CF Industries acquiring OCI to create fertilizer giant

The Advocate – NEW YORK — CF Industries Holdings Inc., a company with a major plant in Louisiana, will acquire the distribution networks of Netherlands-based OCI N.V. in a $6 billion deal that would create one of the world’s largest nitrogen fertilizer companies. The deal, which includes about $2 billion in debt, is expected to… Read more »


Gonzales City Council gets glowing economic report

The Advocate – GONZALES — Business is good in Gonzales, the head of the Ascension Economic Development Corp. told the City Council on Monday. Over the last year, the nonprofit has visited 15 businesses, as well as the local hospital, to learn how things are going, and the feedback is positive, said Mike Eades, president… Read more »


Bengal transportation company buys new corporate headquarters

The Advocate – Bengal, a Geismar-based industrial transportation company, has purchased a 6,100-square-foot office building in Prairieville that will serve as its new headquarters. Bengal paid $2.1 million for the former InfiniEdge Software building at 14320 InfiniEdge Way in a deal that closed earlier this month. InfiniEdge recently moved to a new location in PraIrieville. Bengal… Read more »




Ascension Parish economic leaders ear-marking west bank area for heavy industrial development

The Advocate – GONZALES — Ascension economic development officials have wrapped up months of largely closed-door planning efforts to turn a swath of agricultural fields on the parish’s west bank into a 17,000-acre heavy industry park. Under the long-range plan, the rural pocket of cane fields along the Mississippi River north of La. 1 and… Read more »


Louisiana Economic Development Ranks No. 2 In Site Selection Top Competitive States Rating

5.4.15 Up from No. 4 in the U.S. last year, Louisiana ranks among top seven nationally for economic development performance for sixth consecutive year BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Site Selection rated Louisiana’s economic development efforts No. 2 in the nation in its ranking of Top Competitive States for 2014. In its evaluation of economic development performance… Read more »


Crown Crafts Signs Licensing Agreement with Petunia Pickle Bottom

Gonzales, Louisiana – Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Crown Crafts, Inc. (NASDAQ-CM: CRWS), announced today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Petunia Pickle Bottom for luxury infant bedding, blankets, bibs and bath products. Petunia Pickle Bottom is a vibrant lifestyle brand known around the world for its… Read more »


Summit Electric Supply starts Gonzales construction

The Advocate – Summit Electric Supply has begun construction on a facility at 3348 S. Burnside in Gonzales. The facility will include 50,000 square feet of warehouse space — nearly twice the capacity of Summit’s current Gonzales location on West Orice Roth Road. The move also allows Summit to expand its counter sales area, offer… Read more »