Vol. 6, No. 10 March 2022
The Port of Brownsville held a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 4, for the Rio Grande Valley’s latest commerce route, the 1.9 mile-long South Port Connector Road. The road project is a collaborative effort between the Brownsville Navigation District, Cameron County, the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority, the Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Texas Department of Transportation. 

Paving the Path
for Commerce
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Opens South Port Connector Road

The Port of Brownsville held a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 4, for the Rio Grande Valley’s latest commerce route, the 1.9 mile-long South Port Connector Road.

The new road officially opened to vehicular traffic on March 7.

The road project is a collaborative effort between the Brownsville Navigation District (BND), Cameron County, the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority (CCRMA), the Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (RGVMPO), and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to improve port access and ease urban traffic in the Brownsville area.

BND Board Chairman Sergio Tito Lopez (pictured above driving a green truck) commemorated the event by driving a truck through a ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the road for domestic and international trade.

"The Port of Brownsville is committed to investing in infrastructure to meet the growing business needs of our region for today and tomorrow," said Lopez. "Thousands of workers depend on the first-rate logistics services provided by the port as the leading economic engine of the Rio Grande Valley. I commend our partners involved in the project for contributing greatly to the success of the construction of this road."
The Port of Brownsville's strategic proximity to Mexico facilitates the flow of commodities across the border. Ternium's Industrial Center outside Monterrey is 200 miles away from the port.
Ternium Invests $1B
in Mexico Expansion
Steel producer Ternium plans to spend around $1 billion on expanding its plant in northern Mexico, a top executive announced Feb 16, during a call to discuss fourth-quarter results.

"The company is in the final stage of launching a new expansion initiative to complement all these capabilities we have in the Pesqueria facility," said Maximo Vedoya, Ternium's Chief Executive said.

The investment will go towards expanding a Mexican plant located near Monterrey known as Pesqueria, a facility dating back to 2013 which recently added a hot-rolling mill to serve the automotive, appliance and construction sectors.

All the steel slabs processed at the Pesqueria plant move through the Port of Brownsville. In 2021, the port transported nearly 4 million metric tons of steel. Under construction is a major terminal development at the port to maximize the efficient loading of open-top gondola railcars for steel slab shipments to feed Ternium’s recently expanded mill in Pesqueria.

On-port rail service is provided by the Brownsville Rio Grande International Railway, operated by OmniTRAX. The shortline railroad connects with Kansas City Southern de Mexico for steel slab shipments to the hot rolling mill operations at Pesqueria.
The Port of Brownsville is working with regional educational partners to provide workforce training to support current and future industries in South Texas.
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TSTC Workforce Training, Education Programs Garner NCCER Certificates
Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education program recently held a graduation ceremony for its third cohort of welding students.
Eight students embraced the challenging eight-week training program. Each individual earned a Maritime Welding Level 1 certificate from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) under the direction of TSTC Workforce Training Welding instructor Samuel Grimaldo.

"Congratulations to everyone for completing this program," Grimaldo told the graduates. "I am glad each of you remained consistent. Now it is time to graduate and start your new career."

The training was conducted in partnership with the Texas A&M RGV Advanced Manufacturing Hub, a collaboration of two of the state’s top engineering agencies, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.
Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville is one of the largest in the U.S., and the largest in Texas. Since 2012, the port’s FTZ has consistently ranked in the top three for exports out of 293 FTZs nationwide.
Texas Ranked No. 1 Exporting State for 20 Years in a Row
Texas leads the nation as No. 1 exporting state for the 20th year in a row, accounting for more exports than California, New York and Louisiana combined, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), U.S. Department of Commerce.

"Twenty years is a long time to hold onto the top spot in U.S. trade and exports. But Texas has maintained its position through steady and robust economic growth," said Robert Allen, President and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation. "This growth is the result of good decisions by elected leaders on the state as well as community level as well as a strategic partnership between the state and its regional economic development partners to maintain the conditions in Texas in which businesses can best grow and thrive."


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International Women’s Day
March 10
Propeller Club Meeting
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March 14-18
Spring Break
March 16
BND Board Meeting
March 17
St. Patrick’s Day
March 20
First Day of Spring
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BND Board Meeting
April 10
Palm Sunday

April 15
Good Friday - Port offices closed
Campirano: Growth and Activity at the Port Continues
On March 4, Port Director and CEO Eduardo A. Campirano was interviewed by the Rio Grande Guardian. Campirano highlighted the benefits of the of the South Port Connector Road and provided cargo projections for 2022.
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