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Company to develop new meat processing facility in Church Point

Posted at 11:16 AM, Aug 17, 2020

On Monday, August 17, Cajun Traditions Food Processors and the Governor's Office announced the development of a new meat processing and packaging facility in Church Point.

The $2.85 million investment will renovate and equip the former Garan garment manufacturing site in Church Point. The new operation will reportedly create 35 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $25,505, plus benefits.

According to the governor's office, the facility will also result in 57 new indirect jobs for a total of more than 90 jobs in Acadia Parish and the surrounding areas.

"Louisiana's entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, and I am proud to see that our unique traditions are living on through new generations, as is evident by the Cajun Traditions venture launched by the Richard family," Gov. Edwards said in a press release. "Lonnie Richard is not only preserving a valued tradition, but he is reinvesting in his community and creating new jobs in the process. We join him, his family, and the entire Cajun Traditions team in celebrating this major new step and the great new economic activity heading to Church Point."

Cajun Traditions Food Processors bought the 40-year-old former Garan facility from the town of Church Point earlier this year.

The 80,000-square-foot facility is located at 188 S. Olivier Road.

Cajun Traditions, founded in 2019, is co-owned by Lonnie Richard, his brother Todd Richard and nephew, Benjamin Richard.

"Our family has always taken great pride in the tradition of preparing and distributing sausage and boudin, which the people of Acadiana enjoy eating and sharing as part of our rich culture," Lonnie Richard said. "Cajun Traditions gets back to the roots of sausage-making with the quality that today's consumers have come to expect. We are proud to invest in our community, contribute to the local economy and add jobs to the local area, and we look forward to growing a sustainable company that will enrich our community and bring quality meat products to the marketplace."

The company plans to distribute products within the local market initially, and enter the larger market in their third year.

Construction and renovation is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020, with production beginning soon after.

According to the governor's office, the company anticipates that all positions will be filled by 2025.

Read more on the announcement, here.

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