Friday, May 11, 2007

Alas and Alack!!

The town of Convent, which is between Baton Rouge and New Orleans on the Mississippi River, was one of two finalists for the new location of a ThyssenKrupp AG steel mill. The plant will cost from $3 to $4 billion to build, and will provide over 2,000 permanent jobs. This morning, it was announced that the mill will be located in Alabama. Oh, well.

The distraught woman in stone in the photo is located at the front of the new State Capitol building. She is one of the figures in a sculpture called "The Pioneers," which represents the men and women who played a role in creating the state of Louisiana.


RamblingRound said...

Very appropriate photo.
I am in Alabama but nowhere near the site of the plant, which will be near Mobile. It has been the biggest news of the century (both this one and the last one) for our state's industrial development office.
I thought your governor was very gracious, stating that being chosen as a finalist shows Louisiana can compete for world-class industry.

Tara said...

The silver lining is, five other industries have expressed an interest in the Convent location, so some sort of plant will be built there in the next few years. I was pleasantly surprised Louisiana was a finalist. In recent years, we've lost out on other big opportunities, like car manufacturing facilities. Hopefully this is a turn in the right direction. Good luck with the new steel mill!

sbuser said...

tara, you would make a good economic developer. Keep selling the state.

Aigars Bruvelis said...

Sexy, isn't she?:)