LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) - Governor Bobby Jindal and EPIC Piping President Kent Shepherd announced the company will make a $45.3 million capital investment in Livingston, LA to establish an advanced pipe fabrication facility and corporate headquarters.
The entire 200,000-square-foot facility – with future expansion to 300,000 square feet – will be air-conditioned workspace, with advanced robotic equipment to optimize pipe fabrication for a host of industries.
The project will create 560 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $56,600, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 732 new indirect jobs, for total of more than 1,200 new jobs in the Capital Region and surrounding parishes.
The company estimates the project will generate an additional 385 construction jobs.
In Livingston Parish, Epic Piping will build on a 70-acre site immediately southwest of the Interstate 12 interchange at La. Highway 63 in Livingston.
Epic's headquarters space will occupy 20,000 square feet of the new facility, with 500 employees dedicated to manufacturing and production roles, and 60 employees dedicated to professional administrative roles. In conjunction with an affiliated 350-job manufacturing location under development in San Marcos, Texas, Epic Piping is creating what the company forecasts will become the fastest-growing industrial pipe fabrication organization in the world. Epic also will establish 60,000 square feet of auxiliary fabrication space in Baton Rouge.
Epic Piping will begin recruiting immediately, with construction starting in the second quarter of 2015. Epic anticipates completing construction and beginning operations in the second quarter of 2016.
For more information, visit epicpiping.com.