Two new companies commit to Eastside; Nottoway expanding

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

A trucking company and a tank washing company will locate in the St. Gabriel area and invest $10 million to $15 million in the parish this year, Parish President J. Mitchell announced.

“This is the place they want to be,” Ourso said. “They say it's happening over here.”

The trucking company, Linden Transportation of New Jersey, has purchased property in St. Gabriel and will be looking to hire drivers, he said. The company is offering to pay a $5,000 bonus to sign drivers who meet federal regulations.

Younger Brothers of Houston plans to site its tank-washing center in an industrial park off La. 30 on the Ciba Geigy Access Road.

Meanwhile, Iberville's most famous tourist destination, Nottoway Plantation, is significantly expanding its operations, the parish president said.

The parish last month issued Nottoway a building permit for a new 5,000-square-foot banquet facility, not long after issuing a permit for some 10 new cottages at the site.

Chief Administrative Officer Edward A. “Lucky” Songy Jr. noted that the cottages could mean additional revenue for the parish's two percent hotel-motel tax that supports tourist promotions.

Ourso said all the investments would mean sales tax revenue.

For the past three years, industrial construction has pushed the parish sales taxes to succeeding record levels. With only 11 months of 2010 accounted for, collections had already set a new high mark despite the national, he said.