Pictured left-to-right are: Stacey Pender (ITS, HR and Payroll Manager), Ryan Aras (ITS, President), Cicilye Williams (ITS), Dallas Smith (ITS), David Derosier (Past Chair, KOCB) Sandra Hoke (Recycling Director, KOCB), Deborah Bednar (Chair, KOCB), and Beverly Blalack (Community Outreach Director, KOCB).

Industrial Thermal Services is recognized by Keep Orange County Beautiful

Keep Orange County Beautiful (KOCB,) presented the 3rd Quarter Beautification Award to Ryan Aras, President of Industrial Thermal Services (ITS) at their headquarters location on Highway 87 in Orange.  Members of his staff, together with board members of KOCB attended the presentation.

Mr. Aras said he decided to landscape their main office to, “Stand out from the crowd and demonstrate our commitment to quality. The quality of our work, and attention to detail, both inside and outside of our offices is just an extension of the work ethic that Industrial Thermal Services provides to all of our customers. We have a great team here at ITS.”

Industrial Thermal Services is a leader in heat-treatment service, and one of the most in-demand thermal services companies in Southeast Texas and Louisiana. From plant turn-arounds, refinery expansions, and preventive maintenance, they promise quality, service, and customer satisfaction every day, on every job. Their skilled technicians not only bring the right tools for the job, they diagnose and assess what’s happening on the job in order to provide the best most cost-effective service possible.

Industrial Thermal Services, L.L.C. is based in Orange TX, has offices in Louisiana and Arkansas, and can be reached at 1-855-ITS-PWHT or their website at http://its-thermal.com/ for an estimate, project, or onsite support.

KOCB is managed by its Board of Directors. KOCB, a non-profit, does not have members in the traditional sense of the word. Instead “membership” is considered to be the Board of Directors and any official members of committees and sub-committees. KOCB is always seeking volunteers for their Second Saturday “Talking Trash” projects with Orange Mayor, Larry Spears, and with promoting recycling and beautification in Orange County. KOCB is affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep American Beautiful. KOCB has been active in Orange County since 1997. 

Making Orange County Beautiful
Orange Leader

Published 12:45 pm Monday, August 13, 2018

By Dawn Burleigh

While going by the name Trashy Ladies, they are anything but.

These ladies have class and spunk.

For years, they have tried reaching out to citizens on the importance of recycling and the destructive nature of littering.

This Saturday, they, along with volunteers throughout Orange, will meet at the corner of Cordrey and 16th Street to spend one hour picking up litter along Cordrey.

It is the beginning of reclaiming Orange by the citizens as they take pride in the town they call home.

It may not appear to be a huge impact but after a few more Second Saturday Trash Offs, residents will notice a difference

First, those picking up the trash will think twice before just tossing something out the window of the car. They will understand tossing it in the trash now will save them from picking it up later.

Second, those not volunteering their Saturday mornings, will not want to be the first one to toss trash on a newly cleaned area.

When the Trashy Ladies approached me about a year ago and told be how long they had been picking up others trash and how they could not do it alone, I started an experiment.

Every time I had to step outside, I would pick up three pieces of litter. One would be amazed at how much lands in front of our office from the surrounding shopping centers and fast food establishments. I am not blaming the businesses, as they are not the ones throwing food wrappers and shopping bags on the ground.

I also cannot blame residents, as I have not witnessed any throwing litter out the windows. However, let the wind blow and food wrappers, shopping bags, and more show up along Dal Sasso and Ector Drive.

In less than a week of picking up three pieces of litter each time I had to step outside, I noticed a difference.

I also learned I need to carry a kitchen size trash bag in my car to collect the items as I walk to my car.

So one hour, once a month is not much to ask of anyone and will make a huge impact on the appearance of the city.

Kudos to the Trashy Ladies and Keep Orange County Beautiful for teaming up together to make an impact on an issue you find dear to your heart. Kudos for Orange Mayor Larry Spears, Jr. for working together with the two organizations to make a positive impact.

If the mayor can give up a Saturday morning, shouldn’t you be able to as well?

Dawn Burleigh is editor of The Orange Leader. She can be reached at dawn.burleigh@orangeleader.com

Cleaning the streets, one neighborhood at a time
August 4th, 2018

City of Orange Mayor Larry Spears Jr. with Trashy Lady Sandra Hoke along with Keep Orange County Beautiful announces joining together to help clean the streets of Orange.

