SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) - After more than a year of wrangling with the City Council, a company that makes blast-resistant modular buildings has begun production in Shreveport.
President and chief executive officer Fred Gossen Jr. says MB Industries LLC of Rayne is in Shreveport to stay.
MBI pays $1,000 a month for the city-owned plant in return for job quotas.
The Times reports that welders were at work Thursday on two modular buildings, each about the size of a double-wide trailer.
Company staff say 49 employees have been hired and MBI plans to hire about 150 more.
MBI sued the city in 2008 to enforce a contract giving it the first rights on the building after the former tenant, BeairdCo, left.
The city threatened MBI with eviction in June because production had not started.