Awarded 2022 Louisiana Lantern Award
As Shown L to R: Emily Whitfield, Brian Whitfield, Mark Whitfield, Cindy Whitfield, Lori Hutchins, Chris Hutchins, Matt Jewell & Corey Faucheux
Louisiana Economic Development announced the 2022 Lantern Award winners, which go to companies around the state that demonstrate excellence in manufacturing.
Lantern Award honorees are selected 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 also must demonstrate sustainability by remaining in operation at least three years prior to the nomination.
“In 2022, Louisiana manufacturers and their employees contributed mightily to the resurgence of our state’s economy and the resilience of our communities,” Don Pierson, LED secretary said in a statement. “In the north and south, east and west, and central regions of Louisiana, these honored manufacturers have distinguished themselves by combining business acumen and community service."
Since LED launched the Lantern Awards in 1979, the program has recognized more than 330 Louisiana manufacturing businesses. LED’s program partners include the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and the Louisiana Quality Foundation.
“It was an honor to witness the Cospolich team accept this award, and I applaud them on their continued success as an industry leader in manufacturing,” said St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell. “I look forward to the completion of the company’s current expansion and the investment in St. Charles Parish and thank them for their outstanding corporate citizenship.”
Cospolich is honored to be a recipient of the Lantern Award. The imagery of the lantern is particularly pertinent to Cospolich because lanterns light the way, and Cospolich, having been in business for over 85 years and an industry leader, has worked hard to expand their product line, taken advantage of opportunity development, and planned for business growth while enhancing employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled laborers.
"Within the course of business, there sometime arrives the unexpected, in this instance the recognition by Louisiana Economic Development as the recipient of the annual Lantern award. Specific to manufacturers, it recognizes businesses who stand out in performance and sustained growth within the state. Additionally, we wish to acknowledge the encouragement of St Charles Parish President Matt Jewell, as well as, Director of Economic Development, Corey Faucheux. Each continue providing resources beneficial to our expansion program. We are thankful to all within St Charles Parish whose efforts support ours," commented Mark Whitfield, President of Cospolich.