The Port has seen record growth during Longoria’s tenure, but what happens now that oil prices are falling?
For one, Longoria forsees a slowdown in steel imports.
“Because a lot of that steel was used for petrochemical exploration and production.”
But Longoria says other industries could see a boost.
“The feed stock for the manufacture of petrochemical products is at an all-time low, or it’s at a lower price. And so we’ll see additional manufacturing capability along the Gulf Coast in the petrochemical industry.”
Longoria’s nomination was unanimously approved Monday during a joint meeting of the Houston City Council and the Harris County Commissioners Court.