Economic Development News
Thursday, December 13 2018
Project to relocate administrative functions to Church Point; retain 38 jobs; result in 28 new jobs
Church Point, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Richard’s Cajun Foods Inc. President Ronnie Doucet announced Richard’s will invest $2.7 million to relocate some production and administrative functions to Church Point, Louisiana, and expand the company’s operations there. With the expansion, the food processing company will retain 38 jobs and will create 12 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $35,000. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 16 new indirect jobs, for a total of 28 new jobs in the Acadiana Region.
The Richard’s Church Point facility will feature 28,000 square feet of production and office space. As part of the expansion, the company is adding 6,000 square feet of space, as well as renovating 3,000 square feet of existing space in the Church Point facility. In addition to expanding the facility, Richard’s is relocating some production operations from Milwaukee to Church Point. The company anticipates construction beginning in January 2019, with completion by March 2019. Commercial operations will not cease during the expansion, and hiring for the new jobs will begin in early 2019.
Monday, November 19 2018
St. James Parish project will result in 1,230 new direct, indirect jobs
Convent, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Wanhua Chemical Group Co. Ltd. executive Weiqi Hua announced the company will develop a $1.25 billion chemical manufacturing complex in the St. James Parish community of Convent, Louisiana. The 250-acre manufacturing site will be developed at the northwest corner of the intersection of Louisiana Highways 3125 and 3214, on the east bank of the Mississippi River with deep-draft river access and available rail service.
The project will create 170 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of more than $80,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in additional 1,060 new indirect jobs, for a total of 1,230 new permanent jobs in the state. Wanhua will leverage its $1.25 billion capital investment to produce MDI, or methylene diphenyl diisocyanate. MDI is commonly used for polyurethane automotive parts, foams and elastomers, with applications in such consumer areas as appliances, electronics, spray-foam insulation, furniture, textiles and footwear.
Monday, October 22 2018
Foreign Direct Investment project to retain 150 jobs and result in 22 new direct, indirect jobs
Shreveport, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Ternium USA Inc. President Michael Guhl announced the international steelmaker will invest $14.7 million to expand and upgrade its facility at The Port of Caddo-Bossier in Shreveport.
Through the project, the company will retain 150 existing jobs and create six new direct jobs with an average salary of $65,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 16 new indirect jobs, for a total of 22 new jobs in Louisiana’s Northwest Region.
“Ternium’s expansion at The Port of Caddo-Bossier is a vote of confidence in the effectiveness of our port system, the talent of our people, and the strength of our business economy,” Gov. Edwards said. “The decision to upgrade this facility sends a message that Louisiana is well-positioned for foreign direct investment projects to thrive. Ternium’s reinvestment also secures the retention of 150 jobs and affirms the company’s confidence in Louisiana’s Northwest Region as a place to grow.”
Wednesday, August 29 2018
New Mississippi River port facility could ship crude oil beginning in 2020
Baton Rouge, LA — Tallgrass Energy and Drexel Hamilton Infrastructure Partners have announced plans to build a crude oil export terminal on the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. The proposed Plaquemines Liquids Terminal is permitted for up to 20 million barrels of crude oil storage and could be fully operational by mid-2020.
“Louisiana’s port infrastructure is a vital framework for our economy, and this project will make good use of our export capabilities along the Mississippi River,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “Adding a project such as this to our crude oil facilities, our refineries and our growing LNG export network will further strengthen Louisiana’s position as a world energy export leader.”
Monday, April 30 2018
In Concordia Parish, planned Australian-based manufacturing project will result in $25 million capital investment, more than 50 jobs
Vidalia, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Syrah Resources CEO Shaun Verner announced the company has selected a Vidalia site as its preferred location for its $25 million capital investment to develop a graphite processing facility in Louisiana. The Concordia Parish plant will produce graphite anode materials for batteries in electric vehicles and other products. The company, based in Melbourne, Australia, plans an initial graphite processing plant in a 50,000-square-foot industrial building it intends to purchase near the Vidalia Port. The building can be expanded at a later date, should Syrah develop additional phases.
The commercial project will create 25 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $60,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in 30 new indirect jobs, for a total of 55 new jobs in Central Louisiana.
Monday, April 23 2018
In two phases, ethane crackers and downstream plants would create up to 1,200 new direct jobs and result in thousands of new indirect jobs
St. James Parish, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Formosa Petrochemical Corp. executive Keh-Yen Lin announced the company has selected St. James Parish in Louisiana for a $9.4 billion chemical manufacturing complex and has purchased a 2,400-acre site along the west bank of the Mississippi River.
Located just downriver from the Sunshine Bridge, the complex would be built in two phases and produce ethylene, propylene, ethylene glycol and associated polymers. Formosa plans to operate the complex under its subsidiary and Louisiana registered company, FG LA LLC, and is branding the site as “The Sunshine Project.” Pending the completion and approval of permits for the site, FG could begin construction as soon as 2019 in what projects to be a 10-year building and development process in two phases.
Monday, April 16 2018
Photo: Globalplex Intermodal Terminal, 2017
Reserve, LA -- On April 12th, Port of South Louisiana commemorated the 25th anniversary of operations of its transshipment center, Globalplex Intermodal Terminal. The Port of South Louisiana has invested over $104 million in construction, upgrades, and improvements, which were made possible in part by grants received from Louisiana’s Capital Outlay and Port Construction and Development Priority Programs as well as other federal and state grants. Located in Reserve, Louisiana at the site of the former Godchaux Sugar Mill on the Mississippi River, the 335-acre multipurpose terminal, which handles, on average, 1.1 million tons annually, can accommodate dry bulk, breakbulk, containers and with some retrofitting, liquid bulk. Globalplex is easily accessible by way of land, water, rail and additionally, air.
