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Brazos Iron Works manufactures equipment for oil and gas drilling. Brazos plans to start operating in the former Patriot mobile-home manufacturing building on West Loop 340 in WACO on January 15, 2018. The company, which makes drilling equipment such as pressure vessels and heater treaters, expects to employ 25 to 30 people in 2018 and double that going into 2019. The equipment made in Waco will be used across the continental United States. Brazos Iron Works will occupy about 48,000 square feet. For more information, contact: City of Waco, Economic Development, Melett Harrison, Director of Housing & Economic Development, City Hall, 300 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX 76702; 254-750-5676; Fax: 254-750-5880; www.waco-texas.com/economic-development

Cypress Industries is an AUSTIN-based contract manufacturer that produces a wide variety of items from circuit boards to sheet metal that are used in casino games, military equipment and more. Cypress has expanded into Mexico with the purchase of 100,000 square feet of industrial space. The company has purchased Concurrent Manufacturing Solutions LLC of Matamoros, Mexico, as well as its facility in Matamoros. The acquisition will add 135 employees of Concurrent to Cypress, boosting its total headcount to 315. 85 are based in Austin at a 35,000-square-foot facility at 8027 Exchange Drive The company also has operations in India. The Matamoros facility makes sheet metal, circuit boards and cable assemblies used in electronics. Cypress Industries, 8027 Exchange Drive, Austin, TX 78754; 512-637-2540; Fax: 512-637-2541; www.cypressindustries.com

Australian-based Intelligent Building Systems USA LLC (IBSI) has chosen Seguin as its base of operations in the United States for the company that manufactures homes that can be assembled within seven days. It is partnering with EPMP Ltd., a Seguin-based sheet metal manufacturer, in the process. IBSI makes kits for homes designed to be assembled on concrete foundations, pier and beam supports or pylons within a week. Galvanized steel panels snap together and bolt into frames, which enables the structure to go up quickly while eco-friendly composite materials can be added for the walls, floors and roof. Rated to withstand hurricane-force winds, the energy-efficient homes are also solar power ready. Many of the materials for the IBSI homes will be shipped from Australia until local sources can be found. Seguin-based EPMP Ltd. is the only fabricated sheet metal manufacturer in the southern United States capable of making the panels and frames for the homes. Intelligent Building Systems USA LLC, 25130 Fairway Springs, San Antonio, TX 78260; 254-368-7956; www.ibsi.com.au

KEYENCE Corporation of America manufactures products that include code readers, laser markers, machine vision systems, measuring systems, microscopes, sensors, and static eliminators. KEYENCE leased 3,619 square feet of office space at Riata Corporate Park IV, 12331 Riata Trace Parkway in AUSTIN. KEYENCE Corporation of America, 500 Park Boulevard, Suite 200, Itasca, IL 60143; 888-539-3623; www.keyence.com

Monolith Semiconductor Inc. designs, manufactures, tests, and supports applications for ultra-efficient high-voltage Silicon Carbide diodes and MOSFETs for solar inverters, data-center power supplies, industrial motor drives, and electric vehicle chargers. Monolith leased 14,816 square feet at 445 Round Rock West Drive in ROUND ROCK. Monolith Semiconductor Inc., 408 Fannin Avenue, Round Rock, TX 78664; www.monolithsemi.com

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing works with companies to provide the best in advanced manufacturing services, including 3D printing technologies, like FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), and conventional manufacturing methods, like CNC Machining and Injection Molding. Stratasys renewed its lease for 33,178 square feet of industrial space at Metric Building 6, 9715 Burnet Road in AUSTIN. Stratasys is headquartered in Valencia, California. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, 9715 Burnet Road, Suite A500, Austin, TX 78758; 512-821-1266; www.stratsysdirect.com


Best Sign Systems Inc. is a Colorado-based manufacturer of proven ADA (American Disabilities Act) signage and ADA sign products. The organization offers an innovative and flexible portfolio of products and manufacturing processes to create completely customized solutions and provides best-in-class, fast and reliable service. Its products are used in schools, hospitals and other high traffic environments. Best Sign Systems has purchased a building off of I-20 in WEATHERFORD. Initially, the company will hire eight employees, and plans to grow to 30 employees. For more information, contact: Parker County Economic Development Council, 400 I-20 West, Suite 101, Weatherford, TX 76086; 817-609-4131; www.parkercountyedc.com ; Best Sign Systems Inc., 1202 N. Park Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401-3171; 970-249-2378; 800-235-2378; Fax: 970-249-0223; www.bestsigns.com

