Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas and SafeSource Direct CEO Justin Hollingsworth today announced the development of two manufacturing facilities for personal protective equipment.
The Acadiana Region projects will create a combined 1,221 new direct jobs, according to Louisiana Economic Development.
Ochsner Health has partnered with Trax Development in a joint venture to create SafeSource Direct LLC. SafeSource is investing $150 million to develop the facilities, with $73 million to retrofit an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lafayette Parish that will also house its headquarters, and $77 million for the development of a new 400,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in St. Martin Parish.
SafeSource Direct will manufacture, warehouse and distribute PPE for health care and other industries in Louisiana and nationwide. One facility, located in Lafayette Parish, will manufacture surgical tie-masks, bouffant hair covers, shoe covers, isolation gowns, procedure masks and N95 masks. The second facility, in St. Martin Parish, will include multiple production lines for PPE, with nitrile rubber gloves as the main product.
To secure the project, the state offered SafeSource Direct a competitive incentive package for both sites including workforce training and recruiting program LED FastStart and two performance-based grants totaling a combined $10.5 million. The company also is expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.