Brazoria County Petrochemical Council awards $1 million to BC

Brazoria County Petrochemical Council awards $1 million to BC

Mon Nov 23, 2015
The Brazoria County Petrochemical Council (BCPC) recently announced a gift of $1 million to the Brazosport College Foundation. The contribution will be used toward the College’s new welding facility, which will be named the BCPC Welding Technologies Lab. Pictured are, from left, Greg Brooks, SI Group; Heather Wescott, Shintech, Inc.; Wendy Mazurkiewicz, Freeport LNG Development, L.P.; Rick Przeworski, K-Bin; Chris Witte, BASF Corporation; Lisa LaBean, The Dow Chemical Company; Paul Cartlidge, Ascend Performance Materials, Inc.; Loris Canahuati, Braskem America; Dr. Millicent Valek, Brazosport College; Roger Claeys, Shin-Etsu Silicones of America; Shane Steelman, Vencorex; and Wayne McDowell, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company.


New welding facility to be named after BCPC


In support of training qualified and skilled workers, the Brazoria County Petrochemical Council (BCPC) announced today a gift of $1 million to the Brazosport College Foundation.

The contribution, which was announced during a Brazosport-Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Nov. 19 at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College, will be used toward the College’s new welding facility, which will be named the BCPC Welding Technologies Lab.

“BCPC is proud to be making a major contribution in support of the BCPC Welding Technologies Lab,” said BCPC Chair and Dow Chemical Company Responsible Care Director Lisa LaBean. “Students will receive training and experience here that will give them opportunities for successful long-term careers which benefits our entire community.”

The BCPC is a group made up of 20 of the leading companies in the chemical industry that operate in southern Brazoria County with the purpose of sharing knowledge and understanding about subjects other than their specific operations, but ones that affect all of them. Workplace safety is an example of the types of subjects in which the BCPC members cooperate for the betterment of the industry.

The organization works with the leadership of the county and the municipalities to promote programs and activities conducive to good relations between the petrochemical industries and the communities, and to work with each other and the communities to enhance the well-being of the petrochemical workers and the other citizens of the county. 

Recently, BCPC member companies have committed to invest many billions of dollars in new plant facilities and every new announcement includes the number of jobs that will be created. BCPC and many of its individual member companies have consistently supported Brazosport College in its mission to educate and train Brazoria County residents to provide capable workers to meet the demands of the local chemical industries. 

Although many of the BCPC members support the college directly, the BCPC has decided to participate, as a group, in helping Brazosport College to accomplish its mission of preparing Brazoria County residents for rewarding careers in the chemical industry and ensuring that Brazoria County continues to be one of the best places in Texas or the United States to build, operate and grow.

“The partnership of Brazosport College with BCPC is vital to providing a skilled workforce that will support the continued expansion of the petrochemical industry in the Gulf Coast region,” said Brazosport College President Dr. Millicent Valek. “We are most appreciative of their $1 million investment in this initiative.”

BCPC companies contributing to the $1 million gift to the Brazosport College Foundation are Air Liquide America Corporation; Ascend Performance Materials, Inc.; BASF Corporation; Braskem America; Chevron Phillips Chemical Company; DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.; Freeport LNG Development, L.P.; Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Corporation; Mineral Research & Development; Phillips 66; Shintech, Inc./Shin-Etsu Silicones/K-Bin; SI Group; The Dow Chemical Company; and Vencorex.

The BCPC Welding Technologies Lab, as well as the Freeport LNG Crafts Academy, will be dedicated in February. Classes will start in the BCPC Welding Technologies Lab at Brazosport College in the 2016 spring semester.