Paychex has announced an expansion of the company’s operations in Baton Rouge, La. that will create a total of nearly 200 new jobs for the Capital Region and surrounding areas.
In February last year, the company relocated to a 14,000-square-foot office in anticipation of the Baton Rouge expansion. The facility serves as both a local office and as one of the company’s regional service centers.
Paychex has now announced that the expansion will include retention of 60 jobs and creation of 100 new direct jobs at its Baton Rouge location over the next five years. These are jobs with an average annual salary of $32,000, plus benefits.
Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in 97 new indirect jobs, for a total of nearly 200 new jobs for the region. Paychex also operates an office in New Orleans, as part of a network of more than 100 office locations across the U.S. All told, the company has more than 13,000 employees, including 130 located in Louisiana.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement that “The Paychex expansion will result in great new jobs for the people of the Capital Region, ensuring they can have a great career in the place they call home.”
Paychex Senior Vice President of Service John Gibson explained why they chose Baton Rouge for the expansion. “Baton Rouge has proven to be a great location for us to support our clients and the continued growth of Paychex,” said Gibson. “The access to a high-quality workforce and the support of the local and state governments makes this an ideal location for this expansion.”
In order to secure the expansion for East Baton Rouge Parish, the state offered a competitive incentive package that includes the services of LED FastStart, the state’s workforce development program. Paychex is also expected to utilize incentives under Louisiana’s Quality Jobs Program.
Adam Knapp, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, said in the release that this announcement is illustrative of the value that professional service firms see in doing national business out of an operations base in the Capital Region.
Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden added that “I’m thrilled that Paychex, with its large corporate footprint nationwide, has chosen to expand its operations right here in East Baton Rouge Parish.”
Rochester, NY-based Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, HR, retirement, and insurance services. The company serves approximately 590,000 payroll clients across 100 locations and pays one out of every 15 American private-sector employees.