Click to see Orange Leader article

June 18th, 2018

Taco Bell Beautiful

  • Orange, Texas  – When a community’s economy is healthy and business sites are developed – Trees often are removed to make way for slabs of concrete.  Our local ‘Taco Bell” however is one business that saved and incorporated their large canopy trees and added more ornamental trees as part of their beautification landscape.   It’s a generous and noble act to Protect, Preserve, Propagate & Plant BIG TREES
  • In addition to their corporate philosophy of “Cleanliness, Friendliness, and Hospitality;” Taco Bell’s management believes that Environmental Conservation and Economic Development go hand in hand.  The fifteen-year-old business maintains a clean, well-manicured property on 16th Street.
  •  Keep Orange County Beautiful, the local non-profit affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful is proud to recognize Taco Bell for the conservation and beautification efforts of their business and our community.  Presenting the award to General Manager Michelle Geral is newly elected KOCB chair, Deborah Bednar, 
  • For more information on Keep Orange County Beautiful visit our website.  Or visit us on Facebook at Keep Orange County Beautiful

May 3rd, 2018

Henry strives to keep Orange litter free

Orange Leader

February 21st, 2018


It’s the Right Thing To Do

A big thank you to Shangri La Botanical Garden, the City of Orange and Invista for sponsoring the “Trash-Off” Saturday in Orange. Our city is so much cleaner because of the volunteers that spend their Saturday picking up yucky trash. The tonnage of trash picked up grows each year with the last year on record over 16 tons. Why is this?

Hurricane Harvey contributed to it this year but the amount of trash in Orange before Harvey was growing each year. I wonder how many businesses wanted to move to Orange but because of all the trash decided not to. That affects all of us because more businesses in Orange would be a benefit to everyone. A cleaner city could mean more people moving here. Even though the city is cleaner now in past years the trash starts collecting again after the “Trash-Off.’ Let’s not be satisfied with one day clean and 364 days trashy.

The Trashy Ladies have some ideas on how to Keep Orange County clean.

*Keep a trash bag in your car to hold trash until you get home. Throwing trash out the car window makes the city look trashy. It is also illegal and there is a fine of $250 for doing it.

*Use gloves to pick up trash around your home. It may not be yours, but somebody has to do it so help out making a city cleaner. Be extra kind and do your neighbor’s too.

*Don’t leave anything in a truck bed that could blow out and litter the highway. The trucks that picked up Harvey debris often didn’t have covers and the debris was scattered all the way to the dump.

*Be a good example in the group to throw away your trash in a nearby trashcan. Children are watching and the exercise is good for you.

*Demand your city leaders and police officers enforce the litter ordinance.

* Be a good caretaker of the earth.  Pride in your city is contagious.  “We didn’t inherit the earth from our grandparents but are borrowing it from our grandchildren.” Let’s leave it better than we found it.   It could contribute to more businesses and more families settling in Orange.   The Trashy Ladies thank you and your grandchildren will too. 

Please help the Trashy Ladies keep Orange clean.  It’s the Right Thing To Do!

For more information: Keep Orange County Beautiful visit our website at www.kocb.org Also visit us on facebook at Keep Orange County Beautiful

January 10th, 2018

Orange County Receives Harvey Grant


KOCB Names Workforce Solutions


Hometown Beautification Hero

Orange, Texas – Orange County is the recipient of the “Rebuild Texas Initiative” and the “National Disaster Displacement” grant which provides federal and state funds through Texas Workforce Solutions to provide jobs for people displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Workforce Solutions obtained grants benefitting workers displaced by Harvey for jobs with municipalities and qualifying non-profit entities of Orange County to assist with Hurricane cleanup.

“All employees hired through the Workforce as temporary employees of the ‘Rebuild Texas Initiative’ and the ‘National Disaster Displacement Grant’ are helping make our city look better after Hurricane Harvey and are earning ‘going wages’ in doing so which goes back into the local economy” according to a Workforce representative.

Participating municipalities and non-profits include:

  City of Vidor
  City of West Orange
  Orange Housing Authority
  Orange County
  Vidor ISD
  Salvation Army
  Orangefield ISD
  City of Pinehurst

City of Pinehurst temporary employees has been photographed working diligently in the collection of roadside trash and roadside spot clean-up recently on MacArthur Drive.

Keep Orange County Beautiful, the local non-profit affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful is proud to recognize Workforce Solutions for this valuable gift with its ensuing environmental benefits; and proud to name them Keep Orange County Beautiful’ s Hometown Beautification Hero.  

For more information on Keep Orange County Beautiful visit our website at www.KOCB.org. Or visit us on Facebook at Keep Orange County Beautiful

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