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Wednesday, 15 December 2010 14:04
Jindal, Baton Rouge Officials Announce Lighthouse Facility
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Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined The Lighthouse for the Blind President Bill Price, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden and Baton Rouge Area Chamber President Adam Knapp to announce that The Lighthouse for the Blind, a nonprofit organization that serves people who are blind or visually impaired, will locate a new paper cup manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the company had a cup manufacturing facility in New Orleans, but it was forced to move to Crystal Springs, Miss., after the storm.

According to the Jindal administration, the project will represent a capital investment of $5.7 million, and will create 75 new, direct jobs.

At least 50 percent of these jobs will go to legally blind individuals. The Lighthouse for the Blind continues to maintain its headquarters in New Orleans and these operations will be unaffected by this relocation. The Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) estimates that the 75 new, direct jobs will result in approximately 104 new, indirect jobs, and will generate $4.4 million in new state tax revenues and $1.9 million in local tax revenues over the next 10 years.

(from Jindal Administration press release)

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