Gov. Bobby Jindal arrived at Camp Minden today to announce that hundreds of new jobs are coming to Northwestern Louisiana.

 The governor said that defense contractor Tiburon Associates Inc. will create 350 jobs and open a maintenance overhaul facility for transport vehilces at Camp Minden.

Jindal spoke to a crowded room of members of the Louisiana National Guard and the media as well as local and state politicians.

"Louisiana is ranked in the top 10 in the country for our business climate..Southern Business Development has named Louisiana the State of the Year three years in a row," Jindal said.

Louisiana is out performing the nation and the region because of the fact we've cut our taxes, because we've got the most talented, skilled, trained workers you'll find anywhere and because we continue to work hard everyday to make Louisiana THE best place to create a business and to create jobs and to raise a family.

The tranport vehicles are used to move military equipment and personnel to the battlefront, Jindal said. He said the project will result in 577 indirect jobs, for a total of more than 900 new direct and indirect jobs in the regional economy.

Camp Minden already is home to some 13 contractors.  Tiburon Associates plans to hire 40 workers in August as it begins operations with the reconditioning of heavy-duty trailers from the Red River Army Depot. Tiburon's employment will reach 100 by the end of 2012 and it will increase its jobs at Camp Minden to 350 in the next three to five years.