LED News

August 2013

AAR Corp. Announces 500 New Jobs For Chennault International Airport In Lake Charles
State will establish Aircraft MRO Center of Excellence for aviation training at SOWELA Technical Community College

Incitec Pivot, Dyno Nobel, Cornerstone Chemical Break Ground On $1 Billion Industrial Project In Jefferson Parish
Ammonia production plant at Cornerstone Chemical site will result in more than 540 new jobs

July 2013

Southern Business & Development: Louisiana Earns Fourth State Of The Year Award In Five Years

Louisiana's Business Climate Ranked No. 4 In The U.S.; Workforce Training Program Remains Best In Nation
Louisiana achieves highest business climate ranking ever by Business Facilities magazine

American Tank Company Announces $2 Million Investment In New Iberia Manufacturing Facility
Project will include new 20,000-square-foot plant and result in 47 new direct and indirect jobs

Louisiana Reaches All-Time High In National Business Climate Ranking
Pollina Corporate Real Estate ranks Louisiana’s business climate No. 14, up 26 spots since 2008 – the largest improvement of any state in the past five years

Honeywell Announces $208 Million In Louisiana Projects With Potential For $1.2 Billion In Total Investment
In Shreveport, Baton Rouge and Geismar, Honeywell will retain 698 jobs and invest in projects resulting in 190 new direct and indirect jobs

EuroChem Announces Fertilizer Project In Louisiana That Will Result In More Than 1,500 New Jobs
Global company will develop a natural gas-based fertilizer plant and distribution center

CB&I Announces 400 New Jobs Coming To Baton Rouge Area
Company will expand Government Solutions professional workforce in Baton Rouge

June 2013

Hunting Energy Services Announces Completion Of $19.6 Million Houma Facility
New 97,000-square-foot building equips company for oilfield services growth

Lantern Awards Recognize Manufacturing Excellence In Louisiana
Companies from eight regions of the state earn honors for quality and community service

May 2013

Danos Announces New Louisiana Headquarters And Manufacturing Expansion
Energy firm's $30 million capital investment will result in nearly 1,300 new Louisiana jobs

RoyOMartin Announces $20 Million Expansion At Chopin Plant
Plywood project will retain 686 jobs and result in 80 new direct and indirect jobs

Wolverine Terminals Announces $30 Million Crude Oil Terminal Project In St. James Parish
Company will create 20 new direct jobs and provide 425,000-barrel capacity for storage, blending and domestic shipping

LED And SBA Honor 2013 Small Business Award Winners
Event honors Louisiana small business leaders and their contributions to the state's economy

Louisiana Earns Its Highest Ranking Ever In CEO Survey Of State Business Climates
Up 33 spots since 2009, Louisiana ranks No. 11 in Chief Executive's Best & Worst States for Business

Gov. Jindal And Boise Inc. Announce $111 Million Investment At DeRidder Paper Mill
Project will create 54 new direct jobs and result in 222 new indirect jobs while retaining 440 employees

Idaho Timber Announces Plans To Reopen Mill In Coushatta
Project in Red River Parish will create 90 new jobs and result in 289 new indirect jobs

April 2013

Methanex Announces $550 Million Methanol Plant Project In Louisiana
Two relocated plants will result in more than 1,300 new direct and indirect jobs

GE Capital Dedicates Technology Center In New Orleans
Company marks creation of 100 jobs en route to full employment of 300 workers by 2015

fDi Magazine Ranks New Orleans And Lafayette Among Top American Cities Of The Future
Over 400 cities considered; rankings based on economic potential, human resources, cost-effectiveness, infrastructure and business friendliness

Incitec Pivot, Dyno Nobel And Cornerstone Chemical Announce More Than $1 Billion Project In Jefferson Parish
Project at Cornerstone Chemical site will create 65 new direct jobs and result in 477 new indirect jobs

March 2013

IBM Announces Creation Of 800-Job Technology Center In Downtown Baton Rouge
“IBM Services Center: Baton Rouge” represents Louisiana’s largest software development project to date; with State support, LSU will dramatically expand its computer science program;

Huntsman Corp. Announces $78 Million Expansion Of Geismar Facility
Investment will retain 397 jobs and result in more than 75 new direct and indirect jobs

