KPMG ranked Shreveport, Louisiana as the #1 locale in the Southeast region for general cost competitiveness in manufacturing.
As the 3rd largest city in Louisiana (MSA population of 436,341), we are positioned uniquely to save manufacturers in both startup costs and ongoing operating costs. Our proximity as the largest city east of Dallas for 600 miles along Interstate-20 allows companies who locate here to save money on cost of transportation.
The Shreveport area has a labor force of more than 350,000 people within a 60-minute drive time. This large labor pool, combined with the country’s #1 workforce training program, means companies go from spending money to making money quickly.
In addition to an abundant workforce, Shreveport area colleges and universities award more than 1,600 engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees a year. Another 1,400 degrees and certificates are awarded in other STEM fields in the Shreveport area.
AEP - SWEPCO average Industrial rate is 1.5% less expensive than the state average, 33.1% less than the national average!
AEP - SWEPCO also has incentives with the maximum benefit of a 3-year demand charge reduction of 40% in year 1, 30% in year 2, and 20% in year 3 for projects over 1MW and that create more than 31 jobs.
Shreveport sits atop the Haynesville / Bossier Shale area
Estimates indicate 304 Tcf of recoverable natural gas for the combined Haynesville and Bossier formations.
Multiple modes of transportation available to give you the lowest logistical costs possible.
Shreveport is located along the intersection interstate 20 and 49, two and a half hours east of Dallas. We have access to two Class I railroads (KCS and UP), a river port with barge and rail access, as well as a regional airport with flights to Denver, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Destin, & Orlando.
The Shreveport labor shed has an advantage to recruit manufacturing companies based on a review of industry purchases within the region and supply chain. Companies within these sectors would have an opportunity due to the demand for manufactured products. This is based on the following supply chain statistics:
The labor shed has seen the following growth in Manufacturing related jobs over the last 5 years:
The Shreveport labor shed is home to highly skilled workers in the manufacturing sector. Below are a few examples of how our workforce compares to the United States average.
The following quantities of skilled workers are currently employed in our region:
Shreveport is located along Interstates 20 & 49.
Union Pacific and KCS both provide Class I service to our MSA.
Located on the Red River Waterway just south of Shreveport, Louisiana, The Port has immediate access to barge, rail, motor freight and air transport providing a robust network of distribution. The port has multiple greenfield sites.
We have flights to Denver, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Destin, & Orlando.
Louisiana Tech University has a large standing history of partnering with corporate partners to conduct research and development functions. Located below is a sampling of manufacturing companies which La tech has partnered with. (Click here to learn more LA Tech corporate partnerships)
Former GM Manufacturing Facility – The former GM Manufacturing Facility (currently Shreveport Business Park) has nearly 3.5 million sq. ft across three buildings that can be easily sub-dividable for any square footage need. The business park has access to Union Pacific Railroad spurs and an on-site, dual feed substation. Additionally, the facility has approximately 18 miles of conveyor line for assembly under one roof.
Mansfield Warehouse – Previously an Avaya/ATT warehouse with over 500,000 sq. ft of available space that can be easily subdivided.
The Port of Caddo-Bossier has multiple sites available with rail and barge access.