“Globalplex’s transformation has been remarkable,” remarked Paul Aucoin, Port of South Louisiana’s Executive Director. “From a site filled with abandoned, dilapidated buildings and not much traffic to the vibrant terminal it is today. I’m sure that our Port of South Louisiana family will continue to work towards making the future of Globalplex even better than its past.”
Thursday, April 05 2018
Ports Day Being Recognized Today by Seaports Throughout the Western Hemisphere
LaPlace, LA — On April 5th seaports of the Americas will again celebrate Western Hemisphere Ports Day, an opportunity to highlight our industry’s role in job creation and economic prosperity. Ports are a vital part of the transportation infrastructure within the Western Hemisphere connecting farmers, manufacturers, workers and consumers to the global marketplace.
Led by the American Association of Port Authorities – and united in our common goal of creating prosperity throughout the Hemisphere – we are proud to join hundreds of ports in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, to highlight and celebrate the value of ports.
Friday, February 23 2018
Small businesses invited to apply for nationally acclaimed program
Baton Rouge, LA — LED encouraged Louisiana companies to apply for the nationally acclaimed Economic Gardening Initiative, which helps second-stage firms gain new markets in other states, thereby generating new sales and importing greater value and income to Louisiana communities.
The Louisiana initiative has been recognized as a best practice by the Edward Lowe Foundation, which administers the program nationwide and hosts the National Center for Economic Gardening. Eligible Louisiana businesses will be growing companies of $600,000 to $50 million in annual revenue, and staffs of five to 100 employees. For more information and an online application, visit OpportunityLouisiana.com/Economic-Gardening. Since inception of the program seven years ago, 213 companies from all eight regions of Louisiana have combined to create 1,367 new full-time-equivalent jobs while increasing annual sales by more than $215 million.
Experience 1920s Luxury Aviation When EAA's Ford Tri-Motor Tour Stops at Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport
Wednesday, February 21 2018
Reserve, LA — The Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport (KAPS) will serve as host of the Ford Tri-Motor Tour Stop along with our local EAA Chapter #971 on April 26th through the 29th at the airport in Reserve, Louisiana. Lamarque Ford in Kenner, Louisiana will serve as the title sponsor of the event. “We are excited to be bringing this part of history right here to the Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport,” said Paul Aucoin, executive director, “and we are grateful that Lamarque Ford has chosen to sponsor this event.”
The Ford Tri-Motor or the “Tin Goose” was first built by the Ford Motor Company in the late 1920s. EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor was constructed in 1929 and has an intriguing history, with roles ranging from service as a Cuban airliner to an extensive background fighting forest fires while transporting smoke jumpers.
Monday, February 05 2018
Reserve, LA — The Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport welcomes its first tenant to its new 6,363 square foot transient hangar. Air2, established in 1998, is the leading provider and innovator of helicopter-assisted utility construction and maintenance services for extra-high voltage (EHV) transmission lines throughout North America. Air2’s fleet of MD500 helicopters and highly trained, specialized airborne crews enable them to deliver customer-focused services with maximum efficiency and productivity. Air2’s mission is to deliver safe, quality service with integrity and respect to their customers while providing premier construction, maintenance, emergency response and inspection services to North American utility companies.
Air2 is headquartered in Maryland with operational centers throughout the United States. Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin stated, “We are excited to have Air2 as a current tenant as they work with Entergy on maintenance of their power lines in the south Louisiana area.” The self-funded transient hangar came on-line a couple of months ago and is part of many improvements planned by the Port of South Louisiana. “I’m very happy that we’re beginning this new hangar operation featuring the Air2 staff and fleet,” said Vincent Caire, Airport Director.
The Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport (KAPS) is located right in the heart of the industrial corridor in southeast Louisiana and serves business aircraft as well as general aviation. KAPS is located outside of congestion of local Class B airspace and closer to your ground destination eliminating your drive time.
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Thursday, November 09 2017
New Orleans, LA — Last week, the World Trade Center of New Orleans celebrated Louisiana International Trade Week, a week-long event that included industry panel sessions and workshops. Presenting sponsors were the Port of South Louisiana and Associated Terminals.
Wednesday, November 01 2017
Reserve, LA — The Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin and Airport Director Vincent Caire, along with members of the Board of Commissioners, commemorated the official opening of the first transient hangar (1) at Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport, expanding services at the aero center in Reserve, Louisiana. Designed by NY Associates, Inc. and constructed by Justin J. Reeves, LLC, the 6,363 square-foot hangar has the capacity to accommodate a variety of large corporate and business aircraft, which are utilizing the Executive Regional Airport in Reserve on a more frequent basis.
Monday, October 30 2017
LaPlace, LA — The Port of South Louisiana has committed $9.5 million to build a railroad for Dow St. Charles capable of handling 250 rail cars.
Friday, October 27 2017
LaPlace, LA -- Year-to-date, facilities within Port of South Louisiana’s district handled over 228 million short tons of cargo. Tonnage data thus far seems to suggest that, once again, it is on course to surpass last year’s total throughput. If so, 2017 will be, yet again, a record-breaking year.
