News roundup: New po-boy shop opening in Baton Rouge Friday … Catamaran Solutions to create 120 new jobs in Minden … America’s last overnight steamboat to voyage again after decade in retirement

    Ready for prime time: Jed’s Local, a po-boy restaurant that will also serve sandwiches, salads and daily plate lunch specials, is opening Friday in the 2,000-square-foot space on Jefferson Highway previously occupied by M.J.’s Café. The restaurant will be the second for chef Russell Davis, who will split his time between Jed’s and Eliza Restaurant and Bar, the upscale Creole bistro he opened in 2016 near Bocage. Jed’s is the latest of several new eateries flocking to the popular Mid City corridor.

    Manufacturing jobs: Catamaran Solutions CEO Chip Ray says the company has completed its purchase of Reynolds Industrial Contractors Inc. in Minden, and Louisiana Economic Development estimates the deal will lead to the creation of 120 new jobs over the next three years. The site will serve industrial construction and maintenance customers throughout the U.S. The jobs will have an average annual salary of $61,200, and LED also estimates the deal will result in 186 new indirect jobs. The state is providing an incentive package and the company is expected to use Louisiana’s Quality Jobs Program. Read the full story.  

    Come sail away: The nation’s last overnight steamboat may once again cruise America’s rivers, the steamboat’s owners announced today. On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reinstate an exemption to allow the Delta Queen Steamboat to return to service after a decade-long retirement, but first it will be renovated in Houma. Beginning in 2020, themed voyages will operate on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Kanawha and Arkansas Rivers. Read the full announcement from the Delta Queen Steamboat Company.

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