Metal Shark Boats Announces Jeanerette Expansion To Result In More Than 200 New Jobs
$1.52 million investment will create 88 direct jobs and result in 134 indirect jobs

Louisiana Leads Nation In Top Corporate Investment, Community Impact Projects For 2012
State earns CiCi Awards for Sempra Energy, Sutherland Global Services, CF Industries and Benteler Steel/Tube projects

Lockheed Martin Announces Liquefied Natural Gas Project Creating 166 New Direct Jobs In New Orleans
Project at Michoud Assembly Facility will result in 236 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 400 new jobs

Katoen Natie USA Announces $150 Million Baton Rouge Area Petrochemical Storage And Processing Facility
Company will develop 2 million-square-foot complex, resulting in 210 new direct jobs and 516 new indirect jobs

CenturyLink Breaks Ground On 250,000-Square-Foot Headquarters Expansion
Fortune 500 firm to build Technology Center of Excellence, adding 800 jobs in Monroe and 1,170 new indirect jobs in the greater Monroe area

February 2013

South Louisiana Methanol Announces $1.3 Billion Investment In St. James Parish
New methanol facility will result in over 430 new direct, indirect jobs

Genesis Energy To Invest $125 Million In Baton Rouge Area Infrastructure Project
Storage tank, blending and logistics operations to result in 50 new direct jobs and 220 new indirect jobs

January 2013

Farmers Rice Milling Announces $13.4 Million Investment In Lake Charles
Expansion to add 55,000 square feet and retain 87 jobs in Calcasieu Parish

Governor Bobby Jindal And Magnolia LNG Announce Plans For $2.2 Billion Export Facility At Port Of Lake Charles
Liquefied natural gas site would create 45 new direct jobs and 1,000 construction jobs

G2X Energy Announces Plans For $1.3 Billion Natural Gas-To-Gasoline Facility In Southwest Louisiana
Company’s project at The Port of Lake Charles would result in nearly 1,000 new direct and indirect jobs

Elio Motors Announces Vehicle Manufacturing Facility in Shreveport
Company plans to produce high-mileage vehicles at former GM plant in Caddo Parish

December 2012

LED Highlights State Economic Successes In 2012
2012 was best year in last five years for business development results

The Mosaic Company Announces Potential $700 Million Ammonia Plant In St. James Parish
Fertilizer industry project would result in 53 new direct jobs and an estimated 366 new indirect jobs

Drax Biomass Announces Energy Project To Result In More Than 200 New Direct And Indirect Jobs
Project producing wood-based pellets near Bastrop for U.K. energy generation will include Baton Rouge shipping facility and total capital investment of more than $120 million

LocalMed Announces Creation Of Digital Healthcare Business In Baton Rouge
Online and mobile scheduling firm will link medical providers with patients nationwide and result in more than 100 new direct and indirect jobs in Capital Region

UPS Midstream Services Announces 95 Jobs At New Manufacturing Facility In Jena
Project will include $3.9 million capital investment in 24,000-square-foot industrial machining facility

Standard Crane Announces New Manufacturing Facility In Terrebonne Parish
Project includes $1.1 million investment in Gray-based facility, resulting in 46 new direct and indirect jobs

Sasol Announces Largest Manufacturing Investment In Louisiana History, Creating More Than 7,000 Direct And Indirect Jobs
Integrated gas-to-liquids (GTL) and ethane cracker complex will create 1,253 direct jobs with salaries averaging nearly $88,000, plus benefits; project will be one of the largest foreign direct invest

November 2012

Agratech International Announces New Manufacturing Facility In Opelousas
Louisiana plant will convert seafood waste into products with medical, defense applications

Smoothie King Announces Corporate Headquarters Expansion In Jefferson Parish
Company will retain headquarters in New Orleans area, creating 60 new direct jobs

Nachurs Alpine Solutions To Renovate Iberville Parish Site
Fertilizer manufacturer invests nearly $14 million, resulting in 16 new direct jobs and an estimated 44 new indirect jobs.

