About North Webster Parish Industrial District
The foresight and vision of North Webster Parish business pioneers 40 years ago brought forth their own field of dreams – the start of a 160 acre industrial park that has given the area an economic-development boost.
In 1978, International Paper Co – an economic stalwart in the community – closed its paper mill, costings the community 2,400 jobs.
“The economic impact of losing this large segment of the employee base and the associated payroll would be devastating to the area unless a master plan was soon developed to stand in gap and create new job growth,” said Mitch Stubblefield – NWPID Manager 1978.
In 1978 taking the lead in finding a solution, representatives from five surrounding communities – Springhill, Shongaloo, Sarepta, Cullen and Cotton Valley – decided to establish and industrial district to help create jobs and bring economic viability back to the area. With the help of the State of Louisiana, a federal grant and a 100-acre land grant from International Paper Co., The North Webster Parish Industrial District was created and officially dedicated in June 1983.
Today, businesses in the district, located on Highway 371 in Springhill, include 3-D Contracting, Bill & Ralph’s, Continental Structural Plastics, Integrico Composites, Sawmill Supplies & Equipment, Simmons Welding & Fabrication, Springhill Medical Center – North Webster Clinic, Stericycle, and Webster Tax Assessor. Please review “Park Tenants” for additional information. The above listed tenants provide jobs for an average of 550 to 600 employees. This has helped to stabilize the economic from the hit the district took in 1978.
The Industrial Park has several different acreage sites both small and large available for development. This includes one of the newest Certified Sites in Louisiana (59.4 Acres) to be developed.
The District also announced the completion of a new Industrial Building, available for sale or lease in the NWPID Industrial Park near Springhill/Cullen Louisiana.
Utilities include electricity from Entergy, CenterPoint Energy natural gas, park-owned water and sewer, and tele-communication service by CenturyTel. The district is in a permanent enterprise zone and offers the full range of Louisiana state tax Incentives as well as Renewal Community tax benefits.