Gretna-Based Computrols Wins 2019 Louisiana Lantern Award

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Drew Mire, the CEO of Computrols, accepts the 2019 Louisiana Lantern Award.

GRETNA, La. – A Gretna-based technology manufacturer won the 2019 Louisiana Lantern Award on Tuesday evening.

Computrols, which designs, manufactures and services building automation systems throughout North America, received the prestigious award at a special reception held at the Governor's Mansion. The company is one of eight manufacturers across the state to be recognized this year.

The winning company for each district showcases their contribution to the Louisiana economy and their local business communities through employee growth, increased revenue, facility expansion and community engagement. The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) nominated Computrols for the special distinction this year. The tech company was selected from the Greater New Orleans region to receive the coveted award.

Founded in 1983, Computrols has become a leader in the building automation industry, supplying state-of-the-art electronic controls and automation systems for some of the most prestigious buildings and facilities in the world. Clients include the Statue of Liberty, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Harrah's Hotel and Casino, 375 Park Avenue in New York City and the AOL Campus in Virginia, among others.

As leader in the automation industry, Computrols has worked with building owners, property managers and facilities managers to develop the most user-friendly building automation system on the market. It became the first company to run large facilities with a PC in the 1980s, and the first company to communicate with HVAC equipment controllers using Ethernet and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Today, Computrols utilizes the latest technology in its products, making their systems easier to install, more cost effective and more efficient.

With close to 60 employees, Computrols continues to grow and expand both regionally and across North America. In April 2018, Computrols celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters in Gretna. The 43,000 square foot space houses the company's manufacturing facility, offices, warehouse and training center. The manufacturer invested close to $2 million into the project, envisioning a state-of-the-art headquarters with room to grow as the business continues to scale.

A Louisiana Economic Development official presented Computrols CEO Drew Mire with the award – a custom-built, handcrafted copper lantern donated by Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights of New Orleans. (Bevolo is the oldest and largest copper gas lantern manufacturer in the U.S. and the second oldest in the world.)

"We are honored to receive this award and greatly appreciate JEDCO's part in getting us nominated," said Mire. "Computrols has been manufacturing the only lifetime warranty product in our industry over the last 30 years, so it's great to get recognized as a leader in this capacity. We are very excited about our growth in the last few years, but this award is really a testament to the hard work and dedication of our production team. We would like to thank the Louisiana Economic Development Foundation for this honor and their ongoing support."



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