Port of Brownsville Business Park Lands First Tenant

Westa Inc. to Invest $20 Million in State-of-the-Art Flour Mill

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Friday, April 19, 2024 — The Port of Brownsville is proud to announce a ceremonial groundbreaking for its first tenant at the Port of Brownsville Business Park, Westa Inc. The ceremony, held Thursday, April 18, marks a significant milestone in the development of the port’s 118-acre business park.

Westa Inc., a major player in the agricultural industry, will invest $20 million to establish a state-of-the-art wheat flour mill and wheat storage silos at the Port of Brownsville. The company will develop more than 10 acres at the business park, located right at the turning basin of the Brownsville Ship Channel. Once operational, the facility will employ 120 people.

“We are excited to welcome Westa Inc. to the Port of Brownsville Business Park and look forward to more announcements as we continue to attract diverse industries to our region,” said Brownsville Navigation District Chairman Esteban Guerra. “As the port’s business portfolio expands, these increased private investments indicate the port’s substantial role in fueling economic development and fostering innovation for the Rio Grande Valley.”

This regional collaboration brought together key stakeholders that made the new agreement possible including representatives from the Port of Brownsville, Westa Inc, and the Council for South Texas Economic Progress (COSTEP). COSTEP played a key role in bringing Westa and the port together for this important project.

“The Port of Brownsville is the vital economic engine of the Rio Grande Valley, bringing more than 10,000 good-paying jobs to our area”, said Interim Port Director and CEO William Dietrich. “This project exemplifies how regional collaboration works to benefit our communities. As the port of the region, we are grateful to join forces with organizations like COSTEP, who share our same vision for transforming the economic landscape of the Rio Grande Valley.”

“The Port of Brownsville’s strategic location, world-class facilities, and commitment to reliable service make it the ideal partner for our expansion plans,” said Zaur Kafkas, President of Westa Inc. “We look forward to building a successful future together.”

The Port of Brownsville Business Park, still under construction, offers prime industrial real estate opportunities for businesses looking to capitalize on the port’s strategic location and logistical infrastructure. With direct access to major transportation networks and proximity to international markets, the business park is poised to become a premier destination for companies seeking to expand their operations and enhance their global competitiveness.

The port is reviewing other prospective tenants for the business park, scheduled for completion by late Summer 2024. For more information about the Port of Brownsville Business Park or to inquire about leasing opportunities, please visitwww.portofbrownsville.com/business-park.

About the Port of Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville is the only deep-water seaport directly on the U.S.-Mexico border and encompasses 40,000 acres – the largest land-owning public port authority in the country. The port transships more steel into Mexico than any other U.S. port. As the major multimodal transportation hub serving the Rio Grande Valley and northern Mexico, the Port of Brownsville supports investment opportunities and jobs.

Activity at the port is responsible for adding more than $2 billion to the regional economy, $3 billion to the Texas economy, and the creation of more than 51,000 jobs statewide. For more information, visit www.portofbrownsville.com


From Left to Right: Adam Gonzalez, CEO, COSTEP; Zaur Kafkas, CEO, Westa Inc; William Dietrich, Interim Director and CEO, Port of Brownsville; Esteban Guerra, Chairman, Brownsville Navigation District; Ralph Cowen, Vice-Chairman, Brownsville Navigation District; John Reed, Commissioner, Brownsville Navigation District; Sergio Tito Lopez, Commissioner, Brownsville Navigation District; and John Wood, Secretary, Brownsville Navigation District.