Port Bureau Updates

Robert Armstrong
General Manager, Kuraray America Eval Business Unit
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Robert Armstrong is the General Manager of the Kuraray America EVAL Business Unit and was previously the Plant Manager of the Kuraray America EVAL site in Pasadena Texas. Robert joined Kuraray in 1996 after working in the New Zealand and American plastics extrusion industries and has more than 25 years’ experience in technical and manufacturing roles. While at Kuraray he has been extensively involved in new process, product technology, application development and manufacturing of EVAL™ EVOH.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston.

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Numerous Port Bureau members contribute to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Before Hurricane Harvey could finish dumping 51 inches of rain along the Texas coast, relief and recovery contributions were announced from all over the country. Support from the port region community was plentiful and came in so many forms, it’s a challenge to track them all. Here’s a brief look at the multiple ways Port Bureau members have responded:

  • BB&T Corporation contributed $100,000 to the American Red Cross of Greater Houston in Texas to help support disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Shipments of humanitarian supplies were also sent to assist in the recovery.
  • ExxonMobil committed $9.5 million for Harvey relief, which included an employee and retiree donation match program and in-kind donations to the American Red Cross for recovery efforts in South Texas. The support built on $1 million in previous contributions to the American Red Cross and United Way of Greater Houston. The company also has offered various disaster assistance programs and resources for employees impacted by the storm.
  • Gardere Houston served as a sponsor and a downtown drop-off location for a women’s clothing drive headed up by the Association of Women Attorneys. The drive was designed to aid women returning to work after Hurricane Harvey in need of professional attire. The organization collected donations of professional women’s attire – clothing, shoes and handbags – from September 16 through October 13.
  • At present, 100% of the donations made via More Than The Move – a non-profit foundation established by Gulf Winds International focused on compassionate ministries in 2016 – will go directly to families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Lamar University established the Cardinal Emergency Fund to support students affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey throughout Southeast Texas. It’s estimated that two-thirds of LU’s students are dealing with the direct impact of the storm. Assistance from the fund will address a wide variety of needs, from replacing lost or damaged books and school supplies, to providing room and board for students whose homes were destroyed, and more.
  • LyondellBasell donated $25,000 in personal protective equipment to the Houston Office of Emergency Management to support emergency responders and recovery teams in their efforts to search flooded homes and businesses in the greater Houston area. The company’s Houston Refinery donated approximately $16,000 in food to The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a nonprofit family crisis center located in Pasadena near the refinery. The donation helped restock the organization’s food shelves and feed more than 160 families. In addition, the company donated more than $15,000 worth of food to Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana to support disaster relief efforts in Lake Charles neighborhoods impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey. These donations come in addition to LyondellBasell’s contribution of $200,000 to the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
  • An outpouring of support from the Aggie community led Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) to partner with The Texas A&M Foundation to channel donations to help TAMUG students, staff, and faculty who have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

These news briefs represent a quick dip at the trough at the port region’s teeming response efforts and share none of the untold behind-the-scenes push so many companies have organized in-house for their employees, colleagues, and local neighborhoods. The road to recovery will be long for many, but it’s a privilege to be a part of a community willing to do so much to help secure the future for all.

  • Date October 25, 2017
  • Tags October 2017