An empty shipyard will be converted into a new factory, which will create 100 new jobs in Louisiana.
Greenberry, an industrial fabricator, plans to convert the vacant unit which housed Gulf Islands Shipyards, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office.
The company will establish the new plant on a 180-acre riverfront campus near Jennings, Louisiana, that formerly housed Gulf Islands Shipyards, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office.
Greenberry intends to use the facility to produce heavy industrial modules for the energy, maritime, paper, semiconductor, and petrochemical markets.
Greenberry will create 100 new jobs at the plant, and Louisiana officials expect the project to generate 144 additional indirect jobs in the area.
By the end of April, the company expects to have completed site upgrades, including $500,000 in new equipment. The facility should be ready soon.
Greenberry CEO Jarrett Pugh stated that the company is excited about expanding its Gulf Coast operation and partnering with the Jefferson Davis Parish community.
Greenberry, based in Vancouver, Washington, is a subsidiary of NAES Corp, a provider of energy sector services. Following the closure of the Gulf Islands shipyard, local officials said the project would be a boon to southern Louisiana.
Jeff Davis, President and CEO of Parish Economic Development, said: “finding a tenant for the shipyard” and introducing quality, high-paying jobs is a primary goal for the company.