Vol. 6, No. 2, July 2021
Video Courtesy of Ternium
Hot Off the Mill
Port of Brownsville feeding steel slab to Ternium’s new hot rolling mill at Pesqueria
Steel is now rolling off Ternium’s new state-of-the-art hot rolling mill in Pesqueria, Mexico.

The new hot rolling mill, located at the Ternium Industrial Center outside of Monterrey, has produced its first two coils, the company announced in May.

"This is a very important milestone, as it is the result of the effort of many people who invested their dedication all this time. It’s a success for all the team", said César Jiménez, the company’s CEO.

The new rolling mill, with an annual capacity of more than 4 million tons of hot-rolled products, will produce specialized steel for the automotive and white goods industries. It includes the latest equipment in technology and is 100 percent automated, with more than 6,000 sensors installed throughout the mill, which allows for excellent precision in its operations, the company said.

"The rolling mill represents the hope and the desire to enter new markets in order to meet and satisfy our clients' needs," said Paulo López, Rolling Mill Director of the Ternium Industrial Center.
South Port Connector Road July Update
Construction for the South Port Connector Road began August 2020 and is currently 60% complete. Watch the video highlighting key features of the 1.9 mile road.
This snapshot from the Port of Brownsville in the1950s showcases the importance of agricultural products in the earlier years at the port. In 1954, the port was named "Cotton Port of Texas" for its prominence in the cotton market.
85th Anniversary Then & Now Series
On May 16th, 2021, the Port of Brownsville turned 85 years young.
To commemorate our anniversary, we've opened up our archives to present Then & Now, a six-part monthly series published on the 16th of every month.

This series highlights the evolution of the port that works and the critical role its played in transforming the economic landscape of the Rio Grande Valley.
Photo Courtesy of Friends of the the RGV Reef
Concrete railroad ties held at this staging area at the Port of Brownsville are repurposed to create an artificial reef for the RGV Reef Project located 13 miles northeast of South Padre Island.
RGV Reef Project to Boost Local Economy
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that extends to our coastal waters.

Founded in 2015, the RGV Reef Project, located 13 miles northeast of South Padre Island and encompassing 1,650 acres, holds the title of largest artificial reef in the state. This endeavor has been a collaborative labor led by the non-profit organization Friends of the RGV Reef with the help from the Port of Brownsville, port tenants and other generous contributors. 

Since 2016, the Port of Brownsville has provided a staging area to serve as a central base of operations for storing and transporting thousands of tons of materials used to create a complex, layered artificial reef nursery for fish in all stages of development.

"The deep-water frontage site at the port allows us to move materials cheaply," said Gary Glick, president of Friends of the RGV Reef. "With the support of the Port of Brownsville, we’ve built the first industrial scale reef fish nursery in the Gulf of Mexico, and it will have a huge economic impact on the region that will be felt for generations."
Port Upgrades Property Management System
On June 24, Saab announced its contract to extend the Port Management Information System (PMIS) at the Port of Brownsville with a module to digitize property management.

The support from this software is expected to boost staff productivity and customer service, as lease agreements will be executed faster and with greater accuracy.

"This new automated system will enable us to streamline the process for managing all tenant leases at the Port of Brownsville," said Port Director and CEO Eduardo A. Campirano. "As the largest land-owning port authority in the U.S. with 273 active leases, it is necessary to have a faster and transparent system to help us improve staff efficiency and optimize the service we provide to our current and future tenants."
U.S. Infrastructure Plan Strengthens Steel Industry
Editor's Note: This article was originally featured in www.bloomberg.com.
A key steel product used in construction and automobiles reached a record Monday as U.S. President Joe Biden pushes ahead with his infrastructure spending plans.

Hot-rolled coil for July delivery rose 0.7% to $1,800 a short ton in New York, an all-time high, extending gains since the president secured a $579 billion bipartisan infrastructure deal on Thursday. Prices have more than tripled in a year.

Commodities from steel to iron ore to copper have gained strongly this year, partly on bets that massive U.S. government spending to rebuild infrastructure including railroads, highways and bridges as economies reopen from the pandemic will boost demand.


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USMCA Hits One Year Mark
July 1st marked the first anniversary of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The trade pact was championed by then-President Donald Trump, who touted it as a landmark deal that would help ensure America stayed on top of the global economy.

The goals of the USMCA included bringing more manufacturing and jobs back to the U.S. and North America, as well as creating more trade opportunities among the three countries.

Matt Silver, CEO of Forager, said it’s too soon to tell if the USMCA has boosted cross-border trade, because manufacturers and companies usually plan on product launches or factory investments at least two to three years out.
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