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CPCO-4cPasadena Plastics earns top award
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP’s (Chevron Phillips Chemical) Pasadena Plastics Complex received Texas Chemical Council’s “Best in Texas” award for its distinguished safety program during TCC’s annual awards banquet June 9.

“Best in Texas” is presented to the top facilities that meet the criteria for the TCC’s Distinguished Safety Service award program and maintain a contractor safety program. Last October, the site was named a Voluntary Protection Program Star Site for its exemplary health and safety programs by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Pasadena plant was also awarded the Excellence in Caring for Texas award while seven additional Chevron Phillips Chemical sites in Texas were recognized for safety excellence and community outreach, including those in Baytown and La Porte.

Scott Livingston

Scott Livingston

League City names new business czar
League City has selected Scott D. Livingston to serve as its new director of economic development.

In this position, Livingston is responsible for helping the city achieve economic diversification by strategically implementing its economic development plan, including attracting new businesses, business retention and expansion, and downtown revitalization efforts.  All of these initiatives were identified as a priority for League City in the city’s “Roadmap to the Future.”

Livingston has been responsible for attracting more than $4.3 billion in new investment, 30 industrial and non-industrial projects and 600 new jobs in his current position as the economic development coordinator for the City of La Porte.  He also facilitated the development of La Porte’s Town Center, a mixed-use development, which will be anchored by a Gilley’s Family Entertainment Center.

“Our city is continuously growing and as we work to address our No. 1 priority – economic development – having someone with Scott’s breadth of experience will greatly benefit our community,” City Manager Mark Rohr said.

Livingston has more than 16 years of experience in economic development, strategic planning, business development and main street revitalization between his positions with La Porte, Global Enterprise Services, and the DeSoto Economic Development Corp.  He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and earned a Masters of Science in Economics with a concentration in Finance at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  He is also a Certified Economic Developer with extensive education, training and certifications in economic development, public management and international affairs.

The City of League City’s Roadmap to the Future was adopted in January 2015 with input from the residents, city council and staff.  Full details on the Roadmap to the Future are located at

Barrios honors its employees
Barrios Technology honored a number of its employees at its recent Annual Awards Banquet at the Johnson Space Center Gilruth Center — recognizing recipients from the 2015 Barrios Employee Awards and Recognition (BEAR) program, as well as those receiving company service awards.

Throughout the year, Barrios selects employees quarterly for their outstanding contributions to the company and their jobs. These employees are presented with the Silver BEAR award. At the end of the year, from those recipients, a Gold BEAR award winner is selected.

The 2015 Gold BEAR award winner was Mark Schaefbauer. An engineer in the JSC soft goods laboratory, he was recognized with the Gold Bear award for his dedication and support in meeting a quick turn-around set of requirements to deliver critical thermal blanket hardware to the Lockheed Martin Cargo Mission Contract for the JAXA HTV-5 flight.
Recipient of the 2015 Emy Award, which recognizes an employee who contributed beyond the workplace in service to the community, was Denise Skyles, who was recognized for her continued years of service supporting the Barrios Employee Relations Committee, as well as a number of outside service activities.

Barrios also recognized 131 employees with service awards at the annual luncheon.

Boeing awards ISS contracts
Boeing has awarded $200 million in contracts to small businesses for work on the International Space Station. Boeing is NASA’s prime contractor for the ISS.

The contracts were awarded to provide expertise in a number of areas including engineering, information technology, software development and mission assurance support. Recipients include a number of companies, including Barrios Technology, Ltd., of Houston. Contracts run from October 2016 to September 2020.

During the first half of the government’s 2016 fiscal year, Boeing Space Exploration programs, which include the ISS, Commercial Crew and Space Launch System, purchased approximately $754 million in products and services from a network of 690 suppliers. Included in these purchases were contracts worth about $211 million awarded to small and diverse businesses.

“Supplier partners are critical to our growth and success,” said Mark Mulqueen, Boeing ISS program manager. “It’s important to Boeing and our NASA customer that we commit significant resources to growing our small business network through targeted outreach, mentoring programs and regular collaboration.”

This year Boeing is celebrating 100 years of pioneering aviation accomplishments.

graziaGrazia to open second location
Owner and operator Adrian Hembree is eager to strengthen the Grazia Italian Kitchen presence by opening a second location in the Bay Area this summer — at 1001 Pineloch Drive in Clear Lake.

Grazia Italian Kitchen in Pearland is known for its fresh house made pastas, wood fired pizza, and chef’s grilled selections characterized by premium ingredients and new concepts to traditional entrees.

With a dining capacity of 250+, this 6,000 square foot location will present a full service wood fired pizza bar, outside patio dining and a speakeasy era bar. Perfect for families, couples, and groups alike, the Clear Lake Grazia will feature the same delicious meals and friendly service that customers have come to expect.  It will serve lunch and dinner and expects an early summer opening.

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