Power players


    Roland Toups
    Turner Industries

    Turner Industries is the largest privately owned industrial contracting company in the state, with just under 10,000 employees in Baton Rouge and $1.7 billion in revenue last year. The company has a base in contract maintenance with a presence at 180 sites on the Gulf Coast. High-profile projects Turner has taken on include a $3.3 billion expansion at Marathon Ashland’s Garyville refinery, which required 2,800 employees on site at its peak last summer. A $1.9 billion chemical plant expansion at Shintech’s Plaquemine site will be a source of 150 jobs in the Capital Region this year.

    Steve Blume
    ExxonMobil Baton Rouge refinery

    If the petrochemical industry is the backbone of Louisiana’s economy, ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge refinery makes up a significant percentage of that support. ExxonMobil celebrated 100 years in the state last year while knocking Walmart out of the top spot on the Fortune 500 list with $442.9 billion in revenues for 2008. Blume took over as manager in August 2008, just before Hurricane Gustav, and, in addition to running the plant, oversees a low-sulfur diesel project scheduled to come online in the second quarter of this year.

    Sharon Cole
    Site director
    Dow Chemical Company, Louisiana Operations

    Cole, a Baton Rouge native, is the first female site director in the history of Dow Chemical Company’s Louisiana Operations, one of the state’s largest petrochemical sites. Cole, who last year was one of Business Report’s Influential Women in Business, took the job in 2007 and has steered the Plaquemine facility through a shutdown of several production units at the Plaquemine facility along with a round of recession-related layoffs last year. In 2009, Gov. Bobby Jindal also appointed Cole to the new Louisiana Innovation Council, which is responsible for shaping the state’s innovation-based vision for developing the workforce.