Friday, September 15 2017
New Orleans, LA -- The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) hosted their Annual Meeting in New Orleans yesterday (Roosevelt Hotel). The President of NASDA and Commissioner of Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Michael Strain championed a motion supporting the deepening of the Mississippi River Ship Channel to 50 feet. Earlier in the week, Dr. Strain led the effort to gain the support of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) on the same motion.
Pin Oak Terminals Holds Ribbon Cutting of Petroleum Liquid Storage Terminal in Port of South Louisiana District
Tuesday, August 15 2017
New storage facility to result in 70 on-site jobs, 81 indirect jobs
Port of South Louisiana and World Trade Center of New Orleans Use Op-ED in National Publication to Highlight Link Between Agriculture and Infrastructure
Wednesday, June 07 2017
Port of South Louisiana — In an opinion editorial in a national publication, World Trade Center of New Orleans CEO Caitlin Cain and Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin explain that, for Louisiana, there may be no more critical economic issues than agriculture and infrastructure and hope that both U.S. legislators and the Trump administration come to support infrastructure improvements, especially that of the Mississippi River, the nation’s most vital shipping channel.
Monday, April 10 2017
Port of South Louisiana Praises Cong. Scalise’s Efforts to Secure Funding for Mississippi River Dredging
Port of South Louisiana -- On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at a reception held in Washington, D.C. during the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) spring conference, U.S. Congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) received the organization’s 2017 “Port Person of the Year” award for his continuous support of the maritime industry.
A strong leader, Congressman Scalise is resolute in upholding the Constitution, is an advocate for fiscal responsibility and lower taxes, and is a proponent of a national energy strategy that encourages independence from foreign oil. At the same time, he is praised for his aptitude in uniting his colleagues to pass effective legislation, so much so that Congressman Scalise has been elected House Majority Whip twice since his election into Congress in 2008.
Friday, March 31 2017
Company produces youth-market vehicles in project that will result in 570 new direct, indirect jobs
Ruston, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Monster Moto CEO Alexander Keechle dedicated the company’s new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Ruston, where it assembles minibikes, go-carts and other youth-oriented vehicles. Originally based in the Dallas area, the company relocated its operations to the Ruston facility, which houses the company’s headquarters, a product showroom, warehouse space and an assembly plant equipped to make all of the items in Monster Moto’s product line. Over the next decade, the project will create 287 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $46,800, plus benefits, and more than 50 of those jobs have been filled to date. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 292 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 570 new jobs in North Louisiana.
Monster Moto’s relocation from Dallas to Ruston consisted of a $4 million capital investment as part of a public-private development to build a 100,000-square-foot facility housing the company’s operations at the former site of Ruston’s municipal airport. The new facility also will shift the company’s manufacturing operations from overseas to the U.S. to meet the demand of retailers for U.S.-made vehicles. The Monster Moto facility in Ruston was designed to allow expansion up to 300,000 square feet in the future.
Thursday, December 22 2016
Liquefied natural gas project to create 250 new direct jobs and result in 728 new indirect jobs
Belle Chasse, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Venture Global LNG executives Bob Pender and Mike Sabel announced the company will invest $8.5 billion to develop a natural gas liquefaction facility and LNG export terminal in Plaquemines Parish. Plaquemines LNG will be Venture Global’s second major natural gas liquefaction and export project in Louisiana, joining the $4.5 billion Calcasieu Pass project that was announced in Cameron Parish in December 2014 and is under development.
Plaquemines LNG will create 250 new direct jobs at an average annual salary of $70,000 per year, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates that the project will result in an additional 728 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 975 new jobs for Plaquemines Parish and the Southeast Region. The project also is expected to generate 2,200 construction jobs.
Wednesday, December 21 2016
Highlights Priorities with Key Trump Transition Team Member
This week, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin travelled to Washington for a daylong series of meetings with key transportation influencers and stakeholders to discuss the Port’s priorities.
There, Paul briefed key journalists, think-tank scholars and a member of the President-Elect Donald Trump’s Transition Team about issues impacting the Port, including securing federal assistance to dredge the mouth of the Mississippi River.
“Ensuring the mouth of the Mississippi River is always dredged to 50 feet is critical for both Louisiana, and the entire nation,” said Executive Director Paul Aucoin. “I stressed at every meeting, that ensuring the river is open for business will stimulate impressive economic growth and generate thousands of good paying jobs for working Americans. As a country, the Mississippi River is one of our most valuable resources and we must take steps to ensure its continued reliability.”
Port of South Louisiana Safety Risk Agency Manager and Infragard Louisiana President, Millet, Receives USCG Meritorious Public Service Award
Tuesday, December 13 2016
Photo Caption: Lester Millet III pictured with USCG Captain Wayne R. Arguin
LaPlace, LA -- During the November 17, 2016 Facility Security Officers (FSO) workgroup meeting, Lester Millet III, Port of South Louisiana’s (PSL) Safety Risk Agency Manager and InfraGard Louisiana President, was presented with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Meritorious Public Service Award by Captain Wayne R. Arguin, USCG Sector New Orleans Captain of the Port. Some of the achievements Mr. Millet was recognized for included the following:
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Wednesday, November 16 2016
Photo Caption: Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin during SLC’s briefing
During the meeting held at the Port’s Guesthouse, Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin gave a presentation on the Port of South Louisiana, and provided a tour of Globalplex Intermodal Terminal, the Port’s public cargo facility, and a boat tour of part of the port district.
