Rain CII, an international carbon company and the global leader in calcined petroleum coke, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for its new corporate office in Covington. The relocation from Houston brings 71 jobs and $4.6 million to St. Tammany Parish.
Though formerly headquartered in New Orleans, damage from Hurricane Katrina prompted the company’s relocation to Texas.
Gerry Sweeney, president and CEO of Rain CII, said, “This fantastic new location in Covington affords the best blend of proximity to our operations, quality of life for our employees and exposure to the cultural events of the New Orleans area. In short, it’s great to be home.”
According to Louisiana Economic Development, 15 of the 71 new positions will operate out of plants in Chalmette, Norco, Gramercy and Lake Charles. The remaining 56 will operate out of the new Covington office.
Rain CII’s Class A office space was built at approximately 40,000 square-feet on nearly three acres of land in the Northpark Business Park on U.S. 190.
To assist with the company’s relocation, the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) facilitated business incentives for Rain CII and helped the company find a location to construct its entirely feng shui building.
Brenda Bertus, CEO of STEDF, said the Rain CII corporate office serves as “one of the few feng shui buildings in the whole state.” She said, “When negotiating projects, STEDF strives to meet all the needs of prospective St. Tammany businesses. We were happy to help Rain CII find the location right for them.”
“I can’t tell you what a huge undertaking this was, to build this facility in such a short time period,” Sweeney said. “Thanks to St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and her local economic development team, particularly Director Don Shea, Mayor of Covington Mike Cooper, Brenda Bertus of the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation and CEO and president of St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, Lacey Toledano.
“They all helped us realize that St. Tammany Parish is exactly where we should be, and have already made us feel very much welcome.”
“The building is beautiful,” Bertus said. “Rain CII’s presence in St. Tammany Parish demonstrates the unique character and culture of the area and represents an increasingly common tradition of businesses returning to it, even after getting established in other places.”