It’s been a while since there’s been new construction on U.S. Highway 90 in Boutte, but a new building is underway for St. Charles Farm Bureau.
Office Manager Will Sirmon said the location, including the $475,000 construction of a new office building, represents nearly 50 years of Farm Bureau doing business in St. Charles Parish.
Scheduled to open in October, the office will have three agents, two claims adjusters and three administrative assistants, Sirmon said.
“We’re grassroots in our parish,” he said. “We’ve been here 40 to 50 years. We’re homegrown and all the agents are from here.”
The 3,960 square-foot building is the property of Farm Bureau, which was funded by Farm Bureau Bank, he said.
“If it hadn’t been for Farm Bureau Bank, we couldn’t have pulled this off,” Sirmon said of the project. “If you don’t have a ton of cash you can’t bring a business in this area,” he said. “I was shocked.”
Sirmon also had owned the land for the office since 2002.
“It’s a great location because it’s the last thing you see when you leave that high traffic area,” he said. “And heading out, it’s one of the first things you see when you come into the area.”