Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect To Maintain Employment

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A survey by the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance finds most of the Baton Rouge area's major industrial employers expect spending and employment at the plants to remain the same or expand during the next six months.

         The Advocate reports the group represents more than 57 petrochemical, energy, paper, pharmaceutical, pipeline, storage terminal and other industrial facilities in the eight parishes surrounding Baton Rouge. The alliance surveyed plant managers of its member companies. Managers at 39 sites responded.

         Some 94 percent of the respondents expect plants' production to remain flat or increase, while 79 percent expect spending to remain the same or increase. Only 5 percent of the managers expect company employment to fall in the next six months, while 15 percent expect contract employment to decrease.

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