Help Wanted: French America Line and Uncommon Journeys sails HQ, home port into Jefferson Parish
GRETNA, La. — French America Line, the consumer-facing name of Great Northern & Southern Navigation Company, and local and regional officials including Governor John Bel Edwards, recently announced the establishment of the firm’s new headquarters in Jefferson Parish. Gretna’s former ferry terminal will serve as the home port for the company’s deluxe 150-passenger vessel Louisiane, scheduled to launch in September 2016.
French America Line’s marketing, sales and reservations partner – Uncommon Journeys – also will launch operations in Jefferson Parish. French America Line will create 94 new direct jobs with the project, with 64 of those jobs aboard the Louisiane and 30 shore-side positions for both French America Line and Uncommon Journeys. The company will have an estimated annual payroll of $2.1 million that includes a mix of seasonal, hourly wage employees and permanent salaried employees. Additionally, Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 47 indirect jobs, for a total of more than 140 new jobs in the state’s Southeast Region.
To secure the project in the state, JEDCO and the City of Gretna, in partnership with Louisiana Economic Development, developed a comprehensive package of support. JEDCO provided site selection support, and the company is expected to apply for the state’s Quality Jobs Program.
READ MORE of this story at Louisiana Economic Development. Photo courtesy of French America Line.