Water treatment company expands in St. Tammany

New Orleans, La. - A water treatment company will soon be expanding in St. Tammany Parish, building a new fabrication and office facility that will create 127 new jobs.  Governor Jindal and MECO Inc. President George Gsell MECO, Inc. announced on Wednesday that the new facility will be built in Mandeville in the Alamosa Business Park.  MECO already has existing facilities near Covington, employing 81 people.  Jindal says the company's new 80,000 square foot facility will cost $11 million and will be constructed near the intersection of La. 59 and Interstate 12 by the end of 2013.

The jobs created by the Mandeville expansion will pay an average annual salary of $47,000 plus benefits.  In addition to the creation of the 127 MECO jobs, the new project is also expected to create 169 new indirect jobs.  Governor Jindal says the new Mandeville location will allow the company to better meet the demands of its water treatment customers around the world.

Founded in New Orleans more than 70 years ago, MECO builds sophisticated water treatment equipment for customers in the pharmaceutical, marine oil and gas, and defense industries. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed its Industrial Canal location in New Orleans, the company established new locations in Sugar Land, Texas, and Covington.

Governor Jindal said, "MECO's Louisiana operations may have been disrupted by the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, but the company remained true to its roots by maintaining a presence in the state. The company could have easily expanded in Texas instead of Louisiana, but because of their ties to Louisiana, our strong business climate, and world class workforce, MECO decided to invest and expand right here at home."

"This new facility is an opportunity to substantially increase our production capacity and further improve efficiencies," Gsell said. "LED and St Tammany Parish officials have been instrumental in not only moving this project forward, but in positioning Louisiana at the forefront of one of our most pressing environmental issues – maintaining a supply of fresh water."

"This is a great day for St. Tammany Parish," said Parish President Pat Brister. "MECO has chosen not only to stay in St. Tammany, keeping 81 people employed, but is going to add new employees and new jobs. The residents of St. Tammany Parish are ready, willing and able to work with MECO and appreciate the confidence the company has shown in our parish."