2020 Lantern Awards Highlight Manufacturing Excellence In Louisiana

LED honors companies from across state for manufacturing quality and community service

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Louisiana Economic Development announced the 2020 Lantern Awards honoring exemplary manufacturing companies across the state. Lantern Award winners demonstrate excellence in manufacturing and outstanding service to their communities through the involvement of their businesses and employees. To safeguard personal health during the COVID-19 public health emergency, no in-person awards event will be staged in 2020. To formally recognize this year’s winners, LED Secretary Don Pierson will deliver Lantern Awards to the recipients in January.

“Manufacturing is the lifeblood of our economy,” Pierson said. “For over 40 years, Louisiana has formally recognized the tremendous value that manufacturing employers and their workforce bring to our communities. From civic involvement to the economic vitality that comes from well-paying jobs, manufacturing companies are the foundation of our success. During this challenging year of 2020, LED has steadfastly partnered with our elected officials, utilities and economic development organizations to provide the resources and support that our manufacturers need in order to thrive. These prestigious Lantern Awards recognize the ‘best-of-the-best’ of our Louisiana manufacturing companies.”

Lantern Award winners are selected by Louisiana’s Regional Planning and Development Districts, based on the contributions of the manufacturers to their communities, including investments in employment growth and facility expansion. Each business also must demonstrate sustainability by remaining in operation at least three years prior to the nomination.

The 2020 Lantern Award winners are:

Acadiana Region

  • ASH Industries Inc.
  • Lafayette

Bayou Region

  • Hanagriff’s Machine Shop
  • Centerville

Central Region

  • Kerotest Manufacturing Corp.
  • Mansura

Northeast Region

  • Panola Pepper Corp.
  • Lake Providence

Northwest Region

  • Ronpak Inc.
  • Shreveport

Southeast Region

  • Obatala Sciences Inc.
  • New Orleans

Southwest Region

  • Bayou Rum
  • Lacassine