Darling Ingredients Inc. is a global developer and producer of natural ingredients for food, feed, and fuel ingredients. In North America, the company provides used cooking oil collection and grease trap services to the restaurant industry, and collects nutrient-rich residuals from industrial wastewater for land application. Darling Ingredients converts beef, poultry, and pork by-products into specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, tallow, feed-grade fats, meat and bone meal, poultry meal, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides, food, pet food, feed, fuel, bio-energy, and fertilizer. Darling is building a new manufacturing facility in GRAPELAND. The new plant, 930 FM 227 East, will include a one-story building to support the regional poultry processing operation, pet food production, and renewable fuel. Dirt work for the facility is already underway on the 225-acre property. Darling Ingredients estimates construction will be completed in the fall of 2018. The company plans to offer 50 jobs initially, adding 15 later. Darling Ingredients operates in more than 200 locations on five continents. Darling Ingredients Inc., 251 O’Connor Ridge Boulevard, Suite 300, Irving, TX 75038; 972-717-0300; 800-800-4841; www.darlingii.com

Global Vessel & Tank, LLC manufactures industry standard and custom American Society of Mechanical Engineers code-pressure vessels and American Petroleum Institute 12-F storage tanks as well as combustion compliance equipment. Global has expanded in LONGVIEW by opening its third location, in the East Loop Industrial Park at 3581 Gum Springs Road off Interstate 20. Global Vessel signed a long-term lease for a 15,000-square-foot building. Global Vessel, which is based in Lafayette, Louisiana, also operates plants in Longview at 1744 Callahan Road and 109 Kodak Boulevard. Global Vessel services oil, natural gas and the natural gas liquids and liquefied petroleum gas markets throughout Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Global Vessel & Tank, LLC - Longview Kodak, 109 Kodak Boulevard, Longview, TX 75602; Global Vessel & Tank, LLC – Longview, 3581 Gum Springs Road, Longview, TX 75602; Global Vessel & Tank, LLC - Longview Callahan, 1744 Callahan Road, Longview, TX 75602; 903-212-3137; Fax: 903-212-3141; www.glovalvesselandtank.com

Irvine, California-based Golden State Foods Corp is a manufacturer and supplier of proteins, sauces and other foods to restaurants. Its core businesses include: processing and distribution of liquid products, meat products, produce, dairy, and other services. Golden State plans to open a new $70 million manufacturing and distribution facility in BURLESON to expand its liquid products division, bringing at least 150 new jobs to the region. The new 160,000-square-foot facility that will be built at 5501 Vantage Drive at Highpoint Business Park in Burleson will help increase Golden State Foods' distribution capabilities to more than 125,000 restaurants and stores. Construction is slated to begin no later than April 2018, with an opening scheduled for no later than September 2019. www.goldenstatefoods.com

Illes Foods produces and sells a line of dry spices, liquid cooking sauces and beverages. The company operates out of an office and warehouse building on Luna Road in CARROLLTON. Illes Foods just renewed the lease on its current 74,000-square-foot operation and took an additional 81,912 square feet of industrial space nearby at 2022 McKenzie Drive. The company sells its products to clients including retailers, food processors and restaurant chains. The company will expand into its new space in January 2018. Illes Foods, 2200 Luna Road, Suite 120, Carrollton, TX 75006; 800-683-4553; www.illesfoods.com

Incab America LLC is a manufacturer of outdoor cable, indoor cable, OPGW/Ground Wire, fire resistant cable and sensor cable. The company has leased 36,450 square feet of office-warehouse space located at 640 107th Street in ARLINGTON. Incab America LLC, 3 Central Plaza, Suite 186, Rome, GA 30161; 706-676-5253; www.incabamerica.com

Lollicup USA Inc. manufactures a wide selection of food and beverage products—from disposables to consumables—as well as cleaning products and sanitation supplies. Lollicup USA has solidified strategic partnerships with top foodservice brands, allowing it to serve as a master distributor of many products from these brands. Lollicup is building a new manufacturing facility in ROCKWALL. Construction began in 2017. The manufacturing plant is projected to be operational in 2018 and will allow Lollicup to produce more products, in addition to adding products to their current lines. They have also expanded their production and distribution to ensure their customers have superior customer service, fast delivery, and the latest industry innovations. Lollicup USA Inc., Texas Office & Warehouse, 1 Medline Drive, Suite 200, Wilmer, TX 75172; www.lollicupusa.com

