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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: District 27
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Press Release
March 23, 2005
Contact: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary
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Sen. Lucio holds Keppel AmFELS Day in Senate
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Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. is joined by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in honoring company representatives with a Senate Resolution at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 23 on Keppel AmFELS Day. Pictured left to right are Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; C.H. Tong-Chief Operating Officer; C.Y. Ho-President, G.S.Tan-Executive Vice President; Tom McCoy-VP -Production-; Gilbert Elizondo-VP-Human Resources; and Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

AUSTIN, TX--Today Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. and the Texas Senate honored Keppel AmFELS for their significant economic, workforce and charitable contributions to the community.

"Keppel AmFELS Day at the Capitol will honor one of the largest private employers in Cameron County," said Sen. Lucio. "We welcome industries that add to the vitality and growth of our community, and today it was an honor to recognize this company with the distinction it has earned."

Company Chairman C.H. Tong remarked, "All of us are deeply honored by the recognition of the Senate, especially the Resolution initiated by Sen. Lucio."

Chairman Tong also said that Keppel AmFELS plans to expand, especially after the recent construction of the Boeing SBX platform. He credits the dedication and support of the Brownsville area, Cameron County, the state--especially the Texas Workforce Commission--for the company's success! Keppel Offshore and Marine has 16 ship yards in 11 countries.

"To bring in other projects," added Chairman Tong, "we need to expand our facilities and this would be for the benefit of Brownsville."

Keppel AmFELS, responsible for providing over 1,500 jobs to the local community and to all of South Texas, is creating 150 new jobs in Brownsville as a result of a recent job training grant from the state's Skills Development Fund. The company will use a comprehensive training program in conjunction with the University of Texas at Brownsville for both new workers and current employees.

Sen. Lucio said that this company is committed to education, calling it the key to a more prosperous future. "They recently demonstrated this conviction with a $10,000 grant to the University of Texas at Brownsville to establish a scholarship for a very deserving South Texas student."

Governor Rick Perry recently presented Keppel AmFELS a check for $350,000 from the Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund. Of this award, Sen. Lucio said, "This will give local workers the skills needed for jobs that pay more than $10 an hour."

Located on the Brownsville Navigation Ship Channel, AmFELS was established in 1990 and has a sheltered waterfront and a dry dock capable of docking the largest drilling units. The company is the premier offshore yard for the thriving oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico, providing design, engineering and construction capabilities for the offshore and marine industry.