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Mobil Steel Achieves AISC Quality Fabrication Standard

HOUSTON (March 21, 2018) – Mobil Steel International, Inc. earned its 13th consecutive American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) quality certification renewal earlier this year, demonstrating Mobil Steel’s commitment to producing quality steel fabrication for customers in the industrial and commercial industries. Earning the annual certification highlights that Mobil Steel meets rigorous industry standards designed to ensure quality structural steel fabrication. Continue reading

Mobil Steels Adds Experienced Project Manager to Management Team

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HOUSTON (March 7, 2018) –  Mobil Steel International, Inc. announced the return of veteran steel industry manager Rick Johnson to the Mobil Steel management team. Johnson, who has experience as a general manager, project manager and project engineer in the steel fabrication industry, returns to Mobil Steel as project manager and project engineer. Continue reading


DALLAS (February 27, 2018) – Crescent Real Estate LLC (Crescent) announced the return of Julie A. Young to Crescent as General Manager of The Crescent®, the iconic mixed-use commercial real estate and retail space in Uptown Dallas managed by Crescent and owned by institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Young is a 24-year veteran of the Dallas commercial real estate market and current board member of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Dallas. She begins her new job at The Crescent® on March 5th. Continue reading

Conroe Economic Development Council Names Scheiner Executive Director

CONROE (February 22, 2018) – The Conroe Economic Development Council (Conroe EDC) and Conroe Industrial Development Corporation (CIDC) have announced that Danielle Scheiner has been promoted to Executive Director. She will oversee day-to-day operations of Conroe’s economic development organizations effective immediately. Continue reading

Mobil Steel Demonstrates Commitment to Quality, Safety and Sustainability

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HOUSTON (December 4, 2017) – Mobil Steel International, Inc., one of only a few Houston steel fabricators to earn a national steel certification every year for more than a decade, recently revised its web site to show off its quality work projects and feature the company’s commitment to safety, environment and community. Continue reading

BAUER-Pileco Begins Erecting North American Headquarters in Conroe

BAUER-Pileco, Inc., currently with offices in Conroe and The Woodlands, held their official groundbreaking on October 2 for their new $10 million facility in Conroe Park North. When completed, the 78,000 square foot facility on 18 acres will serve as their North American headquarters and house the entire local BAUER-Pileco team. The new office plans to be fully operational by the second quarter in 2018. Continue reading


FORT WORTH (October 25, 2017) – Crescent Real Estate LLC (Crescent) purchased the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, a 372-room hotel located in Atlanta, Georgia.  The hotel sits on 6.25 acres in north Atlanta’s Central Perimeter submarket. The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North is the only hotel adjacent to 63-acre Concourse Corporate center, a 2.2 million-square-foot Class A office complex that includes the instantly recognizable “King and Queen” office towers.  The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North is within minutes of Atlanta’s largest concentration of hospital beds, Georgia’s largest office submarket, and second most visited mall, the Perimeter Mall. Continue reading


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HOUSTON (July 26, 2017) – Winkler Public Relations promoted Ross Winkler to Director of Government and Public Affairs. He will oversee the company’s efforts in building relationships and engaging stakeholders, key business functions of Winkler Public Relations. Continue reading

Allies Day Gives Business Leaders Chance to See Conroe’s Economic Growth

Leaders from the commercial and industrial real estate industry recently traveled to Conroe to discover more about the favorable business climate in the Conroe area. The professionals that gathered at the 18th Annual Greater Conroe Allies Day hosted by the Conroe Economic Development Council (CEDC) saw firsthand the opportunities to grow business in the greater Conroe area. Continue reading

Conroe Economic Development Council joins Governor’s Office to Support BioTexas

CONROE, TEXAS (June 13, 2017) – Conroe Economic Development Council (Conroe EDC) will help demonstrate Conroe’s and Texas’ commitment to recruit and develop research and innovation industries by showing off a statewide BioTexas initiative during the 2017 Bio International Convention in San Diego, June 19-22, 2017. Continue reading


