Tanker driver killed in Houston fiery crash

The driver of a tanker truck died Tuesday afternoon when his vehicle burst into flames after crashing on a Houston highway.

Witnesses said the tanker driver was speeding on Houston’s Interstate 610 North Loop when he took the Irvington Boulevard exit and crashed, according to Houston Police Department Cmdr. Kevin Deese during a press conference.

“The truck may have been traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control and ended up on its side,” Deese said. “The truck was carrying ethanol and it...


185 Texas workers laid off from metal supplier

Boomerang Tube LLC has laid off 185 workers at its plant in Liberty, Texas, according to a notice sent to state officials Thursday.

The company, a maker and shipper of pipes and tubing for oil and natural gas companies, said, “Boomerang does not know if this layoff will exceed six months or otherwise result in an ‘employment loss’ as defined by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.”

Chesterfield, Missouri-based Boomerang Tube’s manufacturing operations are located at plants in...


Auto parts maker Timken Co. opens factory in Mexico

Ohio-based auto parts maker The Timken Co. recently announced the start of its new factory in Mexico.

Along with the new Timken plant, Mexico-based Envases Group plans to open a $35 million aluminum can production and distribution facility in central Texas.

The two projects will create around 220 jobs in manufacturing, logistics and transportation.

The Timken Co.’s (NYSE: TKR) new manufacturing facility is in the central Mexican city of San Jose Iturbide. The factory makes tapered roller bearings...


104 laid off as trucking firm closes Texas location

EVO Transportation and Energy Services Inc. (OTC Pink: EVOA) will permanently close its facility in Austin, Texas, by Jan. 9, according to a notice sent to state officials Friday.

The Phoenix-based trucking company will lay off 104 employees, “due to unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances caused by a large client unexpectedly notifying EVO that it had chosen a new contractor,” according to documents filed Friday.

EVO Transportation is a nationwide transportation operator for the U.S. Postal...


Nearly $3M in drugs seized in carpet shipment, beer bottles

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry seized narcotics valued at more than $2.8 million in two recent unrelated cases at the World Trade and Colombia-Solidarity bridges in Texas.

The first case occurred last Tuesday when officers at the World Trade Bridge found 7,704 pounds of marijuana in a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of rolls of carpet from Mexico. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1.41 million.

The second seizure occurred Wednesday, when...


BNSF ready for business in Kansas, Missouri and Texas

A photograph of a BNSF moving across a field.

Western U.S. railroad BNSF (NYSE: BRK) has named three locations in Kansas, Missouri and Texas to be part of its Certified Sites industrial development program.

The sites, all of which have access to BNSF’s network, have been evaluated for their usability and infrastructure, making them eligible to be part of the railroad’s industrial development program. 

BNSF says the Certified Sites program consists of properties where there might be customer demand and where prospective businesses could save...


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