Labor Market Area

The primary labor market area for the Marion Regional IndustryPlex comes from at least a 50-mile radius around the site. The approximately 425,000 people in the labor market area can reach the site in a few minutes via an excellent highway system.

Marion County Workforce

Ready-To-Work in a Right-to-Work State.

Adaptable and Empowered

“We have a dependable, dedicated workforce who continue our long standard of building quality products for our customers. From Marion County, 9 surrounding counties and 2 parishes, they are willing and capable to adapt to new technologies and processes. They are empowered to help make our systems better and have the skills to make improvements happen. From foreign government officials to C-suite corporate execs, if I get my customers to come to my plant and see my workforce, it makes all the difference.”
Chris Powell, Operations Manager, Zodiac Aerospace Parachutes, Columbia


Proven, reliable workforce drawn from Marion County and 9 (nine) surrounding counties and 2 (two) Louisiana parishes.

Quality and Efficiency

Low labor costs


State workforce training incentives available for qualifying industries


Customizable workforce training opportunities through community colleges
within 1 hour (Free or at low-cost)

Education and Training Resources


2 (two) 4-year universities


3 (three) 2-year community colleges within the 50-mile labor market area.

These schools have an enrollment of more than 30,000 students with many programs for workforce preparation
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