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The Culinary Factory produces uniquely Texas processed foods. It is moving from a warehouse in South Austin to LOCKHART to the Brock Building, 101 E. San Antonio Street. The first floor will house a retail store up front and manufacturing facilities in the back.  The company produces Culinary Cowgirls queso products and sauces and salsas for other entrepreneurs. The Culinary Factory also purchased an 11,000-square-foot warehouse nearby to support The Culinary Factory’s distribution and warehouse needs. The Culinary Factory, 3913 Todd Lane, Suite 203, Austin, TX 78744; www.theculinaryfactor.com

Samuels Glass Co., SAN ANTONIO, is a full-service glass company that produces glass that can be custom cut to its clients’ specifications. The company incorporates its automated glass cutting table, beveling and polishing machines and hole press to create the custom products. The company also produces insulated glass with its Insulating Glass Unit fabrication line. Also, with in-house fabrication, the metal shop incorporates Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machinery to create custom doors and storefronts. Samuels is moving from its location at 221 Newell Avenue and Karnes Street to a facility in Northeast San Antonio off Loop 410. Samuels Glass Co., ? P O Box 12775, San Antonio, TX 78212; 210-227-2481; www.samuelsglass.com 

UPDATE: WACO-based Time Manufacturing is a manufacturer of aerial lifts and articulated telescopic lifts. Time employs about 450 people in Waco. Time has been bought by The Sterling Group, a Houston-based private equity firm that reportedly will make no changes in local operations. Time recently completed a 50,000-square-foot expansion that included a 28,000-square-foot service facility and a 22,000-square-foot manufacturing expansion. The main manufacturing facility in Waco consists of five buildings covering just under 400,000 square feet. The local plant serves as home to Versalift Southwest, which is the Versalift distributor for Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Time Manufacturing operates nine companies in 12 facilities across the United States and Europe, supporting manufacturing, distribution and rental operations in more than 50 countries. Time Manufacturing, 7601 Imperial Drive, PO Box 20368, Waco, TX 76702-0368; 254-399-2100; 800-825-1085; www.timemfg.com ; www.versalift.com

Versum Materials manufactures specialty chemicals and gases used by semiconductor manufacturers. Versum leased 4,408 square feet at Stratum Executive Center, 11044 Research Boulevard in AUSTIN for a customer support facility. The company has a manufacturing facility in Dallas. Versum Materials, 8555 S. River Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85284; 602-282-1000; www.versummaterials.com


DENISON-based ACS Manufacturing assembles and produces switch gear buildings, fuel tank generators and steel acoustic enclosures for industrial and commercial-use power generators. These generators and assemblies are used in companies and industries that must maintain power. Many of these structures require crane equipment to lift and move due to their size. ACS could increase its workforce to keep up with growing demand. This expansion in its workforce will increase the company's employment from about 350 to about 420. The positions include an additional human resources worker, additional quality assurance workers and production workers, among other positions. This comes nearly six months after ACS added two additional production lines to its 300,000-square-foot facility in the 1600 block of Commerce Drive in Denison. With the additional workforce, the company plans to fill out its night shift, which starts at 5:30 and operates throughout the night. Typically, the night shift has finished projects left over from the first shift, however the additional staff would allow this shift to start its own projects. The company is considering the construction of a new building on the 36-acre lot on which the plant is currently located. This would allow workers to move goods and supplies that are currently held in the parking lot to a more secure location. ACS Manufacturing, 1601 Commerce Boulevard, Denison, TX 75020; 903-462-2001; Fax: 903-462-2000; www.acsmanufacturing.com

Dock & Door Systems Inc., Pharr, manufactures industrial safety products, dock shelters, industrial doors, lift tables, dock seals, and levelers for docks. The company has leased 5,000 square feet at 1213-1219 E. Avenue J in GRAND PRAIRIE. Dock & Door Systems, Inc., 1217 E. Avenue J, Grand Prairie, TX 75050; 972-602-DOOR; www.dockdoorsystems.com

Headquartered in San Antonio, J.P. Hart Lumber Co. provides building materials and supplies for residential and commercial building throughout Texas. The J.P. Hart Lumber Co. has begun construction for the company's planned $6.5 million-plus distribution center within Progress Park along Progress Drive in SHERMAN. 37 new jobs will be created. The new facility in Sherman will be J.P. Hart's sixth plant in Texas as it currently serves the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Rio Grande Valley areas. J.P. Hart Lumber Co., 9810 Ball Street, San Antonio, TX 78217; 800-880-4278; Fax: 210-650-3964; www.hartlumber.com

