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National Meat and Provision Company Expands Baptist Parish, Louisiana, Production Operations

National Meat and Provision Company, a family-owned food service company known at NATCO, plans to expand its production facility in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. The $437,000 project is expected to create five jobs.

The investment will include 3,795 square-feet of freezer storage at the company’s existing facility on West 10th Street. Construction is scheduled to begin in July.

“As a Louisiana-based company, an expansion at our Reserve facility reiterates our commitment to our local roots,” NATCO COO Charles Schimmel said. “NATCO has experienced tremendous growth in our USDA production operations over the last several years, and this under-roof bulk freezer expansion will give us the ability to redesign some of our current facility layout and further increase efficiency and output.”

To secure the project, the state of Louisiana offered NATCO an incentives package including a $60,000 performance-based grant contingent upon meeting investment and payroll targets. The company is also expected to participate in the state’s Enterprise Zone and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.

“NATCO has been supporting Louisiana’s world-renowned food service and hospitality industries with high-quality products for nearly a century,” Governor John Bel Edwards noted. “This company showcases the importance of small business owners to our state’s economy and culture. I thank NATCO for its long commitment to Louisiana, and look forward to the additional job growth and economic activity that will result from this investment.”

National Meat and Provision Company supplies customers across the Gulf South with meats and food-service products. NATCO’s products include dry goods, milk, dairy, eggs, and specialty items.

“This expansion will allow NATCO to continue a history of more than 95 years of delivering high-quality food products to customers around the Gulf South,” added Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “GNO, Inc. worked alongside company leadership over the past two years to secure a suite of incentives that will allow NATCO to expand into new product lines and services, creating new high-demand jobs and a renewed commitment to success in St. John the Baptist Parish.”

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