Port Points: Brief News Updates from the Port of South Louisiana

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Occidental Turns 100

International energy company Occidental Petroleum Corporation, commonly referred to as Oxy, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Founded in 1920, Oxy is one of the largest oil producers in the country. As the company crosses this milestone, leaders are redoubling their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by supporting programs like the World Bank’s “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” initiative. “Success over Oxy’s first century was driven by technical expertise, the ability to adapt quickly and our ceaseless drive to lead our industry forward through innovative problem solving,” said Vicki Hollub, President and Chief Executive Officer, during a Q4 2019 earnings call. “The same attributes, combined with our unique and defining approach to sustainability in a low-carbon world, will be integral to ensuring our leadership and success over the next 100 years.”

New Officers Elected to Port Association of Louisiana

The Port Association of Louisiana (PAL) welcomed new members to its Board of Directors following an election in July. The Board is comprised of 29 members representing ports across Louisiana, along with 100 associate members. PAL serves to facilitate good, collaborative relationships between port authorities in the state, to encourage the exchange of information, and several other key missions designed to foster economic development in Louisiana. The newly elected officials are Lynn Hohensee, Port Director of West Calcasieu Port, as PAL President; Paul Aucoin, Executive Director of the Port of South Louisiana, as PAL Vice President; Jay Hardman, P.E., Executive Director of the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, as PAL Secretary; and David Rabalais, Executive Director of Terrebonne Port, as PAL Treasurer.

Port of South Louisiana Launches Video Campaign

As part of an ongoing effort to increase name recognition among residents of its tri-parish jurisdiction, the Port of South Louisiana released a marketing video highlighting industrial development at the port. Made in partnership with Neon Cloud Productions, “We Are the Port of South Louisiana 2020” will be shown to visitors of Port facilities, as well as distributed digitally. “This video shows the strengths of our Port,” said Executive Director Paul Aucoin in a press release. “We offer many attractive amenities to prospective companies within our district, including intermodality, Port of South Louisiana’s Executive Regional Airport, and the availability of acreage on both sides of the Mississippi River for industrial development. Our new video serves as an invaluable showcase of our Port to clientele state- and world-wide.”

Crystal Hot Sauce Wins Blind Taste Test

Editors at Southern Living magazine conducted a blind taste test of popular hot sauce brands to determine the best combination of flavor and heat. From a sampling including Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, Texas Pete Hot Sauce, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Crystal Hot Sauce and Cholula Hot Sauce, the editors all agreed that Crystal was the superior choice to keep in one’s desk, purse or car for flavor emergencies. “While it wasn’t as hot as many of the other sauces, the heat seemed to linger long after the test was over,” the Southern Living team said. “Interestingly, many folks said this hot sauce was a bit sweeter than what they were used to; it was a refreshing surprise.”