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FORT WORTH (April 3, 2017)Crescent Real Estate Equities, LLC today announced that Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Private Real Estate and Lionstone Investments joined Crescent as investors in 17 buildings and a development site owned by Crescent since 2011 in Flatiron Park, Boulder, Colorado. Additionally, the partners purchased four more buildings in Flatiron Park, bringing the total portfolio to 21 buildings totaling 859,158 square feet and the development site. Continue reading

Study Details Economic Impact of Conroe’s Business Growth

Business projects supported by the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council (GCEDC) during 2013-2016 created nearly $400 million in capital investment and 703 direct jobs, according to a recent report from Impact DataSource, an economic consulting, research and analysis firm. The Impact DataSource report further stated that an additional 863 indirect jobs were created by the 14 projects the GCEDC recruited to Conroe, adding more than two indirectly related jobs for each direct job created by the projects the economic development organization attracted to the region.  Continue reading

Mobil Steel Helps Deliver Texas Chemicals Day Message at the State Capitol

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HOUSTON (March 27, 2017) – Mobil Steel International, Inc. President and CEO, Leonard A. Bedell, joined hundreds of colleagues from the chemical, contracting and service industries to advocate for legislative policy that will help continue the chemical renaissance and resulting economic growth and job development in Texas. During visits with Texas legislators from throughout the state on Texas Chemicals Day, hosted by the Association of Chemical Industry of Texas and the Texas Chemical Council in Austin on March 8, 2017, Bedell and his colleagues emphasized the value of a broad-based, fair and equitable tax system, and fair and consistent regulation that promotes job creation, economic investment, and is globally competitive. Continue reading


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HOUSTON –  The Associated Builders and Contractors Legislative Day last month attracted nearly 150 contractors and suppliers from across Texas, including more than 40 members of the ABC Greater Houston chapter, to promote open competition, free enterprise and better construction careers with members of the 85th Texas Legislature. Leonard A. Bedell, president and CEO of Mobil Steel International, Inc., joined Texas construction members from commercial and industrial construction companies, and service suppliers of that industry, to share with Texas legislators ideas to enhance the business environment and improve industry regulations that foster competition in Texas construction. Continue reading

Conroe’s Diverse Economic Climate Attracts Job Seekers

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The diversity of the economic climate in Conroe was prominently exhibited at the 5th annual Conroe Job Fair when nearly 500 registered job seekers, including hundreds in the first couple hours, traveled to Conroe looking to advance their careers. These job seekers were able to visit with more than 40 businesses and organizations looking to fill various positions. Continue reading


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HOUSTON (November 30, 2016) – Mobil Steel International, Inc. received its 11th consecutive American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) quality certification renewal earlier this month, reaffirming Mobil Steel’s commitment to producing quality steel fabrication. AISC certification is the recognized international quality certification program for the structural steel industry. Earning the annual certification highlights that Mobil Steel meets rigorous and recently enhanced industry standards designed to ensure quality structural steel fabrication. Continue reading


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DALLAS (October 21, 2016) – Crescent Property Services LLC today announced the start of a monthly farmers market at its iconic Uptown property, The Crescent, to continue its initiative to enhance Uptown’s growing, pedestrian-friendly environment. The Crescent Court Farmers Market Grand Opening is open to the public and scheduled for Saturday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in The Crescent Court and along Cedar Springs. Subsequent markets are scheduled for the first Saturday of each month, beginning November 5. Continue reading

Conroe Businesses to Benefit from Completed Customs Facility

It is increasingly clear that Conroe is ready to do business. Conroe received a boost to attract international business and domestic companies doing business internationally thanks to the completion of the United States Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Station at Conroe North Houston Regional Airport. Completed last month, the facility held its grand opening on September 22. Continue reading

