Alliance Compressors of Natchitoches earned Louisiana Economic Development’s prestigious Lantern Award, an annual honor given to businesses that demonstrate excellence in manufacturing and outstanding service to their communities through the involvement of their businesses and employees.
Alliance, along with Southern Designs of Vidalia, were among only eight businesses receiving a 2018 Lantern. The eight were honored June 5 during a private reception at the Governor’s Mansion. Also at the Lantern Awards ceremony, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center was honored by the Louisiana Quality Foundation as a Louisiana Performance Excellence Award winner.
Lantern Award winners are selected by Louisiana’s eight 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.
Jim Clinton, president of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, said the honors prove Central Louisiana is a great place to start a business and make a living.
“Attracting new manufacturers and growing the existing base of manufacturers is a top priority for CLEDA, and Central Louisiana is particularly well-positioned as a great location for smart, efficient, profitable and growing manufacturers,” Clinton said. “Manufacturing jobs are considered to be economic drivers, jobs that export goods and services from the region while importing dollars from outside the region. This imported cash from outside the region will create demand for more and more services in the region and grow service-oriented jobs as well.”
Alliance Compressors is a world-class manufacturing operation that produces the scroll compressor, a top-of-the-line product for the heating and air conditioning industry. Alliance won the 2015 Emerson President’s Operational Excellence Award and the 2016 Emerson COO’s Safety Award. Alliance provides over 600 jobs to residents of Natchitoches and the surrounding areas.
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Pictured above: Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson presents Ken Gardner, left, and Craig Casky, right, with the 2018 Lantern Award as the Outstanding Manufacturer in Northwest Louisiana. The Natchitoches Parish facility, which supports over 600 area jobs, has seen more than $150 million of investment over the past two decades. Alliance Compressors is a joint venture of three industrial companies — Emerson, Ingersoll Rand, and Lenox Industries — with scroll compressors manufactured to exacting standards for Trane and Lennox HVAC systems.