Membership & Public Affairs

"Adding Value to Your Community"


GBRIA serves members in 8 parishes including: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, St. James, St. John, St. Landry and Pointe Coupee. So how does industry add value to your community? See the information below.


Making Valuable Products

Industry in our area makes many products that are used every day such as:

  •     Fertilizer – CF Industries
  •     Building products - Hexion
  •     Chocolate & crayons food grade wax – ExxonMobil
  •     Engine Fuels – Alon USA, Motiva Enterprises, Placid Refining, ExxonMobil, Marathon
  •     Household cleaners & cosmetics – Dow Chemical, Shell Chemical
  •     Herbicides - Syngenta, Eastman Chemical
  •     Car dashboards – BASF, Honeywell
  •     Piping & plastic wrap – Formosa Plastics, Axiall
  •     Household Bleach – Occidental Chemical
  •     Shampoo and Dish soap - Shell Chemical
  •     Styrofoam plates/cups – Americas Styrenics, Total Petrochemicals
  •     Paper towels, tissue & copy paper – Georgia-Pacific

Many Career Choices

    Professionals - Engineers, accountants, economists, logistics, chemists, industrial hygienists, public affairs and more

    Plant technicians/operators – process, instrument, electrical, maintenance, laboratory

    Administrative – clerk, bookkeeper, assistant

    Construction – welder, scaffold builder, electrician, carpenter, pipe fitter, boilermaker, machinist, rigger, millwright, ironworker, painter, insulator and more

How Do I Qualify?


For professional positions a 4 year university degree is often required. For technicians, operators, administrative and construction positions a high school diploma is required and usually some post high-school training. The most important skills to be proficient at are math, English and science.

Many opportunities for post high school training are available locally through trade schools or unions; The ABC Craft Training Center, ITI Technical College, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and more.

Drug and Crime Free

In addition to education, most employers require that employees be drug and crime free. The petrochemical industry is being regarded more and more as an asset that our national security wants to safeguard.

Providing Good Jobs

  • 12,000 plant & regular contract employees work in member facilities at an average salary of $56,000/year.
  • 5-6 downstream jobs are created for each plant employee.
  • Training Workers and Supporting Schools
  • GBRIA sponsored the development & building of the Associated Builders and Contractors Craft Training Center and has funded its $1 million/year operation since 1985. Approximately 1,000 craft people are trained at the school each year, earning certificates as boilermakers, pipe fitters, electricians, welders and more. See their website for more information -
  • GBRIA also provides steering of programs delivered for industry by the Alliance Safety Council. They train approximately 33,000 construction contractors each year in essential safety skills needed to work in industry.
  • Promoting Process Technology (PTEC), a two-year associates degree that prepares people to work in the chemical industry as process operators; providing more than $200,000 in PTEC scholarships to students at the five Louisiana campuses offering PTEC. See for more information.
  • Facilities donate thousands of dollars to schools as well as employee time tutoring students and “Adopt-a-School” programs.

Economic Impact

  • Local industry employs approximately 8% of the workforce in the Greater Baton Rouge area. The payroll to these employees is over $900 million. These jobs, in turn, employ another 40% of the local workforce.
  • Over $ 235 million in taxes is paid annually.

Charitable Donations

Industry and its employees provide over $4 million annually to The United Way in the GBR area and industry contributes over $4.5 million to other charities and educational institutions annually.

Retention and Growth of Our Industries

Local industry is committed to a long term future in the area providing safe facilities that contribute to their local communities.

Chemical companies have reduced Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) emissions by more than 80 percent since 1987

The Greater Baton Rouge area is now in ozone attainment compliance.