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New plant brings jobs to East Baton Rouge Parish

4 years ago November 18, 2010 Nov 18, 2010 Thursday, November 18 2010 Thursday, November 18, 2010 2:27:31 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

ZACHARY - New jobs are on the way for East Baton Rouge Parish following an early morning announcement that Great Southern Galvanizing will open their new plant in the parish.

The company, which galvanizes or hardens products by dipping metal into molten zinc, will initially hire 60 people and increase its workforce to 100 over the next few years.

"It's gonna be a boast to the economy here in Zachary and in East Baton Rouge Parish in general and a lot of people are looking for work and we intend to use the people in the local area to bring the workforce here," said Grady Phillips, the president of the company.

Phillips added, it was the parish's successful pitch and promise to improve infrastructure in the surrounding area that drew his company to plant roots near Zachary. One worker, already busy constructing the new plant, expressed his gratitude to be involved with the project.

"This gave me the opportunity to start from the ground up and run a project through to fruition and see a product at the end not to mention the fact that I'm excited to have a job," said Mark Allen, the project manager.

The plant is expected to be complete by November 2011 and will begin hiring in October.

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