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Intralox Plans Hammond, Louisiana, Manufacturing Plant

Intralox, a division of Laitram which produces modular plastic conveyor belts, is investing $60 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Hammond, Louisiana. The project is expected to create 425 jobs.

According to Louisiana Economic Development (LED), the investment will more than double the facility’s current footprint, adding 300,000 square feet to the 130,000 square-foot building. The expansion is set to be complete by the end of 2022 and will increase the Hammond facility’s belting output by 50 percent.

“This expansion represents the massive growth we’ve experienced during the last few years and enables us to rapidly increase our production and assembly capacity,” said Intralox President Edel Blanks. “We look forward to expanding our local workforce with the added benefit of meeting the increased demand of our customers around the world.”

To support the expansion, the State of Louisiana provided the company with a competitive incentive package that includes a $1 million performance based grant to support infrastructure improvements. The company is expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs program.

“I am proud to celebrate this new expansion of Intralox’s manufacturing facility in Hammond, and to celebrate this company's 50 outstanding years in operation, right here in Louisiana,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “What better way to commemorate this milestone anniversary than with a renewed commitment to our state and her people. The 425 direct new Intralox jobs in Hammond will result in increased economic activity, and tremendous success for this homegrown company.”

The expansion comes as Intralox celebrates its 50th year in operation, LED officials noted. In June, the company announced workforce expansions at its Hammond and Harahan facilities, adding 40 new jobs at both locations.

“Laitram and Intralox might be known as an advanced manufacturing company, but in my mind, they are really a talent factory,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “With this in mind, it is particularly exciting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company with the addition of hundreds of new Laitram and Intralox employees in Tangipahoa and Greater New Orleans.”

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