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Athena Manufacturing is a metal manufacturer: part machine shop, part custom sheet metal fabricator, part tube fabricator, part OEM. Athena has evolved significantly since its beginnings as a small machine shop in AUSTIN. It has 200-plus-employees. Within the next few months, the company plans to replace its existing tube racking system with a cantilever rack with individually extendible drawers that can be moved by a single operator. For about 10 years Athena has manufactured a family of avionics and power distribution enclosures for a large aircraft OEM. The line of work falls in the middle of the spectrum. It is like a private-label arrangement in that Athena purchases components, fabricates, assembles, and ships products directly to the end user. But unlike typical private-label work, Athena has control over the product design, at least within a set of preestablished specifications. Athena also has a similar relationship with a local exercise equipment OEM. From Athena the contract manufacturer, customers buy capacity and manufacturing expertise. From Athena the OEM, customers buy the product. Athena Manufacturing, 15900 Bratton Lane, Austin, TX 78728; 512-928-2693;; https://www.athenamfg.com/

Precision metal stamper CEP Technologies, Yonkers, New York, is expanding its technical cleaning and tape-and-reel operations to its SAN ANTONIO manufacturing facility to support the EMI/RFI shielding market in the U.S. and Mexico. Primary end users include the electric vehicle and automotive, consumer electronics, medical, and defense industries. The company produces its custom shielding components from alloys such as copper-nickel-silver (bare and pre-plated with tin), cold-rolled steel, and 300 series stainless in precision coil thicknesses from 0.004 to 0.015 in. Its profile tolerance is 0.0015 in., maximum part burr size is 0.0005 in., and flatness tolerance is less than 0.003 in. CEP Technologies San Antonio, 5823 Rittiman Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78218; 914-968-4100; https://ceptech.net/

FlowBelow Aero Inc. is an Austin-based aerodynamic technology company. FlowBelow seeks to advance the fuel efficiency of modern trucking operations with next generation engineering and aerodynamics technology. The product development process includes advanced computational fluid dynamic modeling, wind tunnel testing, and extensive interaction with fleet mechanics and drivers to ensure that all of its products provide utility, efficiency, and profitability for fleets. FlowBelow manufactures and assembles all products in the U.S. FlowBelow will relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Austin to ROUND ROCK after outgrowing its current facility. The company has begun operations at 106 E. Old Settlers Boulevard in Round Rock. FlowBelow Aero, Inc., 106 E. Old Settlers Boulevard, Building D, Suite 100, Round Rock, TX 78664; 512-520-5350; https://www.flowbelow.com/

Mars Wrigley is a manufacturer of chocolate, chewing gum, mints and fruity confections. Mars Wrigley candy making plant in WACO on Texas Central Parkway has taken out a permit valued at $13 million to build and install equipment in a peanut roasting room. The facility that employs more than 500 people produces Snickers, Skittles and Starburst candies. Mars Wrigley, 1001 Texas Central Parkway, Waco, TX 76712; 254-776-2100; https://www.mars.com/made-by-mars/mars-wrigley


Condumex Inc.designs, manufactures, and distributes high-quality wire and cable products that include station wire, category cables, security, fire alarm, coaxial, and speaker wire, plus single mode and multimode fiber. Condumex Inc. leased nearly 37,000 square feet of industrial space at 900 Avenue S in GRAND PRAIRIE. Condumex Inc., 2590 114th Street, Suite 200, Grand Prairie, TX 75050; 972-352-2300; Fax: 972-352-2338; https://www.condumexinc.com

Quebec-based Ferti Technologies Inc. produces premium quality fertilizers and amendments for companies located operates 23 offices in nine states, around the world. Ferti Technologies will be opening its first facility in Texas, specifically in Denton County. Ferti Management Corp., an entity connected with the company, recently bought a 100,000-square-foot industrial building at 100 East FM 2449 in PONDER. Located on 23.2 acres, the building will eventually employ 20 people and will be the company's fourth production facility in the United States. It is expected to open in about a year. The company currently operates production facilities in North Carolina, Arizona and Connecticut, as well as two in Canada. Ferti Technologies Inc., 560, chemin Rhéaume, Saint-Michel | QC | CAN, J0L 2J0; 450-454-5367; https://www.fertitechnologies.com/

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s will occupy a more than half-million-square-foot industrial building near Interstate 35 in DENTON. The huge shipping center is in the Denton Westpark business park. The almost 650,000-square-foot building was recently completed. The direct fulfillment center in Denton will open in the first quarter of 2021. Lowe’s already has shipping centers in Ennis and in Mount Vernon to supply its dozens of stores in the region. The Denton facility will provide approximately 100 jobs in the first year of operation. Some of the products that will be shipped from the new Denton center include lithium battery-powered outdoor power equipment.https://www.lowes.com/

