What’s Going on here? Gaubert Oil expanding in Donaldsonville

Allison B. Hudson

Gaubert Oil Company, Inc. announced today that it was undertaking an expansion of its operations in the Donaldsonville area of Ascension Parish, Louisiana.  The company has acquired an 8.8-acre tract in the Donaldsonville Technology & Industrial Park for a new petroleum products storage and distribution facility.  

The partnership of the Ascension Economic Development Corporation, the Donaldsonville Industrial Development Board and Realty Executives, Inc. assisted the company in selecting the Donaldsonville Technology & Industrial Park as the location for the new facility.  Company Chairman Grady Gaubert expressed his appreciation for the teamwork that ultimately landed the project in the Park.  “We looked region wide at potential site locations”, he said.  “But we kept coming back to the Donaldsonville Park.  The fact that the Park is designated as a Certified Site by Louisiana Economic Development took all the guesswork out of the equation for us”, he added.  

The Donaldsonville Technology & Industrial Park is owned by the Donaldsonville Industrial Development Board, an arm of the City of Donaldsonville.  Development Board Chairman August Tassin expressed his appreciation to Gaubert Oil for selecting the Park.  “This is great news for Donaldsonville and it increases our momentum in the Park, Tassin stated.  “We get a new corporate citizen with good jobs, and the proceeds of the sale will allow us to further develop the park.  This will make it easier to attract more new businesses which will bring even more jobs”, he explained.

 Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy J. Sullivan, Sr. added his welcome to Gaubert Oil.  “This is a great news for Donaldsonville and the entire west bank area”, he stated.  “On behalf of the citizens of Donaldsonville and the City Council, we are grateful for Gaubert’s commitment to our community and look forward to many years of association with the company and its employees”.

Ascension Economic Development Corporation President & CEO Mike Eades expressed his delight that Gaubert had selected the Donaldsonville Technology & Industrial Park as the location for their new facility.  “A lot of work went into getting this property designated as Louisiana’s first Certified Site under LED’s new program which began last year.  Now it’s paying off as evidenced by the fact that Gaubert Oil’s announcement is the first new business to announce on a Certified Site in the state.  I thinks that’s only appropriate”, Eades said.

Construction on the new facility is expected to begin in late 2011 and the facility should be operational in early 2012.

The Donaldsonville Technology & Industrial Park is located on Hwy 70 on the south side of the Union Pacific Railway line. The park encompasses approximately 80 acres, 60 of which are available for development.  LED’s criteria for certification include extensive examination and documentation of a property’s suitability for economic development projects. This includes items such as utility and transportation infrastructure, environmental site assessments, wetlands determination, the mapping of servitudes, easements and rights-of-way, proof of property ownership, control and chain of title, zoning, soil conditions, flood plain mapping and a wholesale list of other requirements.