John Deere Thibodaux Plant Expansion to Create 70 Bayou Region Jobs
$29.8 million project onshores manufacturing from China to Lafourche Parish
The global manufacturer of the iconic John Deere brand of agricultural, construction and forestry equipment is investing $29.8 million to expand operations at its Thibodaux facility.
“This presents a huge opportunity for John Deere Thibodaux to deliver innovative and technologically advanced solutions to our customers, which will increase their productivity and profitability. This expansion is possible due to the tremendous amount of hard work and resiliency of the Thibodaux team.”
Mike Duplantis, Factory Manager - John Deere Thibodaux
The company will create 70 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $47,472, and will retain 311 existing jobs in Louisiana, including 284 jobs at the Lafourche Parish facility. LED estimates the project will result in 110 new indirect jobs, for a total of 180 new jobs in the Bayou Region.
The expansion involves the development and installation of a new production line and upgraded equipment, which will allow the Thibodaux facility to begin producing medium-chassis cotton harvesting models that will replace existing models currently built in China.
The Thibodaux site currently serves as a design center for sugar harvesting and earthmoving scraper equipment as well as a manufacturing facility for a variety of agriculture and construction products. The company expects production of the new cotton harvesters to begin within the next two years and to reach full capacity by 2025.
The company is expected to participate in the Industrial Tax Exemption and Enterprise Zone programs.