ALLEN PARISH, La. (KALB) - It was a big night for Allen Parish on Monday as RoyOMartin presented the police jury with an over $3 million check.
This coming after the ten-year tax exemption given to the oriented strand board manufacturing plant Martco L.L.C. comes to an end.
RoyOMartin wants to thank Allen Parish and specific communities that have spent the past ten years helping make Martco the success that is today.
Due to this tax exemption, RoyOMartin was able to invest $234 million to build the plant, providing 174 direct jobs, 105 of which are held by Allen Parish residents, along with over 600 indirect jobs.
"We're happy to present them with a 3.25 million dollar check for the property taxes this year and the years to come,” said owner Roy O. Martin III. “Because…they knew that they needed to incite companies like me to come to Allen Parish to build in a rural community and make oriented strand board that shipped all over North America."
The plant also works with local schools to help train and employ students. Thirty percent of those employed at Martco were trained under their Woodworks program.
"I firmly believed that the citizens of Oakdale and of Allen Parish,” said Vice President of Human Resources Donna Bailey. “It would be better for our company if we could reach those citizens and they could be the ones to make our facility successful in Oakdale, La."
Be on the lookout for two career fairs coming up for both their Chopin and Oakdale facilities.
More information can be found on RoyOMartin.com.