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Shreveport working with company to lease former BeardCo. plant

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SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) - Shreveport officials say a company that makes explosion-resistant modular buildings wants to lease the former BeairdCo. plant and has agreed to give preference to former BeairdCo. workers.

The proposed lease with MB Industries of Rayne will be up for a City Council vote on Jan. 13.

Milo Nickel, president of MBI Global's international division, says that if the council approves and the fire inspector OKs the facility, MBI can begin staffing right away.

Shreveport's interim chief administrative officer, Dale Sibley, says both sides agree on all the major point, and lawyers are now working on the wording.

MBI makes buildings used to protect diplomats and North Atlantic Treaty Organization representatives in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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