Tomakk Glass Partners will make a $1.95 million investment to launch a glass manufacturing facility in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The company, which plans to create 50 jobs, 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. It plans to service client businesses within a 150-mile radius of Shreveport.
“Our state-of-the-art facility in the Southern Hills neighborhood of Shreveport meets the demand of the regional market with proven methods and world-class technology,” Tomakk co-founder and President Clay Hargett said. “Our team offers the region’s highest quality glass, and the region’s only fabricated and tempered glass production. We’re now able to offer these products locally, which will save customers time and money.”
LED began discussions with Tomakk Glass about a potential manufacturing facility in April of 2018. The company is expected to utilize Louisiana’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program.
“The modern manufacturing industry in Louisiana relies on advanced technologies, state-of-the-art facilities and fast-paced work environments that require advanced skills and that result in rewarding careers,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “Tomakk Glass Partners is a welcome addition to our advanced manufacturing sector. This project will create good manufacturing jobs while filling a market niche for tempered glass in Louisiana’s Northwest Region and beyond.”
“Our region stands ready with the assets and workforce needed for the expansion of advanced manufacturing operations,” said board Chair Adam Johnston of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership. “The North Louisiana Economic Partnership has been pleased to assist Tomakk Glass Partners in their launch and assist them in working with local and state officials with the Industrial Tax Exemption Program. We congratulate them on bringing new jobs and industry to our area.”
Tomakk is a portfolio company of the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program, a division of BRF, an economic development organization with a mission to grow and diversify North Louisiana’s economy. Since its inception, EAP has provided services to 288 companies or individuals in more than a dozen industries and has helped to create more than 270 new jobs.
“Tomakk is a great example of the EAP system at work,” EAP Executive Director Dave Smith said. “Two local businessmen recognized a demand in our market, found a solution, and EAP, through its suite of services, helped them achieve their goals. Not only are new jobs created through the launch of Tomakk, but our region’s economy is diversified with new industry.”