[StBernard] Hundreds of Jobs
Westley at da-parish.com
Thu Jul 7 23:17:38 EDT 2011
Over the past week, we made two great economic development announcements
that will retain and create hundreds of jobs in North and South Louisiana.
Up in Northeast Louisiana, we announced that ANGUS Chemical Co. is upgrading
its manufacturing facility in Sterlington with a $10.8 million capital
investment that will retain 174 direct jobs at the facility. Our economic
development officials estimate that those 174 jobs at the facility will help
retain more than 1,600 jobs in the region.
Down in Baton Rouge, we joined officials from Honeywell International Inc.
to announce that the company has chosen its Baton Rouge plant for a $33
million expansion project that will retain 200 jobs and create 11 new direct
jobs with an average salary of $64,000, plus benefits. The project includes
the production of a new environmentally-friendly product.
The Honeywell Baton Rouge plant had to switch product lines, due to changing
federal regulations. That's why we started working with Honeywell more than
a year ago to retain the jobs in Baton Rouge. As I told the New Orleans
digest=FaJYjURrBJGCwdEyi1I8BA&sysid=1> , Honeywell could have made their
investment in facilities in Asia or Europe, but they chose one of their
Louisiana facilities which shows that the reforms we have passed to make
Louisiana a more business-friendly state are paying off by keeping and
creating jobs here at home.
Finally, this week we marked a number of critical reforms passed during the
Legislative Session this year. On the heels of Independence Day, I traveled
to Camp Beauregard to sign a law providing benefits for the survivors of 32
fallen National Guardsmen and two guardsmen who were injured.
As the Alexandria Town Talk
digest=bZEbqYT7sqk2r9Z3JobOuQ&sysid=1> noted, this new law fixes a gap
after a 2007 law that provided benefits to guardsmen killed or disabled
after that 2007 bill was passed. The bill we signed now provides benefits to
Guardsmen called to active duty since September 11, 2001. These benefits are
a just small thank you for the brave Guardsmen who made the ultimate
sacrifice and served our country bravely in the defense of freedom.
We also signed a new pro-life law to require that women be informed of their
legal rights and options before undergoing an abortion. This new law joins a
growing list of important reforms we have supported to protect the unborn.
As I told the Monroe News-Star
digest=qE4%2fptHIE4gmXpAeqJNE9g&sysid=1> , creating a culture of life is
more than just words - it means we have to fight to defend the lives of the
most innocent and most vulnerable among us.
Governor Bobby Jindal
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