Companies will discover North Louisiana's competitive advantages offer a sustainable business solution which allows them to succeed nationally and globally. In 2011, NLEP racked up 16 project wins with the potential to generate 635 to 834 new jobs and $203 million to $225 million in capital investment.
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Locations, Expansions & Closings in North Louisiana 

2013 is off to a great start with the announcement with Elio Motors moving to the former General Motors Assembly Plant in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Elio will build three-wheeled vehicles with very high fuel efficency at the shuttered plant. The project could potentially create 1,500 new jobs and generate $100 million in capital investment.

2012 proved to be a positive year for North Louisiana. NLEP and its partners successfully completed nine projects that will potentially generate up to 1,519 jobs and up to $949.2 million in capital investment. Among those projects included Benteler Steel/Tube with an historic $900 million investment.  The international German steel manufacturer will build a steel tube mill at the Caddo-Bossier Port.

In 2011, NLEP and its state and local partners successfully completed 16 projects with the potential to generate 635 to 834 new jobs and $203 million to $225 million in capital investment . In addition to these announcements, NLEP is currently working 61 active projects which have the potential to generate $2.34 to $2.49 billion in investment and 5,677 to 8,615 jobs

 

Locations & Expansions

These projects represented just some of the expansion and location projects that happened in North Louisiana from 2011 to present.  NLEP always works projects in partnership with state or local partners.  

 

2013 Expansions & Locations

  • Elio Motors announced on January 3, 2013 plans to assemble high efficiency vehicles at the former General Motors Shreveport plant, which will create 1,500 new direct jobs by late 2015 and generate a capital investment in excess of $100 million. Learn more

 

2012 Expansions & Locations

  • Drax Biomass International Inc. announced on December 13, 2012 it plans to build a wood pellet facility in Beekman, a community 10 miles north of Bastrop. In addition, the biomass company will build a storage-and-shipping facility at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Drax will ship wood pellets manufactured in Morehouse Parish to its U.K. energy facilities for use in generating renewable power. Learn more
  • Benteler/Steel Tube, a German steel manufacturer, announced on October 26, 2012 it would build a new $900 million, hot rolling tube mill at The Port of Caddo-Bossier, creating 675 new jobs. Learn more
  • Blazer Construction Company expands its Mansfield, Louisiana operations, opening a water transfer and equipment rental division in the DeSoto Parish community. The expansion will create six to 20 new jobs. Learn more
  • Weyerhaeuser announced on October 8, 2012 a $6 million modernization and expansion project will retain 175 existing jobs and create 30 new jobs at the company's Natchitoches forest products plant. Learn more
  • Tiburon Associates announced on July 30, 2012 it will open a maintenance overhaul facility at Camp Minden in Bossier and Webster Parishes. Tiburon recently won a $78 million, multiyear contract to overhaul and recondition combat tactical wheeled vehicles from the federal Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, Texas. The company will 40 employees in August 2012 as it begins operations with the reconditioning of heavy-duty trailers from the Red River Army Depot. Tiburon's employment will reach 100 by the end of 2012 and it will increase its jobs at Camp Minden to 350 in the next three to five years. Learn more
  • Virginia College opened on July 11, 2012 a new 70,000 square foot school in Bossier City, creating 300 new jobs and investing at least $3 million to renovate a former retail space at Pierre Bossier Mall.  Learn more
  • Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS) announced on July 9, 2012 the location of a new 10,300-square-foot business process outsourcing center in the Interstate 20 business district of Ruston, Louisiana.  The company will create 90 new jobs and invest $400,000. Learn more
  • Graphic Packaging completed its $8.6 million expansion of its consumer carton facility in West Monroe, Louisiana, creating 47 new jobs and retaining 456 existing jobs. This expansion will enable the company to quadruple container production at the consumer carton plant and introduce innovative packaging for Kraft Foods Inc.’s Capri Sun beverages that will save 16 tons of paper annually. Graphic Packaging employs 1,460 people at four Louisiana facilities, including an 833-employee paperboard mill and two other sites in West Monroe. Learn more
  • Haynes International, a leading producer of titanium hydraulic tubing for global aircraft manufacturers, announced on June 25, 2012 a $37 million dollar expansion of its Arcadia plant, which will create 19 new jobs and retain 141 existing jobs. Haynes will upgrade equipment and expand its facility to meet growing demand for its products. Learn more
  • Ronpak, a leading manufacturer of custom printed paper bags, packages and food wraps, announced May 7, 2012, it would relocate its corporate headquarters from South Plainfield, New Jersey to Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, adding an additional 100 jobs to the 175 jobs announced on July 28, 2011. Last year, Ronpak announced it would invest $16.8 million to build a new 155,000 square foot manufacturing facilities at the Caddo-Bossier Port. By 2018, Ronpak will employ 275 people in Shreveport with an average annual salary of more than $40,500, plus benefits. Learn more
  • JPMorgan Chase,  a NLEP investor, announced 400 new jobs at its mortgage operations in Monroe, Louisiana for 2012. The additional new jobs will make Chase the largest employer in Ouachita Parish with a total of 2,600 employees. The company points to its ability to hire and retain exceptionally talented people who make its operation a success as the reason for its expansion in Monroe. 

