Port tenants move in; jobs to follow - KLFY News 10

Port tenants move in; jobs to follow


The over 100 acre expansion at the Port of Iberia was complete by last month. Roy Pontiff, port director, says they're expecting it to be up and running and bring about 150 to 200 workers by March 2015.
"We have three long major tenants that we have locked in with long-term leases Danos (a manufacturing facility for the oil and gas industry), LBC Port (which is multi-purpose type industry fabrication and sand blasting material handling) and we have an expansion of one of our local tenants LeBlanc Marine," says Pontiff.
Pontiff says construction should begin within the next six months and the parish should begin to see employment numbers creep up in the fall.
"These are $65,000 jobs for skilled workers. So, I think it's going to have a significant economic impact on the community," says Pontiff.
One thing left to do, Pontiff says, the expansion still has a vacancy.
"We have another company that I'm negotiating with for the last 14 acres of the 108 acres. And, if were successful, I think that's another 40 jobs there," says Pontiff.
Not bad, he says, going from planning to completion in a little over two years and sticking to their $7.4 million budget of local, federal and port money.

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