Louisiana is readying itself for a $200 million project at Port of Shreveport-Bossier, where a 200,000 ft2plant will produce metallic-coated and prepainted steel coil. The facility is to be constructed by Steelscape, a subsidiary of Grupo IMSA, headquartered in Kalama, Wash.

The plant, which will supply coils primarily to the construction and OEM markets in the United States and Canada, is expected to create up to 240 jobs.

Grupo IMSA's investment is the largest individual project launched at the Port of Shreveport-Bossier, slated to produce 500,000 tons of finished product per year when complete. The company will build the production facility in four stages on a 78-acre site. The first stage of production is expected to be operational by second quarter 2006. Steelscape operates plants in Washington, California and Alabama.