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SSE Steel Fabrication Upgrades St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, Operations

SSE Steel Fabrication, an AISC-certified, steel fabrication contractor, plans to upgrade its facility in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. The $375,000 project is expected to create 18 jobs.

The company will add state-of-the-art technology including a fleet of welding collaborative robots, or cobots, to its existing robotic manufacturing line and augmented reality headsets and software into quality control processes.

“SSE Steel Fabrication is investing in innovative and leading-edge technology that will position ourselves for growth, improved competitiveness and the ability to meet customer demands more effectively,” SSE president and CEO Mindy Nunez Airhart said. “Louisiana is our home, and we are committed to staying in this business-friendly environment. The state's strategic positioning allows us to access key markets efficiently, enhancing our competitive advantage. Moreover, the strong support we receive from our local St. Bernard Parish community allows us to hire a talented pool of local tradesmen.”

To secure the project the state of Louisiana offered SSE an incentives package which includes the comprehensive workforce development solutions of LED FastStart. The company is also expected to participate in the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption and Quality Jobs programs.

“Louisiana’s diverse manufacturing sector continues to invest in forward-leaning technology to increase productivity and create new jobs for the state’s skilled workforce,” noted Governor John Bel Edwards said. “As a minority- and woman-owned business in a male-dominated field, SSE demonstrates the strength and talent of Louisiana’s small business community. We appreciate the company’s recognition of our state’s business environment and its commitment to modernization, which is so critical to sustaining the strength of this vital economic sector.”

SSE Steel Fabrication, formerly known as Southern Services & Equipment, Inc. is a large capacity, full-service source for steel fabrication, painting, blasting and finishing. The company also offers mobile welding services for on-site fabrication and emergency repair.

“Thanks to decades of successful growth in St. Bernard Parish, SSE Steel Fabrication is making a significant investment into their future in the Parish,” Greater New Orleans, Inc. President and CEO Michael Hecht added. “This new equipment will significantly increase the company’s efficiency and output, creating new jobs for local residents in the process. Further, as a woman- and minority-owned small business, SSE Steel Fabrication is demonstrating the broad opportunities in manufacturing for all residents in the region.”

“SSE Steel Fabrication is a prime example of what is possible for companies in St. Bernard Parish,” St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation CEO Meaghan McCormack said. “Founded nearly 30 years ago, SSE has experienced tremendous growth and remained competitive by investing in the most cutting-edge equipment, taking the initiative to earn demanding certifications and committing to community partnerships to train and hire locally.”

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