New Tire Distribution Facility Locating to St. Mary Parish


The Board of Directors for Kumho Tires Inc., a global manufacturer of 17-inch passenger and light truck tires, approved an agreement with Melis Group LLC to establish a 350,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center in St. Mary Parish. This agreement is a significant investment in St. Mary Parish’s local economy as well as enhancing Louisiana’s position in the rubber and tire market. Through a partnership with the Port of New Orleans, the nation’s top importer of natural rubber in the United States, the distribution and warehouse facility in Franklin will utilize the Port’s existing container services.

Gov. Edwards Announces $1.8 Billion Louisiana Port Expansion Project


Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a historic public-private partnership between the state of Louisiana, the Port of New Orleans and two global maritime industry leaders to build a $1.8 billion state-of-the-art container facility on the Lower Mississippi River. The new Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) in St. Bernard Parish will be able to serve vessels of all sizes, dramatically increasing Louisiana’s import and export capacity and stimulating the creation of more than 17,000 new jobs statewide by 2050, Port NOLA estimates.

DOTD Announces $3 Million in Grant Funding to Improve Louisiana Rail Infrastructure


Today, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced the first projects selected to receive a total of $3 million in grant funding under the Class II and III Rail Infrastructure Improvement Program.