Pulp, Paper & Wood Products

Competitive Grounds for Business

Where America Gets Its Timber

If your company needs access to timber to do business, Cleco’s service territory has plenty — with almost half of the state covered in forestry.

And, if your company is in the timber business, Cleco’s service territory — from Alexandria to the Western region — has access to multimodal transportation and a large population of manufacturing professionals well-equipped to do the job.

Energy intensive production is supported by Cleco’s reliable utility services while a highly connected logistics network of six interstate highways, 30 inland and coastal ports and five Class I railroads set companies up for success.

Fast Facts

Food for Thought

63,358 Employees In the pulp, paper and wood product talent base (including transferable skills) Newmark Report, 2022
48% Or 3.8 Million Acres Of Louisiana Of Louisiana are forestlands State of Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry
900+ Firms Across 45 parishes (counties) in Louisiana State of Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Pulp, Paper & Wood Product Major Employers

Abita Springs, LA
Bogalusa, LA, Campti, LA, Lafayette, LA, Mansfield, LA, Springhill, LA
Alexandria, LA, Chopin, LA, Oakdale, LA
Industry Resources

Paper & Wood Products Production Haven

  • Whether a business needs design talent or manual labor, Louisiana’s workforce of more than 63,000 — including those with transferable skills — are ready to roll up their sleeves and add to your company’s success. Currently, the state’s forest products industry directly employs more than 25,000 individuals, with an additional 8,000 employed in harvesting and transportation of product.

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  • Louisiana has been home to a vast amount of source materials for the pulp, paper and wood products industry since the 18th century. Today, connections to Texas’s rapidly growing market for building materials via the I-10, I-20 and several key railroad lines, and robust access to overseas customers by way of deepwater ports, have allowed this industry to live up to its 100-year-old legacy. And, with highly reliable utility services and adequate water supplies across Cleco’s service territory, opportunities for pulp, paper and wood businesses show no signs of stopping in Louisiana.

  • With an industry as inextricable to the state as paper and wood product design and production, it’s no wonder Louisiana’s incentives remain competitive. From LED FastStart — the No. 1 free workforce development program in the nation — to the state’s Quality Jobs Program and Federal Opportunity Zones, the Pelican State offers wood and paper companies a business-friendly environment.

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Richard Cornelison

Director, Marketing and Economic Development

Amy S. Thibodeaux

Economic Development Project Manager