GONZALES, La. (AP) — The City Council has introduced an ordinance that city officials say should land the headquarters of Emerson Process Management.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/14logjU) the ordinance rezones a 17.57-acre tract in the Edenborne development near Interstate 10 and Louisiana Highway 44.

Earlier in March, the council rejected a zoning change to allow the company to locate on an industrial tract. The new ordinance would rezone the property from "traditional neighborhood development" to C-2 commercial with a special-use permit.

Emerson plans to consolidate its Ascension Parish operations into a $16 million regional headquarters with nearly 200 jobs on the campus.

The company has said as many as 60 jobs would be created when the new headquarters is operating.

The headquarters will focus on Emerson's valve manufacturing operations and include a training center as well as space for sales, engineering and service personnel.

Emerson works with industrial customers in production and processing associated with chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment plants.

Emerson originally planned to locate its headquarters on West Orica Roth Road, but controversy over a zoning change and a lawsuit by residents blocked that move. Company officials then settled on the Eden borne site.


Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com