ClearEdge Wholesale Glass is relocating its manufacturing operations from a 14,000-square-foot site in New Orleans to an expanded 41,000-square-foot facility in Baton Rouge.
The company will invest $2.65 million for construction and renovation at the Baton Rouge site, owners Brian and Dana LaBorde announced Monday with Gov. Bobby Jindal.
ClearEdge said 20 New Orleans employees plan to relocate to the Baton Rouge facility at 10757 N. Dual St., where the company expects to create 120 new direct jobs, with an average salary of $39,300, plus benefits.
The Louisiana Economic Development Department estimates the project will result in 113 new indirect jobs. The company estimates the project will generate 20 construction jobs.
ClearEdge Wholesale Glass was founded in 2009 in New Orleans. ClearEdge provides glass products to glass shops across the South. The expanded facility will allow the company to keep up with customer demand, conduct new fabrication techniques and be big enough to allow ClearEdge to temper glass.
A tempering furnace soon will be installed, said Brian LaBorde, who added the move to Baton Rouge “was planned on day one” after he and his wife took over the century-old family retail business in 2006.
“We stood on the shoulders of giants to get here,” Dana LaBorde said of her husband’s family. She then thanked their core of 20 employees “for showing me a work ethic I never knew existed.”
In addition to owning ClearEdge Wholesale Glass, the LaBordes also own Standard Glass and Mirror Co. In 2006, Brian LaBorde purchased Standard Glass and Mirror Works from his father, Terry LaBorde. Established in 1915, Standard Glass is a longstanding retail establishment in New Orleans.
Upon taking ownership of Standard Glass and Mirror Works, Brian and Dana LaBorde recognized the need for a quality glass producer at the wholesale level and developed ClearEdge.
“ClearEdge Glass will be an asset to Baton Rouge,” Mayor-President Kip Holden said. “This Louisiana-based business has seen the merits of our region and chosen Baton Rouge as its first point of expansion.”
The state offered the company services through its LED FastStart job-training program. ClearEdge also is expected to use the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.
The Quality Jobs program can rebate 5 percent to 6 percent of a company’s annual gross payroll for up to 10 years. State records show ClearEdge’s $5.5 million payroll could qualify for annual rebates of between $275,000 and $330,000.
The state’s industrial tax exemption could exempt ClearEdge from local property taxes for up to 10 years.
“Above and beyond the glass industry, our dream is to create the best company in the world for customers and employees alike,” Brian LaBorde said. “This means a company that provides the best quality, service and well-being for everyone who does business with us. We strive every day to make ClearEdge that company, and our new facility allows us to achieve this goal. Louisiana is our home state, and we are proud to continue our tradition of producing great products made in Louisiana by Louisianians.”