LufTex Gears is a manufacturing and services company that manufactures components and provides services for industrial gearboxes in its 32,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located in LUFKIN. The company is reporting growth and expansion and plans to add more jobs. The company plans to double the size of their facility and will be installing bigger cranes and adding services, along with growing their manufacturing sector. The facility currently has 19 employees, and their goal is to double that number. The Angelina County Commissioner's Court approved a tax abatement for LufTex Gears. LufTex Gears, PO Box 151838, Lufkin, TX 75915; 2612 U.S. Highway 69 North, Lufkin, TX 75904; 936-632-3679; www.luftexgears1.com

Sign Assign designs, manufactures, installs and services signs for variety of clients ranging from small businesses to large corporations. The company manufactures free-standing A-frames, ADA signs, and LED signs, The company has leased 8,000 square feet at 702 Shepherd Drive in GARLAND. Sign Assign, 702 Shepherd Drive, Garland, TX 75042; 972-418-5253; www.signassign.com

Wise Foods, Inc. produces snacks, including, potato chips, cheese flavored baked and fried corn snacks, tortilla chips, pretzels, popcorn, corn chips, onion rings and other assorted snacks. Wise will occupy 33,673 square feet at 800 Railhead Road in FORT WORTH. Wise Foods has leased overflow space for its nearby Northern Cross Boulevard warehouse. The expansion space features 1,712 square feet of office space, 24-foot clear height and full sprinkler system. Wise Foods, Inc., 3200 Northern Cross Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76137.


Philadelphia-based CARDONE Industries USA produces remanufactured aftermarket auto parts, including brakes, drivetrain, fuel/air systems, and pumps. CARDONE will begin building a $50 million distribution center in HARLINGEN, near the company’s current core processing facilities, in January 2018. Completion of the 920,000-square-foot facility at 815 FM 509 is set for December 2018. The distribution center will begin operations in the summer of 2018 in half of the building while construction continues on the other half. The company says the new distribution center is intended to support growing production at its manufacturing facilities. One manufacturing facility is located just across the US/Mexico border in Matamoros. The building will be constructed with the capacity for future expansion. Initially, 550 new jobs will be created, and when the facility is fully operational, that number will rise to 750 jobs. CARDONE also has facilities in Arlington, Brownsville, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Canada and Mexico. CARDONE added operations in Vancouver, Phoenix, Seattle, Toronto, Spain and China through its recent acquisition of ADP Distributors and Rotomaster on November 20, 2017. CARDONE Industries USA, 5501 Whitaker Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124; 215-912-3000; Fax: 215-912-3700; www.cardone.com

Diamond Fiberglass manufactures custom-engineered fiberglass reinforced plastic vessels or tanks that go into water treatment plants or are used to store chemicals. Diamond operated from its 35,000-square-foot facility on an 11-acre site in VICTORIA before the plant burned down during the summer of 2017. Currently, Diamond Fiberglass employees work out of field tents. Five months after a fire destroyed Diamond Fiberglass' entire plant structure, officials are almost ready to begin construction on a new, more efficient plant. Structure designs are complete, and officials are working to close finances for the construction deal. Once the final step is complete, they can begin construction, which will take about three months. Although Diamond Fiberglass officials were able to retain most of their workforce, they had to downsize their office staff by four employees to match production capabilities. Diamond Fiberglass, 1036 Industrial Park Drive, Victoria, TX 77905; 361-572-4040; Fax: 361-573-0451; www.diamondfiberglass.com

