16th Annual Craft Workforce Development Awards Program

About the Awards Program

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: General Construction & Maintenance; Civil and Structural Contractors; Specialty Trade Hard Craft; Specialty Trade Soft Craft; Technical Support; Other Specialty Contractors; 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.

2023 Award Recipients

High-School Awards

Award of Recognition

Central High School

Istrouma High School

Joseph A. Cuillier Career Center

Scotlandville High School

Plaquemine High School

Award of Merit

Northeast High School

St. Amant High School

Walker High School

Award of Excellence:

Albany High School

Dutchtown High School

East Ascension High School

East Baton Rouge Career and Technical Education Center

Live Oak High School

West Feliciana High School

Post-Secondary Awards

Award of Recognition:

River Parishes Community College Westside Campus

Award of Merit

Associated Builders and Contractors, New Orleans Bayou Chapter

Baton Rouge Community College

LSU Online and Continuing Education

Award of Excellence:

The Alliance Safety Council

The Associated Builders and Contractors, Pelican Chapter

Contractor Awards

General Construction & Maintenance

Award of Merit:

Action Industries, Inc.

Brown & Root Industrial Services

Performance Contractors

Zachry Group

Award of Excellence:

Cajun Industries


Turner Industries Group


Specialty Trade (Hard Craft)

Award of Excellence:

ISC Constructors

MMR Group

Triad Electric and Controls


Specialty Contractors

Award of Recognition

Acuren Inspection

Total Safety

Award of Merit:

Moore Industries


Precision Welding Testing and Training

Award of Excellence:


Turner Specialty Services

Best of Division

Division I: 

Triad Electric and Controls

Division II:

ISC Constructors

Division III: 

Turner Industries Group LLC

Champion Awards

Dr. Paul Theriot, West Feliciana High School

Richard Todd, ExxonMobil and BRCC

Hall of Fame Inductees

Glen Redd, Triad Electric and Controls

Roland Toups, Turner Industries Group

Banquet Details

Thursday, August 31, 2023
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Renaissance Baton Rouge
7000 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, La. 70810

What’s in it for you?

  1. Gain a better understanding of industrial craft workforce development efforts in the Greater Baton Rouge area, from high school through college, and the effectiveness of the cents/hour training program(s); 
  2. Benchmark craft workforce development efforts and compare to others in the area (all data is kept confidential, and no company is identified or identifiable from the report data); 
  3. Improve cents/hour craft training donation/collection efforts (ABC, union, NCCER or others); 
  4. Win a GBRIA Craft Workforce Development Award. Contractors, individuals, post-secondary and high schools will be eligible to receive awards and recognition.


GBRIA member companies may nominate any contractor falling into the categories listed below whose services they are currently using or have used in the last year. Contractors may ask plants to nominate them or may self-nominate. High Schools and Post-Secondary Institutions can like wise solicit nominations and/or self-nominate. Champions are eligible based upon a nomination submission by a GBRIA member, contractor or via self-nomination.

Criteria for Nomination Evaluation

The GBRIA Craft Workforce Development Awards Selection Committee (participation on the committee is open to all GBRIA members, i.e., plants/facilities) will consider nominees as eligible based on a complete nomination, which includes an online submission as well as completion of an interview.

Award Categories

Workforce Development Awards will be presented to qualified recipients based on the type of work and size of their company. Nominees may fall into the following type of categories:

A) General Construction & Maintenance

B) Civil and Structural Contractors (including iron work, infrastructure, and heavy work)

C) Specialty Trade Hard Craft (including millwright, pipefitter, etc.)

D) Specialty Trade Soft Craft (including insulation, painting, scaffolding, etc.)

E) Technical Support (including non-destructive testing, boilermakers, environmental, etc.)

F) Other Specialty Contractors not otherwise categorized 

G) Champions – may be presented at the discretion of the committee to educators, post- secondary institutions or other individuals or organizations who have demonstrated special initiatives or accomplishments in craft workforce development.

Nominees may fall into the following size categories:

A) Division I
B) Division II
C) Division III

The size categories are based on the total hours worked company wide. The GBRIA Award Selection Committee will determine what size category a company falls in after all nominations are received. Awards will be presented in each category.

Contractors who complete the nomination process will receive a percentage score based on their benchmarking application and workforce development program evaluation by GBRIA’s Contractor Workforce Development Committee. Based on their scores, each contractor will receive an Award of Excellence, Award of Merit or Award of Recognition. GBRIA will also present a Best of Division Award to the highest scoring contractor company in each division size.

Award Program Timeline

April 13, 2023

May 5, 2023

June 1, 2023

June 16, 2023

July (multiple dates)

August 1, 2023

August 31, 2023

September 7, 2023

Nominations Open

Nominations Close

High School Applications Due

Contractor & Post-Secondary Applications Due

Nominee Interviews

GBRIA CWD Selection Committee Meeting

Awards Banquet

Benchmarking Report Release

Craft Workforce


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
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