Expansions, Locations, Closings
Companies will discover North Louisiana's competitive advantages offer a sustainable business solution which allows them to succeed nationally and globally. Since 2012, NLEP racked up 39 project wins that will generate up to 4,883 direct new jobs and up to $1.6 billion in direct capital investment. (pictured above) Graphic Packaging International and DHL Supply Chain broke ground April 2017 on the largest manufacturing and distribution facility of its kind in the U.S. to be located in Monroe, Louisiana.

Locations, Expansions & Closings in North Louisiana 

 

Locations & Expansions

These projects represent just some of the expansion and location projects that happened in North Louisiana from 2016 to present.  NLEP always works projects with state and/or local partners.  

2020 EXPANSIONS & LOCATIONS

  • E.I. Williams Industries, a Canadian company announced in February 2020 that they will establish a Louisiana facility to manufacture industrial sound-control equipment in Webster Parish. E.I. Williams will create 100 new direct jobs at an existing building in the North Webster Parish Industrial District. Those jobs have an average annual salary of $37,400 plus benefits.  The company will also make $700,000 in capital investment.
  • Tomakk Glass Partners announced in August 2020 that they will make a $1.95 million investment in a glass manufacturing facility in Shreveport.  The company will also create 50 new jobs with an average annual salary of $38,732, plus benefits.  The company will manufacture tempered glass, frameless shower enclosures and insulated windows to supply glass contractors, glass installation businesses, window and shower door manufacturers and millwork companies in the Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas markets.  
  • Weyerhaeuser announced in early November that it will make a $16.1 capital investment in its Natchitoches mill.  The project will include major equipment upgrades at the site, including modernization of manufacturing presses and machinery.  The project will secure more than 200 existing jobs and potentially create as many as 20 new jobs in the next several years. 

2019 EXPANSIONS & LOCATIONS

  • Coast Professional, a West Monroe contact center, announced in June 2019 that it was expanding its operations to add an additional 146 jobs with an average annual salary of $36,000 plus benefits. The company will make a $750,000 capital investment and will retain 125 existing jobs.
  • House of Raeford announced in July 2019 that they would invest $40.9 million to build a new feed mill in Simsboro in Lincoln Parish and $5.7 million to upgrade its Arcadia chicken processing plant and Gibsland hatchery in Bienville Parish. The Lincoln Parish feed mill will create 13 new jobs with an annual salary of $41,385 and will retain 36 existing jobs from its Choudrant mill. The Bienville Parish expansion will create 105 new direct jobs at an average annual salary of $24,000 plus benefits and will retain 924 existing jobs.    

2018 EXPANSIONS & LOCATIONS

  • Haughton Environmental (previously Duckwater Services) based in El Dorado, Arkansas announced on April 19, 2018 it will build a $4 million, state-of-the-art transportation services center in the Bossier Parish Town of Haughton, Louisiana, right off Interstate 20 and Exit 33 on LA Highway 3227.  Duckwater Services along with its tenants, Miller Maintenance Services and Frac-N-Vac Tanks, combined will create 28 new direct jobs with an average wage of $15 - $25 per hour and an annual salary of $50,000 - $70,000 for management positions. 
  • YoungWilliams announced in December 2018 that the company will create 80 new jobs at its new call center located at the La. Boardwalk in Bossier City and 160 in its Baton Rouge call center for a total of 240 new jobs.  Their Bossier City investment totaled $1.5 million.  The company, headquartered in Ridgeland, MS, will preform call center operations for the La. Dept. of Children and Family Services.