Makita USA, a manufacturer of industrial power tools, has purchased a 227,230-square-foot warehouse on 14.3 acres in Sunridge Business Park in WILMER. Makita will hire 55 employees and expand the facility, adding some $28 million in new assessed value to the city. Sunridge Business Park is on I-45 across from Union Pacific's 360-acre Intermodal terminal. Makita Corporation of America is headquartered in Buford, Georgia. The company has a global network of ten manufacturing and assembly plants. www.makitatools.com

McElroy Metal supplies a broad range of roofing products, including exposed fastener panels, standing seam systems, retrofit systems, as well as soffit and canopy panels. McElroy leased a 10,000-square-foot office space at 7450 Tower Street in RICHLAND HILLS. McElroy Metal has a manufacturing facility at 460 Clay Road in Sunnyvale, and a service center at 3014 Lincoln Court in Garland. McElroy Metal, PO Box 1148, Shreveport, LA 71163; 318-747-8000; www.mcelroymetal.com

Montana West Inc is a manufacturer of western wear including boots, purses, socks, and jewelry. The company leased 50,000 square feet of industrial space at 11925 N Stemmons Freeway in DALLAS. www.montanawestusa.com

Trucking and freight-handling firm Shippers Warehouse is moving its headquarters to HUTCHINS. The company will relocate from Dallas to a building in the Prime Pointe industrial park near Interstate 45. Shippers Warehouse will relocate to a new 589,362-square-foot warehouse and office building to be built in 2018. Shippers Warehouse's headquarters is now located in a building near Big Town Boulevard and U.S. Highway 80 in Dallas. Shippers Warehouse has operations in Texas, Illinois, California and Georgia. The company has more than 5,000,000 square feet of distribution space in 11 nationwide facilities. The 589,362-square-foot distribution facility was completed in April 2016. The new building will be built adjacent to Prime Pointe 1005 and will house the company's corporate offices. About 17,000 square feet of the building will be built-out into office space. Construction is slated to get underway in April 2017, with completion expected by the end of February 2018. Shippers Warehouse, 8901 Forney Road, Dallas, TX 75227; 214-381-5050; www.shipperswarehouse.com

SSC Signs & Lighting, LLC is a designer and manufacturer of signs, including airport signs, hotel signs, restaurant signs, and stadium signs. SSC has leased 17,910 square feet of industrial space at 2819 Blystone Lane in DALLAS. SSC Signs & Lighting, LLC, 226 East College Street, Lewisville, TX 75057; 972-219-2495; www.sscsigns.com

Standpoint Promotions, FORT WORTH, provides promotional products to a diverse client base. The company specializes in screen printing and embroidery, but also offers heat press garment decoration and vinyl graphic services. Standpoint Promotions has leased 6,777 square feet at 3400 Bernie Anderson Avenue in Fort Worth. Standpoint Promotions, 3400 Bernie Anderson Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76116; 817-735-8511; www.standpointpromotions.com

UPDATE: Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) selected its WICHITA FALLS plant to be the site of a new jumbo magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition (MSVD) glass coater, expected to be the largest of its kind in North America. The $55 million investment, which is expected to be ready for construction by April 2018, will include a 200,000-square-foot building and several ancillary projects. The facility will enable the Monterrey, Mexico-based manufacturer to produce high-performing, energy-efficient low-emissivity (low-e) glass in larger sizes than previously available. The new equipment will enable Vitro to cost-efficiently coat jumbo-sized glass. The company will add approximately 50 new jobs a and create new work for local contractors when the building is constructed. Vitro Glass considered all four of its U.S. manufacturing facilities as sites for the new coater before selecting Wichita Falls. The company also has operations in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Fresno, California; and Salem, Oregon. www.vitro.com 

