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Brown Eagle CEO Receives Honorary Doctorate from Northwestern State University

Lela Mae Wilkes receives honorary doctorate from Northwestern State University President Dr. Marcus Jones

Brown Eagle Owner and CEO Lela Mae Wilkes received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Northwestern State University during their spring commencement ceremonies on May 11, 2022. Wilkes received the honor from NSU President Dr. Marcus Jones during the ceremony for graduates of the School of Business and Technology.

Wilkes graduated with a business degree from Northwestern State University in 1968. In the years following, she established herself as a pioneer in the petrochemical service industry. Wilkes was a founding member of the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance and served on its first board. She eventually became full owner and CEO at Brown Eagle, where she led the company to the forefront of providing innovative 3PL and 4PL logistics solutions for chemical manufacturers in Louisiana and across America. Wilkes never stopped giving back to NSU during her career, serving on both the NSU Foundation Board of Directors and the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.

“I am deeply touched by this honor from Northwestern State University,” said Wilkes. “This university has meant so much to me, and receiving this award brings everything full circle in a special way. I would not be where I am today had it not been for Northwestern instilling in me that I could be and do whatever I wanted to be and do, and making me feel that I was part of the Northwestern community.”

Brown Eagle is a 100% woman-owned, Louisiana business that is recognized as the third largest woman-owned business in the Capital Region by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. The company has more than 50 years of experience as a one-stop solution for industrial facilities’ post-manufacturing needs, providing contract labor to manage and operate clients’ packaging, bulk material handling, third-party logistics, warehousing and shipping functions. Brown Eagle services multinational Fortune 500 chemical manufacturers and is recognized across the Gulf South for its consistency, experience and industry expertise.

Baton Rouge-Based Brown Eagle Expands Supply Chain Service with Use of Flexitanks

Flexitank being prepared for filling and transport
Flexitank being prepared for filling and transport.

Brown Eagle is expanding their array of supply chain solution offerings through the implementation of an innovative flexitank program. The use of flexitanks enables Brown Eagle to offer companies a more affordable option for transporting non-hazardous liquid chemicals overseas and by railway that is just as safe as conventional ISO containers. The solution also gives clients much more flexibility on how they can ship their products globally.

“As a supply chain solution provider, our goal is to provide clients with the most affordable, cost-effective option to meet their supply chain needs,” said Brown Eagle president Billy Bellefontaine. “Flexitanks give us an opportunity to do that while providing us with a different avenue for diversity in supply chain solutions, moving from onsite operations to port operations. We’re striving to be the go-to supply chain solution for clients in our region, and this is a significant step in that direction.”

The flexitank process utilizes a work crew to transload liquids out of rail cars at ports and bulk loading stations. Through the addition of this program, Brown Eagle plans to add several work crews to provide this service to clients across their footprint.

“We take pride in delivering innovative services, and the opportunity we have with flexitanks allows us to better address the supply chain solution needs of our clients,” said Lela Mae Wilkes, owner and CEO at Brown Eagle. “The partnership will also bring in new team members to Brown Eagle to better serve these clients, adding to the already exceptional team we have here.”

Brown Eagle is a 100% woman-owned, Louisiana business that is recognized as the third largest woman-owned business in the Capital Region by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. The company has more than 50 years of experience as a one-stop solution for industrial facilities’ post-manufacturing needs, providing contract labor to manage and operate clients’ packaging, bulk material handling, third-party logistics, warehousing and shipping functions. Brown Eagle services multinational Fortune 500 chemical manufacturers and is recognized across the Gulf South for its consistency, experience and industry expertise.

Through New Partnership in West Baton Rouge, Brown Eagle Expands Service Line to Include Food-Grade Storage

Lela Mae Wilkes, CEO of Brown Eagle, celebrates the new partnership with a major U.S. beverage company in the Port Allen warehouse.
Lela Mae Wilkes, CEO of Brown Eagle, celebrates the new partnership with a major U.S. beverage company in the Port Allen warehouse.

Brown Eagle has announced a new partnership with a major U.S. beverage company and is now expanding its service line to include food-grade storage. The beverage company will utilize 110,000 square feet of storage at a warehouse leased by Brown Eagle in Port Allen.

This investment in West Baton Rouge Parish will result in the creation of five new jobs focused on coordinating warehouse operations. These jobs are in addition to the 70 positions Brown Eagle currently employs through its Port Allen operations.

“We love being a part of this community,” said Brown Eagle president Billy Bellefontaine. “We’re excited about this new partnership and for the opportunity we have to expand our warehouse storage service in West Baton Rouge. There’s a void in this region when it comes to high-quality food-grade storage facilities. As we roll out this new and exciting service line for our clients, it opens up a world of opportunity for our company and for the local economy.”

Brown Eagle is a 100% woman-owned, Louisiana business that is recognized as the third largest woman-owned business in the Capital Region by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. The company has more than 50 years of experience as a one-stop solution for industrial facilities’ post-manufacturing needs, providing contract labor to manage and operate clients’ packaging, bulk material handling, third-party logistics, warehousing and shipping functions. Brown Eagle services multinational Fortune 500 chemical manufacturers and is recognized across the Gulf South for its consistency, experience and industry expertise.