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McIlhenny Company

Lafayette Employers

Some of the South's strongest industries are found in the Acadiana region, an area comprising top Lafayette employers and workforce talent that collectively form the foundation of a thriving regional economy. In 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Lafayette area posted the nation's largest year-over-year percentage gain in employment.

Employers in Lafayette and the surrounding Acadiana region serve as leaders in their fields and are anchors of their respective local industries, while fast-growing companies in high-tech and digital media sectors are rapidly turning the area into a hub for small business growth and entrepreneurship.

  • Baker Hughes is an oilfield services provider with nearly 1,500 employees based out of the company’s offices in the Acadiana Region. Baker Hughes works hand-in-hand with leading oil and gas operators to maximize drilling operations and optimize reservoir productions that help to power the nation’s energy industry.

  • Bell Helicopter recently selected Lafayette Regional Airport as the site for its SLS helicopter production facility, the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility in Louisiana. A global aerospace leader with aircraft that fly in more than 120 countries, the company will soon create 115 jobs in the Acadiana region. The new SLS aircraft will serve customers ranging from law enforcement to civilian flight training operators.

  • Bizzuka provides custom web design and internet marketing services to more than 880 small-to-medium-sized businesses across the country. The Lafayette-based digital media and technology firm is highly regarded for its growth and success – Inc. magazine named Bizzuka to its Inc. 5000 list for three years in a row, from 2010 to 2012, as one of the country’s fastest-growing private companies in America.

  • C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates is a Lafayette-based consulting firm that provides engineering, environmental survey and mapping, and advanced technology services to clients across the southern United States, operating in a variety of markets from transportation to water resources. Throughout the firm’s history dating back to 1950, industry resources and publications have recognized Fenstermaker for its success and engineering expertise. From 2006 to 2014, Engineering News-Record ranked the firm as one of its Top 500 Design Firms in the country.

  • Golfballs.com was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America, for 2014. The Lafayette-based sporting goods, e-commerce and retail business provides personalized golf gear and golf-related products to customers around the world and at its physical store in Lafayette. Golfballs.com was recently named one of Acadiana’s Top 50 Privately Held Companies and is routinely recognized by local, regional and national news media for its success in entrepreneurship and retail sales growth.

  • Halliburton, one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry, employs more than 1,900 employees in the Acadiana region. The company’s Lafayette-based manufacturing facility produces complex machine components used in oilfield service operations. The company plays an integral role in one of the top energy production areas in the United States.

  • McIlhenny Company, family-owned and operated since 1868, produces one of the world’s most recognizable food product brands through its line of TABASCO sauce and related products. Headquartered on Avery Island, less than 30 miles from Lafayette, the company employs a workforce of more than 200, and its products are sold in 165 countries and territories across the world.

  • Stuller, Inc. is one of Acadiana’s top private employers with nearly 1,200 employees at its 600,000-square-foot jewelry manufacturing and distribution headquarters in Lafayette, serving the supply chain needs of more than 40,000 independent retail jewelers across the world. A leader for innovation in the jewelry industry, the company oversaw the development of the industry’s first Apple iPhone application, Live Diamond Try On, which allows customers to virtually “try on” custom rings created and designed within the app itself.