WatchGuard Video is a manufacturer of law enforcement video systems, supplying in-car and body worn cameras along with evidence management software to nearly one-third of all law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada. WatchGuard Video has begun construction on its $47 million corporate headquarters in ALLEN. The 140,000-square-foot project will be on the east side of U.S. 75 on Allen Station Parkway. Its Allen headquarters will open in early 2018. The company will move 300 employees to the new facility. WatchGuard Video will have room for upwards of 700 employees at the new headquarters. The first floor of the building will house a manufacturing facility for WatchGuard Video to assemble in-car and body cameras for law enforcement and others. It will also include a demonstration room to showcase the company's technology to would-be clients. About five years after the initial phase is delivered in early 2018, the company plans to incorporate another 60,000 square feet of space into its new corporate home.  WatchGuard Video, 415 Century Parkway, Allen, TX 75013; 972-423-9777; 800-605-6734; Fax: 972-423-9778; www.watchguardvideo.com


UPDATE: Every other week, a cargo freighter loaded with about 100,000 tons of marble-sized iron ore pellets docks at voestalpine's new, $740 million industrial plant on the shores of the La Quinta Channel, in the Port of Corpus Christi. There, the pellets are unloaded and placed on a conveyer belt that eventually carries them to the top of a 450-foot tower—the tallest building in South Texas—where they are superheated and  exposed to hydrogen and carbon monoxide gas to reduce the iron’s oxygen content, leaving roughly 91-percent pure iron, which is then melted into candy bar-shaped bricks and sent back on the same conveyor belt to another cargo freighter. This is what’s called a direct reduction plant, and the factory in CORPUS CHRISTI was opened in October 2016 by voestalpine, an Austrian industrial company that specializes in making high-quality steel for the German automotive industry. About half of the purified iron (known as hot-briquetted iron, or sponge iron) produced in Corpus Christi is destined for voestalpine,’s plants in Linz and Donawitz, Germany, where it forms the pre-product for steel that will end up in BMWs, Porsches, and Mercedes-Benzes. (voestalpine sells the rest to various other companies around the world.) The plant is staffed by 190 full-time employees. The plant is so highly automated that most of those workers are there simply to maintain the equipment. www.voestalpine.com


UPDATE: American National Carbide (ANC), TOMBALL, is a manufacturer of cemented tungsten carbide products for a wide range of industries, including metalworking, oil and gas, and wood processing, as well as zinc reclaim powders and ready-to-press grade powders. American National Carbide has completed a successful reorganization under Chapter 11 and emerged from bankruptcy. ANC filed its voluntary petition for Chapter 11 protection on February 26, 2016, and on January 9, 2017, the bankruptcy court entered a confirmation order approving the company’s plan of reorganization. The company decreased its workforce from its peak of 75 employees, to approximately 30 employees. The product the company is centered around, tungsten carbide, has value through every step of the process, whether as scrap metal or as the finished product, and American National Carbide is one of the few companies capable of recycling it. American National Carbide, 915 South Cherry Street, Tomball, TX 77375; 281-351-7165; 800-331-7585; Fax: 281-255-9333; www.anconline.com

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. announced that its subsidiary, Lone Star NGL LLC, will construct a fifth natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation facility at MONT BELVIEU. Fractionator V, including NGL product infrastructure and a new 3-million-barrel y-grade storage cavern, has a total estimated cost of approximately $385 million. The 120,000-barrel-per-day fractionator is fully subscribed under multiple long-term, fixed-fee contracts and is scheduled to be operational by September of 2018. Upon completion of the new fractionator, Lone Star will own and operate over 540,000-barrels-per-day of fractionating capacity at Mont Belvieu. With the addition of the Lone Star Express Pipeline, which was placed in service in August 2016, Lone Star has approximately 585,000-barrels-per-day of NGL transport capacity out of west Texas and southeast New Mexico and 880,000-barrels-per-day of total capacity into Mont Belvieu. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership that owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the United States. Energy Transfer Partners, 8111 Westchester Drive, Dallas, TX 75225; 214-981-0700; Fax: 214-981-0703; www.energytransfer.com

San Antonio-based midstream company Howard Energy Partners plans to expand its GT Omniport Terminal in PORT ARTHUR. It has executed a long-term terminal services agreement with a third-party shipper for the bulk liquids terminal. Howard will build 15 new storage tanks at the facility adding more than 1 million barrels of storage for a variety of products as well as building new marine facilities for both blue water and inland marine vessels. Located off State Highway 73 in Port Arthur, the facility has rail service but a new pipeline will connect it to more third-party suppliers. Permitting for the expansion project began in the first quarter of 2016. Final engineering work for the facilities and pipelines is underway while construction is expected to begin in March 2017 and will take up to 18 months. Operations are expected to begin in the late summer or early fall of 2018. Howard Energy Partners, 17806 IH-10 West, Suite 210, San Antonio, TX 78257; 210-298-2222; Fax: 210-298-2220; www.howardenergypartners.com

