Shell Chemical Breaks Ground On Major Louisiana Expansion

www.opportunitylouisiana.com In Ascension Parish, $717 million project will create world’s largest single-site production of alpha olefins GEISMAR, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Shell Chemical LP officials highlighted the beginning of construction for the company’s $717 million linear alpha olefins manufacturing plant in Geismar. LED Secretary Don Pierson joined company executives – including… Read more »


AEDC Elects New Officers

Ascension Parish, LA (January 22, 2016) – The Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) reported today on the election of Officers at its Board of Directors meeting on January 20, 2016.  Mr. Dwight D. Poirrier was elected to Chair the organization while Mr. Don Hanna will serve as Vice Chair and Ms. Dee LeJeune as Secretary/Treasurer. … Read more »


METHANEX STARTS UP ONE MILLION TONNE GEISMAR 2 METHANOL PLANT IN LOUISIANA

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – Dec. 29, 2015) – Methanex Corporation (the “Company”) (TSX:MX)(NASDAQ:MEOH) announced that on December 27, 2015, the company successfully produced first methanol from its newly completed one million tonne Geismar 2 methanol plant in Geismar, Louisiana. The plant was relocated from the Company’s production site in Punta Arenas, Chile. John Floren, President… Read more »


Two brothers have grown Smith Tank & Steel from a startup offering water tower repairs to a multimillion-dollar industrial services firm

Business Report – David Jacobs – Brothers Billy Smith and Sam Smith Jr. come from a family of industrial tank builders. They were supervisors by the time they were 19, Billy Smith says, and both came to lead tank divisions at their respective employers. “I was doing all of the tank work there, and Sam… Read more »


Can’t get a good tortilla here? That premise, plus entrepreneurial spirit, launched Hola Nola Foods

The Advocate (11/28/2015) – Ted Griggs tgriggs@theadvocate.com Three years ago, former Zapp’s Potato Chips executives and minority shareholders Kevin S. Holden and Rod Olson found themselves in unfamiliar territory. They wanted to quit. Both worked for Utz Quality Foods Inc., which acquired the Gramercy-based chippery in 2011 following founder Ron Zappe’s death. Olson had been… Read more »



Gonzales property owners urged to take advantage of Louisiana Certified Economic Development Sites program

GONZALES — Ellyn Couvillion, ecouvillion@theadvocate.com The nonprofit Ascension Economic Development Corp. is encouraging property owners in Gonzales to take advantage of a statewide program that promotes sites available for development. While there are currently 10 pieces of property in Ascension Parish listed in the Louisiana Certified Economic Development Sites program — more than any other… Read more »


Performance Contractors named Top 100 Military Friendly Employer

Baton Rouge, LA — Performance Contractors announced today that it has earned the 2016 Military Friendly® Employer designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazines. Performance ranked seventh [7] in the Diversified Services Industry—providing top jobs for Veterans including Construction Management, Construction Worker, It Specialist, Operations and Facilities Manager, Skilled Laborer… Read more »


AEDC Celebrates 10 Years

Gonzales, LA (November 03, 2015): The Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is 10-years old.  Before an audience of elected officials, business leaders and economic development allies, AEDC today outlined how the organization was created amidst the chaos and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina along with its substantial accomplishments during its first decade. AEDC was created by… Read more »


AEDC maintains a neutral position on elections and political campaigns at all times

Gonzales, LA (October 09, 2015): Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is a non-political entity, as spelled out not only in the statutes, but also in the mission of this organization.  AEDC maintains a neutral position on elections and political campaigns at all times.  Although this is the position of AEDC, it is certainly understandable and… Read more »