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Swiss Investments Help Keep Louisiana No. 1 in Per Capita FDI

Agribusiness, IT and hospitality – these are just a few of the industries that Swiss companies have invested in across Louisiana, creating an outsized impact on the state. 

NOTABLE SWISS INVESTMENT IN LOUISIANA

  • Asea Brown Boveri (ABB Inc.) – Power and automation technology group, $4.40 million investment
  • SGS North America Inc. and SGS Petroleum Service Corporation – Manufacturing facility service & inspection  
  • Weatherford International – Oilfield & natural gas services and equipment 
  • Viking Cruises
    In February 2015, Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the selection of New Orleans, Louisiana, as the homeport for Viking River Cruises’ first North American river cruise itineraries. The Mississippi River cruises will operate from docking facilities near the French Quarter in New Orleans. Viking’s new service will result in the creation of 416 new direct jobs for Louisiana-based operations and vessel crews, with an average salary of $40,000, plus benefits; and Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 368 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 780 new jobs in the Southeast Region of the state. Plans call for the construction of six new vessels at an estimated cost of $90 million to $100 million per vessel, all of which will be built in U.S. shipyards and crewed by U.S. citizens.
“The Viking team is very proud to partner with the State of Louisiana… We know our passengers will enjoy the rich history, culture and cuisine of all the great cities and towns along the Mississippi River. ” 

Torstein Hagen
Chairman, Viking Cruises

Trade Between Switzerland and Louisiana 

EXPORTS TO SWITZERLAND

Petroleum & Coal Products $12.4 million
Chemicals $8.25 million
Machinery $3.53 million
Other $2.90 million

Total

$27.1 million



IMPORTS FROM SWITZERLAND

Chemicals $227.5 million 
Fabricated Metal Products $7.4 million
Machinery $3.5 million
Other $6.1 million

Total

$244.6 million


LOUISIANA REPRESENTATION IN SWITZERLAND

Louisiana has a local representative, Geert Hovens, operating in Switzerland. If you would like to reach him, email geert.hovens@la.gov or call +31 478 50 81 65.

CULTURAL TIES AND RESOURCES

Honorary Consul: Alexandra Mora
322 Lafayette Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Tel: 504.566.0233
neworleans@honrep.ch

Founded in 1855, the Swiss American Society of New Orleans is one of the oldest Swiss organizations in the United States. The Society promotes friendship, history, learning, and Swiss culture for ex-patriots, descendants, and anyone with an interest in Switzerland. Learn more here. 


Switzerland’s Zurich Insurance Group is the marquee sponsor of Louisiana’s premier golf tournament, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Learn more here.