A company that develops, manufactures and distributes a wide range of authentic Cajun food products, Savoie’s Sausage and Food Products Inc. plans a $12.7 million expansion of its food production facility in St. Landry Parish near Opelousas, Louisiana.
The project includes construction of a 41,000-square-foot facility and installation of new production equipment. The larger facility will enable Savoie’s to nearly double its production, Louisiana Economic Development officials said. With the expansion, the company will broaden its distribution area.
Construction will start in January 2020 with an estimated completion by August 2020. Commercial operations in the new facility are expected to begin in September 2020.
“Those of us who work for Savoie’s Sausage and Food Products Inc. are privileged to carry on the tradition of cooking and distributing the products made from the recipes of our founder, Eula Savoie, who passed away in January of 2010,” Savoie’s President Frederick Lafleur said. “We believe that she would be happy to see her family business expanding and her products distributed to more and more customers. Her legacy to her family, employees and customers continues to grow, and those of us who were fortunate enough to have known her, worked with her and learned from her, take pride in carrying the business that she created forward into 2020 and beyond.”
Savoie’s participated in Louisiana’s Economic Gardening Initiative, facilitated by LED’s Small Business Services team. To secure the facility expansion in St. Landry Parish, the State of Louisiana offered the company a competitive incentive package that includes a performance-based, forgivable loan of $100,000 from the state’s Economic Development Award Program. Additionally, Savoie’s is expected to participate in the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.
“We are grateful to have companies like Savoie’s Foods in St Landry Parish,” said Parish President Bill Fontenot. “Their leadership and their employees are true assets to the parish, and we are delighted to help promote their continued company growth.”
“Savoie’s products have been a fixture on Louisiana dinner tables and have delighted our families for generations,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “I am proud to celebrate this progress that will allow Savoie’s to share its authentic Louisiana flavor far beyond our state.”
“Savoie’s is a great example of collaborative business expansion outreach that leads to growth opportunities for local companies,” said Executive Director Bill Rodier of St. Landry Parish Economic Development. “Our local, regional and state economic development partners all contributed to making this exciting expansion a reality. We are thankful to be a part this dynamic team, and fortunate to have such a great company joining the continued growth of our area economy.”
“We congratulate Savoie’s on their expansion in St. Landry Parish,” said President & CEO Troy Wayman of One Acadiana. “As a 2018 Lantern Award recipient, Savoie’s is a well-known leader in manufacturing excellence and has made invaluable contributions to the community and local economy for over 60 years. We are excited to work with Savoie’s and local partners to assist this uniquely Acadiana brand continue to grow and reach more families across the country.”