Also attractive to the business community is the superior infrastructure of St. John the Baptist Parish, located in the heart of the metropolitan Baton Rouge-New Orleans corridor that provides easy access to national and international markets. The parish’s network of highways, airports, railroads and the Port of South Louisiana link businesses with commercial hubs throughout the southern U.S., as well as nationally and globally.
Because of all its business advantages, the parish has become a hotspot for a number of leading industrial sectors, led especially by agriculture, petrochemicals and steel. Some of the biggest and most recognized names in those three industries are thriving in St. John.
For agriculture, major area companies include ADM Growmark and Cargill, while chemical and petrochemicals-based companies include Evonik Industries, Denka, DuPont and Marathon Petroleum Company LP. Examples of large manufacturers in the region are Bayou Steel Group of LaPlace and Louisiana CAT.
“We anticipate $23 billion worth of expansion projects over the next few years, with our region positioned for opportunity in a myriad of ways,” says Chassity McComack, executive director of the River Region Chamber of Commerce whose mission is to grow businesses in St. John, St. James and St. Charles parishes. “A big reason for growth in our region is the Port of South Louisiana, with the majority of freight comprised of petrochemicals, maize, soybeans and crude oil.”