Fire truck business boosts parish finances
The national unemployment rate is still lagging, but business is firing back up at a fire truck company in Livingston Parish.
Ferrara has a $3 million order, and that's helping the parish out of hard economic times.
"We're looking at it with guarded optimism right now, but we're happy with where we're at," said company marketing director Paul Christiansen.
Where this Holden-based company is at is on the assembly line with six new fire trucks, worth $3 million worth of work. However, that work means more than just a job for the company. It means jobs for the community, less than a year after letting 30 workers go. Most of them have been re-hired, and the company still needs more.
"Every order we get is important and with six trucks, even more so. Of course, individual departments that order trucks one at a time, that's really what keeps us going," said Christiansen.
Ferrara is also Livingston Parish's biggest commercial supporter. Parish president Mike Grimmer said the company's recent success is just another sign the economy is on the rise.
"Our sales taxes are coming back up. We're beginning to see a steady flow there. Permits are picking back up, so I think things are kind of on a little bit of a rebound," said Grimmer.