballPlanet will occupy 12,818 square feet in the Woodlands Business Center Building 3, 2005 108th Street, in GRAND PRAIRIE. FloorballPlanet, 2005 108th Street, Suite 501, Grand Prairie, TX 75050; 817-806-5002; www.floorballplanet.com 

SOUTH TEXAS

BROWNSVILLE, CSC Sugar LLC began its new packaging and distribution operations at the Port of Brownsville March 22, 2017. CSC is one of the largest importers and exporters of refined sugar to and from North America. The Connecticut company leased 242,000 square feet of warehouse space at the port to export beet sugar to Africa. The sugar comes from the West and Mid-West via UP and BNSF railroads. CSC expects to receive up 25 to 30 rail cars weekly. About 500 tons of sugar will be packaged daily in 50 kilogram bags for export. The combined warehouses will accommodate 25,000 packaged tons of stored sugar. CSC has already hired 33 local employees. CSC Sugar LLC, 36 Grove Street, New Canaan, CT 06840; 215-278-4077; www.cscsugar.com

UPDATE: Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a publicly traded partnership that primarily transports, stores and distributes refined petroleum products and crude oil.  Magellan has entered into a new fee-based, take-or-pay agreement with Trafigura Trading LLC for the exclusive use of Magellan’s condensate splitter in CORPUS CHRISTI. Magellan recently completed construction of the splitter, which is capable of processing 50,000 barrels per day of condensate and is fully supported by the long-term commitment from Trafigura. Based on the new agreement, Magellan expects to begin commercial operation of the splitter during late second quarter 2017. In conjunction with the new agreement, Magellan will build an additional 300,000 barrels of storage (for a total of 1.5 million barrels of storage to support the condensate splitter) and make other minor modifications to the splitter. Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., One Williams Center, Tulsa, OK 74172; 918-574-7000; 800-574-6671; www.magellanlp.com.

Texas LNG Brownsville LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based Texas LNG LLC, has engaged a consortium of Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd. and KBR Inc. to deliver both preliminary final investment decision (FID) detailed engineering and post-FID engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for the first 2 million-tonnes/year phase of a proposed 4 million-tpy LNG export project the company plans to build on the Brownsville Ship Channel in CAMERON COUNTY. Pre-FID detailed engineering is scheduled to begin in 2017.   Texas LNG said it expects to reach FID on the project in 2018. Should the project advance, Phase 1 production would begin in 2022, followed by startup of Phase 2 in 2022-23, depending on market demand, according to the operator. As planned, the liquefaction and export terminal would be built on the north side of the Brownsville Ship Channel, about 5 miles southwest of the US Gulf of Mexico, on a 625-acre site under long-term lease with the Brownsville Navigation District of Cameron County. Texas LNG, 2800 North Loop West, Suite 910, Houston, TX 77092; www.txlng.com

Three companies have raised $1 billion to build a 730-mile oil pipeline from the heart of West Texas to the Gulf of Mexico in CORPUS CHRISTI. The “EPIC” pipeline — which stands for Eagle Ford, Permian, Ingleside and Corpus — would transport upward of 440,000 barrels per day of crude oil and condensate out of the Permian Basin Shale field to the Corpus Christi region when it comes online in the first quarter of 2019. Additionally, Eagle Ford connections could add upward of 150,000 barrels of capacity, bringing the total to 590,000 barrels a day. The EPIC pipeline project is being developed by San Antonio-based TexStar Midstream Logistics that is the lead company on the project, Dallas-based Ironwood Midstream Energy Partners and Stamford, Connecticut-based commodities trader Castleton Commodities International. Castleton has permitted and engineered a new waterborne terminal at the Port of Corpus Christi’s Inner Harbor. The terminal will have upward of 1 million barrels of storage capacity in addition to a 3 million-barrel storage facility near Taft, on the north side of Nueces Bay. Construction is set to begin in June 2017 and is scheduled to be completed by March 2019. TexStar Midstream Logistics, 18615 Tuscany Stone, Suite 275, San Antonio, TX78258; 210-569-6696; www.texstarlogistics.com 

SOUTHEAST TEXAS

A manufacturing and distribution center in the Conroe Industrial Park will be built by a venture of Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA) and Germany-based Jungheinrich AG. The venture, known as ICOTEX (Industrial Components of Texas) will provide metal components for forklifts, machinery and other applications. Construction is expected to begin soon with completion planned by the end of the summer of 2017 on the 71,000-square-foot building. The new facility will include 62,000 square feet of manufacturing warehouse space. ICOTEX will be recruiting approximately 80 new employees and will eventually produce over 600 different types of components at the state-of-the-art site. Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc., 2121 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, TX 77043; www.mcfa.com

