It’ll be weeks before Port of Corpus Christi officials know exactly how many ships sailed through their waters in 2016. One thing they’ve already learned: They’ll need more space for customers in 2017. The local success of international businesses, such as Austrian iron manufacturer Voestalpine Texas and Italian plastics giant M&G Resins USA, has made the Coastal Bend a magnet for industrial growth, said Jarl Pedersen, the port’s chief commercial officer. It also has renewed efforts to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel for safety reasons. The long-discussed project will be key to ensuring the port is ready to handle new growth, Pedersen said.
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