GCGV project reopens prescreening process

PORTLAND - More than 400 businesses in San Patricio, Nueces, and other nearby counties successfully completed pre-screening through the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV) Project’s Local Business Initiative. Those businesses will be included in the bid package to the project’s potential prime contractors and will receive priority consideration for work on the proposed plastics manufacturing project in San Patricio County.

Due to overwhelming interest from local businesses, the GCGV Project is extending the enrollment period beyond the original June 30 deadline. The program reopened Aug. 8, and will continue through Dec. 29, 2017. Businesses that successfully complete the prescreening process during that time will be eligible for an updated 2018 list.

ExxonMobil Chemical Company operations manager John Mabry said, “We are committed to engaging and hiring qualified local businesses.” He is managing operations for the GCGV Project. He added, “The Pre-Screened Local Vendors List gives our contractors quick access to the resources available right here in the Coastal Bend, and it ensures local vendors, contractors and service providers have an opportunity to compete for work with the project. We are very pleased by the positive response and continued interest, which convinced us to extend the qualification period through year-end.”

The Project announced the initiative in April as part of its Good Neighbor Program to give area businesses an opportunity to be pre-screened to compete for work on the proposed GCGV Project plastics manufacturing facility. Businesses that successfully complete the pre-screening process are placed on a Pre-Screened Local Vendors List, which will be shared with the project’s prime contractors to ensure local companies are given priority consideration for vendor, contractor and supplier needs.

Of the businesses that have completed the pre-screening program to date, 90 are San Patricio County businesses, and more than 300 are Nueces County businesses. A total of 95 of those applicants are minority-owned businesses.

San Patricio County Judge Terry Simpson said, “From day one, the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Project has expressed its commitment to hiring locally and making sure the local area experiences the economic benefits of this project. This pre-screening initiative has been a huge success, and I’m thrilled to see the project delivering on its commitment.”

Veriforce, an expert in contractor screening, conducting the pre-screening and will continue to do so through the extended deadline. The project will continue to cover Veriforce fees for San Patricio and Nueces County businesses. Interested businesses are encouraged to submit their information for future updates to the list. Visit www.gulfcoastgv.com for more information.

Placement on the Pre-Screened Local Vendors List does not guarantee work for the project. When the prime contractors solicit vendors and suppliers, businesses must complete the bid process and meet all contractor requirements before being formally selected.

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