CF Industries Announces $2.1 Billion Expansion In Donaldsonville
Ascension Parish project will result in 93 new direct jobs, 349 retained jobs, estimated 686 new indirect jobs

October 2012

Benteler Steel Announces 675-Job Manufacturing Plant At The Port Of Caddo-Bossier
European company's first U.S. steel facility will represent a capital investment of $900 million, making it one of the largest industrial projects ever developed in Northwest Louisiana

BASF Breaks Ground On Expansion In Geismar, La.
Formic acid project will create 20 new direct jobs, result in more than 90 new indirect jobs at chemical complex

Louisiana Ranks No. 6 In National Business Ranking

Emerson Announces New Regional Headquarters In Ascension Parish
Company's 105,000-square-foot facility will retain 125 jobs and create 50 new jobs in Gonzales

Agencies Release Report On Louisiana's Tax Structure
'Primer on State Tax Structure in Louisiana,' a report published jointly by LDR and LED, is intended to inform deliberations on tax reform leading up to the 2013 legislative session

Weyerhaeuser Announces Manufacturing Expansion In Natchitoches
Company's $6 million investment will create 30 new direct jobs and retain 175 jobs

September 2012

Exxon Mobil Announces $215 Million Expansion In Capital Region
Synthetic lubricants project will create 45 direct jobs, resulting in 389 new indirect jobs in Baton Rouge, Port Allen

Forum Energy Technologies Announces New $19 Million Facility
Louisiana plant will create 125 new direct jobs and retain 203 existing jobs

Louisiana Earns New All-Time High In Business Climate Ranking
Pollina Corporate Real Estate ranks Louisiana's business climate No. 16, up 24 spots since 2008 – the largest improvement of any state in the last four years

August 2012

Avalon Rare Metals Announces Geismar Site Selected For Rare Earth Elements Refinery
Canadian firm selects Louisiana for $300 million project, 175 new direct jobs

Halliburton Dedicates $65 Million Lafayette Manufacturing Facility
New plant site creates 160 new direct jobs and will result in 350 new indirect jobs

PreSonus Announces Plans For New Baton Rouge Headquarters
Company will spend $6.75 million on new facility; project will create 65 direct jobs

NASA, Universities, Louisiana Renew Advanced Manufacturing Partnership
Agreement supports National Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans

July 2012

Methanex Announces $550 Million Methanol Plant
Company will relocate Chilean plant to Ascension Parish, creating 130 direct jobs and resulting in 996 new indirect jobs

Ameritas Technologies Announces 300-Job Technology Center In Baton Rouge
Company to provide information technology services from Chase Tower South office

Louisiana Tops U.S. in Workforce Training and Economic Growth Potential
Business Facilities magazine ranks LED FastStart No. 1 for third consecutive year

Louisiana Ranked Among Top 5 States For Best Business Climate In The U.S.
Business Facilities magazine: Louisiana rises to No. 5 in 2012 – its highest position ever

Gov. Jindal, Gen. Chinn Announce Construction Of School To Serve Fort Polk
New $20 million school near Leesville will serve more than 800 mostly military family children

New Orleans Cold Storage Dedicates $40 Million Port Facility
Meat export facility creates 125 new jobs, will generate $126 million in annual spending

MCS Announces New Business Center In Ruston
Mortgage Contracting Services plans to begin filling first of 90 new jobs in August

June 2012

Graphic Packaging Announces Completion Of West Monroe Expansion
Company invested $8.6 million, created 47 new jobs and retained 456 jobs

Haynes International Announces Expansion of Arcadia Facility
$37 million investment will create 19 new jobs, retain 141 workers in Bienville Parish

U.S. Chamber Study Ranks Louisiana No. 1 For Export Growth, No. 2 For Income Growth
National Chamber Foundation says positive workforce, incentive policies spurring Louisiana economy

Gov. Jindal, MECO Announce New Facility In Mandeville
Expansion will add 127 direct jobs, retain 81 existing jobs in St. Tammany Parish

Louisiana Recognizes Excellence In Manufacturing With Lantern Awards
Companies from eight regions of the state to be honored for quality and community service

May 2012

Dyno Nobel Announces Feasibility Study For $800 Million Project In Jefferson Parish
Ammonia project at Cornerstone Chemical site would create 60 new direct jobs, result in 440 new indirect jobs

LED And SBA Honor 2012 Small Business Award Winners
Event honors leaders who make significant contributions through Louisiana small businesses

Metal Shark Boats Announces More Than 100 New Jobs In Jeanerette
$1.9 million investment will allow company to produce 500 boats for U.S. Coast Guard

