Creating Jobs

States launch enterprise zones

The biggest thing in LeMoyen, La., used to be Baker's Stop and Shop, the general store that serves as a landmark along Route 71 for this impoverished rural community. With unemployment in St. Landry Parish at 15.3%, the job seekers among LeMoyen's few hundred residents have been lucky to find occasional farm work in the nearby soybean and rice fields. Now a huge $25 million plant is rising in an empty meadow across the road from Baker's. When it opens next April, the Martco plant will churn scraps from southern hardwoods into 130 million sq. ft. of...

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