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Major Employers

Home to Industry Giants

A Legacy of Excellence and Innovation

When you do business in Louisiana, you are doing business alongside some of the country’s most innovative employers, across industries.

From Procter & Gamble to RoyOMartin, major employers in Cleco’s service territory are generating significant economic growth for the state. And, with increasing expansions in legacy industries like pulp, paper and wood processing, and growing capital investments in new industries like aviation and aerospace manufacturing, there has never been a better time to invest in Louisiana business.

Fast Facts

Food for Thought

2 Fortune 500 Companies headquartered in LA New Orleans City Business, 2020
#20 In GDP Growth Nationwide U.S. News, 2022
106,230 Total Employer Establishments In Louisiana U.S. Census Bureau, 2020

Major Employers in Cleco’s Service Territory

New Orleans, LA
Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles, LA
Avery Island, LA
Natchitoches, LA
St. Gabriel, LA
Covent, LA
Bogalusa, LA, Campti, LA, Lafayette, LA, Mansfield, LA, Springhill, LA
Regional Information

A Hub for Diverse Employers

  • For more than 50 years, industry giants, such as Procter & Gamble and Weyerhauer, have called this six-parish region at Louisiana’s heart home. This big-business foundation has led other high-profile employers –  RoyOMartin, Hayes Manufacturing and Accurate Industries – to set up shop in Alexandria Metro and take charge of the region’s now well-established pulp, paper and wood, metal products and advanced manufacturing industries. Recent investments from major employers — a $22.5 and $5.9 million expansions at Great Southern Wood’s lumber facility and a $90 million investment at Cabot’s plant in Ville Platte — have continued this region’s industrial economic growth and generated hundreds of jobs.

    Check out the Alexandria Metro Region
  • Historically, the Lafayette Metro Region has been the center of energy production and services in the southeastern U.S. Today, significant capital investments have helped this region diversify its economy. Recent funding, such as Richard’s Cajun Foods’ $2.7 million expansion in Acadia Parish and Savoie’s Foods’ $12.7 million expansion in St. Landry Parish, have positioned Lafayette as a state-wide hub for food processing and manufacturing. While new manufacturing-facility investments, like Westfield Fluid Controls $5.1 million venture, have helped establish this region as a leading provider of aerospace and aviation parts.

    Learn more about the Lafayette Metro Region
  • The New Orleans Metro region has a diverse economy — major employers include chemical and plastic manufacturers, food processors, energy producers and convention organizers. That is, from Formosa’s $9.4 billion chemical manufacturing complex in St. James Parish to Fuji Vegetables $70 million processing facility in Jefferson Parish, various industry-leading employers are digging their foundations deep in the New Orleans Metro Region.

    Also, known internationally for its world-class universities and hospital systems, this region’s education and healthcare industries not only generate economic growth and job creation, but they also serve the state by building healthier communities.

    Check out the New Orleans Metro Region
  • With a strong legacy in the paper and wood product sourcing and logistics and distribution industries, and a growing investment in chemical manufacturing, major employers in Cleco’s Western Region are establishing significant economic and job growth across major cities. For instance, in December 2022, RoyOMartin, the timber sourcing and manufacturing giant, invested $9.5 million to modernize their Natchitoches Parish facility, and in March 2022, Greenberry Industrial Manufacturing, a shipyard fabrication plant, created 100 new jobs at their Jefferson Davis Parish facility.

    Learn more about the Western Region

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Richard Cornelison

Director, Marketing and Economic Development

Amy S. Thibodeaux

Economic Development Project Manager