New $16 million food distribution facility construction announced Friday

New $16 million food distribution facility construction announced Friday

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new $16 million food distribution facility in Walker that is projected to result in over 50 new jobs was announced Friday.

Gov. Bobby Jindal along with Larry Daigle, the General Manager of Louisiana Operations for the Martin Brower Company announced that the project would retain 160 new jobs, and create more than 50 direct and indirect jobs for the Capitol Region.

Martin Brower operated a food distribution facility in Port Allen for more than 30 years, but was forced to move due to size and transportation limitations. The Livingston Industrial Park beat out other locations in Louisiana and Mississippi as a suitable place for Martin Brower to build.

"We are excited about the opportunity to build a new distribution center in the Livingston Parish area," Daigle said. "We're proud to be joining and supporting such a great community and an already vibrant economic presence in the Livingston Parish area."

The state offered Martin Brower a $1.2 million performance incentive to offset the costs associated with setting up business in Livingston.

Gov. Jindal praised Martin Brower for bringing 160 jobs to the complex as well as creating 30 direct jobs for the company's investment in the state. "We are proud that this project will provide great new career opportunities for Louisiana families."

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