Conroe EDC Salutes Economic Development Certification Program on Milestone

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CONROE, TEXAS (September 30, 2016) – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recently announced that the Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) program hit a major milestone, reaching 50 members certified as exceeding standards in the economic development profession. Six new members from various cities throughout North America were accredited in 2016 to meet the mark. The AEDO milestone shows the program’s rapid growth, as it has more than doubled since 2011. Continue reading


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HOUSTON (August 29, 2016) –  Mobil Steel International, Inc. helped sponsor the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region’s Gulf Coast Industry Forum on August 24-25, a global conference looking at the economic impact of petrochemical, logistics and maritime industries on the U.S. Gulf Coast region. Launching the theme, “Globalization of the Gulf Coast: Positioning to Reach the World,” the economic outlook conference drew experts from global companies and organizations to the Gulf Coast Industry Forum to discuss the current state and future outlook for industry. Continue reading

Greater Conroe Economic Development Council Adds New Web Features to Attract Business

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As the Conroe economy continues to grow, the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council is dedicated to meeting the growing demand of new and existing businesses. The GCEDC recognizes that staying technologically advanced is critical to attracting businesses on the cutting edge. Thus, the GCEDC updated its website,, with the help of ZoomProspector, to provide site selectors a bigger and better view of what Conroe has to offer. Continue reading


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FORT WORTH (July 6, 2016) – Fort Worth-based Crescent Real Estate LLC (Crescent) today announced that its recently established investment fund acquired the Rosewood Crescent hotel. The hotel will be independently operated and renamed Hotel Crescent Court, returning the historic, iconic name to the Texas landmark. Crescent plans to invest $30 million in the luxury property to elevate the hotel to an even greater level of style and experience for customers. Continue reading

Mobil Steel Earns Industry Recognition for Safety and Environmental Performance

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HOUSTON (July 13, 2016) – Mobil Steel International, Inc. earned prestigious safety recognition from a leading Houston area contractors trade association, qualifying for a silver designation in the 2016 Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) program sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Houston Chapter. The STEP program helps ABC members develop and continuously improve safety and training efforts that ensure worker well-being and health. Continue reading

GCEDC Allies Day Highlights Economic Success of Greater Conroe Region

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CONROE – Industrial and commercial real estate professionals gathered in Conroe last week to learn about a plethora of opportunities in the growing, business-friendly Conroe area. Industry leaders discovered the reason businesses are looking north for opportunity during presentations, site visits and professional networking at the 17th Annual Greater Conroe Allies Day hosted by the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council. Continue reading

Mobil Steel Hires Experienced Steel Fabrication Project Manager and Estimator

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HOUSTON (May 19, 2016) – Mobil Steel International, Inc.  announced that Michael S. Dunavant, Sr. joined the company as project manager and estimator where he will help Mobil Steel meet growing customer demand for quality steel fabrication. Dunavant, who joins Mobil Steel with over 40 years of experience as an estimator and project manager, also will manage compliance functions for Mobil Steel’s American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) quality certification program. Continue reading

Entergy Texas, Inc.: Powering the Local Economy

You may have noticed that Montgomery County is growing?  The population is up which has led to a housing boom. Businesses are expanding, new jobs are coming and infrastructure development is churning to keep up with the county’s growth. Development and growth, however, are not always a smooth and easy process, given the effort to move people and companies into an area. Fortunately for Montgomery County, access to clean, reliable and affordable energy is a smooth process. Entergy Texas Inc. is dedicated to keeping it that way. Continue reading

Environmental Professionals Hear How Over-Compliance Costs Industry Millions

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Houston (April 14, 2016) – During the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP) April 21st luncheon, environmental law expert, Jed Anderson, will outline the background behind a “game-changing” legal environmental service that can help Texas industry save millions of dollars spent over-complying with environmental regulation. Anderson, principal attorney with The AL Law Group, will discuss “Environmental Regulatory ‘Over-Compliance’ Costing Texas Industry Millions of Dollars.” Continue reading

Texas Legal Firm Adds Unique In-House Legal Counsel to its Slate of Environmental Services

