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Shrimp company to bring jobs to BR

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Posted: Sep 26, 2011 6:03 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Sep 26, 2011 6:03 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: jobs, Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Shrimp Company

BATON ROUGE - In six weeks, 38 new jobs will be in place with the new Baton Rouge Shrimp Company.

Baton Rouge Shrimp will process and distribute millions of pounds of shrimp throughout the country and internationally, Tommy Lusco, the company's owner, said.

He's looking for sales, accounting, and factory positions, something that gives Carol Morris new hope.

She's worked in mortgage finance and as an accountant, but she's lost every job she's had for the last 15 years to company downsizing or closing.

"I've been looking for a job eight and a half months, and it's very frustrating," Morris said. She can't even count how many resumes she's handed out during her daily search for work. Many times, she hears that she's overqualified, words that sting her ears at a time when she has no work at all.

Morris is hoping Lusco will give her resume a second glance.

It's all part of the finishing touches Lusco is putting on his new business. He's been in the shrimp industry for 30 years, but Lusco decided to move this company farther north than most to protect from hurricanes.

"After Katrina many insurance companies won't insure anything below I-10, and a lot of them have lost everything in the last three hurricanes," Lusco said.

Lusco plans a new organic method of processing shrimp that cuts out sulfites, a chemical frequently used to prevent black lines shrimp get after harvest.

If you're interested in applying, call the Baton Rouge Shrimp Company at (225) 336-3030.

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