2017 EXPANSIONS & LOCATIONS

  • Allorica announced it would locate a work from home call center operation in Shreveport, hiring 450 part-time workers on September 2017. The company eventually hire up to 1,000 part-time employees. 
  • WestRock announced October 18, 2017 that it will make a number of improvements at its containerboard paper mill in Hodge over the next five years. The upgrades are designed to maintain the mill’s competitiveness and retain more than 400 existing jobs at the facility.
  • Graphic Packaging International and DHL Supply Chain announced in April 2017 a combined $274 million project to develop a 1.27 milion square foot, carton folding and logistics center in Monroe, LA. DHL anticipates creating 93 new direct jobs and 74 indirect jobs for a total 160 new jbos. Graphic will also modernize its West Monroe paper mill and consoldating its two existing carton folding operations at the new facility, retaining more than 800 workers. 
  • Sabre Industries- announced June 2017 that the company will make a $1.6 million investment to expand its Bossier City operations, retaining 167 existing jobs and creating 50 new direct jobs. Sabre manufactures engineered structures for utility and telecommunications industries.

2016 EXPANSIONS & LOCATIONS

  • GLOVIS America- located a logistics processing center at the former General Motor Plant in Shreveport creating 150 new jobs and generating $1 million in capital investment
  • Weyerhaeuser announced a 7,500 square foot, regional office in Ruston, LA on November 21, 2016, generating approximately 20 jobs and $1 million in capital investment.   
  • Eatel Business Tier II Data Center invested $20 million into redeveloping a vacant historic department store in downtown Shreveport into a state-of-art Tier III data center. The restoration and preservation project generated 15 new direct jobs and retained 10 current employees. 
  • CSRA announced in 2016 that it would establish the CSRA Customer Engagement Center in Bossier City to support the company’s next-generation IT solutions and professional services, announced in 2014. In total, the Customer Engagement Center will facilitate 300 jobs, in addition to the 800 announced jobs affiliated with the Integrated Technology Center.

 

Closings & Layoffs

2020 CLOSINGS AND DOWNSIZINGS

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, a multitude of local companies have laid off employees, hopefully only temporarily.  Those are not listed here.  The 2020 Closings listed below are those companies who have announced permanent closings/reductions.  

  • Dolet Hills Lignite, a lignite-fired coal plant in De Soto Parish announced in March 2020 that it would be closing its operations resulting in the displacement of 100 employees.
  • Graphic Packaging International permanently shut down the operation of one of its paper machines in its West Monroe location resulting in the permanent layoff of 56 employees. 
  • Libbey, Inc., a glass tableware manufacturer, announced in July 2020 its plans to close its glass manufacturing facility in Shreveport.  The closure would displace approximately 400 employees.  The company cited its decision to close the facility as part of its effort to reduce costs and match manufacturing capacity with new lower levels of projected demand. 

2019 CLOSINGS AND DOWNSIZINGS

  • WestRock, a corrugated packaging manufacturer, closed it's Monroe operations in June 2019, displacing 83 employees. 
  • CenturyLink  closed its Shreveport call center in October 2019 citing thier focus on "operational efficiency and business transformation".  A total of 145 employees were employed in the Shreveport call center.  Individuals were given the option to relocated to the CenturyLink headquarters in Monroe, use a company provided daily shuttle, work from home, or leave with a severance package. According to the Warn Notice filed with the La. Workforce Commission, 54 employees were laid off. 

2018 CLOSINGS AND DOWNSIZINGS

  • FTS International, a oil and natural gas well stimulation services provider, will close its Shreveport operations due to declining market demand, displacing 89 employees.
  • Monster Moto, a motor bike manufacturer, closed it Ruston assembly plant, laying off 30 workers in May 2018.

2017 CLOSINGS AND DOWNSIZINGS

  • Blue Cliff College laid off 40 employees in February 2017
  • LifeCare Specialty Hospital of North Louisiana closed in Ruston in June 2017, laying off 167 employees
  • ExpressJet Airlines closed its maintenance facility at the Shreveport Regional Airport, laying off the remaining 53 workers still on staff. 

2016 CLOSINGS AND DOWNSIZINGS

  • ProActive Technologies at Barksdale Airforce Base laid off 51 employees. 
  • ExpressJet announced in November 2016 the closing of its Shreveport Regional Airport maintenance facility, laying off 286 jobs by June 2017. The closure is due the consolidation of ExpressJet's heavy aircraft maintenance work.  
  • ARKLATEX Energy Services laid off 78 employees.