BROUSSARD, La. — Two new PPE manufacturing facilities are planned for the Broussard area, and they’re expected to create over 2,200 new jobs!!!! This is HUGE NEWS not only for the Broussard area, but all of Acadiana as well!!! And here’s why….. Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas, SafeSource Direct CEO Justin Hollingsworth, and other officials announce the development of two manufacturing facilities for personal protective equipment, or PPE. Economic Development officials say the projects will create a combined 1,221 new direct jobs, and Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in a combined 992 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 2,200 new jobs. Ochsner Health partnered with Trax Development on a joint venture to create SafeSource Direct LLC. SafeSource is investing $150 million to develop the facilities, with $73 million to retrofit an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lafayette Parish that will also house its headquarters, and $77 million for the development of a new 400,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in St. Martin Parish.“Today’s announcement is not only a celebration of the new jobs (apply here) SafeSource Direct will create and the economic activity it will generate, but also an opportunity to thank Ochsner and Trax for an investment that truly meets our novel moment,” the governor said. “A year ago, states across the union were grappling with a shortage of personal protective equipment as the coronavirus spread. Even now, the need for PPE is great and that demand will continue for the foreseeable future. I am proud to say that, with this new project, Louisiana will play a key role in preventing the U.S. from facing such a shortage again.”SafeSource Direct will manufacture, warehouse, and directly distribute PPE for health care and other industries in Louisiana and nationwide, officials said.“COVID-19 brought to light our nation’s dependence on foreign countries, primarily China, for PPE,” Hollingsworth said. “By manufacturing right here in Lafayette and St. Martin parishes, and selling directly, SafeSource Direct will be positioned to eliminate the lag times, uncertainty, and frustration that plague international manufacturing and shipping. Our hope is that these facilities will lay the foundation for more independently sustainable health systems in the U.S.”The Lafayette Parish facility will create 245 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $45,300, plus benefits, and will result in 199 new indirect jobs. It will include the company’s headquarters and a manufacturing plant for surgical tie-masks, bouffant hair covers, shoe covers, isolation gowns, procedure masks, N95 masks, and more.
Location and More Details
Manufacturing operations will be located in an existing building near the intersection of the Evangeline Thruway and St. Nazaire Road in Broussard (Walmart/Home Depot area).“SafeSource Direct choosing Broussard and Lafayette Parish for its headquarters and manufacturing operations demonstrates how attractive our parish is to new businesses in search of an ideal location to successfully operate,” said Mayor-President Josh Guillory of Lafayette Parish. “A company of this size will not only boost our economy, but it will also create hundreds of competitive job opportunities for our citizens.”The St. Martin Parish facility will employ 976 direct employees with an annual salary of $38,000, plus benefits, and will result in 793 new indirect jobs, officials predict. The greenfield facility will include 400,000 square feet of manufacturing space located on 49 acres in Broussard. It will include multiple production lines for PPE manufacturing, with nitrile rubber gloves as the main product.“All of our parish leaders are excited about the decision of Ochsner and Trax Development to locate this PPE facility in our parish,” said St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars. “Not only will this prudent investment provide the public with an important product, but it will also yield significant dividends in the form of jobs and countless consequential benefits which are much-needed throughout all of Acadiana. I would be remiss if I did not further note that this announcement, together with a recently awarded $3.1 million EDA grant for fiber services to cover this very area, demonstrates that our parish and this region have much to offer.”Construction of the facilities is underway, with the Lafayette Parish facility expected to commence commercial operations by the third quarter of 2021.
Hiring for the new facilities will begin in mid-2021, with all positions to be filled by the end of 2023. Those interested in applying for roles at the SafeSource facilities in Broussard are encouraged to explore job opportunities here.“Ochsner Health’s commitment to the communities we serve extends far beyond healthcare. We are creating jobs and investing in people, too,” said Thomas. “As part of our recent merger with Ochsner Lafayette General, we committed $465 million to improve the health and lives of people in Acadiana. Today, we are proud to build on that with a $150 million investment that will create 2,200 new jobs in the region and meet a critical national demand for a reliable domestic source of PPE. Not only will we be manufacturing PPE for our own employees and partner employees to keep them safe as they care for patients, but through this partnership, we will also be providing a new source of quality PPE to protect front-line workers nationwide. “This is a tremendous achievement, not only for the city of Broussard but also for our entire region and state,” said Broussard Mayor Ray Bourque. “We have focused our efforts for the past two years to foster growth and build partnerships for the benefit of our residents and businesses. I commend the Broussard Economic Development Corporation for their work on bringing this LED Certified Site to fruition and am grateful to the developers for investing, with us, in the future of Broussard.”To secure the project in Acadiana, the State of Louisiana offered SafeSource Direct a competitive incentive package for both sites. For the facility in Lafayette Parish, the incentive package includes the comprehensive workforce solutions of the nation’s No. 1 state workforce training and talent attraction program, LED FastStart®. Additionally, SafeSource will receive a $2.5 million performance-based grant. For the facility in St. Martin Parish, the company will receive LED FastStart services, as well as an $8 million performance-based grant. The company also is expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.“Ochsner’s growth and investment in Acadiana is a testament to our top-notch manufacturing sector, pro-business environment, and the community of innovation we have fostered in the region,” said One Acadiana President and CEO Troy Wayman. “The great news that one of SafeSource’s PPE manufacturing locations will locate at the Spanish Trail Industrial Park Site – a site in St. Martin Parish that we certified through LED just last year – is a significant validation of the work we do certifying sites for business development. This investment will create over 1,200 jobs at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted Acadiana’s economy. We are very proud to have worked with the development team, the State of Louisiana and our local partners, LEDA and the St. Martin Parish Economic Development Authority, to secure this investment in Acadiana.
Impact on Acadiana area
Make no mistake about it folks, this is great news for our area. Adding in how Amazon.com is coming up just 15 minutes North of this health care manufacturing facility should give us all a sense that the Acadiana area is in a healthy position to offer plenty of jobs for the foreseeable future. Especially noting that these jobs are not oilfield related! Not that I’m against oilfield jobs, but lets face it. The oilfield isn’t for everyone so it is a breath of fresh air to see other opportunities being created in the Lafayette, LA area!! The oilfield has been down for well over 6 years now. These new jobs will provide income and new opportunities for lots of individuals that have spent countless years in oilfield-related jobs and in search of a fresh start at a new career! I have no doubt this will have a positive impact on our Real Estate market as well. Companies coming in that are creating this many jobs in such a small area like ours will need housing for employees. Though most jobs will be offered to local residents I have heard that both of these companies do have plenty of out-of-state management teams and engineers moving here to run these juggernauts! I look forward to the trickle affect these huge companies will create for local entrepreneurs that feed off of their economic impact! Do you own a small restaurant, convenient store, or something of that nature? I’d highly recommend taking look at any available locations close to these facilities! Or of course, for any help with your Real Estate needs feel free to call/text Paul Tylock at 337-654-0569!