Nalco Announces New Dry Polymer Production Facility In St. John The Baptist Parish
$18.7 million capital investment will create 22 direct jobs and result in 167 indirect jobs

DMC Carter Chambers Announces Plans For New Baton Rouge Headquarters
Company will create 80 new jobs and retain 128 jobs in $10 million expansion

Gov. Jindal And Ronpak Announce Company's Plans To Relocate Headquarters To Louisiana From New Jersey
Corporate move, manufacturing expansion to add 100 new jobs in Shreveport

International Paper Announces $44 Million Capital Investment In Louisiana
Investment to retain 411 jobs and improve efficiency of Bogalusa mill

Sempra Secures Final Agreement For New $6 Billion LNG Facility in Louisiana
Natural gas export facility now fully subscribed; construction to start in 2013

Louisiana Reaches Highest Rank Ever In CEO Survey
State ranks 13th in Chief Executive's Best/Worst States for Business, up 32 spots in past four years

April 2012

SE Tylose Announces Major Investment In Iberville Parish
Project to include $120 million investment, 30 new direct jobs, 292 new indirect jobs

Oceaneering Announces Expansion In Morgan City
Growth will add 200 new direct jobs and 407 new indirect jobs

March 2012

Louisiana Economic Development Seeks State's Top Manufacturers
Nominations now being accepted for 2012 Lantern Awards

Sutherland Global Services announces 600-Job BPO Operations Center in Alexandria
Central Louisiana project will create 600 new direct jobs and result in over 400 indirect jobs

Gov. Jindal Marks Completion Of $100 Million Procter & Gamble Expansion
Pineville manufacturing project creates 105 direct jobs and retains nearly 400 jobs

Study: Louisiana Poised For Soybean Processing Investment
Export potential, refining capacity, rising acreage among factors favoring soybean crush plant

K&B Machine Announces $40 Million Manufacturing Investment
Oilfield pipe fabricator's project to retain 190 jobs, result in 50 new direct jobs

February 2012

New Tax Foundation Ranking Indicates Dramatic Improvement in Louisiana's Business Tax Competitiveness
Louisiana ranks No. 2 in the U.S. for new firms and No. 10 in the U.S. for mature firms; Louisiana one of only two Southern states to rank in the Top 10 for both new and mature firms

Pixomondo Announces New Visual Effects Studio in Baton Rouge
Firm that produced Oscar-winning work for 'Hugo' to create more than 120 direct, indirect jobs

Minden-Based Clement Industries Announces Expansion
Webster Parish manufacturer of industrial trailers to add 25 jobs this year

GE Capital Announces Creation Of 300-Job Technology Center In New Orleans
Company's software development operations to result in more than 600 new direct, indirect jobs

Sapa Extrusions Dedicates Delhi Expansion
Project will create 37 more direct jobs and 65 indirect jobs in Northeast Louisiana

Union Pacific Announces $200 Million Investment in South Louisiana
Rail expansion to create 225 new direct jobs and result in 502 new indirect jobs

NuStar Energy Announces $365 Million Investment at St. James Crude Oil Terminal
Project will create 32 new direct jobs and 269 new indirect jobs in the River Parishes

LED Announces Staff Appointments

Gov. Jindal Announces Reforms to Increase Louisiana's Economic Competitiveness

January 2012

Methanex Selects Louisiana For Potential Methanol Production Facility
Project would relocate plant from Chile to Ascension Parish site

JELD-WEN to Restart Construction of $120 Million Manufacturing Facility in Winn Parish
Door component manufacturing site will create 75 direct jobs and result in more than 100 indirect jobs

West Sanitation Services Announces Headquarters and Manufacturing Plant Relocation to Louisiana
Move brings 44 direct and indirect jobs and $1.14 million capital investment to Baton Rouge

Houston Plating & Coatings Announces $9 Million Investment in Scott
New 80,000-square-foot facility will bring 120 new direct jobs over five years to Lafayette Parish

Stay Connected

Stay Connected

Email Sign-up

Sign up to receive the latest updates, news releases and info on new opportunities in Louisiana.

Sign Up

Economic Quarterly

Learn more about Louisiana's thriving economy.

Read EQ

Recent News

View All News