The St. Mary Sugar Co-op is located in Jeaneratte, LA. This mill produces three million pounds of cane sugar per day on average & fourteen thousand tons of cane per day! There are only eleven mills left in Louisiana but it is not because we are producing less sugar but because of new technology and consolidation that has Louisiana actually producing record amounts of sugar cane than ever before. The mill runs completely on a by-product called bagasse, which is the fiber stalk part of the cane; otherwise this part would be thrown but instead they boil it to make steam that in return runs the whole mill! In the season of sugar cane the mill and its workers work 24/7 with no days off to produce all the crop that is in our area. The off season is mainly cleaning, inspecting, & repairing all the equipment and machinery. Watch the video with the link below in a personal tour given by David Thibodeaux , the General Manager of the mill as he shows the ends and outs of the whole process.
Watch an interview with General Manager David Thibodeaux, and the tour he gives that shows all the behind scene of how they turn cane into sugar.