HOUSTON (October 10, 2019) – Mobil Steel International, Inc. helped sponsor the 10th Annual Economic Alliance Houston Port Region’s Gulf Coast Industry Forum on Sept. 18-19, a global conference looking at the economic impact of refining, chemical, logistics and maritime industries on the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

The outlook conference was headlined by an opening keynote from Panama Canal Authority vice president, Ilya Marotta. The inaugural conference featured a keynote from the Panama Canal Authority outlining upcoming benefits of Panama Canal expansion to Houston and the Gulf Coast region. Marotta stated that the now expanded canal has handled record size ships and has more capacity for delivering product to the region.

The conference featured six panels and eight keynotes, including Ron Corn, senior vice president of Chevron Phillips Chemical. Corn shared lessons learned on CP Chem’s expansion project at Cedar Bayou, including creating a culture of care to improve safety performance of contract employees. “Safety is a result of leadership,” Corn told the audience.

Mobil Steel President and CEO Leonard A. Bedell was one of more than 800 attendees participating during the two days who absorbed information presented by panelists and featured speakers.

“It was nice to hear more about safety performance from our presenters, starting with a safety moment to open the conference,” said Bedell. “All of us working for industry are keenly aware of safety and improving our safety performance, as well as being reliable and quality partners.”

Mobil Steel employees have worked more than three and a half years without experiencing an OSHA recordable incident and Mobil Steel earned a fourth consecutive Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) recognition. Mobil Steel stepped up to the top level, ABC Diamond level recognition, within ABC’s STEP program.

Bedell added, “Houston is a global leader in petrochemical and maritime growth. Mobil Steel is proud to participate in that growth through reliable, quality and safe fabrication of steel for many of the expansion projects.”

With access to rail, highways and the Port of Houston, Mobil Steel is well-positioned to serve regional, national and international customers. Mobil Steel has six fabrication bays and is quality-certified to fabricate steel for the petrochemical, maritime and logistics industries, as well as the commercial building industry.

Mobil Steel, one of only 14 Houston area companies to hold an American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) quality certification, earned its 13th consecutive quality certification earlier this year. AISC certification recognizes Mobil Steel for maintaining steel fabrication operations that meet international quality standards for steel building structures.

The Gulf Coast Industry Forum’s theme was “What we Make Here Changes the World”. The economic outlook conference drew experts from global companies and organizations to the Pasadena Convention Center to discuss current and future outlooks for industry.

Mobil Steel is a founding sponsor of the Economic Alliance Gulf Coast Industry Forum which started in 2010. Bedell hosted a table of customers and dignitaries, including Texas State Representative Ed Thompson.

About Mobil Steel International, Inc.

Mobil Steel International, Inc. fabricates steel used in some of the world’s essential industries: chemical, manufacturing, petroleum, communication, clean fuels, and power utilities, as well as commercial construction. Mobil Steel, which has been at its South Wayside Drive facility in Houston for 50 years, has a production capacity of more than 1,000 tons per month in its 80,000 square feet of plant and office facilities under roof, providing flexibility to manage multiple projects. The 8.5-acre site is located within major freeway access to the refining and petrochemical complex in the Gulf Coast region.  Mobil Steel is quality certified by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). Mobil Steel is active in Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors, Association of Chemical Industry of Texas, and American Welding Society. The company is a sponsoring member of Economic Alliance Houston Port Region and a member of the East End, Pasadena and Pearland Chambers of Commerce. Mobil Steel is a registered small business with the Small Business Administration. For information about Mobil Steel visit www.mobilsteel.com.

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Mobil Steel president and CEO and Texas State Representative Ed Thompson (R-Pearland), District 128, talk with a participant at the 10th annual Economic Alliance Gulf Coast Industry Forum in the Pasadena Convention Center.

Guests at the Mobil Steel table for the Economic Alliance Gulf Coast Industry Forum are (from left), Texas State Representative Ed Thompson (R-Pearland), District 128; Kathy Winkler, owner & president, Winkler Public Relations; Brandon Mabile, Performance Contractors;  Jose Contreras, Controller, Mobil Steel; Leonard A. Bedell, president & CEO, Mobil Steel; Wayne Webb, executive vice president, Community Bank of Texas; Paul Davis, economic development consultant. In the background at the Winkler Public Relations table are Alejandro Colom, vice president PDG Architects; Ross Winkler, Director of Government & Public Affairs, Winkler Public Relations, and Matt Connor,  U.S. Congressman Mike McCaul’s office.