Restored Blue Angels F-11 Tiger Jet Fighter, Electronic Message Board to Welcome the Public to the Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport
Thursday, October 13 2016
Reserve, LA -- Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin, alongside members of Port of South Louisiana Board of Commissioners, unveiled the refurbished Blue Angels F-11 Tiger jet fighter, which will be perched on the corner of Airport Road and U.S. 61, the entrance to Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport. A special invited guest was U.S. Navy Lieutenant Hal Loney, U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ 1967 team member #6 and, at the time, the 27 year-old pilot of this F-11 Tiger jet fighter. He had been selected for the team in February 1967.
On October 10, 1967, the jet fighter, an original that flew with the U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, suffered a malfunction during a flight demonstration at the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station New Orleans, known today as Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. The aircraft lost power during takeoff and came to rest beyond the end of the runway. Fortunately, as an experienced pilot with 2,000 flying hours and 300 aircraft carrier landings under his belt, Lieutenant Loney was able to get out safely and the show continued.
Monday, October 10 2016
Photo Caption: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (with Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin) signing MOUs with Cuba
Last week, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin and Commission President D. Paul Robichaux traveled to Havana, Cuba on a follow-up trade mission led by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the first one by a Louisiana governor since 2005. Approximately 50 state, regional, local, port, and private business leaders joined the mission including Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson, and Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, who led a previous mission to Cuba in July.
During July’s fact-finding mission to Cuba, delegates met with Cuban government and trade officials and toured the Port of Mariel. This time around, Governor Edwards was in attendance to sign a ports Memorandum of Understanding with Cuban officials to denote a ceremonial partnership between Louisiana and Cuba to expand trade and commerce.
Thursday, September 01 2016
Project will add 50 new direct jobs while retaining 80 existing jobs for Mandeville company
Baton Rouge, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and President Matthew Saacks of Ampirical Solutions LLC announced the company will create 50 new direct jobs to expand its electrical transmission infrastructure and distribution firm in St. Tammany Parish. Based in Mandeville, Louisiana, the company specializes in the design of substations, relay switchyards, protective relays and controls, transmission lines, distribution lines and related operations.
The 50 new direct jobs created by Ampirical in the expansion will have an average annual salary of $85,206, plus benefits, while the company also will retain 80 existing jobs. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 82 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 130 new jobs in St. Tammany Parish and the Southeast Region.
Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Appointed to Louisiana Board of International Commerce by Governor Edwards
Wednesday, August 10 2016
On August 5th, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the appointment of Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin to the Louisiana Board of International Commerce (LaBIC).
LaBIC, whose distinguished members serve in all capacities of trade and business development, was formed to advance Louisiana’s international commerce initiatives in an effort to enhance the state’s position in international trade by attracting foreign and domestic investment and boost the state’s trade-based economy. Paul, who has successfully served as executive director of the Port of South Louisiana for the past three years, will serve as a representative of international ports.
Tuesday, August 09 2016
Photo Caption: U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany at a meet and greet hosted by the Port of South Louisiana
Reserve, LA -- On August 2nd, the Port of South Louisiana hosted a meet and greet with U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. MD. at the Guesthouse, located within the grounds of Globalplex Intermodal Terminal. Congressman Boustany spoke to an audience of industry, river region, and port leaders about issues important to the maritime industry and the citizens of Louisiana, such as infrastructure maintenance and improvements (e.g., dredging and coastal restoration), growing trade agreements (e.g., the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP), and domestic energy production (e.g., LNG).
Congressman Boustany was instrumental in securing legislative language in the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) that was passed into law which will increase the amount of federal dollars spent on port maintenance every year until 2025. He also authored the Realize America’s Maritime Potential (RAMP) Act, which forces the federal government to adequately maintain ports and harbors to their authorized depths.
Monday, July 25 2016
Last week, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin along with Commission President D. Paul Robichaux, Commission Treasurer P. Joey Murray, III, and Commission Secretary Stanley Bazile returned from a 94-member trade mission to Cuba led by Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture, Mike Strain. The trade mission delegation was comprised of representatives from Louisiana export facilities, rice growers, shipping businesses, and bankers, plus members of the State of Louisiana Legislature and Louisiana Economic Development.
During the week-long visit, trade mission delegates toured the new Port of Mariel, located on the western part of Cuba. This state-of-the art container port began operations a year-and-a-half ago and it is equipped with top-of-the line computers, equipment, and technology. Port of Mariel officials offered their expertise and assistance to the Port of South Louisiana when it moves forward with establishing a container facility within its jurisdiction. They also met with Cuban government and trade officials in an effort to find opportunities to export agricultural products and other commodities to the island nation, which presently imports from the Far East.
Thursday, July 21 2016
Port of South Louisiana -- On Monday, July 18th, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) announced the recipients of the 2016 AAPA Communication Awards Program. The Port of South Louisiana (PSL) received two Awards of Merit from the organization: one for the quarterly PortLog journal and the other for website re-design.
After much encouragement and deep consideration, the Port of South Louisiana contracted Renaissance Publishing Company to implement quarterly editions of its PortLog, which is distributed to over 3,000 companies around the U.S. In the past, the Port of South Louisiana seemed to have a lack of name recognition even though it is the largest tonnage port in the Western Hemisphere.
Gov. Edwards And SolScapes CEO Iviana Stewart Announce Expansion Of Utility Maintenance Company In Rapides Parish
Friday, July 08 2016
Project will add 40 new direct jobs while retaining 35 jobs for Lecompte company
Alexandria, LA -- Gov. John Bel Edwards and SolScapes owner Iviana Stewart announced today that the company will make a $2 million capital investment and create 40 new direct jobs to expand its utility rights-of-way maintenance operation in Rapides Parish. The company, based in Lecompte, Louisiana, performs a range of contracted services for utility and pipeline companies.
