Last week, Danny went to Panama with the Greater Houston Partnership. See video below:
Ben E. Keith Groundbreaking Brings Growth and Jobs to Missouri City
The turning of dirt at the groundbreaking for a half-million-square-foot Ben E. Keith Distribution Facility in Missouri City in March brings with it hundreds of new jobs, other economic development projects and a prestigious company that chose Missouri City for its 82-acre site with the future opportunity to expand to more than 1 million square feet. The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the future distribution headquarters on Cravens Road near South Gessner Road.
â€śItâ€™s a huge day for the City. We waited four long years and it was well worth the wait because we did it right. I cannot express in words how important this is for Missouri City â€” to the tax base, to an employment base and to what it means to the community,â€ť said Mayor Allen Owen.
Ben E. Keith Foods is now the eighth largest broad-line distributor in the nation, with six distribution centers serving the South Central United States. The companyâ€™s warehouse and other buildings will serve southeast Texas and Louisiana and create about 300 jobs. It expects to start operations in fall of 2012 or winter of 2013.
Robbie Fish, general manager of the new distribution center, said, â€śWeâ€™ll be the largest employer with well-paying jobs for the residents of Missouri City.â€ť â€śThis facility will be the first food service distribution center in the country that will have a double deep automated storage and retrieval system.â€ť
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Surface Water Treatment Plant Groundbreaking
Marks a Milestone for Missouri City
The July 15 groundbreaking ceremonyÂ for Missouri Cityâ€™s new $27 million water treatment plant along the Brazos River marks a milestone for reducing groundwater usage and for teamwork on a City project.
The Groundwater Reduction Plan brings together 40 separate entities that have consolidated 57 well permits under a single permit. The plant is being built to meet regulations set by the Fort Bend Subsidence District, which mandates that theÂ groundwater withdrawals must be no more than 70 percent of total water demand by the year 2013. By January of 2025, withdrawals must be reduced to no more than 40 percent of water demand.
The plant is part of a $53 million surface water treatment project to assure future water needs for the community. â€śWater drives development, it drives the future of the City, so that $53 million investment in the development of the site and the plant itself is probably the most expensive thing weâ€™ve ever done and itâ€™s probably the most important thing weâ€™ve ever done,â€ť Mayor Allen Owen said at the event.
â€śThe plant will have an initial capacity of 10 million gallons a day when it goes into operation in the winter of 2011, saidÂ Scott Hibbs, of Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd Engineers of Abilene, Texas.Â â€śIt will expand in two phases to 21 million gallons in 2017 and later to 33 million gallons in 2027 as the population continues to increase.â€ť
The surface water treatment plant, which will feature two reservoirs, also demonstrates a successful collaboration among the City, municipal utility districts and homeownersâ€™ associations, who worked together toward achieving a cost-effective solution to reducing groundwater use for all. It is funded through user fees.
â€śThe concept of having a City andÂ municipal utility districts band togetherÂ as a group to reduce groundwater will result in the cheapest water in Fort Bend County,â€ť said Carl Bowles, who represents the Sienna Municipal Utility Districts on the plan. â€śThe key is all the municipal utility districts working together on a plan that will be good for all involved.â€ť
The state-of-the-art treatment plant, which has the capacity to store 100 million gallons of water, will process the liquid by:
*Taking the surface water from the Brazos River;
*Removing the dirt with high-tech membrane filters;
* Treating and disinfecting the water
*And, finally, sending the treated surface water to the various utility districts
Project engineers say the quality of the refined water should exceed the quality of the groundwater that residents currently drink.
Please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov and Council agendas for updates.
Photo courtesy of Missouri City
Officially kicking off construction of the Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant are from left: Mark Ludlow of Pepper Lawson; Morris Mitchell, of the Quail Valley Utility District; Councilmembers Brett Kolaja and Danny Nguyen; Mayor Allen Owen; Carl Bowles, of the Sienna MUDs; City Manager Frank Simpson; Public Works Director Scott Elmer; James Pirtle of the Quail Valley Utility District; Scott Hibbs, Â of Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd Engineers and Angelo Verdino, of the Quail Valley Utility District.
Featured in the March/April 2010 issue in Pearland Focus Magazine.
Texas Independence Plaza at Texas Parkway and Independence has opened. Texas Independence Plaza provides new retail lease for space for national tenants and small business success. Danny and Marie are investors in Texas Independence Plaza and are committed to improving their city.
