Cajun Traditions Food Processors will make a $2.85 million capital investment to locate its new meat processing and packaging facility in Church Point, Louisiana. The project is expected to create 35 jobs.
The company will renovate and equip an existing 80,000-square-foot facility. Cajun Traditions Food Processors purchased the former Garan garment manufacturing site from the town of Church Point earlier this year.
Construction and renovation will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020, with production beginning soon after. The company anticipates that all positions will be filled by 2025. The company plans to distribute products within the local market initially, and company leaders have plans to enter the larger market in their third year.
“With a long family history of Cajun meat production, the family brings proven experience to the new venture. Founded in July 2019, Cajun Traditions will source quality ingredients for Cajun meat products, including sausage, boudin and more sold under the Cajun Family Traditions brand," said officials from Louisiana Economic Development.
“Our family has always taken great pride in the tradition of preparing and distributing sausage and boudin, which the people of Acadiana enjoy eating and sharing as part of our rich culture,” Lonnie Richard, co-owner said. “Cajun Traditions gets back to the roots of sausage-making with the quality that today’s consumers have come to expect. We are proud to invest in our community, contribute to the local economy and add jobs to the local area, and we look forward to growing a sustainable company that will enrich our community and bring quality meat products to the marketplace.”
To facilitate the project, the State of Louisiana provided the company with a competitive incentive package, which includes a $300,000 performance-based incentive from the state’s Economic Development Award Program to offset infrastructure costs. In addition, Cajun Traditions is expected to utilize the state’s Enterprise Zone and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.
“As we enter a time of economic recovery, 1A is proud to stand alongside our strong partner Amy Thibodeaux and the Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce as part of this announcement, which impacts the food processing industry,” said One Acadiana President and CEO Troy Wayman, CEcD. “The launch of this company reflects a great win for Acadiana and exemplifies the potential that our region has to recover. Our competitive business climate, skilled workforce and strong infrastructure will support Cajun Traditions' continued growth and success.”
“The Acadia Parish Chamber was excited to assist Cajun Traditions and bring additional new jobs and investment to rural Church Point,” said President and CEO Amy S. Thibodeaux of the Acadia Parish Chamber. “Cajun Traditions’ new investment builds upon the owners' decades of experience in the food processing industry and adds to the blossoming economy in Church Point. This new investment illustrates Acadia Parish’s entrepreneurial spirit and solidifies its place as a hub for food processing and manufacturing.”
“Louisiana’s entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, and I am proud to see that our unique traditions are living on through new generations, as is evident by the Cajun Traditions venture launched by the Richard family,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “Lonnie Richard is not only preserving a valued tradition, but he is reinvesting in his community and creating new jobs in the process. We join him, his family, and the entire Cajun Traditions team in celebrating this major new step and the great new economic activity heading to Church Point.”