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October 14, 2015

St. Bernard Economic Development Welcomes Ship Tech Services to the Parish

ST. BERNARD PARISH, La.– The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation welcomes Ship Tech Services to the Parish. The new startup business was founded in St. Bernard this summer, immediately adding 15 jobs to the local economy with the potential for adding 10 more within a year. Ship Tech Services provides maritime, environmental and industrial cleaning services for ships, barges, tanks and other vessels throughout the Gulf Coast.

“The creation of Ship Tech Services is due in no small part to the company’s strong ties to the Greater New Orleans region and St. Bernard Parish,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “This company epitomizes the storyline of a new era for our community, as demonstrated by the homecoming of St. Bernard native Michael Faulk to take advantage of the area’s rising entrepreneurial tide and unmatched business conditions.”“We are thrilled to welcome Ship Tech Services to St. Bernard,” said Andrew Jacques, the executive director of the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation. “We have been working to make St. Bernard a place where businesses can create jobs and thrive, and this is another strong sign that we are moving in the right direction. We are proud to have Ship Tech Services as our newest partner.”

Ship Tech Services and its divisions — ST Maritime Services, ST Environmental Services, and ST Industrial Services — specialize in providing a variety of industrial, environmental and maritime services throughout the Gulf Coast region and nationwide.

“We appreciate the efforts put forth by St. Bernard Economic Development and LED to help us leverage an incentive package for our company to make a significant investment in the Parish and state,” said Ship Tech Services Managing Member Michael J. Faulk. “We also want to recognize the outstanding efforts of St. Bernard Economic Development in being so responsive to our company’s unique needs. We look forward to growing our business in St. Bernard and making a positive impact on the local economy.”

Faulk is originally from St. Bernard and attended Chalmette High School. He was a shipping agent before founding United States Maritime Services, United States Environmental Services, United States Industrial Services, and United States Mooring Services in the early 1990s. Each of these companies was headquartered in Meraux, LA. Faulk grew the companies to be leaders in their respective areas and successfully sold them to a private equity group in 2004. Thereafter, Faulk moved to Montana and came back home to St. Bernard last year to found Ship Tech Services.

“My congratulations and thanks to Ship Tech Services and all of their employees for choosing to make St. Bernard their corporate home,” said Joseph S. DiFatta, chairman of the SBEDF board of directors. “Mike and I are friends, and it gives me great pleasure to welcome him back home. Mike’s experience creating and growing companies gives me great confidence that Ship Tech Services will be a great success and a valuable addition to St. Bernard.” Southeast Louisiana’s regional economy, especially in St. Bernard Parish, is positioned for growth and development, presenting unique opportunities for businesses like Ship Tech Services.

Ship Tech Services is a Louisiana limited liability company holding a Louisiana Commercial Contractor’s License (license #61499) with the specialties of: Hazardous Waste Treatment or Disposal; Industrial Cleaning and Material/Waste Handling; and Soft Abrasive Cleaning. Ship Tech’s office is located at 8328 Lafitte Court, Chalmette, LA 70043, and its mailing address is PO Box 997, Madisonville, LA 70447.

St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to promote economic development and commercial growth of St. Bernard Parish and to lead the initiation of partnering organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for St. Bernard Parish citizens. To achieve this mission, SBEDF primarily engages in business attraction, retention, and expansion. Additionally, workforce development and policy development are pursued as key initiatives to drive economic development activities. The Board of Directors consists of 28 voting members and 8 non-voting honorary members and public officials, all of which serve as volunteers to the organization. SBDEF’s work is made possible through the general support of its investors, St. Bernard Parish Government, St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District and the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation at the Champion Level and the Law Offices of Sidney Torres, III and Associated Terminals at the Pillars Level.

About Greater New Orleans, Inc.
GNO, Inc. is the regional economic development organization for Southeast Louisiana.  The GNO, Inc. Mission is to create jobs and wealth in the Greater New Orleans community.  The GNO, Inc. Vision is for the Greater New Orleans region to fulfill its potential as one of the best places in the country to grow a company, and raise a family.

More information can be found at www.gnoinc.org.