Turner Industries opens equipment repair facility

A 50,000-square-foot Turner Industries Equipment Repair Facility has opened at 2865 Mason Ave. in north Baton Rouge near the intersection of Interstate 110 and Airline Highway.

The $7.5 million facility, at the original site of Turner Industries, will maintain, service and perform repairs for a fleet of nearly 2,000 motor vehicles and pieces of equipment. The facility has 25 bays and a 75-by-30-foot paint booth large enough to hold the company’s largest mobile crane. It has a 5,400-square-foot parts warehouse.

Turner’s equipment includes more than 1,400 fleet vehicles; 200 rough terrain cranes; 70 all-terrain and lattice boom cranes; 60 Peterbilt trucks; 200 trailers and other equipment such as forklifts, backhoes and manlifts.

The East Mason Avenue facility became the spot in Baton Rouge where Turner’s fleet of cranes, trucks and other vehicles is maintained and stored. The company has similar lots in New Orleans, Lake Charles and Houston.

The Baton Rouge facility will be the central service site for the fleet of equipment and vehicles. For example, if a crane is being moved from a lot in Houston to a job in Pascagoula, Miss., it would stop off in Baton Rouge for maintenance. More than 100 people work at the site.

This caps off a recent building boom for Turner, which over the past few years has opened new offices on Highlandia Drive and Port Allen.