BATON ROUGE, La. -- Gov. Bobby Jindal says an Idaho company has bought a shuttered sawmill in Coushatta and plans to reopen it later this year, creating 90 jobs. The mill closed in 2008 because of the national recession.
CEO Ted Ellis says Idaho Timber LLC is renovating the mill bought recently from Hood Industries of Hattiesburg, Miss.
Rural Red River Parish has 9,100 residents. Preliminary state figures show 3,465 had jobs and 257 were unemployed in March.
However, the mill probably won't cut parish unemployment by one-third. Louisiana Economic Development spokesman Gary Perriloux notes that some people may be hired from outside the parish and other factors may influence unemployment.
Officials say the company is expected to use the state's workforce development program, its industrial tax exemption and payroll rebates for new jobs.