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MSB Recognized as LED Growth Leader Finalist for Third Consecutive Year

April 30, 2021

2018 Most Outstanding Business Growth Award Honoree Continues to Expand

BATON ROUGE, La.—(April 30, 2021)—M S Benbow & Associates (MSB) was selected as a Finalist for the 2021 Louisiana Growth Leader Award from Louisiana Economic Development (LED). The honor is the fourth-consecutive year the multi-discipline engineering consultancy has been recognized by LED for its ongoing entrepreneurship, earning the 2018 Most Outstanding Business Growth Award and its third Louisiana Growth Leader Finalist recognition.

Louisiana Growth Leaders and Finalists are selected by economic development professionals from across the state who evaluate applications on growth, strategy, innovation, leadership, culture, philanthropy and intangibles. The honorees were recognized at the annual Spotlight Louisiana reception hosted Thurs., April 29 that honors small business leaders’ community involvement and contributions to Louisiana’s economy.

With the recent passing of MSB Founder Michael S. Benbow, this year’s recognition takes on special meaning. Benbow established MSB in 1978 and continually strived to meet the challenges of clients with a focus on new and emerging technologies.

MSB President and CEO Leo L. Holzenthal, Jr., who collaborated side-by-side with Benbow since 1987, said the company is committed to continuing to drive Benbow’s legacy of innovation and customer service. “Mike’s vision will forever be the foundation of M S Benbow & Associates and its continued pursuit of excellence. Because of him, we have a culture that values strong relationships and continuously finding new and innovative ways to benefit our customers,” Holzenthal said.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition, and we are grateful for the significant role LED has played in MSB’s overall success,” he said. “MSB has benefited from many of LED’s innovative programs and resources that directly contributed to our company’s growth. I encourage other business leaders in Louisiana to utilize the abundance of resources LED provides to support entrepreneurship and nurture small businesses.”

MSB has worked on important local infrastructure projects across a multitude of vertical markets including Oil & Gas, Chemical Manufacturing, Public Safety, Healthcare, Government, and Sports & Entertainment venues. MSB was founded 43 years ago to serve the burgeoning Oil & Gas industry and has grown into a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy providing world-class Power, Control Systems and Telecommunications engineering solutions across a diverse range of industries. MSB is considered a national leader in networked telecommunications and one of the region’s top consultant engineering services firms. Today, the company has more than 100 professionals and offices in Metairie, Mandeville, Houston and Dallas.

The Louisiana Growth Leader Awards recognize top-performing small businesses in the LED Growth Network, a business accelerator program launched in 2017 featuring second-stage growth companies that have utilized LED resources to grow their businesses and create new jobs. LED Growth Network companies have graduated from LED’s Economic Gardening Initiative and/or CEO Roundtable programs, which are strategic resources designed to accelerate the growth of second-stage businesses. This alumni network includes more than 350 companies representing all eight regions of the state.

About M S Benbow & Associates

A multi-discipline, integrated engineering consultancy, M S Benbow & Associates is regarded as one of the top professional engineering firms in the region serving some of the most notable refineries, airports, convention centers, campuses, and large public venues in the United States. With professional registrations in over 30 states and offices in Metairie, Mandeville, Houston and Dallas, MSB provides expertise in Electrical Power Systems, Instrumentation & Controls, Telecommunications & Technology, and Drafting & Design with end-to-end project management services. MSB provides a wide range of engineering services including feasibility studies, front-end engineering design, detailed design packages, site acceptance testing, startup/commissioning services and specialty installation services.

About LED

Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy. LED cultivates jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana, and promotes business opportunity for employers of all sizes. In 2019, LED attracted more than 80 new economic development projects representing 12,300 new jobs, 15,500 retained jobs and over $8.4 billion in new capital investment. LED’s Small Business Services team assisted more than 9,500 Louisiana small businesses and entrepreneurs in 2019. For more information, visit