New Orleans-based Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co. has opened a mortgage loan production office at 200 S. Range Ave., Suite C, in Denham Springs.

Growth in the Baton Rouge metro area’s housing market prompted Gulf Coast to expand. The office will have 12 employees.

“As a community lender, we see the growth in Livingston Parish as an opportunity to serve the area with new home construction needs, as well as assisting families looking to buy a home.” said Gulf Coast Mortgage Division President Jeff Rousseau.

Gulf Coast Bank has 19 branches in southeast Louisiana and mortgage production offices in Louisiana and Florida.