(COVINGTON, LA) – Under a brilliant autumn sky and with nearly 100 in attendance, Rain CII on Thursday, October 22, cut the ribbon at its new corporate headquarters facility in Covington. Among the guests at the event were fellow St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce members, Northpark neighbors, and public and elected officials from around the area. Covington’s mayor Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, and Louisiana Public Service Commission Chair Eric Skrmetta each spoke at the ceremony.
In 2005, along with many individuals and other businesses, Rain CII was displaced from its New Orleans home after Hurricane Katrina. President & CEO Gerry Sweeney noted that “After a number of years near Houston, we came to realize that with so many historic and operational ties to this area, we really belonged here. We’re able to work smarter and more efficiently when our corporate team and our plant teams are close to one another, and this new location in Covington provides us the perfect combination of proximity to our operations, quality of life for our employees, and exposure to the cultural events of the New Orleans area. We’re so thankful for the great support we’ve already felt from our many new friends and partners in St. Tammany Parish. ”
An interesting feature of the new Rain facility is its design, which adheres to feng shui principles. According to Mr. Sweeney, “Our company is a strong proponent of feng shui balance in our facilities. What this means is that many elements of the building’s design – from the outside footprint to the interior shapes, layout, and color schemes – work in harmony with one another and provide a natural energy and healthy environment for our employees. It’s hard not to acknowledge the beauty of the setup and the peaceful feeling throughout the building.”
Rain CII’s relocation to Louisiana will create 71 new direct jobs, with a Louisiana Economic Development estimate of another 70 new indirect jobs. Rain CII has made significant capital investments in Louisiana in recent years, investing over $100 million on projects across the state to equip its operations for the long term. One such investment was the energy co-generation facility in Lake Charles, where 15 jobs were added to support its new power plant. With the relocation, Rain CII has also committed to making an additional $65 million capital investment over the next five years across its Louisiana manufacturing, research, and logistics facilities. Along with the new Covington headquarters, Rain CII operates calcining plants in Chalmette, Norco, Gramercy, and Lake Charles.
About Rain CII
Rain CII is engaged in the businesses of production and sale of calcined petroleum coke (CPC) and the co-generation of energy (steam and electricity) through heat recovery. Rain Group, which includes Rain CII, is the world’s second largest producer of CPC, with nine production sites in the United States, India, and China. Since 1988, Rain CII has been serving the needs of aluminum smelters around the world by providing high-quality CPC, an essential requirement for the manufacture of aluminum. For further information, please visit www.raincii.com.