Above: A view of BASF's location in Geismar, Louisiana (source: BASF)
With its low business costs and abundant natural resources, the state of Louisiana is home to a number of powerful manufacturing companies, especially those in the petrochemical and oil industries. Today, we're taking a deep dive into the state's manufacturing sector, providing key industrial facts, insights, and covering the largest industrial companies in Louisiana.
With its low business costs and abundant natural resources, the state of Louisiana is home to a number of powerful manufacturing companies, especially those in the petrochemical and oil industries. Today, we’re taking a deep dive into the state’s manufacturing sector, providing key industrial facts insights and top companies in Louisiana.
According to data collected by MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, Louisiana is currently home to 3,776 manufacturers employing 156,089 workers.
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According to MNI, Baton Rouge is Louisiana’ largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 16,961 workers. This is followed by New Orleans with 6,725 jobs.
Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.
Other top cities in Louisiana include
• Shreveport (6,401 jobs)
• Houma (6,229 jobs)
• Lafayette (5,375 jobs)
Lafayette County is Louisiana’ largest in terms of industrial jobs, home to 22,661 workers. This is followed by East Baton Rouge County with 21,150 workers, Calcasieu (13,525), and Jefferson (13,104).
The chemical industry is powerful in Louisiana, with chemical processing ranking as the state’s top manufacturing sector, comprising 17% of its industrial workforce. This is followed by industrial machinery with 14%, and fabricated metals with 11%. The food processing industry accounts for 10% of Louisiana’s manufacturing workforce, while transportation equipment makes up 8%.
MNI reports there are 18,546 executive contacts among Louisiana’ manufacturing companies, including 2,158 presidents, 1,694 owners and partners; 1,079 vice-presidents and 1,458 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.
Other facts to know about Louisiana manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:
• 1% of Louisiana manufacturers are women-owned
• 11% are publicly owned companies
• 9% import raw materials
• 20% distribute their products internationally.
Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.
|Exxon Mobil Refining & Supply||4,500||Baton Rouge||LA|
|The Dow Chemical Co.||1,600||Plaquemine||LA|
|Sasol Chemicals North America, LLC||1,500||Westlake||LA|
|Oceaneering International, Inc.||1,400||Morgan City||LA|
|Westlake Chemical Corp.||1,250||Lake Charles||LA|
|CITGO Petroleum Corp.||1,100||Westlake||LA|
|Exxon Mobil Chemical Co.||1,100||Baton Rouge||LA|
1. Exxon Mobil Refining and Supply (Baton Rouge, LA)
The Baton Rouge operation of petroleum giant Exxon Mobil ranks first in the state for number of jobs, employing 4,500. Established in 1909 as the Standard Oil Company of Louisiana, this location specializes in a wide range of fuel, including gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and lubricating oils and waxes.
2. The Dow Chemical Co (Plaquemine, LA)
A multinational chemical giant headquartered in Midland, MI Dow Chemical was founded in 1897 and today has facilities in 160 countries. With its six sites in Louisiana, Dow is the largest petrochemical plant in the state, manufacturing more than 100 types of chemicals that are shipped all over the world. The company’s Plaquemine location is the largest of them, employing 1,600
3. Intralox, LLC (Harahan, LA)
Employing 1,500 in the town of Harahan, Intralox, LLC products modular plastic conveyor belts.
4. Sasol Chemicals North America, LLC (Westlake, LA)
Based in South Africa, Sasol Chemical is a global chemical and energy firm with locations in 30 countries. The company’s Westlake facility is a major Louisiana industrial employer with 1,500 employees and makes a wide range of chemicals such as non-ionic surfactants, alkylates, paraffin, ethylene and polyethylene.
5. Oceaneering International, Inc. (Morgan City, LA)
Employing 1,400 in Morgan City, Oceaneering International ranks as Louisiana’s third-largest industrial employer. Specializing in oilfield services, offshore oil and gas industry products and deepwater hardware, Oceaneering International is a global leader in engineered services and produces for the oil and gas, defense, aerospace and many other industries.
6. Westlake Chemical Corp. (Lake Charles, LA)
Westlake is a global petrochemical leader, employing 8,870 around the world, bringing in $8.6 billion in revenue. 1,250 of the company’s employees work in at the Lake Charles facility, which produces a wide range of industrial chemicals.
7. BASF Corp. (Geismar, LA)
Another major industrial chemical manufacturer, BASF employs 1,100 at the company’s Geismar, Louisiana location. This is BASF’s largest Louisiana location, with three other sites in the state. BASF produces a variety of industrial chemicals, serving the pharmaceutical, construction, textile and automotive industries.
8. CITGO Petroleum Corp. (Westlake, LA)
Employing 1,100 in Westlake, this location is one of two CITGO petroleum refineries in the state. Headquartered in Houston, TX, CITGO is among the nation’s largest petroleum companies, with 3,400 workers.
9. Exxon Mobil Refining and Supply (Baton Rouge, LA)
The Baton Rouge operation of petroleum giant Exxon Mobil ranks fourth in the state for number of jobs, employing 1,100. Established in 1909 as the Standard Oil Company of Louisiana, this location specializes in a wide range of fuel, including gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and lubricating oils and waxes.
10. Stuller, Inc.
Operating out of a 600,000 square-foot facility in Lafayette, Stuller Inc. produces a wide range of products, including jewelry findings, fine and bridal jewelry as well as mountings, gemstones, fabricated metals equipment, tools and supplies. The company employs 1,100 at this location.
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