Logistics & Distribution

On the Road to Success

Transport with Ease

Cleco’s service territory is built for logistics and distribution businesses to hit the ground running.

The 17th-best rail network in the country, six major interstates and seven ports with developable land only graze the list of important regional infrastructure supporting this industry.

Louisiana is also home to several key industries, including advanced manufacturing and agricultural and food processing, which rely heavily on the state’s logistics companies.

Fast Facts

Food for Thought

17th Best Freight Rail Network In the US (Louisiana) Newmark Report, 2022
7 Designated Foreign Trade Zones In Louisiana Louisiana Economic Development
3,693 Logistics Jobs Expected in Alexandria metro by 2023 SSG Regional Labor Study, 2019

Major Employers in the Logistics & Distribution Industry

Shreveport, LA
Geismar, LA
Saint Rose, LA
New Orleans, LA
Saint Rose, LA
Saint Rose, LA
Key Industry Resources

En Route to Success

  • The nation’s No. 1 workforce development program, LED Fast Start, has designed and delivered talent acquisition solutions for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, including warehousing and distribution companies. In Cleco’s service territory, Alexandria’s logistics jobs are growing, with an estimated 3,692 jobs in 2023. With the growth of the Northshore area in the New Orleans region, logistics companies and distributors have a reputable base for hiring talent.

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  • An extensive network of interstate highways extends throughout the Cleco service territory — including the cross-continental I-10 highway. Covington in St. Tammany Parish offers access to more U.S. markets within an 8- and 11-hour drive than any other Louisiana city. Several development-ready or nearly development-ready sites are also available within proximity to airports like England Air Park and Acadiana Regional, while rail, deep-water ports, and the state’s seven designated FTZ zones grant access to even further markets.

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  • Several technical and community colleges in the Cleco service territory offer logistics programs, including Delgado Community College’s logistics technology program and Southeastern Louisiana University’s supply chain management degree program. JumpStart, Louisiana’s initiative for career and technical education, also provides students with training in transportation, distribution and logistics, readying them for the workforce.

If you're looking for help, you're in luck.

Richard Cornelison

Director, Marketing and Economic Development

Amy S. Thibodeaux

Economic Development Project Manager