GBRIA Recognizes High Schools at Craft Workforce Development Excellence Awards

BATON ROUGE, LA – Sept. 10, 2015: The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, Inc. (GBRIA) recognized high schools in addition to announcing winners of its Eighth Annual Craft Workforce Development Excellence Awards. GBRIA presented the awards at a banquet on September 10 at Renaissance Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, LA.

Approximately 300 guests attended the event where Dr. Monty Sullivan, President of the Louisiana Technical Colleges System (LCTCS), addressed the group about the importance of strengthening our workforce together.

New this year, GBRIA awarded recognition to high schools for demonstrating an outstanding job of teaching and promoting career and technical education classes related to construction as an Associated Builders and Contractors, Pelican Chapter’s “High School Program Partner”. Recipients of the awards as GBRIA High School Craft Workforce Development Champions include: Livonia High School, St. James Career Center, Central High School, Maurepas High School, Denham Springs High School, Louisiana School for the Agricultural Sciences (LASAS), Zachary High School and Walker High School.

The following individuals were also presented awards as GBRIA Craft Education Champions for their extraordinary efforts of achievement in the past year to develop or promote educational programs and curriculum that meet industry needs: Billy Doiron, Welding, Ag. Science, Carpentry and Electrical Instructor at Live Oak High School; Davis Rayburn, Welding Instructor at Zachary High School; Mandy Delaune, Ag. Science, Carpentry and Welding Instructor at St. Amant High School; Randy Jarreau, Welding Instructor at Livonia High School and Roger Ball, Welding Instructor at Central High School.

Next, the awards program recognized industrial construction and maintenance contract companies who invest in workforce development programs that include recruitment, assessment, training, career path development and retention of employees.

The nominating plants included: Axiall, BASF, The Dow Chemical Company, Eco Services, ExxonMobil, Formosa Plastics, Honeywell PMT, Marathon Petroleum, Motiva Enterprises, PCS Nitrogen, Shell Chemical and Westlake Chemical.

The following companies received Craft Workforce Development awards. In the category of General Construction & Maintenance, in the Division II Size Category, Excel received the Award of Excellence. Primoris Services Corporation and Cajun Industries earned Awards of Merit. An Award of Recognition was presented to JVIC. For the Division III Size Category, Performance Contractors, Inc. and Turner Industries Group, LLC earned Awards of Excellence and the Award of Merit was presented to Jacobs Field Services North America.

In the category of Specialty Trade (Soft Craft), in the Division I Size Category, Global Industrial Contractors and Axion Logistics earned Awards of Recognition. In the Division III Size Category, Brand Energy Solutions earned the Award of Excellence. The Brock Group was presented the Award of Merit and Excel Modular Scaffolding received the Award of Recognition.

In the category of Specialty Trade (Hard Craft), in the Division I Size Category, Westgate and Vector Electric & Controls earned Awards of Merit. In the Division II Size Category, Pala Interstate and Triad Electric & Controls earned Awards of Excellence. In the Division III Size Category, ISC Constructors and Turner Specialty Services received Awards of Excellence and MMR Constructors received an Award of Merit.

In the category of Technical Support, in the Division II Size Category, Capitol Ultrasonics, LLC earned an Award of Excellence and GE Water & Process Technologies received the Award of Merit.

GBRIA also presented prestigious individual awards to individuals who take valuable time out from their normal work days to drive efforts and participate as volunteers with associations, state agencies and other organizations for the benefit of all. The following individuals were presented awards as GBRIA Craft Workforce Development Champions: members of the Industrial Scaffolding Committee and Matthew Campbell, Director of Workforce Development, Pelican Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors.

Lastly, the award of GBRIA Craft Workforce Development Most Valuable Plant was presented to ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil not only submitted the most nominations for both GBRIA’s Workforce Development Awards, but also for GBRIA’s Safety Awards. The company has shown extraordinary commitment to craft workforce development by implementing intense apprenticeship programs, implementing GBRIA’s Tenets of Contractor Workforce Development and auditing many of its contractors with the GBRIA Contractor PSM Audit Program, and has been the key drive of the North Baton Rouge Training Initiative.

A special GBRIA Craft Workforce Development Champion Most Valuable Player award was presented to Steve Welch with Occidental Chemical Corporation, for his volunteer efforts with GBRIA.

Pictures of the event can be found on the News tab of GBRIA’s website in the Photo Album Other links to the evening’s presentations and information on the awards can be found on the News tab’s Blog.

Contact Jessica Brouillette, Communications and Research Manager
Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, Inc.
5800 One Perkins Place Dr., Suite 5-A
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 769-0596 office, (225) 454-4244 mobile