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Houston (April 5, 2016) - The AL Law Group created a slate of legal services that provide clients both expert in-house legal counsel and experienced external environmental legal services. The new hybrid approach, AL Law’s In-House Environmental Counsel (IHEC) services, allows companies to customize their legal needs and budget. Continue reading

Pearland Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting to Welcome Mobil Steel as New Member

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HOUSTON (March 29, 2016) – Mobil Steel International, Inc.  was recognized as a new member of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce at an official “ribbon-cutting” held at Mobil Steel’s steel fabrication facility on Wayside Drive earlier this month. Although only recently joining the Pearland Chamber, Mobil Steel has been an active member of the Pearland community where many of the company’s employees reside. Continue reading

Texas Environmental Law Firm Gaining Attention for Creative Legal Service

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Houston (March 28, 2016) – The AL Law Group attorneys have been attracting attention recently for a specialized slate of affordable environmental legal services customized for client needs. Yet, recognition is not a new for the firm’s five principal partners who have all achieved legal acclaim. Continue reading

Texas Environmental Law Firm Creates Affordable Legal Review Process to Reduce Unnecessary Costs and Legal Liabilities in Agency Submissions

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Houston – The AL Law Group created a legal environmental review system to reduce company costs and legal liabilities in agency submissions. The proprietary process termed Agency Submittal Legal Review Service (ASLER) addresses compliance, wording, and legal judgments that often must be made within the “grayness” of increasingly more complicated environmental law.  The AL Law Group reviews permit document submissions, deviation reports, agency letters, and all other forms of agency submissions that could create legal liability and cost to companies. Continue reading

Industry Leader Challenges ABC Houston Members to Recruit and Train Workers for Construction Careers

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HOUSTON (March 18, 2016) –  Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)  National Board Chairman David Chapin, president of Wilmar Electric Service in Lincoln, Nebraska, called for the construction industry to recruit and train workers for good construction careers during comments about his vision for ABC in 2016. Speaking to a construction industry audience during an ABC Greater Houston March membership breakfast, Chapin outlined a plan for the overall association to work together on public policy issues and workforce development on a national and local scale. Continue reading

Mobil Steel President Excited to Help Lead Builders & Contractors Industry

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HOUSTON (January 26, 2016)Mobil Steel International, Inc. President and CEO Leonard A. Bedell will return to the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. – Greater Houston Chapter board of directors in 2016. Additionally, Bedell was reelected as a trustee for ABC Houston’s Political Action Committee. Continue reading

Texas Law Firm Creates Innovative “Over-Compliance” Environmental Legal Assessment

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Houston (January 26, 2016) – In a cautious effort to ensure compliance with the growing complexity and size of environmental regulation, many companies are over-complying with environmental laws in ways that do not provide commensurate environmental benefits. Unnecessary over-compliance can increase costs, create additional liabilities, and distract company resources from being used toward more effective environmental improvement efforts, according to a Houston-based environmental law firm with expertise in air and water compliance. Continue reading

Record-Setting Job Fair Displays Breadth of Conroe’s Workforce and Industry

Job seekers flocked to Conroe as they looked north for opportunities at the fourth annual Greater Conroe Job Fair. The Greater Conroe Economic Development Council (GCEDC), with help from the Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber, Workforce Solutions and Lone Star College-Conroe Center, continued their efforts of filling workforce needs on January 26 at The Lone Star Convention and Expo Center. Continue reading

LUC Urethanes “Makes It Happen” By Locating First U.S. Facility in Conroe

“Just make it happen.” That was the line that LUC Urethane’s president, Charles Krutzen, remembers Marco Voragen, a manager with LUC, telling him when the company was looking to invest in the United States. Eventually Krutzen heeded to what Voragen had to say and LUC did make it happen. It was no coincidence, too, that LUC came to a place where strong economic investment is happening. Continue reading

Turner, King Face Off in First Debate Since General Election

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston held its November Membership Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza NRG Park, where Houston mayoral candidates Sylvester Turner and Bill King squared off in their first official debate since the Nov. 3 elections. Turner garnered 32 percent of the votes on Election Day and King got 25 percent, causing a runoff election that will be held on Dec. 12.

