LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Applause filled the air over at PH Machine Works warehouse as the Gulf Coast Industrial Group held its first meeting in over a year.
“We are so excited, we had about 75 folks here,” said Travis Wood, the president of the Gulf Coast Industrial Group.
One of those in attendance was Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter.
“Even with what we went through last year in 2020, the economy in Lake Charles in its essence is solid, and we are going to build on that, and so groups like gulf coast industrial are going to help to build on that and help diversify our economy,” he said.
Extending from Lake Charles to Corpus Christi, the Gulf Coast Industrial Group represents industrial contractors who meet once a month to network and discuss local projects.
But after a year, they are once again meeting to discuss local projects in and around the area.
“The local plants like Westlake and Sasol and different ones like that are all ramping back up, I know Citco has got folks working out there seven days a week, a lot of them had some damage even during the cold, but they are bouncing back from that,” he said.
Travis Wood says Venture Global in Cameron, Louisiana, is also set to create local job opportunities.
“Venture Global announced four weeks ago they’re hiring through their general contractor, Kiewit, they’re hiring sixteen hundred people, and that is incredible, and we are so excited about that,” he said.
Woods says the local economy is already on track to bounce back.
“The folks that are watching this and all the legal folks are saying that it’s going to be two times better than what it was in January of 2020.”
Woods also believes now is the perfect time for investment.