The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance Inc. announced the winners of its Seventh Annual Craft Workforce Development Excellence Awards, recognizing contractors who invest in workforce development programs that include recruitment, assessment, training, career path development and retention of employees.

The GBRIA Craft Workforce Development Most Valuable Plant award was presented to BASF Corp. and The Dow Chemical Co.-Louisiana. Operations.

Other award winners by category and size division are:

  • General Construction & Maintenance: Division II Award of Merit to Excel and Awards of Recognition to James Construction Group and Repcon Inc. Division III Awards of Excellence to Performance Contractors Inc. and Turner Industries Group LLC and Awards of Merit to CB&I and Jacobs Field Services North America.
  • Specialty Trade-Soft Craft: Division I Award of Merit to Global Industrial Contractors and Awards of Recognition to Maintenance Protection Systems Inc., Star Service Inc. and Veolia ES Industrial Services. Division III Award of Excellence to United States Environmental and Awards of Merit to Brand Energy Solutions, HydroChem and The Brock Group.
  • Specialty Trade-Hard Craft: Division II Awards of Merit to Triad Electric & Controls and Vector Electric & Controls Inc. and Award of Recognition to Westgate LLC. Division III Awards of Excellence to ISC Constructors LLC and Turner Specialty Services and Award of Merit to PALA Interstate LLC.
  • Technical Support: Division II Award of Excellence to Capital Ultrasonics LLC; Awards of Merit to GE Water & Process Technologies and Industrial Emergency Services LLC; and Award of Recognition to Acuren Inspection Inc.
  • GBRIA also presented awards to individuals who dedicate time as volunteers with associations, state agencies and other organizations. GBRIA Craft Workforce Development Champions are Dayne “Chopper” Bonvillain, operations manager at Capitol Ultrasonics LLC; Alan Smith, contractor safety specialist at BASF Corp.; and Don Stewart, Louisiana region safety manager at HydroChem Industrial Services Inc.
  • GBRIA Craft Education Champions awards went to individuals making extraordinary efforts in the past year to develop or promote programs and curriculum that meet industry needs: Dr. Dale Doty, chancellor of River Parishes Community College; Dr. Girard Melancon, executive director, economic development and workforce solutions, at Baton Rouge Community College; Dr. Andrea Miller, chancellor of BRCC; Phyllis Mouton, vice chancellor of BRCC for economic development and workforce solutions; Patrice Pujol, superintendent of Ascension Parish Schools; Will Seaman, director for skilled labor initiatives of Louisiana Community and Technical College System; Jimmy Sawtelle, vice president career and technical education of LCTCS; and Amanda Stanley, director of construction programs of BRCC.

A special GBRIA Craft Workforce Development Champion Most Valuable Player award was presented to Glenn Vicknair, contractor performance specialist with Motiva Enterprises for his volunteer efforts.

Timothy McCall Sr., of Baton Rouge, has been presented the Pathfinder Award by the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division/International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

McCall, appointed to staff assistant of organizing in 1998 and director of organizing in 2000, was recognized as the first African-American on the national division staff of the 127-year old National Labor Union.

Previously, McCall was the first African-American elected as a federation officer, in 1992 as assistant chairman for the Southern Pacific Atlantic Federation of BMWE, and later as first vice chairman.