The Value of Industry

Industry Makes Valuable Products

Crayons Wax



Occidental Chemical

Styrofoam Products

Americas Styrenics & Total Petrochemicals

Shampoo & Soaps

Shell Chemical

Economic Impact of Industry

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.

Impact to Local Economy

  • 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.

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