Cajun Industries planning $12 million in construction

Cajun Industries plans to spend about $12 million for a new office building at its Baton Rouge campus and a fabrication yard in West Baton Rouge Parish.

Todd Grigsby, president of Cajun Constructors Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cajun Industries, said the buildings are tied to the company’s 2012 acquisition of Industrial Design and Construction of Prairieville, as well as general growth in the construction industry.

“All of the industrial facilities with the expansions going on, that work is finally coming to fruition,” Grigsby said.

Work has already started on the 45,000-square-foot fabrication yard in Westport on the Intracoastal Waterway. The fabrication yard, set to open March 1, will manufacture pipe and spool pieces. It will replace Industrial Design and Construction’s existing Prairieville fabrication yard, which the company has outgrown. While between 20 and 30 people work at the IDC yard, Grigsby said, at its peak 100 people will work at the Westport facility.

Cajun has filed plans with the city-parish for a new 30,200-square-foot office building at its campus at 15635 Airline Highway. The company wants to move the workers at the IDC offices into the building, along with the staff at its Cajun Deep Foundations subsidiary. If the plans are approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission at its October meeting, Cajun wants to start building the offices before the end of the year and open them in late 2014. Between 80 and 90 people will work in the new building, Grigsby said.

Cajun has a backlog of $250 million in construction projects and is negotiating to add another $250 million in work, Grigsby said.