The Louisiana Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth named winners of its 11th annual ACG Louisiana Awards: Outstanding Corporate Growth to Dupré Logistics, a Lafayette-based transportation and logistics services company with more than 1,400 employees serving the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico; Emerging Growth Company to Waitr Inc., a Lake Charles-based on-demand food delivery service and online restaurant platform that operates in more than 200 cities across 10 states with more than 5,000 employees; Deal of the Year to air helicopter transportation company PHI Inc. in Lafayette for its acquisition of the international offshore helicopter services business of HNZ Group Inc., operating in New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea; Deal Maker of the Year to Ben Tiller, a principal of The Berger Co., a commercial real estate development and investment company in New Orleans that focuses on hotel, retail and parking investments in the New Orleans metro area and other select markets; Young Deal Maker of the Year to Buddy Patrick, founder and president of Windy Hill Pictures, a New Orleans film production company that has produced nearly 40 movies since 2012, that, with partners Palmstar Media in 2017, acquired National Lampoon and all of its assets; Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul Flower, chairman and CEO of Woodward Design+Build in New Orleans that has grown to become one of the largest design and construction organizations in the Gulf Coast region, with average annual revenue of $200 million.
Trade & Industry Development magazine presented Louisiana with a Corporate Investment and Community Impact Award — known as a CiCi Award — recognizing of Champion Home Builders manufacturing facility in Leesville among the Top 15 new Community Impact projects nationally.
The project is creating 200 new direct jobs, and Louisiana Economic Development estimates it will result in 218 indirect jobs in Vernon Parish and central Louisiana. Champion is investing $1.3 million and will occupy two existing buildings totaling 246,000 square feet at Leesville’s Northside Industrial Park. The company manufactures modular homes, park model recreational vehicles and modular buildings for the multifamily, hospitality, senior and workforce housing sectors.