Baldwin gains major fabricator with port deal
West St. Mary Port Commission member Wayne Stephens told Baldwin Board of Aldermen about a major development in the town.
Stephens said Thursday that the former Superior Fabricators facility was purchased by the port and leased to LAD Services LLC of Morgan City.
The company has a 20-year lease on the property.
“They’ll employ 25-40 people initially and hope to build it up to over 100,” Stephens said. “They’re trying to employ a bunch of the Superior people that were working there before.”
Stephens said the company will build 300-foot oil barges at the site. First they’ll pour some $400,000 in concrete on the facility.
“It’s going to be a big plus for us,” he said.
There is also a major tenant that remains anonymous interested in the industrial park site on the Charenton Navigation and Drainage Canal.
“They came see us” with interest in the site, Stephens said.
He said port tenants and those near the port site are “blowing and going right now.”
Also Thursday, Mayor Wayne Breaux said rights-of-way efforts continue on the Bayou Choupique flood control project.
Branch Street housing rehabilitation will see another home refurbished after the first of the year, Wayne also reported.
The mayor said the substation for fire protection under the U.S. 90 overpass has received tentative state approval and federal approval is in the works.
Breaux said street overlay in the Choupique area should be starting soon.