Posted: Sep 24, 2012 6:13 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Sep 24, 2012 6:13 PM
GONZALES - A company that could bring dozens of jobs to Ascension Parish may have to wait to build a $10 million regional campus on Orice Roth Road.
Emerson Processing Management, whose parent company Emerson Electric is a Fortune 500, plans on building a campus to house sales, engineering, service, custom valve manufacturing and a training center on the Gonzales property, but can't ink the deal until some roadblocks are crossed.
Neighbors say the company could ruin the small town feel and filed a lawsuit claiming the rezoning process wasn't done correctly.
"There is a possibility that we will go back to the board and draw everything up and bring it back and start all over again," said Mayor Barney Arceneaux, who thinks even if the plan goes back to the zoning board, it will still get approval.
The city and parish must also work through a taxing formula to give the company the sales rate they desire, but the land owner just hopes the city won't drag it's feet.
"Emerson is a company that makes money, and a company that makes money, doesn't sit around and wait for someone to make up their mind, they make up their mind and they do what they want to do," said Sonny Lamendola, who owns the property.
Arceneaux claims they're working to iron out the kinks and hope to bring the company into the city quickly.
"The folks in St. Louis love the location, they're telling us they have a little time, it's not something that's on the edge and we've got to move, we are trying to move as quickly as we can, but they're telling us we've got some time," said Arceneaux.
The councilman who opposed the zonign deal, Terance Irvin, did not return calls for comment.