Craft Workforce Development Awards

September 19, 2019 | Marriott Baton Rouge






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 and contract workforce

2019 School Nominees

Albany High School

Alliance Safety Council

Associated Builders & Contractors Pelican Chapter

Baton Rouge Community College

Broadmoor High School

Central High School

Denham Springs High School

Donaldsonville High School

Doyle High School

Dutchtown High School

East Ascension High School

Holden High School

Live Oak High School

LSU Digital and Continuing Education

Maurepas High School

Plaquemine High School

River Parishes Community College

Springfield High School

St. Amant High School

St. James Career & Technical Center

West Feliciana High School

Zachary High School

2019 Contractor Nominees

Action Industries


Barriere Construction


Brown & Root

Cajun Industries

Clean Harbors

Deep South Crane & Rigging


Excel Modular Scaffold

Hydrochem PSC

ISC Constructors

MMR Constructors

NextGen Scaffolding

PALA Interstate

Performance Contractors

Premium Inspection & Testing Capitol Division

Primoris Service Corporation


Total Safety

Triad Electric

Turner Industries

Turner Specialty Services

US Securities

Volks Constructors

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 April 16, 2019. Schools are encouraged to seek nominations from contractors, industrial sites, or may self-nominate.

Nominations are due by May 16, 2019

Associated Builders & Contractors Partner Schools

Craft Workforce


A call for nominations of GBRIA area contractors will take place May 27, 2019. Contractors are encouraged to seek nominations from industrial sites or may self-nominate.

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

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