Congressman Charles Boustany dropped by Century Group, Inc. in Sulphur Thursday afternoon to hand-deliver the Congressional Record for the U.S. House of Representatives acknowledging the company's recent reception of a 2013 Louisiana Economic Development Lantern Award. Century Group was the Region 5 honoree of the award.
The fourth-generation family-owned business first opened in 1942 and has its main office in Sulphur with additional locations in Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. They are the leading manufacturer of precast concrete steps, concrete railroad grade crossings, railroad spill collections systems and other precise concrete products in North America.
Company president Dr. George Hardy Vincent and his son, Rusty Vincent, co-owner and secretary-treasurer, accepted the official document from the congressman.
"I'm happy to be here to recognize this great family and the company's importance to this community," said Boustany.
"I'm extremely happy and proud of this company," stated Dr. George Hardy Vincent. "It's a real honor to have Congressman Boustany come and recognize us as recipients."
"This is really an honor for the company, our family and our employee-family," stated Rusty Vincent. "It's always been a major priority for our family to do what we can for the community, because southwest Louisiana has been so good to us and is such a great place to live."
It was back in June that Rusty Vincent accepted the award in Baton Rouge on behalf of the company and his family at an event held in the Governor's Mansion. The lantern, according to LED, symbolizes leadership, dedication and a commitment to excellence. Century Group is the only one among the manufacturers in Region 5, which includes the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis, to have been honored with this award twice, having also been honored in 2001.