- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

JENNINGS, La. (AP) - State officials say a new plant specializing in galvanizing metal is opening in Jennings and it will employ 104 workers.

On Thursday, Gov. Bobby Jindal made the announcement about the $9.7 million capital investment in the 50,000-squre-foot plant by Metalplate Galvanizing, a Birmingham, Alabama-based company.

Metalplate Galvanizing specializes in hot-dip galvanizing to protect metal from corrosion. The company serves customers in steel, petrochemical and other industries. This will be the company’s seventh facility and its first in Louisiana.

Louisiana Economic Development officials offered the company an incentive package to bring the company to Louisiana. The package included incentives using the Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.

The company says workers at the plant will have an average annual salary of $46,300.

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