Mar 18, 2013 6:36 PM by Chris Welty
The Town of Duson was once known as the town that cannot grow. Mayor Johnny Thibodeaux is looking to change that even creating the slogan "discover the new Duson."
"With the interstate being so close to the Town of Duson, we need to use the interstate because it's so heavily traveled," said Mayor Thibodeaux.
The town annexed 60 acres north of I-10. Progressive Waste is building a transfer station and repair shop for its trucks. Next door, a new Love's truck stop, casino, Wendy's and Chester's Chicken restaurants will open. In all, nearly one hundred new jobs will be created.
"Once you bring something with a good name like Love's, maybe some other companies will start heading our way or at least looking in our area," said Duson resident Kelli Trimm.
The mayor says this is only the beginning for the town of duson and he's looking forward to the next 20 years.
"Waffle House people have approached us, new hotels are looking towards the interstate. I think this is the beginning of something real great," said Thibodeaux.
Residents are welcoming the growth and look forward to job opportunities hoping the new boom will make people want to stay in town.
"We need that for our area and to bring some revenue to this part of the woods," said Trimm.
The Progressive Waste Transfer Station moving to Duson is the same company that Lafayette City-Parish Government blocked from developing in Lafayette off Sunbeam Lane.
Progressive Waste is now developing near I-10 in Duson in Acadia Parish's taxing district.