Why the RiverPlex MegaPark

Ascension Parish, LA

Strategic location on the US Gulf Coast with barge/dock access, rail service, highway, close proximity to an interstate, feedstock pipelines, and an existing trained labor force all in a high population growth area located between the major metropolitan areas of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana – come experience the Ascension Advantage.

  • Ascension’s Civilian Labor Force grew by almost 12,000 people (+23.5%) from 2008 to 2018.
  • Ascension Public Schools have earned the state’s top “A” ranking for academic performance for 5 consecutive years.
    Source: Ascension Parish School Board 2017 Community Report
  • $71,752 – Highest Median Household Income in Louisiana
    Source: US Census Bureau
  • $7.7 Billion in Business Capital Investment since 2010
    Source: AEDC
  • Rapidly Growing Population: 15% Population Growth Rate from 2010-2017
    Source: US Census Bureau
  • Louisiana is No. 1 in the US for per capita FDI attraction since 2008
    Source: LED


See why these MAJOR EMPLOYERS call Ascension Parish home:
Company NameNumber of Employees
BASF Corporation1,195
Shell Chemical650
CF Industries500
Smith Tank and Steel450
Huntsman Chemicals420
Occidental Chemical Corporation253
TOPCOR Companies250
Westlake Vinyls170
Crown Craft, Inc.140
Lion Copolymer140
PCS Nitrogen137
Williams Olefins125


River Parishes Community College (RPCC) located in Ascension parish, provides workforce development solutions and resources to support growth and retention of the businesses in our region. RPCC accomplishes this by providing education and training processes for workforce preparation, entry, onboarding and advancement.  Products/services include:

  • Needs assessments
  • Customized workforce solutions and training
  • Pre-Employment Testing (Work Keys and Hands-on Skills)
  • Non-training workforce solutions
  • Modern and up-to-date facilities and equipment featuring a new Technical Training Center
  • Ongoing Industrial Skills training available in: Welding, Non-Destructive Testing, Scaffold Building, Mobile Crane Operator, Instrumentation, Electrical, Pipefitting, Millwright, Rigging & Signal Person, CDL Driving, Industrial Safety, and Process Operator, Drafting and Design
  • Leadership and Supervisory Skills training – “Operational Leadership”
  • Plant/company specific training

RPCC Currently has 2,200 students enrolled in 16 areas of study.


For detailed information on Ascension Parish, please visit Ascension Economic Development’s website at www.ascensionedc.com