From:   December 13, 2017

Job opportunities available for local residents at proposed plastics plant

GCGV Project's Hire Smart - Hire Local Initiative focuses on creating opportunities for the local workforce


PORTLAND, TEXAS – The Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Project (GCGV) today announced Hire Smart – Hire Local, a new initiative designed to ensure residents in the Coastal Bend region have opportunities to work with the proposed GCGV Project. The initiative – part of the GCGV Project’s Good Neighbor Program – focuses on three key areas: construction jobs, permanent jobs and job training.

“The GCGV Project will bring thousands of jobs to the area, and we are committed to filling as many of those jobs as we can with local residents,” said John Mabry, operations manager for the GCGV Project. “These jobs will often require specialized training and skills, and that’s where this new initiative comes in. Hire Smart – Hire Local focuses on connecting local residents with opportunities to work with the project, from construction to operations.”

The GCGV Project expects to create more than 600 permanent, highly skilled jobs with competitive salaries and good benefits. As a part of the GCGV Project’s Good Neighbor Program, Hire Smart – Hire Local will work closely with area educational institutions to ensure training is available and help prepare the local workforce to compete for these jobs.

The project will also generate about 6,000 construction jobs at peak, creating a significant opportunity for the local construction workforce. The project’s Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractors will manage most of the hiring for the construction phase. Area residents interested in construction job opportunities can create a job profile on the GCGV Workforce Solutions database at

“We are pleased to partner with the GCGV Project to create job opportunities for those in the local construction workforce,” Ken Treviño, President/CEO at Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend said. “The GCGV Workforce Solutions database will give local residents a home field advantage by sharing their information directly with project contractors.”

Information about education and training partnerships with local high schools, colleges and other institutions can be found at Beyond training, individuals interested in jobs at the plant once it becomes operational can join the ExxonMobil Talent Community at Visit the site to create a profile, set preferences and receive email alerts when job opportunities become available.

For complete information on the GCGV Project’s Hire Smart – Hire Local initiative visit:

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About Gulf Coast Growth Ventures
ExxonMobil and SABIC are proposing to build a plastics manufacturing facility in San Patricio County, Texas. The project, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, is a unique opportunity created by the abundance of low cost U.S. natural gas. ExxonMobil and SABIC bring unmatched expertise to this project, having worked together in petrochemical ventures for more than 35 years.  If the project proceeds, economic forecasts indicate the multi-billion dollar investment would create significant benefits for the state, generating thousands of jobs and stimulating positive economic growth.


About the Good Neighbor Program
ExxonMobil and SABIC are industry leaders in working with communities and implementing sustainable programs based on local needs. Representatives of the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Project have held more than 100 outreach meetings with local organizations, chambers, governments, civic groups and neighborhoods. We have listened to questions, concerns and input from local residents, and we continue to meet with members of the community every day. The Good Neighbor Program addresses the issues that local residents expressed as the most important through four key components: Health & Safety, Education & Workforce, Quality of Life and Environmental Stewardship.