Business Report: The $50 billion boom
Paul Stratford spent a dozen years of his career working for ExxonMobil in Singapore. North American manufacturing was stagnant, and Southeast Asia was the place to be.
But two and a half years ago, he was named manager of ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge Chemical Plant, just in time to announce a $215 million expansion.
The reason? Baton Rouge is now the place to be.