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Lafourche company announces major expansion plan

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Thibodaux, La. - Governor Bobby Jindal joined area leaders at Nicholls State University Tuesday for a big announcement.  A company based in Lafourche Parish since the 1940's is planning a major expansion around the state.

Danos, an oilfield company from Larose, plans to build a $10 million headquarters in Gray. The company will move most of its operations to that new facility in Terrebonne Parish.

At the same time, Danos plans to build a $20 million manufacturing plant at one of four ports around the state.

The expansion will create 426 new jobs with the company and 871 jobs indirectly. Of the 426 direct jobs, 326 will be at the headquarters site with salaries averaging $75,000 a year, plus benefits. The remaining 100 new direct jobs will be created at the manufacturing site with salaries averaging $65,000 per year, plus benefits.

Governor Jindal says the state had to compete with others including Alabama and Texas for the company's new business.

"They came back and realized Louisiana was the best place for them not only to stay but to grow and to create these jobs," says Jindal. "Today's announcement is yet another example of the fact that Louisiana can compete with any state, any country in the world for good paying jobs for our sons and daughters."

"We"re bullish," says Danos owner and CEO Hank Danos. "That's why we're expanding, investing and that's why we're staying in Louisiana because Port Fourchon is really the focal point for deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico."

Danos is still considering where to build its $20 million manufacturing facility. The ports of Terrebonne and New Orleans are both in consideration.

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