A Key Industry In North Louisiana

With North Louisiana’s low unionization rate, low labor costs, skilled labor pipeline, and strategic location, it is clear why this region maintains a dominant footprint in the manufacturing industry. There is a high concentration of diverse manufacturing businesses throughout the region that collaborate with each other and our workforce development institutions.  They share the common goal of continuously improving North Louisiana’s manufacturing environment.


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Sheena Bryant, CEcD

Business Development Strategy Vice President

Industry Leaders in Manufacturing

Industry-Specific Incentives 

Local Incentives

PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes), Industrial Tax Exemption Program, Performance Based Grants, On the Job Training (OJT), Reduced Utility Rates

State Incentives

Louisiana Quality Jobs Rebate Program, Enterprise Zone Tax Credit, Restoration Tax Abatement, Incumbent Worker Training Program, and LED FastStart — A Nationally Recognized Customized Workforce Training Program.

Federal Incentives

New Market Tax Credit, Opportunity Zones, Work Opportunity Tax Credits, Foreign Trade Zone, Research & Development Tax Credit, EXIM Bank, SBA Programs, USDA Rural Development Grants

Workforce programs that specifically benefit the manufacturing industry

Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program has two chapters in North Louisiana (Natchitoches & Shreveport-Bossier). This work-study program serves as a recruitment vehicle for companies in the region to identify and train multi-skilled maintenance technicians. Students become certified AMTs through two years of paid on-the-job training and classroom/lab work, with the goal of being hired full-time by their sponsor company at the end of the program.

North Louisiana Manufacturing Month is an annual event hosted by NLEP in partnership with the Manufacturing Managers Council of Northwest Louisiana. The program highlights regional manufacturers and manufacturing training programs and exposes students (and their teachers) to the modern manufacturing environment and the skills needed to be competitive for manufacturing jobs. The program also encourages early high school students to consider manufacturing training available to them while in high school through the Jump Start pathway to a career diploma.

Jumpstart is an effort by the Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana Economic Development, and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System to dramatically increase the number of high school students pursuing career and technical education. Students following this pathway will graduate with industry-based credentials for in-demand skills and be career and college ready. The Manufacturing Jump Start Pathway prepares students to work in the process and production fields. Pathway coursework equips students to design, create, assemble, install, and repair electrical and mechanical systems. The graduating goal is to move into advanced manufacturing careers with the skills to use innovative technology to improve current products or processes to assist companies in manufacturing their products more efficiently.

Stand-alone technical high schools are available in North Louisiana’s Bossier, Caddo, and Lincoln Parishes. These schools equip students for the world of work by preparing them to earn industry-based credentials (IBCs). The IBCs offered are vetted by Advisory Boards comprising regional employers in each subject area.

Educational Institutions with programs that benefit the manufacturing industry

Primary programs provided include

Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronics, Advanced Welding, Agribusiness, Airframe & Powerplant Maintenance, Auto Mechanics, CNC Manufacturing & Operator, Construction Management/ Technology, Diesel Powered Equipment Technician, Drafting & Design Technology, Electrician (Industrial), Electronics Technology, Energy Management, Engineering (Varieties), Heavy Equipment Vehicle Operator, Industrial Control Systems, Industrial Technology (Instrumentation, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Welding), Instrumentation Technician, Land Management, Machine Tool Technology, Materials & Infrastructure Systems, Micro & Nanoscale Systems, Micromanufacturing, Oil & Gas Production, Process Technology, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, and Welding.

Bossier Parish Community College is home to a $22 million, 65,000-square-foot Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology.  This training center works to serve students in the college’s Division of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  It also supports certification programs targeting manufacturing, such as the college’s Industrial Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics programs. The Center has flex training space with two large bays and overhead cranes to provide short-term training to meet the specific needs of regional manufacturers.