LAFAYETTE – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today helped announce that Ochsner Health and Trax Development have launched SafeSource Direct, LLC, which will have two facilities in Broussard that manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in the United States. The Senator was joined by Governor John Bel Edwards, Lafayette Parish President Josh Guillory, St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars and Broussard Mayor Ray Bourque.
“The pandemic showed that America needs to make PPE in the United States,” said Dr. Cassidy. “SafeSource Direct does this while creating jobs in Louisiana. This is a win for Louisiana and the United States.”
Dr. Cassidy was also joined by Ochsner and SafeSource officials, including Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas.
“SafeSource Direct, in partnership with Ochsner Health, will create jobs and position Louisiana as a national leader in the production of high-quality and reliable PPE,” said Mr. Thomas. “We are grateful for Senator Cassidy’s support and, especially, his leadership in strengthening the U.S. supply chain for healthcare.”
SafeSource’s two facilities will be located in Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes. The Lafayette Parish facility will create 245 new direct jobs and result in 199 indirect jobs. The St. Martin Parish facility will employ 976 employees, and result in 793 indirect jobs. About $150 million will be invested in the region as a result of these facilities.