DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRPROUD) — A $4.3M investment in a Livingston Parish facility is expected to bring 32 new direct jobs.

Pipe & Steel Industrial Fabricators Inc. recently announced an expansion that, according to a Louisiana Economic Development news release, will add “8,000 square feet to the existing structural steel shop, 14,000 square feet to the current pipe fabrication facility and a new permanent covered blasting and painting area.”

“By reinvesting in facilities and equipment, Pipe & Steel is not only keeping quality jobs here at home, but creating new, high-paying jobs for Louisiana’s skilled workforce,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in the release. “The surge in manufacturing investment and employment over the last three years is a powerful indicator that Louisiana’s economy is headed in the right direction, and poised for long-term growth.”

Overall, the update is meant to increase worker safety, make the process more efficient and save clients money.

“Our management continues to take the capital that is earned by our outstanding workforce and reinvest it into our company to create steady, stable growth,” Pipe & Steel President Kylie Sparks said. “The employees who consistently give their best each day deserve our commitment in return. We are comprised of local people from our community who rise and meet tough challenges in our industry daily. Our history of safety and quality has consistently allowed us to grow with very low debt. LED has allowed us to take the hard work of our employees and our initiative to grow with innovation and new technology and create a stable future for our awesome team members and community.”

LED estimated that in addition to the direct jobs that should pay $88,000 on average, it will keep 57 seats that already exist and add 65 indirect jobs to the Baton Rouge area.

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