Primary Metals

A Primary Location for Metal Business

A Refined Ecosystem for the Metal Industry

If you’re a primary metal manufacturer, you’ll be in good company in Louisiana.

Nucor Steel and likeminded businesses tap into the interstate availability, deep-water ports and key talent for smelting and refinement of nonferrous metals throughout Cleco’s service territory. Louisiana FastStart also helps companies develop customized training programs to suit their business needs. And, the service territory offers easy access to scrap material from nearby Louisiana oil and gas industry leaders.

Fast Facts

Food for Thought

39,681 Existing Jobs In regional primary metal manufacturing (including translatable skills) Newmark Report, 2022
6 Interstate Highways in Louisiana
2 Deepwater Ports In Cleco's service territory
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You’ll Be in Good Company in Louisiana.

  • Across Cleco’s service territory there are acres of development-ready land available for primary metal manufacturers. The region offers proximity to extensive water shipping capabilities from the Port of New Orleans and Port of Lake Charles, while six interstate highways present access to growing manufacturing markets in Texas and the southeastern U.S. Additionally, scrap from oil, gas, shipping and recycling industries provide a potential source for refining materials.

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  • Louisiana’s workforce for the primary metals industry is strong, with nearly 40,000 related jobs in the Cleco service territory. In 2022, there were nearly 1,000 employed in the processing of ferrous and nonferrous metals. The state’s award-winning LED FastStart program provides a source of customized training for businesses to realign talent from Louisiana’s robust chemicals and plastics industry.

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  • Primary metal manufacturers have access to an array of incentives, from industrial tax exemptions to the nation’s #1 workforce training program, LED FastStart. Qualifying companies can customize for the skills they need through FastStart, while the Louisiana Quality Jobs rebate allows businesses to receive a cash refund on the annual gross payroll of new direct jobs created for up to ten years.

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Richard Cornelison

Director, Marketing and Economic Development

Amy S. Thibodeaux

Economic Development Project Manager