With the expansion, SolScapes will add 40 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $28,000, plus benefits, while retaining 35 existing jobs. Louisiana Economic Development estimates that the project also will result in 14 new indirect jobs, for a total of nearly 50 new jobs in Rapides Parish and Central Louisiana.
Monday, June 20 2016
Lafayette, LA -- Gov. John Bel Edwards highlighted the announcement by Waitr Inc. that it will develop a 100-job technology operations center in Lafayette. Waitr founder and CEO Chris Meaux joined Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson and President and CEO Gregg Gothreaux of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority in making the announcement at the fifth annual ABiz State of the Economy Luncheon in Lafayette. Headquartered in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Waitr is an online and mobile software-solution business that partners with local restaurants, providing delivery service for restaurants and making available to them a new range of customers via home delivery. Diners may also pay via the free Waitr app from their restaurant tables.
The 100 new direct jobs created by Waitr's Lafayette expansion will provide an average annual salary of $55,000, plus benefits, for software engineers and restaurant operations professionals. LED estimates the project will result in another 107 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 200 new jobs in Acadiana and surrounding regions. The company will retain 129 current full-time employees at its Lake Charles headquarters and at city team offices in markets where it operates. Additionally, Waitr will retain more than 300 delivery positions and create 100 new driver positions through the expansion.
Friday, June 10 2016
Photo Caption: Consul General of France in Louisiana Grégor Trumel (center), Vice-Consul Olivia Lamy (left) and Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin (right)
LaPlace, LA -- The Port of South Louisiana had the privilege of hosting a visit by the Consul General of France in Louisiana Grégor Trumel and Vice-Consul Olivia Lamy. Grégor Trumel was appointed as Consul General by the President of the French Republic in 2014 and has also served as First Counselor, Press Counselor, and Deputy Chief of Mission at French Embassies in Paris, the Netherlands, and Denmark.
During the event held at the Port’s Guesthouse, Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin gave a presentation on the Port of South Louisiana and a tour of Globalplex Intermodal Terminal. Trumel, in turn, gave an overview of the Consulate General of France, serving the New Orleans region as well as the entire state of Louisiana. The Consulate’s mission is to assist and protect interests of French citizens currently in the United States and to facilitate cooperation and trade between the two countries.
Wednesday, June 01 2016
Photo Caption: Blue Angel #6 during its time flying with the 1967 team, shown here flying over Mt. McKinley, Alaska
Reserve, LA -- In partnership with the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, the Port of South Louisiana has acquired the sponsorship rights to the Blue Angel aircraft displayed at the entrance to the Port of South Louisiana’s Executive Regional Airport in Reserve, Louisiana. The aircraft is an original Grumman F-11 Tiger jet fighter that flew with the U.S. Navy flight demonstration team in 1967.
The aircraft will be restored to its original Blue Angels configuration, as it appeared when performed in air shows throughout the United States and other parts of the world, including Europe. “We are very proud of this honor and look forward to completing the restoration of this historic aircraft. Sitting on its pedestal at the entrance to our airport, this authentic Blue Angel has become a landmark within the River Parishes community,” said Port Executive Director Paul Aucoin.
Monday, May 23 2016
New Orleans, LA -- Thousands of wind power developers, manufacturers, workers, executives, and more arrive from around the world to New Orleans for a four-day conference and exhibition today as America’s industry with the fastest growing job kicked off its largest event all year.
WINDPOWER 2016 began this morning with the election of new leadership by the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Board of Directors and takes place as wind energy stays on track to supply 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030 – and with Louisiana rising as an emerging player in the industry. Former Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu will provide local flavor for the wind industry’s largest gathering in the Western Hemisphere by speaking during tomorrow’s Welcome & Opening General Session at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center starting at 9:00 a.m.
“With long-term policy certainty in place, this year’s attendees are excited to arrive in New Orleans and see what’s next for our industry,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “Thanks to U.S. factory workers building wind turbine parts and supplies, including hundreds here in Louisiana, we continue to lower our costs and give Americans the power to power ourselves.”
Wind power now supports 88,000 jobs in the U.S. and could support 380,000 jobs by 2030. American innovation has helped wind power lower its costs by two-thirds in just six years, passing the savings onto American homeowners and businesses.
“Thanks to 20 percent job growth over the previous year, there are more workers in wind power than there are seats in the Superdome,” continued Kiernan. “With its continued technology upgrades wind energy continues to expand throughout the Southeastern U.S. By adding new transmission lines we can bring even more of wind power’s clean, low-cost source of electricity to more Americans in this region.”
As its technology changes and new leaders emerge a new generation of wind power is arriving in the U.S. Those changes led to this year’s WINDPOWER theme to be labeled ‘Generation Wind’ The theme helps to promote future leaders in the industry and, with over 100 sessions and presentations, this year’s conference offers more opportunities than ever for attendees to learn and to network.
“Wind power has become a key part of America’s electricity mix, and generation wind has arrived here in New Orleans,” said Jana Adams, Senior Vice President of Member Value and Experience, AWEA. “Our flagship trade show WINDPOWER 2016 is changing to match our industry’s progress, we’re engaging the industry on many levels, training future leaders, and together preparing to meet America’s energy needs.”
This year’s WINDPOWER comes at a pivotal point for the industry as long-term policy certainty was passed by a bipartisan Congress last year, a continued rise of new investment in clean energy technology by Fortune 500 companies and other emerging buyers, and an unstoppable shift to a safer, cleaner-powered future by many states and the electricity sector takes hold.
