A Lafayette business has been honored for manufacturing quality and community service by Louisiana Economic Development.
ASH Industries, Inc. received a 2020 Lantern Award, which honors exemplary manufacturing companies across the state. The company is a leader in the rapid mold making and thermoplastic injection molding industry, creating everything from medical and surgical devices to structural components for laser light shows, according to their website.
Lantern Award winners demonstrate excellence in manufacturing and outstanding service to their communities through the involvement of their businesses and employees.
Because of COVID-19, no in-person awards will be staged this year. Instead, LED Secretary Don Pierson will deliver the 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."
Winners are chosen 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 must also demonstrate sustainability by remaining in operation for at least three years prior to the nomination.
Award winners receive hand-crafted lanterns donated by Bevolo Gas & Electric Light of New Orleans. Since the awards launched in 1979, the program has recognized more than 300 manufacturing businesses across Louisiana.
This year's winners are:
ASH Industries Inc.
Hanagriff's Machine Shop
Kerotest Manufacturing Corp.
Panola Pepper Corp.
Obatala Sciences Inc.
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