Plans underway to make the largest piece of undeveloped property in Gonzales into upscale, mixed use development

The Advocate — A developer plans to build an upscale mixed-use community of retail stores, apartments and homes on a former cattle ranch, which is the largest piece of undeveloped property in Gonzales. Lafayette-based Southern Lifestyle Development has a contract to purchase the property, situated on La. 44 just south of I-10, for $8 million and… Read more »


Ascension Parish jumps into movie, TV business, creates film commission to ease the way for filmmakers

The Advocate — As state legislators prepare to consider the future of the state’s generous film production incentives this spring, Ascension Parish government is betting on continued interest in movie production in the Bayou State. The Parish Council last week created a new advisory Film Commission and a new permit and fee regime for movies shot… Read more »


CF Industries’ $2.1 billion Donaldsonville expansion on schedule

The Advocate – CF Industries’ planned $2.1 billion expansion at its Donaldsonville nitrogen complex is on schedule and will begin producing urea, the most popular nitrogen fertilizer source, in the third quarter. The Donaldsonville complex was already the world’s largest nitrogen plant. The plant produces urea, urea-ammonium nitrate, or UAN, and anhydrous ammonia urea —… Read more »


Construction at RPCC set to start in March

The Advocate – 2/12/2015 Construction is expected to start in March on River Parishes Community College’s $9.2 million Center for Advanced Technology.  It will be the first project funded through Legislative Act 360, which was passed in 2013 and provides funding of more than $200 million for 28 workforce and technology training projects across the… Read more »


Williams Partners Announces Geismar Plant is Manufacturing Ethylene for Sale

TULSA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) today announced its expanded Geismar, Louisiana olefins plant has begun manufacturing ethylene for sale. “This is a significant milestone achievement in our effort to restore reliable operations at our plant for the benefit of our customers, employees, contractors and the community,” said John Dearborn, Williams’ senior vice president… Read more »



Crown Crafts to Partner with Zutano on New Line of Bedding and Nursery Products

GONZALES, La., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crown Crafts, Inc. (NASDAQ-CM: CRWS), announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement with Zutano, a Vermont-based designer of children’s clothing, accessories and nursery products, to develop, market and distribute a new line of infant bedding, blankets, bibs, bath… Read more »


Baton Rouge Area Chamber names Companies to Watch

Source: Renita Young; Nola.com – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber named its annual Companies to Watch, honoring second-stage companies, those that have moved beyond the start-up phase into a period of growth, in the nine-parish Baton Rouge area. BRAC’s awards event concluded its Big Think program during Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week (BREW) on Nov. 19. “The six companies honored… Read more »


Renewable Energy Group Celebrates Geismar Plant Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

November 19, 2014 – Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) celebrated Wednesday the grand opening of its Geismar biorefinery, which is now producing renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) in commercial-scale quantities. The event marked the successful start-up of the 75-million gallon nameplate capacity plant that REG acquired in June. Beginning production on October 14, REG Geismar,… Read more »


Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. Announces $66 Million Formaldehyde Expansion In Geismar And Luling

New project in Ascension, St. Charles parishes to retain 55 jobs, result in more than 85 new direct and indirect jobs, along with 300 construction jobs Article from Louisiana Economic Development 11.6.14 BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Executive Vice President Dale Plante of Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. announced the company will… Read more »