Kongsberg Maritime has made a major investment in Louisiana with the purchase of approximately 5.2 acres for new construction on an 82,980 sq ft office and training facility.
Construction on the St. James Business Park property located on James Drive East in St. Rose, Louisiana is scheduled to begin this spring, Kongsberg announced.
“Despite a low oil price and a downturn in the offshore markets, we believe the market will bounce back as it always does. We believe in the future of the GOM offshore market, this is why we are now investing in a large Louisiana technical support center and a new training facility,” stated Kongsberg Maritime Inc. President, Jon Holvik. “Our regional customer base has grown significantly and it is important to continue to offer them the world’s best service facilities, close to their operation.”
The 3-story Class A building will be built on approximately 3 acres; the remaining acreage will be reserved for future expansion. The facility will include a 3,800 sq ft training center, expansive office space to accommodate the company’s staff to service vessels and offshore facilities in the region, a project department including a lab for Factory Acceptance Testing and a large lab area for internal training of Kongsberg service personnel.
“Kongsberg has a history of investing and innovating during hard times,” stated Holvik. “This building demonstrates Kongsberg’s long-term dedication to providing convenient, world-class products and services to our customers in the region.”