LED honors area manufacturers

The best manufacturing companies in Louisiana were awarded the 2013 Lantern Awards during a private reception Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion.

The awards are presented to businesses in each of the state’s Regional Planning and Development Districts who demonstrate excellence in manufacturing and outstanding service to their communities.

Area Lantern Award winners were:

MORAN PRINTING INC.: The 130-year-old Baton Rouge company won in the capital region. It operates a large commercial and digital printing facility and a warehousing and distribution center off Florida Boulevard.

BIG EASY BLENDS: The 6-year-old New Orleans company won in the southeast region. It sells premixed cocktails in pouches — sort of like a juice box for adults — designed for sipping on the beach or by the pool.

HIGH TECH COMPONENTS INC.: The 26-year-old Broussard business won in the Acadiana region. It manufactures, repairs and stocks components for the petrochemical industry.

DOW CHEMICAL CO.: Its St. Charles Operations in Hahnville won in the bayou region. The 47-year-old petrochemical manufacturing complex makes products that go into thousands of household, consumer and business items, from plastics and insecticides, to jet fuel and toothpaste.

Louisiana Economic Development introduced the Lantern Awards in 1979. Award winners receive lanterns handcrafted and donated by Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights of New Orleans, the oldest and largest copper gas lantern manufacturer in the U.S.