Louisiana and South Carolina (tied), Kansas, and Alabama Receive 2010 Silver Shovels: Under 5 Million Population Category
Dan Calabrese (June/July 10)
A cooperative effort between state government and an ambitious poultry processor has revived an old Union Parish processing plant thought to be lost, and put the economic development achievements of Louisiana in the spotlight. The administration of Governor Bobby Jindal worked to find a buyer for the plant. Foster Farms agreed to purchase and operate the former Pilgrim's Pride facility, creating more than 1,000 new jobs.
This was just one story in a year of renewed hope for Louisiana. In Iberville Parish, SNF Holding Co. is investing $350 million to construct a new water-soluble polymers manufacturing facility, which will employ more than 500 permanent, full-time workers.
"We are very grateful for the positive reception we received throughout the site evaluation process and the encouragement from state and local representatives to locate the facility in Iberville Parish," said SNF President Peter W. Nichols. "We look forward to getting to know the communities of Iberville Parish and building a strong relationship with local residents."
Other economic progress in Louisiana included a new ConAgra plant in Richland, which will cost $211 million and employ 500. Major projects also went forward in the automotive, technology, and other sectors.