HOUSTON-based Indigo Resources Inc. is an oil and gas production and exploration firm with an emphasis on the Haynesville and Cotton Valley horizons in North Louisiana and East Texas. The company holds approximately 100,000 net Haynesville acres and 230,000 net Cotton Valley acres. Indigo Resources Inc. and M5 Midstream LLC expanded their joint footprint to 67,710 square feet in JPMorgan Chase Tower. The companies previously occupied roughly 45,000 square feet in the building. The two companies share management but are separate entities; each company has its own office entrance, receptionist and more. Indigo Resources Inc., 600 Travis, Suite 5500, Houston, TX 77002; 713-237-5000; Fax: 713-237-5040; www.indigominerals.com

HOUSTON-based Noble Energy Inc. has reached a final investment decision with its partners on the first phase of the Leviathan project, a $3.75 billion natural gas project offshore Israel. The project represents four offshore wells, each of which will be able to produce more than 300 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, but the scope of the project would allow for eventual expansion from the 1.2 billion cubic feet per day out of those wells to an eventual capacity of 2.1 billion cubic feet per day. Construction is expected to begin in the middle of 2017 and first production is expected by the end of 2019. Noble Energy Inc., 1001 Noble Energy Way, Houston, TX 77070; 281-872-3100; www.nobleenergyinc.com

Parlevel Systems Inc., HOUSTON, is a vending machine technology company that manufactures hardware that can make existing machines produce more information and send data over the cloud. A local vending machine technology startup is building a self-checkout model for vendors and it has raised about $3 million more from investors. The startup sells a payment system that attaches to vending machines allowing them to accept Apple Pay and other virtual wallets. It built hardware and software that enables vending machine companies to track the sale of products, and it is manufacturing self-checkout kiosks for fresh food markets. The kiosk is manufactured in San Antonio and other devices are made in Mexico near the Texas border. A new development includes a payment system for university campus vending machines. Apriva Inc., a technology startup in Scottsdale, Arizona, signed an agreement with Parlevel in February 2017 which will allow the startups to accept campus debit cards at vending machines. The startup also inked a deal for its kiosks with Louisiana Tom's, a vending machine operator with more than 900 machines in Louisiana and Arkansas. By the end of 2017, Parlevel expects to retain at least 30 jobs locally and add about 10 more employees. The startup has sold about 26,000 of its hardware devices across more than 150 vending and concession companies. Parlevel is active in Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, the U.K., Australia, Colombia and Panama. Parlevel Systems Inc., 112 E. Pecan Street, 11th Floor, San Antonio, TX 78205; 210-200-8873; www.parlevelsystems.com

Rtic Coolers LLC, HOUSTON, manufactures a variety of coolers, bags, water bottles, tumblers, and food containers that keep food and drinks cold. Rtic, pronounced “Arctic,” is a direct-to-consumer online retailer that employs more than 100 people and has 5 fulfillment warehouses located in Fresno, California, Chicago, Illinois, Houston, Atlanta, Georgia & Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. RTIC Coolers, 20702 Hempstead Road, Suite 110, Houston, TX 77065; 855-527-6993; www.rticcoolers.com

HOUSTON-based Safety Vision, LLC is a provider of mobile video surveillance products worldwide. Safety Vision’s product offering includes digital video recorders, network video recorders, hybrid video recorders, analog and IP cameras, rear vision cameras, as well as a suite of intuitive software. Safety Vision Mexico has been opened and will become the newest subsidiary of Safety Vision Latin America (SRL) already providing recording systems and collision avoidance cameras to fleets in Panama, Nicaragua and other territories. Plans for the new location include an office with service and executive personnel in Monterrey, while the main facility will be an office and warehouse in Mexico City. Fleets will have the ability to receive Safety Vision’s advanced products from either Mexico City or its headquarters in Houston, reducing the waiting time for initial system installations or maintenance parts. Eight employees will be located in Monterrey and Mexico City. Safety Vision, LLC, 6100 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., Houston, TX 77041-5113; 713-896-6600; 800-880-8855; Fax: 713-896-6640; www.safetyvision.com

