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Key Industries Automotive

Louisiana Is a Strategic Location for the Automotive Industry

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 is one of only two states in the country where all six of North America’s class one railroads converge. Two of those railroads connect Mexico to other auto plants in the U.S. through Louisiana.

View how Louisiana’s development-ready certified sites intersect with inbound and outbound logistics, view demographic information and more in the Site Selection Center.

Strategic Location in the Heart of the Southern Automotive Corridor

Louisiana’s location is one of its most valuable advantages. Located in the heart of the Southern Automotive Corridor, the state’s ideal location places it in close proximity to the South’s extensive supplier base and Mexico as automotive manufacturers shift more production to North America. 

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Louisiana Offers an Extensive Selection of Strategic Sites

Louisiana has identified two mega-sites specifically appropriate for a major automotive industry project:

  • The England Airpark Megasite near Alexandria is located near an existing I-49 interchange. Within 10 miles of the Port of Alexandria and adjacent to England Airport, all utilities are planned for the site as well as a planned Union Pacific Railroad rail spur.
  • The Franklin Farm Megasite is 1,440 acres of state-owned property located near I-20 on the KCS/Norfolk Southern Railroad. In close proximity to the Monroe Regional Airport and the Greater Ouachita Port, the site has both water and sewer engineering underway. 
  • Bilten Park, located in Lacombe, has approximately 1,700 acres highlighted as a prime location for an OEM facility and 6,600 acres available in total. Multiple infrastructure improvements are currently proposed, including a rail spur and an I-12 interchange.

Louisiana’s other development-ready industrial sites can be found in the state’s Buildings & Sites Database. The LED Certified Sites program further qualifies industrial sites based on zoning restrictions, title work, environmental studies, and soil analysis and surveys.

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