Each candidate was given thirty minutes to talk about his platform and then questions from the audience were answered for 10-15 minutes. The forum was moderated by Dennis Winkler of Winkler Public Relations.

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Economic Alliance Houston Port Region to Host Sixth Annual Petrochemical and Maritime Outlook Conference

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DEER PARK, TEXAS (Aug. 20, 2015) – A nationally renowned economist, along with national and regional leaders in the refining, chemical, and maritime industries, share forecasts and details of expansion plans impacting the Houston Port Region economy during the sixth annual Gulf Coast Petrochemical and Maritime Outlook Conference (PMOC) on Thursday, August 27 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The economic forum also provides a preview of regional expansion projects and national outlooks from state and national chemical associations, a national fuels association outlook and logistics industry forecasts and challenges of delivering goods for the maritime and petrochemical industries. Additionally, in light of current workforce needs in these industries, experts share job demand forecasts and potential recent advantages gained by “downstream” industries. Continue reading

Greater Conroe Economic Development Council Reaccredited by International Economic Development Council

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WASHINGTON, DC (August 20, 2015) – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council (GCEDC) has been recognized as one of 44 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in 2001, and the first accredited in the greater Houston region, the Greater Conroe organization was reaccredited by IEDC following 14 year successful years of activity as an AEDO member. Continue reading

Crescent Real Estate Partners with Dallas’ John F. Kennedy Learning Center

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DALLAS (July 15, 2015) – Crescent Property Services LLC announced today the selection of Dallas’ John F. Kennedy Learning Center as a Crescent corporate school partner in the FACES of Change® program. Crescent employees and building customers at The Crescent® in Uptown Dallas will impact students and teachers at JFK Learning Center through donations of gifts, school supplies and time. Continue reading

Houston Mayoral Candidates Address WCA and NAWBO Houston Chapter Sept. 3

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HOUSTON (Thursday, July 9, 2015) – The Women Contractors Association (WCA) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Houston Chapter hosts Houston mayoral candidates, September 3rd, 2015. The panel discussion provides mayoral candidates a forum to discuss public policy issues affecting women business owners and women contractors in the greater Houston area. Continue reading


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HOUSTON (JULY 8, 2015)Mobil Steel International, Inc. achieved its highest half-year production in the past decade fabricating steel for a diverse portfolio of projects. The Houston-based company fabricated steel on projects along the Houston Ship Channel, in West Texas, Louisiana and Colorado supporting infrastructure development in oil and natural gas shale plays, as well as expansion of refining and chemical facilities. Continue reading


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HOUSTON (JUNE 9, 2015)Mobil Steel International, Inc. received its ninth consecutive American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) quality certification renewal earlier this year, reaffirming Mobil Steel’s commitment to producing quality steel fabrication. AISC certification highlights that Mobil Steel has the personnel, knowledge, organization, and equipment, as well as the experience, capability, procedures and commitment to meet AISC steel fabrication standards. Continue reading

Lone Star Executive Airport Runway Extension Looks to Propel Business Attraction

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Look up, Conroe! Do you see that? It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s a…well yes, it sure is a plane and chances are it’s taking off from or landing at the Lone Star Executive Airport (CXO). A 1,501 ft. runway extension, bringing the runway length to a total of 7,501 ft., will increase flights and enhance the Conroe economy. Continue reading

Winkler Public Relations Sponsors Port Region Economic Outlook Conference

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HOUSTON (August 19, 2013)Winkler Public Relations is a sponsor of the September 5th Economic Alliance Houston Port Region economic outlook conference at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Local, state and national refining and chemical industry executives will share industry expansion plans that have the Houston Ship Channel region positioned for unprecedented growth. A dramatic natural gas revolution in the United States, along with other economic factors, is driving industry growth and a regional economic boom.

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