Shreveport business honored at 43rd Annual Lantern Awards

Maxim Watermakers in Shreveport was honored for the Northwest Region of Louisiana at the 43rd Annual Lantern Awards.

Maxim Watermakers develops water treatment technologies that meet the needs of the industry. They work with clients to provide solutions for water-related needs, both offshore & onshore.  

Louisiana Economic Development created the Lantern Awards in 1979 to recognize excellence in manufacturing and exemplary public service from businesses and employees to their local communities.

“In 2021, Louisiana manufacturers rallied their employees and their communities to continue moving forward in the face of unprecedented challenges,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “In every region of our state, these honored manufacturers have distinguished themselves by combining business acumen and community partnership in extraordinary ways. I’m proud to recognize them with Lantern Awards, one of LED’s highest honors, as they are a shining example for all businesses in our state.”

Lantern Award recipients are selected by Louisiana’s Regional Planning and Development Districts, based on the overall contribution of the manufacturers to their communities, including investments in employment growth and facility expansions as well as public service activities with employee participation. Honorees must have been in operation at least three years prior to their nomination to demonstrate sustainability.

The full list of 2021 Lantern Award winners include:

  • Acadiana Region: Cane River Pecan Company, New Iberia
  • Capital Region: Mezzo Technologies, Baton Rouge
  • Central Region: AFCO Industries, Alexandria
  • Northeast Region: Skyjacker Suspensions, West Monroe
  • Northwest Region: Maxim Watermakers, Shreveport
  • Southeast Region: Oracle Lighting, Avondale
  • Southwest Region: Carboline, Lake Charles

More than 330 Louisiana manufacturing businesses have received Lantern Awards since the program’s inception. LED’s program partners include the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and the Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts.

Since 1992, award-winners have received lanterns handcrafted by Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights of New Orleans. The ceremony also included special recognition of Bevolo’s 30 years in support of the program with this annual donation of iconic lanterns. Bevolo is the oldest and largest copper gas lantern manufacturer in the U.S., and the second-oldest in the world.

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Paul Savage, Jr.

Paul Savage, Jr. is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana and is the owner, founder, & designer of Savage Creative Solutions. Savage Creative Solutions is a full-service, integrated marketing agency headquartered in Shreveport, LA with a growing national footprint across multiple industries. Savage is a local marketing and communication professional, entrepreneur, and accomplished author. His debut memoir, "Diary of A Testicular Cancer Survivor," has been featured on Amazon's best-seller list.

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