Tidal Tank is a manufacturer of various types of tanks, including Frac tanks, Poly tanks, Roll-off and vacuum boxes, and stainless tank trailers. Tidal Tank pioneered the smooth-wall, 180° round-bottom Frac Tank with a fixed rear axle for complete mobility. Tidal Tank invented TidalTrak, a software program which streamlines communication between tank providers, transportation, waste disposal, and management using advanced satellite tracking and online reporting to provide a broad and accurate scope of operations. Tidal Tank will occupy a 31,000-square-foot tilt-wall manufacturing facility in BAYTOWN. Tidal Tank, 5300 Memorial Drive, Suite 270, Houston, TX 77007; 713-426-4196; Fax: 713-426-3396; www.tidaltank.com

KATY-based Veterans Manufacturing primarily makes body armor for law enforcement. Veterans has sold its product to area tactical shops and is working with the Katy Police Department. Veterans is also working with international agencies to get its product to different markets and hopes to land some government contracts in the future. Veterans Manufacturing has also begun to make a bulletproof backpack for children. Veterans expects to hire more employees in 2017.  Veterans Manufacturing also expects to open a larger office in the Houston market as well as a manufacturing facility in the west Houston region at some point in the near future.  https://vetsmfg.com


Houston-based Camber Energy, Inc., formerly known as Lucas Energy Inc., is about to nearly quadruple its net acreage in the San Andres oil play in the Permian Basin. The company made an $11.03 million deal to buy 13,000 contiguous net acres in the Permian Basin from a private seller. Camber started off 2017 with a deal to buy 3,630 net acres over the San Andres in an as-yet-undisclosed location. The company is targeting 20,000 net acres there before it starts drilling. There’s a saltwater disposal well and one oil well on the acreage, both inactive right now, from which Camber could start producing oil within 30 days or so of closing the deal. Camber expects to ultimately draw about 325,000 barrels of oil equivalent from a San Andres well. Camber Energy, Inc., 450 Gears Road, Suite 860, Houston, TX 77067; 713-528-1881; Fax: 832-446-3916; www.camber.energy.com

Other companies that are investing in projects in the Permian Basin in Texas are: 

    Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline LP is buying Alpha Holding Company LLC, the owner of the Alpha Crude Connector (ACC) system, for more than $1.2 billion. The ACC, which became operational in 2015, is the first large-scale crude oil gathering system in the northern Delaware Basin. Plains also announced it would expand the capacity of its Cactus Pipeline, and BridgeTex Pipeline Company LLC, of which Plains owns 50 percent. Both pipelines transport crude from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast.

    Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. could spend up to $6.6 billion to buy companies owned by the Bass family in Fort Worth. The companies collectively hold 275,000 total acres in the Delaware Basin and produce more than 18,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

    Houston-based Occidental Petroleum Corp.  spent $2 billion on various Permian deals, including about 35,000 net acres in West Texas’ Reeves and Pecos counties in the Southern Delaware Basin.

    Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. is buying Midland-based Clayton Williams Energy Inc. in a $3.2 billion deal that will give the company 71,000 net acres in the core of the southern Delaware Basin, a part of the Permian Basin, and brings Noble’s position there to 120,000 net acres. Separately, Noble closed a $300 million acreage buy, adding 7,200 acres in the southern Delaware Basin near Reeves County.

    Tulsa, Oklahoma-based WPX Energy agreed to a $775 million deal with Sugar Land-based Carrier Energy Partners LLC and Oklahoma-based Panther Energy Company II LLC. WPX will come away from the deal with 23 producing wells, two drilled but uncompleted horizontal laterals in Reeves, Loving, Ward and Winkler counties in Texas and 920 gross undeveloped locations in the Delaware Basin.

    Denver-based SM Energy Co. bought Rock Oil Holdings LLC, based out of Houston and Denver, for $980 million. Rock Oil holds 24,783 acres that produce about 4,900 barrels of oil per day in the Permian Basin.

    Denver-based SM Energy Co. is buying Houston-based QStar LLC, a portfolio company of Houston’s EnCap Investments LP, for $1.6 billion. The deal includes 35,700 net acres in Texas’ Howard and Martin counties, which produce about 2,400 net barrels of oil equivalent per day.

    Denver-based Centennial Resource Development Inc. is spending $855 million on 35,000 acres of Texas oil field assets in Reeves County.