Harvest Pipeline Company, an affiliate of Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co., and Vitol Inc., an energy and commodities company, have agreed to explore jointly developing a crude oil terminal at the PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI. Harvest Pipeline Company is a privately held midstream service provider that operates various crude oil and natural gas gathering, storage, transportation, treatment and terminalling assets on behalf of its affiliates across the United States. Vitol is an energy and commodities company; its primary business is the trading and distribution of energy products globally. Already, the companies have reached an agreement with the port for the terminal’s location and dock access. The Port of Corpus Christi Authority approved the 22.14-acre lease in December 2017. Plans call for a new 16-inch lateral pipeline connecting Harvest's existing pipeline to the terminal, and the companies are considering building a private dock at the facility for their sole use. The project is expected to complement Harvest’s existing South Texas business by providing a new terminal connection from the Harvest Midway Junction for shipments from the Eagle Ford. It also aims to provide a new waterborne outlet for Permian Basin shipments to reach international markets. Harvest Pipeline Company, 1111 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002; 713-209-2400; Fax: 713-209-2478; www.harvest-pipeline.com


Campbell Fittings designs and manufactures hose fittings, couplings, and clamps used for air, steam, chemical, petro-chemical, and water hoses. Campbell Fittings has distribution warehouses in California, Texas, Illinois, Georgia and Pennsylvania. The company has leased 28,219 square feet within Northway Park II in HOUSTON. Campbell Fittings, 301 S. Washington Street, Boyertown, PA 19512; 800-367-3678; Fax: 800-367-3670; www.campbellfittings.com

Dow Industrial Solutions, a business unit of Dow Chemical Company, plans to expand its propionic acid facility in TEXAS CITY to meet rising global demand. The propionic acid market continues to grow as a result of the need for longer lasting foods and animal feed and grain alternatives. Propionic acid primarily serves as an anti-mold and anti-bacterial agent for animal feeds and grains. Propionic acid additionally acts as a preservative for foods, such as baked goods and cheese, as well as an anti-mold agent for various bread products. Expansion of the Texas City propionic acid facility is expected to be complete in 2019. Dow’s plant expansion supports this growth and follows debottlenecking projects completed at the Texas City facility in 2015 and 2017. www.dow.com

SG Blocks Inc., a New York-based designer and fabricator of container-based structures expects its HOUSTON manufacturing arm will expand thanks to recent growth. In the spring of 2017, SG Blocks Inc. got its building material, which is recycled steel shipping containers, approved and entered into international building code. The company has experienced an increase in projects, with more on the way in Houston, Austin and Dallas. This growth is expected to have a direct impact on the Bayou City because the company manufactures and fabricates the structures in HOUSTON. Currently, SG Blocks has over 10 employees, while Houston-based Teton Buildings LLC, with which SG Blocks works, has between 40 and 60 employees. SG Blocks contracts Teton, a modular construction company, to build its structures made from shipping containers purchased from Tinley Park, Illinois-based ConnGlobal Industries Inc. Upon building the structures in modular pieces, SG Blocks then sends these nearly finished pieces to their final location to be put together. SG Blocks, 195 Montague Street, 14th Floor, Brooklyn Heights, New York, NY 11201; 833-SGBLOCKS; www.sgblocks.com

UPDATE: Stafford-based Umbilicals International Ltd. designs and manufactures complex cable and umbilical products for dynamic and harsh environments. Its products include manufactures cables, hoses and umbilicals often used in the offshore energy industry. The company has opened a $6 million manufacturing site in CHANNELVIEW, with expectations that offshore conditions will improve. The company has been bidding for work from companies around the world that are considering bringing their shuttered oil fields and halted projects back into operation. Umbilicals has had the flagship piece of machinery at the new 80,000-square-foot site — a massive helix machine that winds cable or pipe into a helix, allowing it to flex more — in storage since it purchased it in 2015, and it didn’t begin work on the new site until March 2017. The site at 16730 Jacintoport Boulevard is open now, and the company expects to get work for the machine sometime in the first quarter of 2018. Currently, about five people work at the new site, but that number should rise to 10 or 15 over the next few months. Umbilicals has a 100,000-square-foot facility in Stafford. Umbilicals International is part of the Seanamic Group, a group of four companies that specialize in different parts of offshore operations. Umbilicals International, 10711 Cash Road, Stafford, TX 77477; 281-275-6600; Fax: 281-240-5473; www.umbilicals.com

