Germany Helps Louisiana Rank First for Per Capita FDI

Germany and Louisiana have a rich shared economic and cultural history that stretches back more than 250 years. Since 2003, German companies have made over a dozen investments in Louisiana, making Germany one of the state's top sources for investment. 

Notable German Projects in Louisiana

In September 2013, BASF announced it will build a polyurethanes blending facility in Geismar, Louisiana. The company’s fourth expansion in as many years, the project will create 22 new direct jobs and result in an estimated 145 new indirect jobs. Another 175 construction jobs will be created. Since 2009, the BASF expansions have yielded more than 600 new direct and indirect jobs in Louisiana and more than $350 million in new capital investment. The blending facility will improve efficiency and shorten the supply chain to customers. BASF polyurethanes enable manufacturers to produce leading automotive, furniture and construction industry goods.

“This project demonstrates our commitment to the future growth in this region and market. The project also further strengthens our position as a leading supplier of chemistry for sustainable solutions.” 

Tom Yura
Senior Vice President, BASF Geismar

Trade Between Germany and Louisiana

Louisiana exported $995.6 million worth of goods to Germany in 2015. Top Louisiana exports to Germany include agricultural products ($767.2 million), chemicals ($84.4 million), and minerals and ores ($49.4 million). 

Supporting Organizations

Honorary Consul: Ms. Susanne Veters
601 Poydras Street, Suite 1200
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Tel: 504.596.2822


Quality of Life, Arts, and Culture

The German-American Cultural Center (GACC)
With exhibits, lectures, programs and other educational activities, the GACC celebrates the important contributions to Louisiana history and culture made by Germans. Learn more here.

The German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society (GACHGS)
The GACHGS is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the unique culture and history of Louisiana's German-Acadian Coast, which encompasses today's St. Charles, St. James and St. John the Baptist Parishes. Learn more here.

The Deutsches Haus
Established in 1928, the Deutsches Haus is a benevolent and social organization with a mission to celebrate and foster the rich culture, musical heritage, language and history of the German people. Learn more here.

Recent News 

In April 2016, Louisiana Economic Development attended Hannover Messe, along with regional partners from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), Entergy, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. While there, the group hosted a seminar focused on the Louisiana Chemical Manufacturing Initiative.