(Crowley, La.) — Louisiana Economic Development (LED) has named Crowley’s Falcon Rice Mill as one of eight recipients of its 2016 Lantern Awards, which were created by the state agency to recognize excellence in manufacturing and outstanding community service.
LED Secretary Don Pierson presented Falcon’s owners with the award in a private reception at the Governor’s Mansion on June 6. Accepting on behalf of the company were Robert and Jennifer Trahan and Christine and Dwayne Fulton. Robert and Christine are siblings and third-generation owners of the family mill, founded by their grandfather Edward Falcon in 1942. It is the oldest family-owned rice mill in the country.
“This is a great honor for our mill and our family,” said Robert Trahan. “As a multi-generation family business, serving our community has always been at the heart of everything we do.”
“The Lantern Awards are a valuable recognition of what our leading manufacturers are pursuing to advance company success and the success of the Louisiana manufacturing sector,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “We congratulate these Louisiana companies for their accomplishments and we thank them for the contributions they are making in their communities.”
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.
Available in medium and long grain, brown, jasmine and popcorn varieties, Cajun Country Rice is a product of Falcon Rice Mill, farmers, and South Louisiana’s rice fields. Founded in 1942, this family-owned and operated business produces rice that is 100% Louisiana grown. Located in Crowley, Louisiana, Falcon also produces TORO, Laredo, Home Country and Jackpot. Visit www.cajuncountryrice.com for additional information.