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Hackberry residents optimistic following Cameron LNG announcement

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HACKBERRY, LA (KPLC) -

Cameron LNG announced earlier this week that two companies have been tapped to construct the new LNG export facility in Hackberry.

Thousands of new jobs will be created in the process, music to the ears of many in the area.

Tommie Goodrich, a 74-year resident of Hackberry, said he's seen the town go through plenty of ups and downs. Most recently, the town has been on the decline since hurricanes Ike and Rita.

"A lot of people left and didn't come back," he said. "A lot of businesses closed, the bank is (about) to close."

But one thing is one the rise, the potential for thousands of new jobs and businesses.

"I'm glad to see it. We need it," Goodrich said. "We've been down the hill for several years now. We need jobs. We need people. We need income."

Cameron LNG awarded the $6 billion contract to CBI and Chiyoda to construct the facility.

According to Cameron LNG officials, the project will create approximately 3,000 on-site construction jobs and several hundred more at CB&I facilities throughout the state.

While the project's 2019 completion date is still five years out, residents are positive this is what the community needs.

Jim Brown, owner of Brown's Grocery in Hackberry, said he hopes he can be at the service of those willing to come to the place so many call home.

"I'm glad to have them here and we look forward to trying to serve them and I think in the long run and the future it will be a big benefit down the road where people will love to come to Hacbkerry who love to fish who maybe love this area and want to make it home," Brown said.

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