Advanced Manufacturing
Hayes Companies, Pineville
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Louisiana’s Strategic Locations for Advanced Manufacturing

Louisiana’s location is one of its most valuable advantages. The state’s superior transportation infrastructure enables companies to have access to nearby major markets such as Dallas, Houston and Atlanta, while benefiting from Louisiana’s lower cost structure for wages, taxes and cost of living.

Louisiana is well situated for both inbound and outbound logistics. The state is home to:

  • Six interstate highways
  • Six Class 1 railroads
  • Six deepwater ports
  • Seven primary airports

Louisiana Offers an Extensive Selection of Strategic Sites

When it comes time to find the best location for your operation, Louisiana has an extensive selection of development-ready sites searchable in its Buildings & Sites Database

The LED Certified Sites program further qualifies industrial sites based on zoning restrictions, title work, environmental studies, soil analysis and surveys.

Of particular interest to many manufacturers is NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Now a multitenant facility for high-tech industries including advanced manufacturing, the main facility has:

  • 43 acres under one roof
  • An extensive overhead crane network
  • A deepwater port with access to highway and rail
  • 400,000 square feet of available manufacturing space

GIS Mapping Capabilities Enable Fast Site Identification

To assist companies needing to make complex site identification decisions, LED has secured or has access to GIS maps for every region of the state — enabling project managers to locate suitable sites quickly.

When Sasol was looking for a location for its $16-21 billion GTL and ethane cracker complex, LED was able to find a site that contained all of their required elements — from pipelines and ports to utilities. The company has credited this technology, coupled with LED’s project management strategy and resources, with enabling them to “begin their mega project six to 12 months sooner than planned.”

Expedited Permitting Reduces Start-up Time

Louisiana understands that a company’s ability to ramp up quickly and efficiently is a significant factor in their location decision. To maximize time and efficiency for business, the state has created an expedited environmental permit-processing program, which enables Louisiana to issue permits more quickly and efficiently than just about any other state in the country.

“We found the expedited permitting process to be a valuable option in our efforts to obtain a permit in Louisiana. The process was thorough, efficient and very timely.”

Steve Rowlan 
General Manager of Environmental Affairs