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UPDATE: San Antonio-based Alamo Candy Co. is a manufacturer as well as wholesaler and distributor for American, Mexican and Chinese candy. Employees at the company's Blanco Road facility make Chamoy Alamo syrups, Chamoy pickles, Picositas belts, Chinese candies and sour lemon balls, among other items. The company recently commissioned the installation of two solar power systems — one at its manufacturing facility and retail shop at 2738 Blanco Road and the other at its corporate offices at 1149 W. Hildebrand Avenue. The project was completed and placed in service in December 2017. Crews installed 280 solar panels to produce 100 kilowatts of power at the company's Blanco Road shop and another 240 panels to produce 86 kilowatts at the Hildebrand office. The solar panels at the company's plant and retail location will offset 73 percent of its energy needs, while the panels at the office will produce enough electricity to offset all that building's power demands. www.alamocandy.com

AUSTIN-based Amplify Snack Brands, Inc. makes Skinny Pop popcorn, Tyrrells potato chips and Oatmega protein bars. It is being acquired by chocolate and candy maker The Hershey Co. as Hershey ventures into the healthy snack business. The boards of both companies have agreed on the deal and it is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018. Amplify has about 600 employees. www.amplifysnackbrands.com

CPS Energy has signed a 50-year deal with Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) to operate and own the electric grid and natural gas facilities on JBSA's premises. The contract with the Defense Logistics Agency, which was put out for bids about three years ago, is worth $248 million. JBSA was already CPS Energy's largest customer, and the privatization of the power grid on that military property enables the city-owned utility company to invest in infrastructure to upgrade the lines. Over the next year, CPS expects to spend about $4.5 million during the initial transition to survey the existing electrical and gas infrastructure, which is to be reimbursed by the federal government as part of the contract. www.cpsenergy.com

M7 Aerospace LLC is an aircraft maintenance depot, engineering and repair division within Elbit Systems of America LLC’s sustainment and support solutions department. M7 was awarded a subcontract worth $176 million over six years for work in SAN ANTONIO. Most of its work is done at San Antonio International Airport. Elbit Systems' U.S. headquarters is in Fort Worth, and its parent company is based in Haifa, Israel. The subcontract's first year value is estimated at $25 million for logistics support, engineering, maintenance, repair and aircraft overhaul services. The goal is to modify and upgrade the existing fleets. The company added about 100 people to its local workforce as part of the subcontract. In San Antonio, it employees 200 workers — mostly mechanics and technicians. The company has another 100 employees on the contract across 15 U.S. locations and four around the world. During 2017, Elbit Systems added more than 60 mechanics in San Antonio to support its entire contract portfolio. www.elbitsystems-us.com

Texas-based civil and commercial contacting company SpawGlass has bought equipment and hired 30-plus personnel from Pipelayers Inc. Headquartered in SAN ANTONIO, Pipelayers, Inc. specializes in underground water, sewer, and storm sewer utilities; in addition, the company builds all sizes of civil projects. SpawGlass will be using the former Pipelayers office and equipment yard at 7580 Grissom Road to permanently establish its civil operations in San Antonio. The new equipment, personnel and location will enable SpawGlass to further expand its earthwork and utilities capabilities. SpawGlass' civil division projects include rail, airport taxiways, roadways and parks. Current projects in San Antonio include the San Antonio International Airport terminal area taxiway improvements and VIA Zarzamora Primo, which will consist of 26 new high-tech bus stops along the Zarzamora Primo route. SpawGlass is a general contractor, construction manager, design-builder and civil contractor with offices in Austin, the Brazos Valley, the Golden Triangle, Houston, North Texas, San Antonio and South Texas. SpawGlass has about 650 employees in Texas. www.pipelayersinc.com ; www.spawglass.com

StandardAero San Antonio Inc., the SAN ANTONIO-based subsidiary of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based aerospace company, operates an aircraft engine manufacturing and repair division at the site of the former Kelly Air Force Base on what is now Port San Antonio. The contract for overhaul and repair of Rolls-Royce T-56 aircraft engines, valued at $380 million, was awarded after a competitive bidding process by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. That engine is used in military planes such as the C-130, which is a troop and cargo transport aircraft. The company already assembles F110 engines and CF6 engine boosters in San Antonio. StandardAero has about 350 employees in the local area. The company posted about two dozen jobs in San Antonio. www.standardaero.com/AboutUs/ContactUs/FacilityLocations/SanAntonioTX.aspx


Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is a producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. The FORT WORTH-based aerospace manufacturer was awarded $38.3 million in early November 2017 for a modification to a previously awarded contract to manufacture and deliver two AH-1Z aircraft. The DoD said 60 percent of the work will be performed in Fort Worth, while 40 percent will be performed in Amarillo. The completion date is November 2019. In other news, Bell Helicopter was awarded $27.3 million for a modification to a foreign military sales contract. The contract for Argentina will procure and deliver four Bell 412EP helicopters and training to the country's air force. The work will be done in FORT WORTH. www.bellhelicopter.com

IRVING-based Commercial Metals Company acquired U.S. assets from Gerdau S.A., a Brazilian steel company. The move significantly bolsters Commercial Metals' capacity to produce reinforcing bar, or rebar, which is a key material used in the construction of buildings, bridges and roads. The addition of 2.7 million tons of melt capacity from Gerdau will increase Commercial Metals' capacity to 7.2 million tons, a 60 percent increase. The company will gain 33 rebar fabrication facilities and steel mills in Knoxville, Tennessee; Jacksonville, Florida; Sayreville, New Jersey; and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Commercial Metals will gain 2,700 employees from the deal. As of August 31, 2017, Commercial Metals had approximately 8,800 employees. www.cmc.com

GE Transportation will manufacture 200 locomotives for the Canadian National Railway Company. The locomotives will be produced at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in FORT WORTH beginning in 2018. The order includes Tier 3 and Tier 4 Evolution Series and GE will begin delivery in late 2018, and continue into 2019 and 2020. About 400 people work in the company's Fort Worth locomotive manufacturing facility. www.getransportation.com

Lockheed Martin Corp. is a defense contractor based outside of Washington D.C. Lockheed was awarded a $34.6 million contract by the Department of Defense (DoD) in early November 2017 for work to be performed in FORT WORTH. The contract is for "weapons capabilities technology maturation and risk reduction pre-engineering, manufacturing and development activities for dual-capability F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft and small-diameter bomb 2." Work is expected to be completed in July 2018. www.lockheedmartin.com

M1 Support Services is a DENTON-based company that specializes in aviation services and supply chain management. The company was awarded $94.4 million on November 30, 2017, for a modification to a previously awarded contract for back shop and flight line maintenance of more than 149 aircraft of different varieties. The work will be performed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada with an expected completion date of December 31, 2018. www.m1services.com

PAE Applied Technologies’ FORT WORTH location was awarded $64.7 million for a modification to exercise an option for range engineering, operations and maintenance services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Atlantic Test Range and the Atlantic Targets and Marine Operations Division. Services include system operations, laboratory and field testing, marine operations among others. Work will be conducted in Patuxent River, Maryland. www.pae.com


UPDATE: voestalpine Texas LLC will have several more months to settle a little over $60 million in claims from contractors who worked on construction of its San Patricio County iron processing plant. Port of Corpus Christi commissioners granted a seven-month extension to a previous agreement that sought to have those claims resolved by January 1, 2018. Four companies have filed mechanic liens totaling $60,221,000 for work done on voestalpine's plant. The extension extends that settlement deadline to July 31, 2018. It is the fourth extension the company has received from the port to settle the outstanding liens. The Port of Corpus Christi owns the land on which voestalpine's plant sits. That gives the port the right to tell the company it cannot have outstanding liens. www.voestalpine.com/texas/en


