Heritage, History and Milestones
Billeaud Companies has a long, proud history as a family-owned and family-operated business.
What began more than 140 years ago as a sugar mill and plantation has evolved into one of South Louisiana’s most respected commercial real estate development firms. Along the way, many generations of Billeaud family members have shown an unwavering commitment to the responsible use of land resources and personal involvement in building a better community.
Pierre Jean Billeaud arrives from France to Louisiana.
Martial Billeaud, Pierre’s son, brings new stalks of sugar cane to the area, builds a mill and begins buying land to start a sugar cane business.
Martial Billeaud sells the business to his children, which they incorporate into Billeaud Sugar Factory Inc.
Company restructures as stakeholders contribute their farmland into Billeaud Planters Inc.
Protective federal legislation for sugar cane ends, forcing Billeaud Planters Inc to downsize.
Company explores commercial real estate, where company leaders felt sure they would one day reap benefits in Lafayette Parish.
Company reaps last sugar harvest. Charles Henri Billeaud is last general manger to run the sugar mill before transitioning into a real estate company.
Stockholders vote to discontinue mill operations and develop sugar properties. Company refocuses efforts on commercial real estate.
Billeaud Companies develops its first of many Residential Subdivisions on Sugar Factory Property, Sundown Place in Broussard.
Billeaud Companies develops “Sugar Mill Industrial Park” near the intersection of US Hwy 90 and St Nazaire Rd.
Bayou Tortue Oil Well Blow Out and oil discovery on Billeaud Sugar Factory Property.
James “Tex” Plumley begins service as president of Billeaud Companies. Company breaks into the Lafayette office real estate market.
Billeaud Companies Purchases its first Commercial Office Building Complex, Pinhook Office Courts in Lafayette.
Billeaud Companies purchases one of the most premier properties in its commercial real estate portfolio, 900 South College.
Billeaud Companies purchases Saloom III office building on Kaliste Saloom Rd, adding another premier office property to its growing commercial real estate portfolio.
In partnership, Celebrity Theatres locates on land owned by Billeaud Companies, Broussard’s first multi-screen theater complex. This development contributed to the quick development of the Broussard Retail Corridor along US Hwy 90.
Billeaud Companies sells acreage for the location of Walmart and Home Depot and develops ourparcels for Raising Canes, Smoothie King, Verizon, Rotolo’s and others. This large scale commercial development dramatically transforms the economic footprint of Broussard and puts the US Hwy 90 and St Nazaire Retail Corridor on the map.
May 17, 2014
Billeaud Companies celebrates 100 years in business.
Steven P. Hebert takes over as CEO of Billeaud Companies.