Louisiana Automotive Industry

Customized Solutions Built to Automotive Specs

Located in the heart of the U.S. Southern Automotive Corridor, Louisiana offers unique strategic advantages to both automakers and suppliers. The state's internationally competitive incentives coupled with the nation's best state workforce recruitment and training program make Louisiana a smart choice.

A right-to-work state for three decades, Louisiana has the lowest taxes in the nation for new manufacturing operations and is pro-business at every level. Add the state's highly effective manufacturing workforce and it's clear the state provides manufacturing operations a competitive edge.

At the core of Louisiana's competitive advantages is the strength of its business climate. In recent years, the state has enacted reforms to create an atmosphere that Forbes magazine calls, "America's new frontier for business opportunity." Louisiana now ranks in the Top 10 states in the country for business climate according to several national publications including Area Development, Business Facilities and Site Selection magazines.

Strategic Location in the Heart of the Southern Automotive Corridor

Louisiana's location is one of its most valuable advantages. Located in the heart of the Southern Automotive Corridor, the state's ideal location places it in close proximity to the South's extensive supplier base and Mexico as automotive manufacturers shift more production to North America. View Map >

Louisiana Offers an Extensive Selection of Strategic Sites

Louisiana has identified two mega-sites specifically appropriate for a major automotive industry project:

  • The England Airpark Megasite near Alexandria is located near an existing I-49 interchange. Within 10 miles of the Port of Alexandria and adjacent to England Airport, all utilities are planned for the site as well as a planned Union Pacific Railroad rail spur.
  • The Franklin Farm Megasite is 1,440 acres of state-owned property located near I-20 on the KCS/Norfolk Southern Railroad. In close proximity to the Monroe Regional Airport and the Greater Ouachita Port, the site has both water and sewer service plans underway.

Louisiana's other development-ready industrial sites can be found in the state's Sites and Buildings Database. The LED Certified Sites program further qualifies industrial sites based on zoning restrictions, title work, environmental studies, and soil analysis and surveys.

To assist companies needing to make complex site identification decisions, LED has secured or has access GIS maps for every region of the state — enabling project managers to locate suitable sites quickly.

Revved Up Incentives

Automotive manufacturers will find a suite of highly competitive incentives designed to help their operations thrive in Louisiana.

  • For competitive projects that involve substantial new-job creation, major investment and the majority of sales to out-of-state customers, Louisiana's new Automotive Manufacturing and Automotive Component Manufacturing Payroll Incentives can provide up to a 15 percent payroll rebate over 10 years. Additionally, a participating company will be eligible for either a rebate of state sales and use taxes on capital expenditures or a 1.5 percent project facility expense rebate.
  • Louisiana also provides a 100 percent property tax exemption, including 100 percent of school taxes, for 10 years through its Industrial Tax Exemption Program.
  • In addition, the Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive — the nation's strongest, most comprehensive incentive for software development — provides a unique advantage to the automotive industry. The incentive is applicable to customer-facing software including automotive-specific applications like powertrain, transmission and chassis control; telematics; infotainment; power control systems; and other embedded systems. Eligible projects receive a 35 percent refundable tax credit for payroll expenditures and a 25 percent refundable tax credit for qualified production expenditures. If the amount of tax credits exceeds the business' state income and franchise tax liabilities, the business receives the balance as a refund.

Louisiana values business investment, and when a company moves or expands its automotive operations here, it can count on innovative solutions to meet the project's specific needs. For competitive projects that involve substantial new-job creation, major investment and the majority of sales to out-of-state customers, Louisiana is agile and flexible — customizing incentives and workforce solutions, aligning state and local resources, connecting a company with valuable assets, and coordinating permitting and startup activities to ensure that operations proceed smoothly and on schedule.

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Contact Info Louisiana

Ms. Aoife Clarke
Representative UK & Ireland

Louisiana Economic Development c/o Wavteq
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