To keep pace with increased global demand for energy efficient air conditioning Alliance Compressors will expand its compressor assembly facility in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The $45 million is expected to create 78 new jobs over the next two years.
The expansion will allow the company, a joint venture of Emerson, Trane Technologies and Lennox Industries, to add a third assembly line to its 400,000 square-foot facility in Natchitoches. The investment will include the purchase of new machinery and equipment, such as conveyor systems, automated welders, a washer for parts and material handling equipment. Installation of the new equipment will begin in March 2022, with completion slated for March 2023.
“Alliance Compressors has been a proud contributor to the Natchitoches economy since 1998. This $45 million investment will improve and expand our operations in Natchitoches to meet the growing demand for energy efficient scroll compressors by the global air conditioning market,” said Brent Schroeder, chairman of Alliance Compressors LLC. “We look forward to moving ahead with this expansion and creating new job opportunities for area residents.”
To secure the capacity expansion in Natchitoches, the State of Louisiana offered the company a competitive incentive package that includes the services of LED FastStart – ranked the No. 1 state workforce development program in the nation for the past 12 years. The company will also receive a $1 million performance-based grant to support equipment costs. The company is expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.
“Alliance Compressors has generated economic activity and job growth in Natchitoches for more than 25 years, and I am proud to announce this exciting next chapter,” Governor Edwards John Bel said. “The expansion not only reaffirms the company’s commitment to the region, and to creating jobs for residents of rural Louisiana communities. It also joins the growing number of companies in our state capitalizing on the economic opportunities created by the energy transition.”
The company estimates the reconfiguration of its production flow will result in a 30-percent increase in efficiency and productivity.
“It is always exciting to assist companies who have made long-term commitments of jobs and capital investment in North Louisiana by growing their operations here,” said Justyn Dixon, president and CEO of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership. “This investment is a tangible demonstration of Alliance Compressors’ confidence that they will continue to be successful in Natchitoches Parish. Through the life of this project, we built stronger relationships with the company’s leadership and local partners. Great relationships are critical for us to continue to achieve economic development wins such as this.”
Alliance Compressors is a world class manufacturing operation producing a top-of-the-line product, the scroll compressor, for the heating and air conditioning industry. The company provides over 600 jobs to residents of Natchitoches and the surrounding areas.