After an idle year, MBI begins manufacturing

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – After sitting idle for more than a year, it's back to work at MBI. The company bought the former Beaird plant in Shreveport in early 2009, promising to put hundreds back to work, but struggled to land contracts following the credit crunch and economic downturn.

In June, the city sent MBI a letter of default stating that it had not kept up the property or it's promise to re-hire Baird employees.

But now, MB Industries President and CEO Frederick Gossen Jr. says production has finally begun, and he's optimistic that it will continue. "We think that there are special niches that we could perform in this plant that we're gonna go after, but it's gonna be with our stabilizing business first."

MB Industries designs, engineers and manufactures modular Blast Resistant Buildings for everything from refineries to offshore drilling companies and the Department of Defense.

Gossen says some former Beaird employees have been hired to work at the plant, and that they're still looking to hire more.

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