J&M Industries, which manufactures custom tarps, will spend $4.5 million to expand its Ponchatoula facility, a move that will create 30 new jobs.

The new jobs will have an average annual salary of $33,700, plus benefits, the Louisiana Economic Development department said. The expansion, which involves adding 120,000 square feet to the manufacturing operations in Ponchatoula Industrial Park, will create 20 construction jobs.

J&M, which has been in Ponchatoula since 1992, has 107 employees.

J&M got its start in 1973 by turning coffee bean bags into burlap bags for the feed, agriculture and oyster industry. The product line has evolved, and J&M is a major producer in the production of packaging supplies and protective covers. The company continues to add new product lines as it expands its custom tarp manufacturing operations.

“Our company is a testament to what a family-run company can accomplish with the hard work and dedication of our employees,” said Maurice Gaudet, president of J&M. “Our quality Louisiana-made products are shipped throughout the United States and into Canada.”

LED began discussing expansion possibilities with J&M in August. To secure the project, the state offered an incentive package that includes use of the LED FastStart workforce training program. The company also expects to use the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.