- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Installation of benches has begun at city bus stops in Hammond.

The Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1qbh5E8 ) the benches are being installed by a Baton Rouge-based company, Geaux Benches.

The City Council approved the benches in February.

They are being installed at no cost to the city. Geaux Benches expects to sell advertising for them and the city will get a cut of the revenue. Advertising for alcohol or tobacco products will not be allowed.

Company owner Carla Smith says 43 benches will be set in place over the next few weeks.

Geaux Benches manufactures all the benches in house, including pouring the concrete and allowing it to cure, Smith said.

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Information from: The Daily Star, https://www.hammondstar.com

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