An outstanding group of companies known throughout the world have made their homes within the Port of South Louisiana. A pro-business
operating environment combined with a highly motivated work force has encouraged companies to locate and thrive here.
Private industry continues to invest billions of dollars as they expand operations to meet market demand. For instance, Entergy’s 869 million expansion completed in 2019 provides additional energy more efficiently to its over 1 million customers. New companies have also found the Port district to be advantageous. Yuhuang Chemical broke ground in the fall of 2015 on a methanol manufacturing complex, which is anticipated to create more than 400 direct jobs and $1.85 billion in capital investment. Its first phase is expected to begin operations in St. James Parish by the end of 2020. Pin Oak Terminals’ construction of a $600 million petroleum liquids storage terminal in St. John the Baptist Parish that created 70 new direct jobs was acquired by MPLX, LP, large-cap master limited partnership formed by Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) that owns and operates midstream energy infrastructure and logistics assets, and provides fuels distribution services. EuroChem’s $1.5 billion fertilizer plant, also in St. John Parish, will create 200 new direct jobs for the region’s workforce.
While local companies place emphasis on hiring qualified workers from the talent pool within the community, they also have the advantage of selecting employees from an extended work force residing in nearby urban centers like New Orleans, Hammond, and Houma, that are within easy commuting distance. Louisiana’s LED FastStart, ranked as the top workforce training programs in the U.S. for the past seven years, designs and implements customized recruiting, screening, testing, and training programs for existing and new employers at no cost.
RIVER PARISHES COMMUNITY COLLEGE, located in Reserve, is one of 53 technical/community colleges in the state dedicated to meet the growing training needs of business and industry. The campus works closely with the region’s employers to develop curriculum and training programs to ensure they have a readily available talent pool from which to draw with the skill sets required.