Jun 1, 2012 6:29 PM by Steven Albritton

Job Creation on Hold in Jeanerette

The old Fruit of the Loom Plant in Jeanerette will remain empty for a few more months. The most recent proposal from Casle, LLC to buy the plant was rejected by the Jeanerette board of aldermen.

Bruce Foods was also in the mix to purchase the building. At the last minute, they tried to get in one last offer but the board denied hearing them.

"We're just looking forward to continuing this process and hopefully end it with a success to buy the mill at the end of the day," Bruce Foods President Si Brown said. They are hoping to get into this building as soon as possible. Harvesting season starts in July and they would love to be moved in and ready to receive produce.

"The sooner the better. The later we get into the facility the less work we'll be able to give out," Brown said.

Casle, LLC is a group of five companies that would occupy different sections of the wear house producing everything from gloves to training videos.

Bruce Foods held a job fair in Jeanerette where they received over 600 applications for the temporary work. Mayor Tim DeClouet knows that people in his town want and need these jobs but he is going to make sure the company that moves in is the right fit and sets Jeanerette up for success.

"We are just hoping we don't set our families and people up for failure. I'm looking for companies that are going to give us good paying jobs and permanent jobs," DeClouet said.

The council will meet again on June 11th to decide when new proposals will be accepted. All companies interested in the vacant building will be allowed to apply.

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