L. Lane Grigsby
Hall of Distinction Class of 1996-1997
Lane Grigsby, founder and chairman of the Board of Cajun Contractors, Inc., is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana. He received his bachelor’s degree from LSU in civil engineering in 1967.
Grigsby began his career as a field engineer for a small civil-oriented construction company in Baton Rouge, Crown Builders, Inc., a subsidiary of Homer Knost Construction Co. During the next three years, he was promoted to several positions including job superintendent, estimator, project manager, manager of contracts, and finally vice president and general manager.
In 1970, a German engineering company, Lurgi, acquired Homer Knost Construction Co. and Crown Builders, Inc., which resulted in Lurgi-Knost, Inc. Grigsby was selected to open and manage an east coast office in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1973, Grigsby returned to Baton Rouge and founded Cajun Contractors, a heavy civil and industrial construction company with divisional offices in Dallas, Houston, Lake Charles, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
With an annual volume of $110 million and over 850 employees, Cajun is in the “Top 400 Contractors” as published by the construction publication Engineering News Record. Cajun specializes in water and waste water treatment facilities, pumping stations, heavy industrial petrochemical, light manufacturing and food processing projects throughout the southwest and southeastern states.
Grigsby also founded two sister companies: The Atlantic Company of America, which is based in Washington, D.C. and performs historical building renovations nation-wide, and MAPP, a Baton Rouge based commercial contracting company with offices in New Orleans and Dallas, Texas.
Cajun and Grigsby have always been active in community affairs. Both have founded the Pelican Chapter of The Associated Builders and Contractors, which has become the largest construction training facility in the United States. He served on the Board of Directors for twenty years, held every office including chapter president, state president, and received the ABC Man of the Year Award twice. He is a registered professional engineer and a registered general contractor in several states.
Grigsby has been active in the political and legislative arena, having served as campaign manager for two successful city council members, and finance manager for Baton Rouge Mayor, Tom Ed McHugh. Grigsby has been on the Board of Directors of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) for ten years, serving as chairman in 1996. He has been on the Board of Trustees for the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) since 1985. He is a charter member of The Young Leaders Academy and a member of the Board of Directors of Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Shaw Group, an international pipe fabrication, engineering and erection company.
Grigsby sits on the Construction Management Industry Advisory Committee for LSU’s Department of Construction Management, as well as the Dean’s Advisory Council for the LSU College of Engineering.
In 1963, Grigsby married Bobbi Fickes and they have three children: Tami Grigsby Moran, Todd W. Grigsby, and Tricia Grigsby. The Grigsbys also have two granddaughters, Molly and Brady.