The Port of Brownsville sees the most amount of exported goods than any other state in the country.
With that in mind, Port of Brownsville board commissioners recently signed a lease agreement with Big River Steel, a LEED-certified manufacturing plant, to bring business to the Rio Grande Valley.
While plans are still in the works, Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Wood says construction of the plant would cost more than $1.6 billion.
“This is not the end of it, we got a couple years to continue working with them and the port is dedicating all that we can to help them— as long as it services the entire Rio Grande Valley, which we believe it will,” Wood said.
Wood says while the company works throughout the southwest, it is attracted to the Port of Brownsville due to its proximity to automobile manufacturers in Mexico.
According to Wood, the operation is expected to bring 500 full-time jobs with more than 1,000 workers being hired to help build the facility.
“One of our first things is environment and the second thing is employment,” said Wood. “It’s got to be good employment. We have to have good paying jobs based on what they need out of the port.”