 

2011 Expansions & Locations 

  • Epic Boats, a recent start-up company based in California, will generate 45 to 50 new jobs and $800,000 in capital investment.
  • HCC High Capacity Coil's location project will create 55 new jobs and $20 to $22 million in capital investment.
  • Schlumberger, an international company with local offices, will expand in the region, generating more than 30 new jobs with a capital investment of nearly $20 million.
  • Hand Construction, a Caddo Parish based construction company and NLEP investor, is expanding its facilities generating 5 to 10 jobs and $2 million in capital investment.
  • Pulpmill Services, Inc., a Ouachita Parish company that specializes in custom metal fabrication, is expanding its operations in Monroe, La., generating approximately 50 jobs and $1.25 million in capital investment.
  • Music Mountain invested $9.3 million to add a 200,000-square-foot injection molding facility at its Shreveport plant. The expansion will create 25 new jobs and retain 70 existing jobs. The project will allow Music Mountain Water to create one-gallon water bottles right here in North Louisiana. Previously, Music Mountain Water had to outsource this process to an out-of-state facility.
  • CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S., announced in 2011 the addition of 800 new jobs in the next five years at its Monroe headquarters. In addition to the 350 jobs announced in 2009, CenturyLink's expansion will generate a total of 1150 new jobs and $30 million in capital investment to build additional office space. CenturyLink is an investor and client of North Louisiana Economic Partnership. NLEP's workforce marketing program, NEON, has been assisting CenturyLink for nearly a year to enhance its recruitment of talent from its three acquisitions, Embarq, Qwest and Savvis.

 

Closings & Layoffs

 

2013 Shutdowns & Downsizings

  • Libbey Glass laided off 170 hourly and 30 salaried jobs at its Shreveport facility. The company said the layoffs were necessary to remain globally competitive.

 

2012 Shutdowns & Downsizings

  • International Paper announced plans to shutter its container plant in Minden on July 17, 2012 which will mean a loss of about 60 jobs to the region. This decision comes after IP assumed ownership of the plant in February 2011 when it completed a $4.5 billion acquisition of Temple-Inland Inc.
  • General Motors closed its operations at the Shreveport Assembly Plant in late August 2012 as part of its corporate restructuring. After relocations and retirements, the shutdown ultimately affected 341 dislocated workers.

 

2011 Shutdowns and Downsizings

  • CQMS Razer shut down its steel foundry in Mansfield, Louisiana in December 2011, displacing 166 employees. The company sited increasing international competition and declining demand for its products as reasons for the closure.  The Australian-based company specializes in the design and manufacture of drag line buckets used in open cut coal mining for over-burden removal and hydraulic excavator lip system used in all forms of above ground mining. NLEP and its partners are actively recruiting a new company to take over the recently closed foundry in DeSoto Parish.
  • Next AutoWorks , a start-up automobile manufacturing company, announced it would give up plans to build a fuel efficient car in Ouachita Parish after the U.S. Department of Energy rejected the company's loan application.  
  • Southern Plug closed its Bastrop manufacturing facility after fire destroy the building, displacing 60 workers.
  • SureGreen Mulch in Ruston, La. closed its mulch production and operations, displacing 17 workers.
  • The Office of Behavioral Health shut down its statewide operations, permanently laying off 84 employees in North Louisiana.
  • Capital One Bank closed its Bossier City branch, displacing 29 employees.
  • Caddo Parish School Board laid off 60 employees.
  • Claiborne Parish School Board laid off 50 employees.
  • The News-Star, a Monroe based newspaper, laid off 27 employees.
  • Grambling State University laid off five employees due to state budget cuts.
  • Highland Development Child Care Center in Shreveport, La. closed its doors, displacing 17 employees.
  • Berry Plastics, a Monroe company manufacturing molded plastic packaging, laid off 36 workers.