Craft Workforce Development Awards

September 16, 2021


The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, Inc. (GBRIA) Craft Workforce Development Awards acts as both an awards and benchmarking program. This program was developed in 2007 through a joint effort of GBRIA’s Contractor Workforce Development Committee, Board of Directors and local contractors. The program has been designed to promote best practices to improve the skills and retention of craft personnel in the region and to recognize and reward contractors, member plants, schools, educators and other individuals who contribute to recruitment, assessment, training, career path education and retention efforts. GBRIA’s Craft Workforce Development Awards offers awards for the following groups: Mechanical and Electrical Contractors; Civil and Structural Contractors; other Specialty Contractors; Industrial Plants/Facilities; High Schools and Individual Champions. These awards support one of GBRIA’s strategic objectives to ensure access to a competitive and skilled company & contract workforce.

Craft Workforce


A call for nominations of GBRIA area contractors took place on April 13, 2020. Nominations for contractors closed on May 11, 2020. 

Chris Newton, Cajun Industries accepts the Craft Workforce Development Excellence Award presented by Steve Welch, Oxychem on behalf of GBRIA

2020 Contractor Nominees

Action Industries

Acuren Inspection

Barriere Construction

Bengal Crane & Rigging

Brand Safway

Brock Group

Brown & Root

Cajun Industries

Clean Harbors

Deep South Crane & Rigging


Excel Modular Scaffold

Hoist & Crane


Industrial Cooling Towers


Johnnson Controls


Maxim Cranes

Midwest cooling Towers


Pala Group

Performance Contractors


Premium Inspection & Testing

PSC Logistics

Primoris Services Corp.




Team Industrial

Trade Construction


Turner Industries Group

Turner Specialty Services

Universal Plant Services


Westgate LLC


Zachry Group

Craft Workforce

High Schools and
Post-Secondary Institutions

A call for nominations of high schools and post-secondary schools took place May 18, 2020

Associated Builders & Contractors Partner Schools

2020 School Nominees

Albany High School

Associated Builders & Contractors Pelican Chapter

Baton Rouge Community College

Donaldsonville High School

Dutchtown High School

East Ascension High School

French Settlement High School

Holden High School

La. School for Agricultural Sciences

Live Oak High School

Livonia High School

LSU Continuing Education

River Parishes Community College

St. Amant High School

St. James Career & Tech Center

Walker High School

West Feliciana High School

Zachary High School

Craft Workforce


Nominate a Champion!

This award is presented at the discretion of the committee to GBRIA Member Facilities, Educators, Post-secondary institutions, Individuals or Organizations who have demonstrated special initiatives or accomplishments in craft workforce development.

To nominate a GBRIA Member Facility, plants may self-nominate, receive a nomination or will be considered for nomination upon a nomination submission for a contractor or high school. If nominating a plant for a champion award, please consider the following:

  • The quality of their descriptions of contractors (i.e. the plants’ involvement in fostering craft workforce development at the site
  • The number of contractors submitted for awards, both workforce and safety
  • Participation of plant employees on GBRIA committees
  • External information about the company’s efforts with area schools such as donations, tutoring, mentoring programs, etc.
  • Participation and representation in GBRIA’s 4 major events.
  • Participation in ABC’s, union, NCCER or other cents/hour training funding program.

To nominate an educator, post-secondary institution, individual or organization, submit the nomination form. If nominating a champion, please consider the following:

  • An accomplishment in his/her field, i.e. an educator
  • Lifetime/career accomplishment
  • Accomplishment of something innovative or large in scope

The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance (GBRIA) is a trade association, 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization with a membership of 60+ industrial facilities in the Greater Baton Rouge Region.

8555 United Plaza Blvd., Suite 202, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809

(225) 769-0596

GBRIA’s mission is to drive solutions to common issues with an emphasis on Safety Performance and Workforce Development