Feb 08, 2023

Seven Louisiana Companies to Receive 44th Annual Lantern Awards


Manufacturers from across the state will be recognized for community service and business excellence at Feb. 8 ceremony

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana manufacturers that combine business success with exceptional community service will be honored as recipients of the 44th annual Lantern Awards during a private reception at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Louisiana Economic Development created the Lantern Awards in 1979 to recognize excellence in manufacturing and exemplary public service from businesses and employees to their local communities.

“In 2022, Louisiana manufacturers and their employees contributed mightily to the resurgence of our state’s economy and the resilience of our communities,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “In the north and south, east and west, and central regions of Louisiana, these honored manufacturers have distinguished themselves by combining business acumen and community service. I’m proud to recognize them with Lantern Awards, one of LED’s highest honors, as they are a shining example for all businesses in our state.”

Lantern Award recipients are selected by Louisiana’s Regional Planning and Development Districts, based on the overall contribution of the manufacturers to their communities, including investments in employment growth and facility expansions as well as public service activities with employee participation. Honorees must have been in operation at least three years prior to their nomination to demonstrate sustainability.

The 2022 Lantern Award winners are:

  • Acadiana Region: D&T Crawfish, Abbeville
  • Capital Region: Swamp Dragon LLC, Baton Rouge
  • Central Region: Drax Biomass, Urania
  • Northeast Region: WestRock, Hodge
  • South-Central: Cospolich, Destrehan
  • Southeast Region: MECO, Mandeville
  • Southwest Region: Ingevity, DeRidder

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