Martin Brower, the largest distributor of products to McDonald’s restaurants, said it will move its local operations from Port Allen to Walker, a move that will create 30 new jobs. The company already has 160 local employees. Louisiana’s economic development department said the new jobs will add $1.3 million to the payroll by 2020. The expansion will create 26 indirect jobs and support 50 to 200 construction jobs.

Martin Brower, which supplies every item found in more 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants worldwide — including hamburger patties, soft-drink cups, french fries and napkins — has operated a food distribution complex at 1585 Commercial Drive in Port Allen since 1979. But the company has run out of space at the site and has limited rail access.

After exploring options for new sites in both Louisiana and Mississippi, Martin Brower selected a tract within the Livingston Industrial Park as the most suitable location for its new distribution hub. The distribution complex will be built on a 22-acre site within the industrial park, located just east of Walker along U.S. 190. Construction of the $16 million facility is expected to begin in midsummer and take nine to 12 months to complete.

To secure the project, the state offered Martin Brower an incentive package that includes a performance-based $1.2 million Economic Development Award Program grant to offset the costs of a new road and related infrastructure improvements in the industrial park.

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