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 education. 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, Baton Rouge and River Parishes Community and Technical Colleges, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and more.

Drug and Crime Free

Most, if not all, employers require that employees be drug and free of felony convictions and sometimes more stringent requirements are set.  A 10-panel drug test is usually required and a criminal background check called the Security Passport.  These are both available at The Alliance Safety Council.

Providing Good Jobs

  • 25,000+ plant & regular contract employees work in member facilities at a median salary of over $74,000/year for engineers and the range for industrial trades and technicians is between $47,000 - $100,000+. Click on links to see source of data.
  • 8-9 additional jobs in the community such as construction, healthcare, retail and others are created for each plant employee.
  • Training Workers and Supporting Schools with millions of dollars in donations every year and donation of thousands of volunteer hours every year in schools and countless non-profits such as the United Way.
  • 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 40,000 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. With the multiplier effect in the economy, every industry job creates 8-9 additional jobs, this represents over 60% of all the jobs in the Baton Rouge region are due to industry's presence.
  • Industry pays 2 of every three dollars paid in property taxes in East Baton Rouge parish and in other parishes industry pays more than 70% of all the property taxes collected.
  • Business and industry pay 50% of all sales taxes collected in the state of Louisiana.
  • See our ITEP page which explains more about Louisiana's Industrial Tax Exemption program.

Charitable Donations

Industry and its employees provide over 60% of the donations made to The United Way in the GBR area and industry contributes millions to other charities and educational institutions as well every year.

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.  Many area plants have been here for over 50 years and some over 100 years.

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.