Food distributor moves to N.O. area

Freshy Foods, a manufacturer of prepared snacks, salads and sandwiches, announced plans to move its manufacturing facility to Harahan.

The company was formed in Hammond in 2009.

The move to the new 50,000-square-foot facility in the Elmwood Business Park will bring 200 new jobs to the area, officials announced.

The move allows the company to be closer to product distributors, making it easier to get products to markets in 15 states across the South.

Freshly prepared foods is proving to be a growth industry, said Freshy Foods owner Floyd James.

“This is truly a great day in Jefferson Parish,” said Jefferson Parish President John Young.

“We are truly excited that Freshy Foods moved their entire operation to our parish, which will not only create jobs, but will be a significant contributor to our economy,” Young said.

Jindal: Avondale talks encouraging

HARAHAN — Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday that the state has had “encouraging discussions” with potential companies to take over at least part of the Avondale shipyard.

The yard, owned by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., is slated for closure in 2013 after it completes the final military ship under contract there.

The yard employs about 4,000 people — and layoffs are taking place as various phases of the final project are completed.

During a brief news conference, Jindal said he hoped to soon provide what he called an “update” on the situation.

“We have had encouraging discussions with potential tenants,” the governor said.

Jindal said it was doubtful that one new tenant would take up the yard — and the state is shooting for a multi-use industrial facility that would be occupied by several companies. Jindal said the state had spoken with industries involved in and outside of shipbuilding.

The shipyard’s planned closure was announced last year by Northrop Grumman Corp.

Northrop spun off its troubled military shipbuilding division, which also includes a shipyard at Pascagoula, Miss., into a separate company — Huntington Ingalls — on March 31.

Jobs death ascribed to respiratory arrest

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A copy of Steve Jobs’ death certificate indicates the Apple co-founder died of respiratory arrest that resulted from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs.

Jobs died Wednesday at age 56. Apple Inc. didn’t disclose the cause of death, but Jobs had battled pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant in 2009.

He resigned as Apple’s CEO in August while out on his third medical leave in several years.

The death certificate, released Monday by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, says Jobs died at his home in Palo Alto.

No autopsy was performed.

Jobs died the day after Apple announced its latest iPhone, the iPhone 4S, which will go on sale Friday.

Compiled from staff and

Associated Press reports