Indevco Plastics Inc., a subsidiary of Indevco Group of Ajaltoun, Lebanon, operates a blown film extrusion plant in Longview. Indevco is investing in ePac Holdings LLC, which is establishing a network of flexible packaging plants around the country based on digital printing. ePac Holdings LLC, has five plants in various stages of completion and will probably have a sixth before the end of 2018. EPac currently has plants in Middleton, Wisconsin, and Boulder, Colorado, and has plans for additional sites in HOUSTON, Miami and Los Angeles. ePac wants to have a network of 15 locations established around the country by the end of 2019, and anticipates adding about five new facilities in 2018 as ePac continues to grow. EPac is using digital printing as the backbone for its network of flexible packaging sites, which focus on short-to-medium run orders. The company supports new locations by first starting to service those markets from existing facilities, building cliental that will provide a base for the new facility, so that when the facility is opened, it will already have an established list of customers. www.indevcoplastics.com ; www.epacllc.com

Gaumer Company Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of electric heaters, controls and turn-key engineered systems for the power generation, oil & gas and petrochemical markets. Gaumer´s product range for these markets is comprised, among other products, of immersion and circulation heaters, heater control panels, liquid fuel gas conditioning systems as well as integrated heater systems and control systems. Gaumer has just over 115 employees. Sweden-based NIBE Industrier AB has reached an agreement to acquire 60% of the outstanding shares in Gaumer Company Inc. NIBE has also agreed to acquire the remaining 40% of Gaumer´s outstanding shares at a later time. Gaumer will continue to run its operations and service its customers from its HOUSTON-based manufacturing facilities. Gaumer will become part of NIBE Element North America and was consolidated effective January 2, 2018. www.gaumer.com ; www.nibe.com

Rangeland Energy is a midstream company that meets the infrastructure requirements of refiners, commodities marketers, producers and retail distributors in resource plays and growing markets. SUGAR LAND-based Rangeland Energy II LLC has been sold to a subsidiary of Andeavor, a refining company formerly known as Tesoro Corp., headquartered in San Antonio. The deal is set to close early in the first quarter of 2018, assuming the regulatory process goes smoothly. Rangeland II employees in the field will be able to sign on as Andeavor employees, while the Rangeland leadership team will be able to shift its focus onto Rangeland Energy III LLC. Rangeland II owns and operates the RIO System, a set of midstream assets in the Permian Basin that includes a pipeline and a rail and storage hub for crude oil near Loving, New Mexico. Rangeland III is working on a rail and marine terminal called the South Texas Energy Products System in Corpus Christi, meant to move refined products and other liquids into inland and coastal Mexico. www.rangelandenergy.com

HOUSTON-based T.F. Hudgins, Inc. has acquired Texas Rotating Equipment, Inc., headquartered in DAYTON. T.F. Hudgins is a reliability-centered manufacturer, distributor and service provider operating in a variety of industrial processing, oil & gas and petrochemical end-markets. Texas Rotating Equipment specializes in the maintenance and repair of industrial steam turbines and pumps that are utilized in a wide array of industrial applications. As an integral part of the company’s service delivery, Texas Rotating Equipment provides upgraded components and ancillary systems that increase the operational reliability of equipment. www.tfhudgins.com

Weatherford International PLC, HOUSTON, has sold its U.S. pressure pumping and pump-down perforating assets to a subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd., HOUSTON. As part of this transaction, Schlumberger will take ownership of Weatherford's U.S. pressure pumping and pump-down perforating related facilities and supplier and customer contracts. Additionally, approximately 100 Weatherford employees associated with the pressure pumping and pump-down perforating businesses will transfer to Schlumberger. Weatherford will retain the entirety of its multistage completions portfolio, manufacturing capability and supply chain and will continue to participate in the growing completions markets in both Canada and the U.S. as well as globally. Weatherford is domiciled in Ireland but has its main U.S. office in Houston. www.slb.com ; www.weatherford.com


Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is a producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. The Fort Worth-based aerospace manufacturer was awarded $38.3 million in early November 2017 for a modification to a previously awarded contract to manufacture and deliver two AH-1Z aircraft. The Department of Defense (DoD) said 60 percent of the work will be performed in Fort Worth, while 40 percent will be performed in AMARILLO. The completion date is November 2019. www.bellhelicopter.com

U.S. Concrete, Inc. has acquired JUNCTION-based Cherokee Bridge and Road Inc., a ready-mixed concrete producer in West Texas. Cherokee’s three ready-mixed concrete plants in Kimble and Menard counties will become part of the U.S. Concrete’s Ingram Concrete LLC subsidiary. www.us-concrete.com