Glass company to invest $2.65M to relocate from NOLA to BR, expand operations
ClearEdge Wholesale Glass announced today it’s moving operations from New Orleans to Baton Rouge and will spend $2.65 million to renovate a 41,000-square-foot facility here for manufacturing operations.
ClearEdge, which began operations in New Orleans in 2009, says about 20 employees will be moving to Baton Rouge as part of the relocation. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the company’s move will create 120 more new direct jobs in Baton Rouge, as well as 113 new indirect jobs. The state is providing the company with workforce assistance via the LED FastStart workforce development program. ClearEdge is also expected to use the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.
State and local officials, including Gov. Bobby Jindal and Mayor Kip Holden, joined ClearEdge executives in making the announcement. Officials did not specify where ClearEdge plans to establish operations in Baton Rouge, nor did they give a timeline on the relocation.
The company currently operates from a 14,000-square-foot facility, providing glass products to shops across the South. The new facility in Baton Rouge will allow the company to temper glass, providing more value to customers, company officials say. ClearEdge is owned by Brian and Dana LaBorde, who also own Standard Glass and Mirror Co. LED has more details on today’s announcement.