OXEA Corporation develops and produces a wide range of Oxo Intermediate and Oxo Derivative products. OXEA Corporation has started construction of a new propanol unit at its production site at BAY CITY. The new unit, Propanol 2, is scheduled for completion in 2018. Once commissioned, the company anticipates that its new Propanol 2 unit will add a capacity of 100,000 mtpa of propanol and 40,000 mtpa of propionaldehyde. OXEA is engaged in finalizing the detailed engineering phase of the new plant. OXEA Corporation, 1505 West LBJ Freeway, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75234; PO Box 810349; Dallas, TX 75381-0349; 972-481-2700, www.oxea-chemicals.com

Targa Resources Group, a midstream energy company, has leased 127,724 square feet of office space at 811 Louisiana Street in HOUSTON. Targa is primarily engaged in the business of: gathering, compressing, treating, processing, and selling natural gas; storing, fractionating, treating, transporting, and selling NGLs and NGL products, including services to LPG exporters; gathering, storing, and terminaling crude oil; and storing, terminaling, and selling refined petroleum products. Targa Resources Group, 1000 Louisiana, Suite 4300, Houston, TX 77002; 713-584-1000; Fax: 713-584-1100; www.targaresources.com

French energy company Total is launching a multi-billion-dollar petrochemical joint venture in Texas. Total will partner with chemical companies Borealis and Nova to build two new units on the U.S. Gulf Coast. One is an ethane steam cracker in PORT ARTHUR that would convert natural gas into chemicals used for plastics and other materials. The other is a new polyethylene plant in BAYPORT, also for making plastics. Total says the venture, which depends on regulators' approval, would start in 2020 and create at least 1,500 local jobs. www.total.com/en

WEST TEXAS

AbiMar Foods’ produces numerous types of cookies and crackers at its factory on North 1st Street in ABILENE. In the former Sam’s Club location in Abilene, the company produces crackers and additional types of cookies. Formerly named Fehr Foods, the company has more than 600 employees. The company was acquired in 2010 by Colombia-based Grupo Nutresa. At that time, the name changed to AbiMar which is taken from the first three letters of Abilene and Marietta, Oklahoma, where the company also has a manufacturing facility. In the last ten years, the company has doubled its production of cookies and crackers.  www.abimarfoods.com

Houston-based Kinder Morgan is planning the next big pipeline project coming from the Permian Basin, but one that would transport natural gas, rather than oil. The pipeline would run from WAHA in West Texas to the Agua Dulce near Corpus Christi. Kinder Morgan’s 430-mile, 42-inch pipeline would be completed in late 2019. The 42-inch-wide Gulf Coast Express pipeline would transport 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily. The proposed pipeline could tap into Kinder Morgan’s existing Permian-area pipeline network, as well as Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ new Trans-Pecos Pipeline, which will ship gas from West Texas to Mexico. Kinder Morgan said it is seeking customers for the pipeline through April 20, 2017, before moving forward with construction. The company plans to break ground in the first half of 2018, pending signed commitments from shippers, and would be online by mid-2019. Kinder Morgan, 1001 Louisiana Street, Suite 1000, Houston, TX 77002; 713-369-9000; www.kindermorgan.com

Phillips 66 has announced an open season that began on March 24, 2017, to secure binding commitments from prospective shippers for the Reeves-Odessa Origination (Rodeo) project in West Texas. The project will include a pipeline system for crude oil transportation for producers and other shippers in the Delaware basin, with origination stations in REEVES, LOVING, and WINKLER counties in Texas, as well as at ODESSA. The pipeline would be 130 miles long, but that’s not counting various laterals built off of the mainline. The pipeline system will include destination options at Wink; the Phillips 66 Partner’s Odessa station; a new terminal to be built near Odessa as part of the Rodeo Project; and at Midland. The Rodeo project will have an anticipated initial throughput capacity of up to 130,000 barrels of crude daily (b/d), with an ultimate potential throughput capacity of up to 450,000 b/d, depending on shipper commitments in the open season. The pipeline system is expected to be placed in service in second-half 2018. Phillips 66, PO Box 4428, Houston, TX 77210; 281-293-6600; www.phillips66.com