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Port Freeport
News Release
Tuesday, July 19, 2011


FREEPORT, Texas – John Hoss and Shane Pirtle recently joined the Port Commission during a formal swearing-in ceremony attended by family and friends.  Justice of the Peace Judge Milan Miller conducted the swearing-in of John Hoss followed by Linda Pirtle swearing-in her husband Shane Pirtle.
Hoss is a native of Freeport, and has spent his entire life in and around the maritime industry.  He is a graduate of Brazosport High School; Oklahoma State University-CEAT and School of Fire Protection and Safety Engineering.  Since 1997, he has been a principle in Freeport Launch, LP delivering supplies to ships in the region and servicing the offshore oil and seismic industry.  As a taxpayer, employer, and citizen he is devoted toward improving the area through the marine business.  Since 1999 he is an active member of Brazosport Marine Advisory Team (BMAT), a group which deals with planning emergency response activities in the Brazosport harbor area.  In addition to being a Board member of BMAT, he is on the Board of the Brazosport Chamber of Commerce; Board member of K9’s4Cops, a foundation which trains and donates dogs to law enforcement agencies and a member of the Brazoria County Chapter of Friends of NRA.

Pirtle is a resident of Lake Jackson and employed as the Division Manager for Testengeer Incorporated, an engineering and technical service company.  Pirtle retired from the Dow Chemical Company after 30 years of service and worked at Mangan Inc. for four years as an engineer manager.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Control Systems and is a Distinguished Alumni of Brazosport College holding an AAS and AES degree.  Pirtle served six years as mayor for the City of Lake Jackson and one year as a city council member.  Among his many civic activities, Pirtle is an active board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Brazoria County, Brazoria County Economic Development Alliance, Brazosport Rotary Club, Brazosport Chamber of Commerce, Brazosport Business Roundtable, Bay Area Council Boy Scouts and BACH.

Port Freeport currently ranks 16th among U.S. ports in international cargo tonnage handled.  With a current channel of 45-foot depth, soon to be widened and deepened, just 3 miles from open Gulf of Mexico waters, Port Freeport offers more than 7,500 acres for future development.  Port Freeport serves its customers and stakeholders through development and marketing of competitive world-class navigational capabilities, technically advanced marine and multimodal terminal services and port-related industrial facilities while achieving profits and creating jobs as a leading economic catalyst for the Texas Gulf Coast.

Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

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