Danny and Marie Nguyen welcomed more than 100 Missouri City family, friends and neighbors to celebrate the grand opening just after the new year with hot wings on a cold night, televised football, music, games and cheer greeting Mayor Allen Owen, Mayor Pro-Tem Jerry Wyatt, Council Members Bobby Marshall and Brett Kolaja, Commissioner Grady Prestage, Judge Joel Clouser and Constable Ruben Davis celebrating this new gathering place.
You are invited to celebrate Missouri City’s newest development with community leaders, Texan Cheerleaders, and your neighbors! Bring your friends and family!
Featured as the cover story for January 2010 issue of the Fort Bend Business Journal.
Vietnamese American Chamber President Focused on the Future
Danny Nguyen, President of DN Commercial -Broker, Developer and Investor and Founder of the Vietnamese American Houston Chamber of Commerce, is joining a panel Entrepreneurship: From Idea to Implementation, today Monday, November 16, 2009 at the University of Houston – Main Campus University Center – Houston Room 7-9 pm.
“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to join Read Boles, Harvard MBA and the owner of Thirsty’s Smoothies, Elias De la Garza from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a real estate/insurance entreprenurner star in his own right as well as many others that will be showcasing this exciting event. I truly look forward to sharing the stage with the stars that will be there such as rapper Lil Troy and Merrie Talley, the owner of a successful landscape and architecture firm,” said Nguyen a long time supporter of many chambers of commerce and the University of Houston.
Nguyen is a product of Fort Bend ISD schools and a graduate of Texas A&M University with degrees in international management and marketing. He is a holder of the prestigious CCIM designation which is the PhD. in commercial real estate and is currently working to complete his MBA. Most important to Danny is his wife Marie that works with him at DN Commercial, their young sons and their volunteerism at their church and with charities throughout the community.
To learn more about the Global Entrepreurship Week or to register please visit www.Gewhosuton.org
Third Annual International Festival of Fort Bend – We Are One!
Fall Event to Showcase New Features
A Brides of the World fashion show, Houston Rockets cheerleaders, a childrenâ€™s native costume show and more entertainment will be part of this yearâ€™s 3rd Annual International Festival of Fort Bend (IFFB). The free admission event is set for Oct. 17 at the Stafford Performing Arts Centre, 10505 Cash Road, and it will kick off with the National Anthem and a spectacular indoor parade of nations at 11 a.m.
â€śThis is a high energy, fun filled event with food, costumes, music and activities from many different countries to celebrate the We Are One family theme,â€ť states 2009 IFFB President, Nazy Khadivian. â€śAll of the program is being set up by volunteers, who have been working for several months now,â€ť she adds. Organizers are expecting this yearâ€™s attendance to be over the 10,000 mark. Khadivian invites Fort Bend residents and their families to be a part of this exciting celebration showcasing the cultural diversity of the local community.
The Bahais’ of Sugar Land will be on site collecting non-perishable food for the Fort Bend Human Ministry Food Pantry. â€śCome be a part of this global experience under one roof and enjoy the history of the worldâ€™s rich history right here in our own backyard,â€ť invites Khadivian.
Individual and group performers, singers, musicians, and a cast of accomplished talent will be a part of a colorful brilliance and entertaining show. Arts and crafts, food, exhibits, home furnishings, jewelry and â€śjust about a little bit of everythingâ€ť will be on hand. The event will culminate with an evening program running from 8 â€“ 11 p.m. It will include a diversity of influences featuring East Asian performances with Indian, Pakistan, and Nepal dancers donning traditional attire. The beautifully choreographed performers will dance to the influences of East Asian-inspired acts. Ticket prices for the evening performance are $5 per person.
The IFFB is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers whose intention is to share the rich cultural diversity of Fort Bend County with the community. This civic asset is accomplished with the celebration of the multi-ethnic communities enabling others to enjoy and experience the music, dance, foods and arts of different cultures. IFFB was created in 2007, when it hosted its first international festival. Since then it has enjoyed a growing following of committed individuals sharing their cultures of origin with others in the area.
The IFFB is co-sponsored by the Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Tara Energy, BAPS Shi Swaminarayan Mandir, FTS Solutions, Inc, Organizations of Chinese Americans, DS Waters of America, Samâ€™s Club-Stafford, McDonaldâ€™s, Babies R Us, First Colony Community Association, METRO, Danny Nguyen Commercial, Madras Pavilion, Udipi Cafe and the Cities of Missouri City, Stafford and Sugar Land. It is also supported by Houston Community College and many local business and community organizations.
â€śThis will truly be a display of our unity, our diversity and our oneness,” promises Khadivian.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com, call 832- 451-8747or visit www.if-fb.org.
Featured as the cover article forÂ May 2008 issue of the Fort Bend Business Journal.