New spinning plant in Lacassine to open in October - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

New spinning plant in Lacassine to open in October

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A brand new textile plant is set to open in Lacassine, Louisiana next month.

"This is the first ever cotton spinning plant in Louisiana," says Marion Fox, Executive Director of the Jeff Davis Parish Economic Development Commission.

The plant is worth $20 million and will hold state-of-the-art textile equipment ordered from Germany.

"It's advanced and automated equipment," says Mike Jones, Production Director of Zagis USA. 

"It is designed to process yarn at the fastest possible speed and still produce great quality."

The plant plans to produce 650,000 pounds of yarn a week within the first year of operation.

The plant still has a few construction phases that must be complete before the plant can open.

"We are still putting spinning frames in, installing filtration equipment, and building walls," says Jones. 

"But I think we're beginning on the last leg of the construction phase."

The Jeff Davis Parish Economic Development and Tourist Commission says the new plant is expected to provide employment to at least 100 employees as production increases.

Marion Fox says the new plant will not only bring jobs, but also a new line of trade to the area.

"This is a new industry here," says Fox.

"What we're trying to do is take a product that's grown in Louisiana and add value to it before we ship it out over seas so that we get the money in our parish and in our state."

And with this first plant on 150 acres of the company's park, Fox says the economic possibilities are endless.

"They have the land available to add on here and build other businesses that would compliment this spinning plant," says Fox.

Production crews say the plant is expected to open around October 15th.

The Jeff Davis Parish Economic Development Commission is still taking applications for positions at the cotton spinning plant.

If you are interested in applying for a position you can either stop by their office or e-mail Marion at marionfox@jeffdavis.org.

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