New AWEA leadership
Also joining as new additions to AWEA’s Board of Directors through its member elections are:
Finally, we welcome new interim Directors recently voted in by AWEA’s Board:
Tuesday, May 10 2016
Lester Millett, III, pictured right, receiving the LEPA Dedication Award
Port of South Louisiana's Safety Risk Agency Manager and President of InfraGard Louisiana Lester Millet, III, recently received the 2016 Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA) Dedication Award for past efforts affiliated with both InfraGard Louisiana and the Port of South Louisiana’s Facility Security Officers Workgroup.
The LEPA Dedication Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have contributed to the enhancement of emergency response and management within the State of Louisiana.
Monday, May 02 2016
The Port of South Louisiana has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nicholls State University to promote the university’s successful Coastal Restoration Program, dedicated to provide storm surge protection, ending coastal land loss and restoring Louisiana land.
Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin and Nicholls State University President Dr. Bruce Murphy signed the agreement, which commits the Port to financially assist Nicholls in their endeavors. In turn, Nicholls will supply monthly status reports and other data pertaining to Nicholls’ goals and milestones.
“Restoration of our coast is important to all Louisianians,” Aucoin said. “It’s important for our country. Coastal restoration benefits all of us, male and female, young and old. The Port of South Louisiana is proud to assist Nicholls State University with its coastal restoration efforts.”
Tuesday, April 19 2016
Lake Providence Port, LA -- Lake Providence Port is the fastest growing inland port in the United States. The port has access to many international shipping lines. Therefore, they provide transport solutions efficiently. This port is also a fundamental component in Louisiana’s economic engine. It is an exemplary channel that is set to enhance the economic growth and development of the entire Northeast Louisiana.
The port is accessible via road, rail and water making it an important transit epicenter. Additionally, the accessibility has attracted different kinds of industries that have made the economy of the port and the whole of Louisiana expand exponentially. Through the set up of many industries in the area, more job opportunities have been created.
Tuesday, April 05 2016
Who: Port of South Louisiana
What: Dedication Ceremony
When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 10:00 AM
Where: Globalplex Intermodal Terminal
Thursday, March 31 2016
LaPlace, LA -- The Port of South Louisiana is pleased to announce the redesign of the website www.portsl.com. With updated features and enhanced navigability, it is set to provide its audience more relevant and accessible information on the activity within the Port of South Louisiana and the River Region.
“Our website has always been an important way for us to share information about the Port of South Louisiana and the resources of the River Region,” said Paul Aucoin, Executive Director of the Port of South Louisiana. “With its new look and improved navigability, it makes it even easier to find everything anyone wants to know about the largest tonnage port in the Western Hemisphere.”
Monday, February 22 2016
Shreveport - Monroe, LA -- North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) announces Sheena Black as its new Vice President of Business Development. Black will lead the NLEP Business Development program responsible for recruiting new companies to North Louisiana’s 14 parishes. She started at NLEP on February 18, 2016.
“I’m thrilled to join such a dynamic organization that is implementing its strategic vision and actively attracting investment to the region. By focusing on specific niches, we hope to locate high growth companies by highlighting North Louisiana’s competitive advantages and ultimately increase the number of jobs available within our region,” said Black.
Black has extensive experience in economic development, international relations and public policy. She previously led a division within the Guam Economic Development Authority, where she supervised four analysts and worked to support international investors establishing businesses in the U.S. territory. In that role, she received the Governor’s Award for effectively advocating the region’s interests on a U.S. Presidential task force and at international development organizations.
Thursday, February 18 2016
In Ascension Parish, $717 million project will create world’s largest single-site production of alpha olefins
Geismar, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Shell Chemical LP officials highlighted the beginning of construction for the company’s $717 million linear alpha olefins manufacturing plant in Geismar. LED Secretary Don Pierson joined company executives – including Shell Americas Vice President of Manufacturing Aamir Farid; Shell Chemical General Manager of Higher Olefins/Derivatives Rutger Beelaerts; and Shell Geismar General Manager Rhoman Hardy – along with U.S. Rep. Garret Graves and Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa in a groundbreaking ceremony at the company’s Ashland Belle-Helene reception center.
The project will make Shell Chemical’s Geismar location the largest single-site producer of alpha olefins in the world. In addition, the Shell Chemical project will retain 650 existing jobs in Geismar; create 20 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $104,000, plus benefits; and result in an estimated 93 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 110 new jobs in the Capital Region and surrounding areas.
Friday, January 29 2016
Photo Caption: Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin as emcee of the Washington Mardi Gras; RREDI Breakfast on Friday, January 22, 2016
Washington, D.C. -- As most Louisianians know, nothing stops Mardi Gras. In like fashion, nothing stopped the 2016 Washington Mardi Gras held at the Washington Hilton Hotel this past weekend. Washington Mardi Gras was only overshadowed, to some respect, by one thing: the record snow dumped on the eastern seaboard, including Washington D.C., by Winter Storm Jonas. Many of those attending the festivities found themselves stranded away from home, as transportation in and out of town was shut down for three days. Nevertheless, the event continued, virtually without a hitch.
The Washington Mardi Gras is a yearly event where local lawmakers, businessmen, industry executives, parish leaders, and economic developers connect with the state’s U.S. Congressional delegation and with one another to bring improvement or positive change to the state of Louisiana. It’s also a celebration and exhibition of Louisiana traditions.
