GREENFIELD LOGISTICAL SOLUTIONS of LOUISIANA BREAKS GROUND ON ITS PELICAN LODGE PROJECT IN LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA
Lake Charles, Louisiana (November 12, 2013) – Greenfield Logistical Solutions broke ground today on its Pelican Lodge project located between Hwy 397 and James Sudduth Parkway. The ceremony was attended by local political figures, including the Mayor of Lake Charles, Mr Randy Roach, SWLA Economic Development Alliance members, SOWELA, Port of Lake Charles, local businesses, and Greenfield Logistical Solutions business partners. The construction of the temporary employee village, named Pelican Lodge, is expected to bring in 400 jobs for the service, management and maintenance of the facility. But once completed, in mid-2015, it could be home to as many as 4,000 construction workers. Greenfield Logistical Solutions of Louisiana LLC will build the facility on 200 acres of port land at 1100 James Sudduth Parkway. Sammy Pate, Vice President, Projects and partner with GLS, said the housing is so much more than a “traditional man camp.” The plan includes daily meals and transportation to and from work for residents significant recreational facilities, onsite banking, libraries, media centers, and retail outlets. In June, the Port Board unanimously approved a lease option agreement for Pelican Lodge. Bill Rase, port executive director, said efforts like these “put Southwest Louisiana on the map” internationally. Over the next five years, more than 15,000 construction jobs are expected to come from the more than $47 billion worth of investments in Southwest Louisiana. “In order for these projects to be successful we have to have a place for workers to stay that is similar to home,” Rase said. “It’s not just a boarding house.” Pate said solidification of the project comes on the heels of collaborative efforts by the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, Sowela Technical Community College, McNeese State University, state legislators, the port, the parish and the city of Lake Charles.