MONROE, La. – Mid South Extrusion, which produces polyethylene film for food packaging and other consumer and industrial uses, is investing $4.9 million to add a 12th production line at its manufacturing facility in Monroe. The company will retain 170 jobs and create eight direct new jobs, and LED estimates the project will result in 16 indirect jobs, for a total of 24 new jobs in Ouachita Parish. 

The additional line will allow the company to meet the growing demand for polyethylene film, the thin, lightweight plastic sheeting that is used to seal and protect a wide variety of packaged industrial and consumer products. The new, state-of-the-art production line is a direct response to the growing demand for food packaging, and comes on the heels of the Global Food Safety Initiative’s certification of the company’s Food Safety Management systems.

Installation is expected to be complete and the new production line commercially operational by the end of 2022. 

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LED offers award-winning program to support Small Businesses

LED’s award-winning suite of Small Business Services can be a game changer for small business owners looking to take their next steps to success. From support for veterans and diversity initiatives to networking opportunities and educational programming, there’s no shortage of ways for Louisiana entrepreneurs to get the support they need.
LED’s small business programs include:
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‍CEO Roundtables
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Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute
Presenting seminars and courses to small and emerging construction firms‍
Hudson Initiative
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Mentor-Protégé Recognition
Connecting small and emerging businesses with industry experts‍
Pathway to Assist Veteran Entrepreneurs (PAVE)
Creating access to the tools for Louisiana veterans need to start or manage a business
Small and Emerging Business Development Program
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Small Business Loan Guaranty Program
Driving small business development and expansion‍
STEP Grant
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System for Integrated Growth
Customizing strategic research and technical assistance to boost growth‍
Veteran Initiative
Providing veterans access to state funding
Veterans First Business Initiative
Certifying veteran, active-duty or reserve military, and Gold Star spouse business ownership
Baton Rouge MBCC hosts Grand Opening
The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce recently acquired office space within the ExxonMobil Community Center with hopes to expand their ambitious mission: to empower black entrepreneurship in order to establish a stronger black community. The Chamber's goals are to inspire, develop, educate, promote and cultivate economic success in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. They currently serve over 300+ local owned businesses ranging from tech to agriculture. To learn more about their impactful work visit:

The highly attended Grand Opening included over 75 elected officials, industry leaders, business owners and most importantly community members. The prestigious event line-up included commentary from: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, SBA Regional Director Ted James, Councilwoman Chauna Banks, Councilwoman Carolyn Coleman, Stephanie Cargile of ExxonMobil Baton Rouge and Kelisha Eugene Garrett Vice President of The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Monroe Regional Black Chamber Prepares for Juneteenth 2022
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