Economist Dr. Loren Scott Presents on Impact of the Port of South Louisiana at River Region Chamber of Commerce Banquet
Friday, January 15 2016
LaPlace, LA -- Economic consultant Dr. Loren Scott presented a summary of the study he conducted in 2014 on behalf of the Port of South Louisiana about the economic impact of the Port on the River Region during the River Region Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, which was held at the St. John the Baptist Parish Community Center on January 13, 2016. Findings of the study released in early 2015 showed that port operations results in $14 billion in new business sales, $1.8 billion in household earnings, the creation of over 30,000 jobs, and an average salary of over $60,000. The latter is 36% higher than the average wage in the state of Louisiana.
Thursday, December 17 2015
Through joint venture, Axiall and Lotte Chemical will invest in new ethane cracker facility; combined with new Lotte monoethylene glycol plant, more than 2,100 new direct and indirect jobs will result
Lake Charles, LA --Governor Bobby Jindal and Axiall Corp. and Lotte Chemical Corp. executives announced the companies will make a combined $3 billion capital investment in two new chemical manufacturing plants in Lake Charles. Axiall and Lotte, through a joint venture called LACC LLC, will make a $1.9 billion capital investment in a new ethane cracker facility beside Axiall’s current Lake Charles manufacturing plants in Calcasieu Parish. Additionally, Lotte will make a $1.1 billion capital investment in a new monoethylene glycol manufacturing plant on the same site.
Combined, the projects will create 215 new direct jobs, with the ethane cracker producing 135 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $75,500, plus benefits, and the monoethylene glycol, or MEG, facility producing 80 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $87,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the combined projects will result in 1,892 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 2,100 new jobs in Southwest Louisiana. With its project, Axiall will retain 1,600 existing workers in the Lake Charles area, and the company estimates 2,000 construction jobs will be created at peak building activity for the new plants.
Tuesday, December 08 2015
Dongsung FineTec America’s project at Port of Lake Charles will support LNG projects, other industry
Lake Charles, LA -- Governor Bobby Jindal and Senior Vice President James Choi of Dongsung FineTec Co. Ltd. announced the company will create 250 new direct jobs and make a $5 million capital investment in a cryogenic insulation manufacturing facility in Lake Charles. Based in South Korea, Dongsung FineTec provides specialized high-performance insulation to liquefied natural gas plants and other industrial sites around the world.
The company will create 250 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $40,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 492 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 742 new jobs for Calcasieu Parish and surrounding areas. The project also is expected to generate an additional 20 construction jobs.
The company will lease an 11-acre site at the Port of Lake Charles’ Industrial Park East for its manufacturing complex. The site includes the former Spartech plastics compounding plant. The 59,000-square-foot building will be renovated for specialized insulation production.
Tuesday, November 03 2015
In St. John the Baptist Parish, new joint venture is acquiring DuPont’s Neoprene business and creating its corporate headquarters in greater New Orleans
LaPlace, LA -- Governor Bobby Jindal and Denka Performance Elastomer LLC President and CEO Koki Tabuchi announced the creation of a new corporate headquarters at the company’s LaPlace site, where Denka has acquired the Neoprene synthetic rubber business of DuPont Performance Polymers. The project will create 16 new corporate executive jobs with an average annual salary estimated by LED at $80,000, plus benefits. LED also estimates the project will result in another 81 new indirect jobs, for a total of nearly 100 new jobs in the greater New Orleans area and the Southeast Region of Louisiana.
Denka Performance Elastomer will retain 235 existing manufacturing jobs associated with the Pontchartrain Works production site in LaPlace, where DuPont will continue to operate its separately owned DuPont™ Kevlar® business.
Tuesday, October 13 2015
During his visit to the River Region yesterday, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne stopped in at the Port of South Louisiana for an overview of the port and a tour of the port’s public terminal, Globalplex Intermodal Terminal. On behalf of Executive Director Paul Aucoin, Deputy Director Roy Quezaire and Chief Operating Officer Dale Hymel, Jr., welcomed Dardenne to the Guesthouse, where he met with port management, commissioners, and staff and local officials and business representatives. After his visit at Globalplex, Dardenne was scheduled to visit with Nucor Steel Louisiana located within the Port’s jurisdiction.
Tuesday, September 29 2015
Port of South Louisiana -- During the September 2015 regular commission meeting, Commissioner J. Raymond Fryoux was recognized for over seven years of service to the Port of South Louisiana. Commission President D. Paul Robichaux and Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin presented him with a commemorative clock in appreciation of the time he served on the board of commissioners (March 3, 2008 to July 16, 2015).
Before joining the Port of South Louisiana commission board, Fryoux had already made his mark in the maritime industry. For over 35 years, he owned and operated tankerman services, specializing in loading and unloading oil and chemicals from vessels, terminals, and refining along the Unites States waterways. Later, he formed his own consulting firm, concentrating in barge and maritime transfer.
Wednesday, June 24 2015
Manufacturing facility in St. John the Baptist Parish would result in more than 200 new direct and indirect jobs; finished product to be used in the oil and gas drilling industry
Baton Rouge, LA -- Gov. Bobby Jindal and President and CEO Alan Roughead of First Bauxite Corp. of Canada announced the company plans to invest $200 million to develop a bauxite processing plant on the Mississippi River in St. John the Baptist Parish. The project would create 100 new direct jobs ranging from entry level to skilled trade and professional management positions at an average annual salary of $70,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project would result in an additional 117 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 200 jobs in the River Parishes and the Southeast Louisiana region. At peak building activity, the company estimates the project would generate 150 construction jobs.
