Metalplate Galvanizing plans a $9.75 million capital investment to develop a metal galvanizing plant in Jennings, Louisiana. With the development of a 50,000-square-foot facility, the company will create 104 new direct jobs.
Through hot-dip galvanizing to protect metal from corrosion, Metalplate Galvanizing serves customers in steel, petrochemical and other industries. The new plant will be the company’s seventh facility, and it will allow Metalplate to increase its volume and support new and existing customers in Louisiana and throughout the South. The company also operates facilities in Atlanta; Houston; and Jacksonville, Florida.
“This new plant will be the largest of Metalplate’s seven galvanizing plants located across the Southern U.S.,” said Metalplate Galvanizing Chairman Hartwell Davis Jr.“Metalplate recognizes the very large and enduring growth potential of energy-related industry in Louisiana and in particular along its I-10 corridor. We see a great need developing for hot-dip galvanizing at both new industrial operations and expansions of existing plant facilities. Our decision for the South Louisiana location has been greatly facilitated by the strong encouragement and support of Jeff Davis Parish and Louisiana officials.”
To secure the project, the State of Louisiana offered the company a competitive incentive package that includes the use of the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.
Governor Bobby Jindal said, “Louisiana’s Southwest Region has become a beacon for major new investment and industrial activity, and we are proud to add Metalplate Galvanizing to the growing list of companies that have selected Louisiana for new business investment. Our efforts to strengthen our business climate are truly paying off – more people have a job in Louisiana today than ever before, and we welcome Metalplate Galvanizing to our state for the development of a facility that will continue our industrial renaissance.”