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Hoover Container to build new plan in Scott

Written by
Chris Ramirez

Daily Advertiser

SCOTT - Hoover Container Solutions kicked off construction of a new 30,000-square-foot plant Thursday that officials say will add well-paying jobs to the community.

Officials for Houston-based Hoover Container Solutions Inc. said their operations in Broussard had been running out of space for years until they saw promise - and elbow room - in an undeveloped parcel in Scott, just west of Lafayette.

On Thursday, Hoover's top decision makers sloshed through puddles and ankle-high mud to hold a groundbreaking ceremony on a rainy day for the new plant to be built on nine acres at 824 Interstate 10 South.

The plant will span more than five times the size of its current Broussard operation on Highway 90 East.

Paul Lewis, the company's president and chief operating officer, said the facility, expected to open in November, will be key to Hoover's plans to expand its inventory of intermediate bulk containers, offshore 1,000- to 6,000-gallon chemical tanks and customized workshop containers.

Doing so will help Hoover better meet demands of the growing drilling and oil and gas industries, he said.

"We haven't had to turn away business from Broussard, but we know there's business out there we haven't been able to capture because of its limitations," said Donald W. Young, Hoover's chairman and chief executive.

Hoover's 3,000-square-foot operation in Broussard is one of six sales and distribution facilities it runs worldwide. It opened in 2006 with just two people and now staffs 10.

Hoover plans to eventually double or even triple its staff within the next two years, Young said. Scott Mayor Purvis J. Morrison said he hopes the project will lead to opportunities for the workforce.

Morrison declared the project a financial coup for the city, which last year convinced Houston Plating & Coatings to open an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing plant there.

That plant is being built on Cameron Street and is expected to create 120 jobs.

"We're blessed right now to be able to bring jobs to the community that pay well enough to fully sustain working families," he said.

The facility is being designed by D&B Architecture of Broussard and will be built by Thomson Brothers Construction Inc. General Contractors, also of Broussard.

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