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Louisiana Weekly: Shell back in downtown New Orleans after five months

February 6, 2006
(AP) – About 250 employees of Shell Exploration & Production Co. returned to the firm's downtown New Orleans offices Monday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29.
Another 750 Shell employees will be back at the One Shell Square building during the week of February 20. Shell employs about 1,400 people in southeastern Louisiana, with most of the rest working offshore.
After Katrina struck, Shell ran its southeastern Louisiana operation from temporary offices in Robert, La., and Houston, Tx.
“These individuals and their jobs represent important contributions to the emerging economic recovery and its community fabric,” said Frank Glaviano, Shell's vice president for production in the Americas region.
As part of its coming home celebration, Shell donated $500,000 to address housing needs for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel.
Shell is a major white-collar employer in the New Orleans area, which has suffered from a shift of many oil production offices in recent years to consolidated locations in Houston.
“New Orleans has steadily been returning to business,” said Kurt Weigle, executive director of the Downtown Development District. “But the Shell return to One Shell Square is an exclamation point for us.”

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