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June 12, 2024

Construction, Manufacturing and Fabrication Innovator RNGD Invests $25 Million to Expand Southeast Louisiana Operations, Create 130 Direct New Jobs

Construction and design leader RNGD, a Palmisano company, announced it is investing approximately $25 million to consolidate its Southeast Region manufacturing operations, training center and corporate headquarters in Jefferson Parish as part of an aggressive growth strategy.

RNGD expects to create 130 direct new jobs and retain more than 240 existing jobs. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 147 indirect new jobs, for a total of 277 new jobs in the Southeast Region. The company estimates 250 construction jobs at peak construction.

“Over the past decade, Wesley Palmisano and the RNGD team have been leaders in innovation and growth,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “RNGD’s next progression will not only create hundreds of new jobs in our region, but will also help to evolve the construction industry, as a whole.”

“RNGD is a prime example of the innovation that is transforming long-standing economic drivers like construction and manufacturing,” LED Secretary Susan B. Bourgeois said. “We thank the company for choosing Louisiana as the site of its ambitious expansion, and look forward to supporting their efforts to grow their manufacturing workforce and meet the surging demand for construction services and resources in our state.”

Currently headquartered in New Orleans, with offices in Nashville and Huntsville, Ala., RNGD is a growing regional player in the industrial, heavy civil and commercial construction markets. The company is made up of several businesses: a multi-state building construction enterprise, a heavy civil and infrastructure construction enterprise, and a small start-up manufacturing company focused on delivering buildings as a kit of manufactured components. It plans to expand its existing manufacturing and fabrication facility on Earhart Expressway, purchase an adjacent property and create a dynamic new corporate headquarters and training complex.

“By bringing together our entire New Orleans team on the same connected campus, we will enable cross-functional collaboration between our construction teams, training programs, and manufacturing facility,” said RNGD Founder and CEO Wesley J. Palmisano. “This development will accelerate RNGD’s mission to move the construction industry forward while also expanding our commitment to the city and region.”

The 8-acre campus will include a 30,000-square-foot office building, a 25,000-square-foot training center, an expanded 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, and parking for 200 vehicles. A 1-acre site nearby will function as a construction laydown yard for storing heavy equipment and other supplies.

The training facility, which will house the Renegade Academy (RNGD’s professional development program), is also expected to offer educational programming that will serve individuals and organizations across the local construction workforce.

The development is projected to break ground July 1 and be completed by January 2025.

“I am excited to welcome the RNGD headquarters to Jefferson Parish,” said Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. “This project will create new job opportunities for our residents while also retaining many jobs in our region. We are proud of Jefferson Parish’s unique physical assets and accessibility, which make our community uniquely positioned to support RNGD’s continued growth and expansion. We thank RNGD for their investment.”

To win the project in Jefferson Parish, LED offered RNDG a competitive incentives package that includes the comprehensive workforce development solutions of LED FastStart and $500,000 performance-based award from the Economic Development Award Program for facility and utility upgrades, contingent on approval from the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation board. At the local level, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) negotiated a PILOT to offset development costs.

“This announcement represents a significant economic investment in Jefferson Parish,” said JEDCO President & CEO Jerry Bologna. “We are proud to retain RNGD in the region and substantially expand their footprint in Jefferson Parish through competitive incentive offerings at both the state and local level. JEDCO remains committed to offering the best possible solutions to retain companies to the region.”

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