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Jeanerette, "a step closer" to business developments thanks to sheriff's tax break

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Posted at 10:03 PM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 23:03:41-04

Councilwoman Lady Brown for Iberia Parish's District 12 announced a special thank you on Wednesday to Sheriff Tommy Romero on his tax-break for an incoming bio-fuel plant.

Romero's decision to approve a tax break for a company hoping to build a $70 million industry in Jeanerette could move the city closer to welcoming more businesses, she says.

"I and many other citizens feel that Jeanerette is oftentimes overlooked when it comes to new business development and believe the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) will attract other businesses that will offer jobs that will pay livable wages and improve the quality of life in our community, Brown said in a Facebook post."

Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project would also result in 149 indirect jobs, for a total 275 new jobs in the Acadiana region.

The production facility’s peak construction would generate up to 100 construction jobs.

According to the sheriff's press release, Delta Biofuels facility would produce biomass fuel pellets made from residual sugarcane fiber, known as bagasse.

The company plans to locate the facility on 16 acres near U.S. Highway 90 in Jeanerette, near one of its bagasse suppliers, Enterprise Sugar Mill.

Delta Biofuels is said to source all excess bagasse from four nearby sugar mills in Iberia, St. Mary and St. Martin parishes.

Groundwork for the new facility would begin September 2021, with completion expected in September 2022. Hiring would begin Spring 2022. Founded in 2019, Delta Biofuel is a wholly-owned start-up within Tasso Renewable Energy.

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