By Associated Press - Thursday, February 13, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Canadian company plans to create an industrial sound control equipment manufacturing facility in northwest Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office announced Thursday.

E.I. Williams will make $700,000 in improvements to an existing building in the North Webster Parish Industrial District for its manufacturing facility. The Sarepta site will be the company’s first manufacturing site in the United States, according to Edwards’ office.

E.I. Williams will create 100 new direct jobs over the next five years, with an average annual salary of $37,400 plus benefits, to manufacture its vent silencers, fan silencers and other noise enclosure equipment, the governor’s office said.

Company President Jim Williams said Louisiana representatives reached out to the company at a conference in Calgary and the Webster Parish site. The state is providing E.I. Williams workforce development assistance, a $250,000 infrastructure grant and tax breaks.

“We selected the northwest Louisiana site due to its proximity to some of our largest customers, our ability to expand business into Central and South America, and most importantly the training opportunities that are available to our potential workforce,” Williams said in a statement.

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