Business and Industry in DeSoto Parish
In the DeSoto Parish area, construction, employment, and sales are at their highest level in years. The Louisiana Department of Labor reports an unemployment drop of nearly two percent over the past four years.
DeSoto Parish has a thriving timber business driven by several major employers that include International Paper Company, a one-half billion dollar paper mill which employs over 420 people; Louisiana Pacific Corporation, which manufactures plywood; Mims Lumber; and B.R. Bedsole Timber Corporation.
Other major employers in the area include Hendrix Manufacturing Co.; Acme Tube Inc. of Louisiana; DeSoto Regional Health System; DeSoto Parish School Board, which boasts 650 employees. Plus lignite mining by the Dolet Hills Mining Venture contributes heavily to the economy along with the CLECO-SWEPCO Power Plant. Financial resources are available with community banks, regional banks and credit unions doing business in the parish. There are 12 full service offices representing 6 institutions.
Industrial development is proceeding at a very fast pace. Hundreds of acres are available for industry in the DeSoto Parish Air Industrial Park near Mansfield, the Logansport Industrial Park and the I-49 Business Park located at the intersection of Highway 175 and I-49. These locations are outstanding sites for prospective businesses and with I-49 and six other major highways criss-crossing the parish, distribution would not be a problem.