Forging Ahead in Acadiana
Significant manufacturing operations in Acadiana – located in South Central Louisiana along the Gulf of Mexico – take advantage of its robust logistics infrastructure which ships cargo by air, freight train, and port around the world every day. The region’s major employers include a diverse mix of industry from healthcare to construction. Major manufacturing investments in the region include:
Acadiana values its manufacturing industry, and will align state and local resources to provide customized incentive packages for businesses looking to grow. A few standard incentives are outlined below. You can find a full list of standard incentives here.
Industrial Tax Exemption Program
Quality Jobs Rebate
A Quality Workforce
A right-to-work state for more than three decades, Louisiana ranks in the Top 10 for lowest rates of private workforce unionization. It is also home to LED FastStart, the nation’s No. 1 state workforce development program, which creates customized workforce recruitment, screening, and training solutions. With a growing labor force of nearly 318,000 in the region, competitive wages, and a strong education pipeline, Acadiana’s workforce is waiting for you. A number of Louisiana universities have specific programs and research strengths related to the manufacturing industry and graduate new engineers each semester.
National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NACM)
Originally formed in 1999, the NACM is a state of the art research and production center focused on applying advanced manufacturing technologies to lightweight composite and metallic materials in support of the NASA space program and adjacent industries. Located at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, it is a partnership between NASA, Louisiana State University, the University of New Orleans, and the State of Louisiana.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
South Louisiana Community College (SLCC)
Access and Infrastructure
Acadiana is a prime location for your business. A logistical hub, the region is strategically located at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 49. It provides access to 38 interior states via the Mississippi River and countless international markets via the Gulf of Mexico. Within the Acadiana region alone are: TWO commercial airports, TWO Class I rail systems, FIVE coastal ports, and TWO inland ports.
A Better Bottom Line
- No. 4: Lowest Industrial Electricity Rate – U.S. Energy Information Administration, EIA
- No. 1: Workforce Training Program – Business Facilities
- No. 1: Speed for Permitting – Area Development
- No. 4: Favorable Regulatory Environment – Area Development
The Right Location is Waiting for You
We’ve got acres of opportunity.