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Facility to Create 120 New Jobs

Houston Plating and Coating CEO William Howard, center, speaks after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, right, announced that Houston Plating and Coating will be opening a 72,000 square feet Louisiana Plating and Coating plant at the intersection of Cameron Street and Apollo Road during a press conference at city hall Thursday in Scott. Standing on the left is Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison.

Houston Plating and Coating CEO William Howard, center, speaks after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, right, announced that Houston Plating and Coating will be opening a 72,000 square feet Louisiana Plating and Coating plant at the intersection of Cameron Street and Apollo Road during a press conference at city hall Thursday in Scott. Standing on the left is Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison.

Written by
Amanda McElfresh

The Daily Advertiser

SCOTT — Gov. Bobby Jindal joined local and state leaders in Scott on Thursday to announce the creation of a new manufacturing facility that will create about 120 new jobs.

Houston Plating and Coatings will invest more than $9 million in building the 80,000-square-foot facility. The plant will be operated by Louisiana Plating and Coatings, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Houston company.

Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison said the facility will be on seven acres fronting Cameron Street near Apollo Road. Company executives hope the plant will be open by mid-2012.

The company makes custom plating and coating equipment for petroleum and oilfield service companies.

"Today's announcement continues to send the message that we are coming back stronger than ever after the oil spill and the moratorium," Jindal said Thursday. "This job win will help our oil and gas industry continue to fuel the country, support thousands of jobs here and across the United States, and also create new opportunities for our people right here at home."

Louisiana Plating and Coatings will initially hire about 35 workers, then increase its staff to 50 and eventually to 120. Average annual salaries will be around $35,000, and the total annual payroll is expected to reach approximately

$3 million.

"We all know jobs are the main economic tools for our community," Morrison said.

But beyond the direct impact, Morrison said there will be a domino effect, as employees spend money at local businesses, thereby increasing Scott's sales tax revenue and creating more funds for projects such as roads, drainage and sidewalks.

"It's about quality of life more than anything," Morrison said. "Everybody wins."

Lafayette Parish caught Houston Plating and Coatings' eye last year, when Halliburton announced it was building a $65 million manufacturing plant on Pont des Mouton Road in Lafayette. Halliburton is one of the company's main clients, leading them to look at the Lafayette area as they pursued their own expansion.

Houston Plating and Coatings CEO Bill Howard said he and other company officials were impressed by local leaders' hospitality, flexibility and willingness to work to make the project happen. The company also was impressed by Louisiana and Acadiana's economic indicators and focus on new businesses and expansions.

"We're very, very excited to become part of the manufacturing base here," Howard said. "Everybody here has made us feel more than welcome and is

helping us make sure everything goes as quickly and as efficiently as possible. This is a significant plant and significant expansion for our company."

In addition, Louisiana Economic Development is providing assistance through the state's

Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs. The state and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority are assisting Scott with a $920,000 Community Development Block Grant application, which would provide site infrastructure improvements for the project.

That kind of cooperation between local and state officials has been key in helping Acadiana land several new companies and expansions, including Halliburton, Schumacher Group's planned expansion and Maritime International moving production from China to Broussard.

"It is the team effort between elected and public officials, the real estate community, LEDA and LED, along with private businesses, that makes projects such as LP&C opening a new division in Scott possible," said Gregg Gothreaux, president and CEO of LEDA. "It is great to see the city of Scott growing new jobs for its citizens."

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