Central Louisiana has long been a hub for agriculture, agri-business, forestry and timber related industries, as well as manufacturing. Big name companies like Procter and Gamble, Crest Industries,
RoyOMartin, Hayes Manufacturing, Baker Manufacturing, Boise Cascade and Weyerhaeuser have called the area home for more than 40 years.
Another draw for businesses is the area’s established river, rail and interstate systems for transporting both raw materials and finished products.
Additionally, a Heavy Industrial Mega Site at the England Industrial Airpark is an attraction for large manufacturers looking to start up or relocate. The more than 1500 contiguous acres is comprised of two certified sites.
Other significant manufacturers with a presence in central Louisiana include, AFCO, CLECO, Manchac Technologies, Union Tank, Accurate Industries, Hunt Forest Products, Kerotest Manufacturing, Stella-Jones, Great Southern Wood, Arclin, Willamette Valley, Momentive, Oilfield Instrumentation, Catahoula Manufacturing, Louisiana Elastomer, Sports Design, Consolidated Energy, Leesville Lumber, West Fraser Jeld-Wen, and Alliance Compressors.
Located off Interstate 49 near the halfway point between Alexandria and Natchitoches, Louisiana, is Martco L.L.C.’s Chopin mill, which manufactures plywood, timbers, and boards. This massive, state-of-the art plant was completed in 1996 and has undergone a number of expansions to become one of the largest single-site plywood producers in North America. Complementing the plywood plant is a timbers mill, which was added in 2014. The Chopin facility has a substantial economic impact on the local community, employing approximately 700.