Based in Toronto, First Bauxite has concluded a feasibility study calling for the company to mine bauxite – an alumina-based ore – from Guyana, on the northern coast of South America, and ship it to Louisiana. There, the company would use the bauxite to manufacture ceramic proppants for the oil and gas industry. Proppants are sands or manufactured ceramic materials added to an industrial fluid to keep a hydraulic facture open – during or following the fracking process.
Monday, May 18 2015
Lake Charles project will retain 295 existing jobs and result in more than 110 new direct and indirect jobs
Lake Charles, LA -- Governor Bobby Jindal and W.R. Grace & Co. Chairman and CEO Fred Festa announced Advanced Refining Technologies®, the company’s joint venture with Chevron Products Company, will make a capital investment of $135 million to build a residue hydroprocessing catalyst production plant and additional alumina capacity at the existing Grace manufacturing facility near Lake Charles.
Grace will retain 295 direct jobs at the site, while ART will create 30 new direct jobs with a new annual payroll of $2.4 million, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates another 88 new indirect jobs would result from the project, for a total of more than 110 new jobs in the Southwest Region. In addition, 190 construction jobs will be created at peak building activity by the project, which will expand what is one of the largest refining catalyst plants in the world.
Thursday, April 23 2015
Iberville Parish project comes after governor’s economic mission to Asia; will result in more than 750 new direct and indirect jobs and 2,100 new construction jobs
Plaquemine, LA -- Gov. Bobby Jindal and Shintech Inc. founder and Chairman Chihiro Kanagawa announced the company will make a $1.4 billion capital investment to supply its Iberville Parish facilities with new ethylene production capacity. Shintech, a North American subsidiary of Japan-based Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd., will create 100 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $68,500 per year, plus benefits. Shintech will retain 335 existing direct jobs, with another 350 contract workers also employed at the company sites in Plaquemine and Addis, Louisiana.
Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 658 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 750 new jobs in the Capital Region and surrounding areas. In addition, the company estimates 2,100 construction jobs will be generated by the project at peak building activity. The world’s largest PVC plastics manufacturer, Shintech will be constructing the first ethylene plant built in the U.S. by a Japanese chemical company.
Thursday, April 02 2015
The Port of South Louisiana hosted Congressman Garret Graves during his recent visit to various agencies in the River Region. Executive Director Paul Aucoin and other Port representatives provided an overview of the Port of South Louisiana along with a tour of the Port’s public terminal, Globalplex Intermodal, receiving a detailed description along the way. Following, Congressman Graves and Mr. Aucoin visited with executives from Marathon Petroleum Corporation at their Garyville, Louisiana facility.
The stay at the Port of South Louisiana culminated with a luncheon attended by local business and government leaders, including Senator Gary Smith, St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre, St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom, and St. James Parish President Timothy “Timmy” Roussel.
Wednesday, February 18 2015
IBM technology facility will anchor 88-acre, CenturyLink-affiliated technology park and mixed-use development; with State of Louisiana support, local universities will dramatically expand technology-focused offerings
Monroe, LA -- Gov. Bobby Jindal and IBM Senior Vice President Colleen Arnold joined CenturyLink CEO and President Glen Post, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret and other officials to announce that IBM will establish a 400-job Application Development and Innovation Center in Monroe, from which the company will provide software technology services to clients across the United States. IBM also will partner with CenturyLink on research, development and product innovation initiatives.
The IBM center in Monroe represents a multifaceted, transformational partnership that will include expanded higher-education programs related to computer science, as well as a major new technology park and mixed-use, real estate development that will catalyze new economic growth opportunities in Monroe. The IBM center will employ a broad range of college graduates and experienced professionals with backgrounds in computer science and other quantitative-intense fields, such as engineering, mathematics and science. In addition to the 400 direct jobs that will be created at the center, LED estimates the project will result in approximately 406 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 800 new permanent jobs in Northeast Louisiana. Read Full Story.....
Thursday, February 12 2015
Project will include 50,000-square-foot facility and result in more than 340 new direct and indirect jobs
Jennings, LA -- Gov. Bobby Jindal and Metalplate Galvanizing Chairman Hartwell Davis Jr. announced a $9.75 million capital investment to develop a metal galvanizing plant in Jennings. With the development of a 50,000-square-foot facility, the company will create 104 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $46,300, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 245 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 340 new jobs in the Southwest Region. The company estimates the project will generate 50 construction jobs as well.
Gov. Jindal said, “Louisiana’s Southwest Region has become a beacon for major new investment and industrial activity, and we are proud to add Metalplate Galvanizing to the growing list of companies that have selected Louisiana for new business investment.
Wednesday, February 04 2015
Southwest Region’s newest LNG project will create 100 direct jobs and result in estimated 385 new indirect jobs
Lake Charles, LA -- Governor Bobby Jindal and Live Oak LNG Chairman Martin Houston announced the company will invest $2 billion to develop a liquefaction facility and liquefied natural gas export terminal near Lake Charles. The plant will be constructed on the Calcasieu Ship Channel, which connects the Lake Charles industrial region to worldwide markets via the Gulf of Mexico.
The Live Oak LNG project will create 100 new direct jobs at the liquefaction and export facility, with an average annual salary of $75,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in 385 new indirect jobs, for a total of 485 new permanent jobs in Calcasieu Parish and surrounding parishes in the Southwest Region. In addition, the LNG project will generate an estimated 1,000 construction jobs at peak building activity.