Advanced Manufacturing

Cutting Edge Industry Knowledge

Strength In Numbers

Louisiana has high levels of manufacturing talent, from the 430,000+ industry employees in the industry to those training in one of the Cleco service territory’s 24 universities.

Here, advanced manufacturers of all sorts — aviation, chemicals & plastics, metal products and more — are a part of the state’s robust business environment. And, with the help of resources like the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana’s needs assessment and LED FastStart’s free, customized training, this industry and stellar workforce are only getting stronger.

Fast Facts

Food for Thought

430,000+ Employed In manufacturing in Louisiana Louisiana Economic Development, 2023
$28.53 Billion Goods Exported from Louisiana manufacturers National Association of Manufacturers, 2021
24 Development-Ready Sites Available in Cleco's service territory Newmark Report, 2022
6 of the 10 Top Manufacturing Companies in LA Are based in Cleco's service territory Industry Select, 2022
Person metal welding at Hayes Manufacturing.
Advanced Manufacturing Resources

A Trusted Place to Build Your Supply Chain

  • Manufacturers in Louisiana are well-connected within the state and throughout the nation. Connecting the state south and north is I-49, while I-10 broadens access to markets within Texas; one-fifth of the U.S. population is accessible within an 11-hour drive; and an extensive network of railways and Gulf ports grant access to markets even further away. In fact, Louisiana has five of the top 15 U.S. ports in terms of tonnage.

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  • With 24 universities in the Cleco service territory, manufacturers in Louisiana have access to key talent. Industry-focused educational institutions like the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s College of Engineering provides a minor in manufacturing while South Louisiana Community College offers continuing education courses in manufacturing technology such as manual lathes, CNC and milling machines. If that’s not enough, LED FastStart consistently adds to the talent across the state, making its certified manufacturing program available to all online community colleges and high schools throughout Louisiana.

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  • Competitive advantages of doing business include a wide array of incentives — from the state’s Quality Jobs program to an Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) offering an 80% property tax abatement for five years, with an option to renew. The Cleco service territory also has 24 development-ready sites available, many within Cleco’s developing I-49 Clean Energy Corridor, which stretches from Lafayette in the south to the Arkansas border in the north.

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Richard Cornelison

Director, Marketing and Economic Development

Amy S. Thibodeaux

Economic Development Project Manager