Mouser Electronics, Inc., MANSFIELD, is an authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor focused on New Product Introductions from its leading manufacturer partners. The company has opened its new Customer Service Center building at its corporate headquarters, devoted entirely to customer service and support. The 50,000-square-foot building is devoted entirely to Mouser's customer service and support. The company needed to allow room for additional staffing while boosting efficiency and collaboration. The new two-story, 50,000-square-foot building, located on Mouser’s 78-acre campus of its worldwide headquarters in Texas, is designed to be energy efficient and can also expand to 100,000 square feet to meet demand. Mouser Electronics is a Berkshire Hathaway company. Mouser Electronics, Inc., 1000 North Main Street, Mansfield, TX 76063; 817-804-3888; 800-346-6873; Fax: 817-804-3899; https://www.mouser.com/


UPDATE: SpaceX’s Starship was scheduled to blast off from its South Texas launch pad in CAMERON COUNTY on November 30, 2020, according to CEO Elon Musk and documents filed with the Cameron County Court. The commercial space company plans to send the 17-story-tall stainless-steel spacecraft to an altitude of roughly 50,000 feet. Goals are to test 3 engine ascent, body flaps, transition from main to header tanks & landing flip. The craft, formally known as the Serial Number 8 prototype, or SN8, successfully underwent a static fire test — when a rocket’s engines are fired but the vehicle remains on the pad — recently. The primary launch window is between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 30, according to the filing approved by Cameron County judge. Backup times and dates are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 1 and 2, 2020. A judge routinely authorizes SpaceX to close Boca Chica Beach and portions of State Highway 4 ahead of planned static fires or launches. SpaceX is building SN9 and additional prototypes at its Boca Chica facility. Raptor engines are built in Hawthorne, California, and tested at the company’s facility in McGregor. SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch site, near South Padre Island and Port Isabel as well as Brownsville, currently employs about 3,000 people https://www.spacex.com/


Gulf Atlantic Packaging Corporation (GAPCO) ffers a full range of both semi- and fully- automated systems for stretch film, strapping, and tape applications. The company will occupy industrial space at Parc 59, in HUMBLE. Gulf has leased 43,539 square feet in Building B that will house its Texas distribution center. Gulf Atlantic Packaging Corporation, 15892 Diplomatic Plaza Drive, Suite 190, Houston, TX 77032-2669; https://gap-co.com/

Integrated Viral Protection (IVP) manufactures equipment that eliminate SARS-CoV-2 (99.999%), anthrax spores (99.8%) and other airborne contaminants through a heated filter without impacting the temperature of the ambient air. The Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System is first line prevention technology against environmentally (airborne) mediated transmission of SARS-CoV-2. The heated biodefense filter can be retrofitted into commercial and home HVAC systems and/or deployed as a mobile unit equipped with powerful filtration capability. IVP has partnered with Crush NTX Fitness to deploy IVP’s air filtration technology. The facility will be deploying multiple units from the IVP product family. The r1, capable of circulating and filtering air up to 550 CFM, and the v1, the largest model, capable of circulating up to 1,800 CFM. With this powerful circulation, the units circulate the space 8-10 times per hour. Integrated Viral Protection, 7670 Woodway, Suite 165, Houston, TX 77063; 713-953-8480; 800-713-4872; https://ivpair.com/

R. STAHL, Inc. is a manufacturer of explosion protection and system safety, including individual products to complete system solutions and services. It offers explosion protection and safety technology in all forms, including LED lighting, control boxes, signaling devices or monitoring equipment, and others. R. STAHL has renewed its lease of 70,280 square feet at Freeport Business Center in STAFFORD. R. STAHL, INC., 13259 N. Promenade Boulevard, Stafford, TX 77477; 800-782-4357;

KATY-based Velentium LLC is an engineering firm specializing in the design and manufacturing of therapeutic and diagnostic medical devices. Velentium also operates a cybersecurity division aimed at securing cloud-connected medical devices. For five years, Velentium has worked with Bothell, Washington-based ventilator manufacturer Ventec Life Systems to test their ventilator parts and fully assembled products. Ventec was manufacturing about 140 ventilators per month at that time. Velentium employs a team of 70 full-time employees, with around 50 based in the Houston region. The company ramped its headcount up close to 100 by hiring temporary contract workers to assist with testing the equipment across multiple locations. The partnership has delivered tens of thousands of critical care ventilators to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile. Velentium plans to grow from 70 employees to over 100 in 2021.Velentium LLC, 22316 Grand Corner Drive, Suite 150, Katy, TX 77494; https://www.velentium.com/


The Shell logo has been installed on the side of Oxy Permian Plaza in MIDLAND where Shell will occupy 50,000 square feet – the first and second floors - of the south tower at 6001 Deauville. Employees are relocating from Shell’s location on Rankin Highway and should be in the building by the first of December 2020.https://www.shell.us/