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Intralox Makes $60M Hammond Conveyor Production Facility Expansion

November 23, 2021

For the third time in four years, Intralox is expanding operations at its Hammond, Louisiana, location. This time, the company is more than doubling its footprint with a $60 million expansion that will create 425 direct jobs as Intralox expands its molding and assembly operations.

The expansion supports Intralox’s strong growth and enables increased production for the company. The facility, set to be complete by the end of 2022, will bring the Hammond plant’s total footprint to over 400,000 sq ft while increasing belting output by 50%. The Hammond facility produces modular plastic conveyor belts which are used in food, industrial, and e-commerce industries. Belts and components produced at the state-of-the-art facility are shipped to Intralox assembly facilities across the world. This major U.S. expansion comes as Intralox celebrates its 50th year in operation.

“This expansion is critical to support the strong growth we’ve experienced in the last few years. With the new facility, we will rapidly increase our production and assembly capacity,” said Intralox President Edel Blanks. “We look forward to expanding our local workforce with the added benefit of meeting the increased demand of our customers around the world.”

Intralox has invested over $300 million over the past five years in a significant expansion of its global footprint which includes new facilities in Baltimore (U.S.), Australia, and The Netherlands, and multiple expansions to its global headquarters in Louisiana.

“I am proud to celebrate this new expansion of Intralox’s manufacturing facility in Hammond, and to celebrate this company's 50 outstanding years in operation, right here in Louisiana,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “What better way to commemorate this milestone anniversary than with a renewed commitment to our state and her people. The 425 direct new Intralox jobs in Hammond will result in increased economic activity, and tremendous success for this homegrown company.”

Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 582 indirect jobs, for a total of more than 1,000 new jobs in Louisiana’s southeast region. Jobs created will be a mix of non-technical, technical, and engineering jobs and will be added over the next eight years.

“Laitram and Intralox might be known as an advanced manufacturing company, but in my mind, they are really a talent factory,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “With this in mind, it is particularly exciting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company with the addition of hundreds of new Laitram and Intralox employees in Tangipahoa and Greater New Orleans.”

This is the third major expansion of the Hammond plant since 2017. In 2017, Intralox Hammond expanded its molding operation by 60,000 sq ft and in 2019, an automated warehouse was added.

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