Gov. John Bel Edwards and President Frederick Lafleur of Savoie’s Sausage and Food Products Inc. announced today, a $12.7 million expansion of the company’s food production facility in St. Landry Parish near Opelousas.

The expansion will broaden the company's distribution area and bring Cajun-style sausage and other food products to a wider region.

The project includes construction of a 41,000-square-foot facility and installation of new production equipment.

The larger facility will enable Savoie’s to nearly double its production.

Savoie’s will retain 100 employees and create five new direct jobs.

The new jobs will provide an average annual salary of $40,000, plus benefits, and Louisiana Economic Development estimates the expansion will result in 11 new indirect jobs, for a total of 16 new jobs in St. Landry Parish.

The project also will generate an estimated 172 construction jobs in St. Landry Parish.

Construction will start in January 2020 with an estimated completion by August 2020.

Commercial operations in the new facility are expected to begin in September 2020.