ExxonMobil announced today the initial impacts and community benefits coming from the construction of a new polypropylene project in Baton Rouge.
Currently with 365 workers on site, the project is expected to bring 700 jobs during peak construction. There will also be 65 permanent jobs available ones the project is completed.
“We are committed to hiring local suppliers and workers for the construction. We’re putting extra outreach in place to support that effort. This year, ExxonMobil expanded the North Baton Rouge Industrial Training Initiative to assist in developing qualified workers,” said ExxonMobil Chemicals Project Venture Executive Travis Fuller.
According to ExxonMobil, the initial phase of construction represents $130 million dollars in support for 21 Louisiana businesses. As of November, the construction project has generated more than $1 million in local sales tax revenue.
The project has resulted in many new community improvements in the North Baton Rouge area including the creation of turn lanes on Highway 61 and mulch for the BREC and Baton Rouge Green. ExxonMobil has also allowed the Baton Rouge North Economic Development District, the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation and the ExxonMobil YMCA Community Outreach Retiree Alliance to lease space for free in the ExxonMobil community center on Scenic Highway.
“This space will allow us to continue doing innovative work for the residents and businesses in the local community,” said Baton Rouge North Economic Development District Executive Director Jerry Jones. “We look forward to growing North Baton Rouge through collaborations like this one with ExxonMobil.”