A joint venture between Valero Energy Corp. and Magellan Midstream Partners has started construction of Phase I of an $820 million marine storage facility located along the Houston Ship Channel in PASADENA. The facility will handle petroleum products including multiple grades of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, as well as renewable fuels. Phase I of the development will include 1 million barrels of storage and a new marine dock capable of handling Panamax-sized ships or barges with up to a 40-foot draft. Phase II of the development will expand the property to include 4 million barrels of storage, a three-bay truck rack and a second marine dock capable of handling Aframax-sized vessels with up to a 45-foot draft. If warranted by additional demand, the property offers a third expansion option to include an incremental 5 million barrels of storage, another three docks and expanded truck-loading capacity for a maximum footprint of up to 10 million barrels of total storage and up to five docks. At completion, the facility will be connected via pipeline to Valero refineries in Houston and Texas City. The property will also link to the Colonial and Explorer pipelines, as well as Magellan’s Galena Park terminal facility. Magellan currently serves as construction manager, and will serve as operator once construction is complete. Phase I of the new terminal is expected to be operational in early 2019, with Phase II slated for completion in early 2020. www.valero.com ; www.megellanlp.com


Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP), Houston, has approved a project that will add 300 MMcfd of capacity at its Orla cryogenic natural gas processing plant under construction near ORLA. The addition of the third processing train at Orla will increase inlet-volume capacity to 900 MMcfd at the site and enable the operator to expand NGL-extraction capabilities by 50,000 b/d, to 120,000 b/d. The Orla III processing train is scheduled to begin service during second-quarter 2019. The Orla I and II trains remain on schedule to be completed during the second and third quarters of 2018, respectively. EPP announced in June 2017 that it would add a second 300-MMcfd processing train as well as another 40,000 b/d of NGL extraction capability at Orla to further accommodate rising NGL-rich gas production in the Delaware basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. The Orla III expansion will raise EPP’s total natural gas processing capacity in the Permian basin to more than 1.2 bcfd and boost NGL extraction capacities in the region to more than 200,000 b/d. Mixed NGLs from Orla will be delivered into EPP’s fully integrated NGL system, including the recently announced 571-mile Shin Oak pipeline, which will transport NGLs from the Permian basin to the firm’s fractionation and storage complex at Mont Belvieu. Residual natural gas from Orla will move to the Waha area through a 68-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline scheduled to begin service commensurate with the Orla I train and will connect to EPP’s Texas Intrastate pipeline system at the Waha hub. In other news, EPP said the Shin Oak pipeline remains on schedule to enter service during second-quarter 2019. Enterprise Products Partners LP, 1100 Louisiana Street, 10th Floor, Houston, TX 77002-5227; 713-381-6500; www.enterpriseproducts.com

Tucker, Georgia-based GMS Inc. is a distributor of gypsum wallboard, suspended ceiling systems and other specialty building products. It has acquired Southwest Building Materials, LTD. (SWBM), based in AMARILLO. SWBM distributes wallboard, ceilings and other interior building products serving residential and commercial projects of all sizes in the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and Eastern New Mexico markets. SWBM will enhance GMS’s existing distribution network in West Texas, which includes branches in Lubbock and Midland. GMS operates a network of more than 210 distribution centers across the United States. The company’s extensive product offerings include wallboard, suspended ceilings systems and complementary interior construction materials. Southwest Building Materials, LTD., 3401 South Fillmore Street, Amarillo, TX 79110; 806-379-7866; www.swbm.com ; GMS Inc., 100 Crescent Centre Parkway, Suite 800, Tucker, GA 30084; www.gms.com

Canton, Michigan-based Yazaki originally produced parts for service such as fuse boxes, electronic modules, and remote keyless entry systems at its facility in EL PASO. Yazaki expanded its operations in Texas to include manufacturing of dealer parts and service components, and established a manufacturing development center for engineering. After the expansion, column switches, electric vehicle charge couplers, and instrument panel clusters are also produced at the facility. The 75,000-square-foot manufacturing space includes plastic injecting molding, metal forming and stamping, electronic component placement and soldering (SMT), and laser etching. Both robotic and manual assembly takes place and varies based on product. To meet demands, the company doubled its workforce since the expansion, adding production, warehouse, office, and engineering personnel. Yazaki also established an Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Center on site including a rapid prototype area. This center allows engineering staff to work on innovative and new methods to manufacture complex products. The campus hosts Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Engineering, Warehousing, and Distribution. In the future, Yazaki plans on expanding manufacturing operations in El Paso by adding electric vehicle components in addition to the current manufacturing of dealer parts and service components. Yazaki, El Paso Division, 12 Leigh Fisher Boulevard, El Paso, TX 79906, 915-298-2000; www.yazaki-na.com