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B.R. Kreider & Son Earns Excellence Awards At ABC Awards Ceremony

Manheim, PA - B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, PA, recently received three individual awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors Keystone Chapter during the organization’s 2018 Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony.

B.R. Kreider & Son was awarded the Excellence in Construction Award in the “Sitework over $250,000” category for The Shoppes at Belmont in Lancaster, PA for its rapid schedule delivery and extensive infrastructure improvements, as well as the Excellence in Construction Award in the “Miscellaneous/Special Projects” category for their very complex and detailed work on the Main Entrance Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

In addition, B.R. Kreider & Son received an Excellence in Construction Merit Award in the “Sitework over $250,000” category for Lime Spring Square, a 126,000 square foot commercial property located in Rohrerstown, PA.

B.R. Kreider & Son was also a key member of all four of the “Commercial” projects that were recognized as achieving Excellence in Construction Awards. B.R. Kreider & Son was part of the Wohlsen Construction Company team recognized for (“Commercial under $2 Million”) for the U-GRO Learning Center in Rohrerstown, PA, (“Commercial $2 - $10 Million”) for the Tru Hotel in Lancaster and (“Commercial $10 - $25 Million”) for Lime Spring Square in Rohrerstown, PA.

Also recognized in the (“Commercial $2 - $10 Million”) category as an Excellence Award winner was Warfel Construction Company for the Aerzen USA Headquarters Expansion in Coatesville, PA, a project on which B.R. Kreider & Son worked as part of the Warfel Construction team.

“It’s always nice to be recognized for dong quality work and to be recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter is an honor,” said Brent Kreider, president of B.R. Kreider & Son. “The three-individual company awards we were awarded speak to the high quality of our entire B.R. Kreider & Son team and the ability to meet highly specialized and schedule driven needs of our clients. And playing a role in projects like U-GRO Learning Center, Tru Hotel, Aerzen, and Lime Spring Square with Wohlsen and Warfel that won Excellence Awards is very satisfying. We appreciate the confidence that our clients have in us. That’s a trust we take very seriously.”

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Appoints Groff Director of Safety & Education

Manheim, PA – B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, PA, recently announced that Jason Groff has been appointed Director of Safety & Education and has joined the company’s Executive Management Team.

Groff joined B.R. Kreider & Son in 2012. Prior to being named Director of Safety & Education, Groff served as Safety Director within the company.

A Conestoga Valley High School and Lancaster County Career & Technology Center graduate, Groff earned his Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) and Safety Trained Supervisor- Construction (STSC) designations from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

“Jason’s contributions have helped continue to move our company forward and we’re happy to have him move into the role of Director of Safety & Education as well as joining our executive management team,” said Brent Kreider, president of B.R. Kreider & Son. “Safety and education are two vital components to what we do every day and I believe our customers and team members will benefit from Jason’s knowledge and experience.”

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Appoints Hollinger Human Resource Manager

Manheim, PA – B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, PA, recently announced that Heidi Hollinger has been appointed Human Resource Manager.

Part of the fourth generation leadership group of the family-owned business along with Brent Kreider and Courtney Dougherty, Hollinger joined B.R. Kreider & Son in 1999 as a Safety Director in the Operations Department. Prior to being named Human Resource Manager, Hollinger also served as Executive Assistant and Human Resource Assistant within the company.

A Manheim Central High School graduate, Hollinger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Human Resource concentration from Lebanon Valley College in 1999.

“We’re pleased to have Heidi move into the role of Human Resource Manager,” said Brent Kreider, president of B.R. Kreider & Son. “She obviously knows our business and our culture extremely well and having Heidi is this role will be a tremendous benefit to our team members and company.”

Hollinger is a member of Lititz Mennonite Church and she and her husband, Jonathan, and their three children reside in Manheim, PA.

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Announces Linda Kreider Retirement

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, PA, recently announced the retirement of Linda Kreider, Director of Human Resources.

Kreider joined the company in 1977 with the responsibilities of payroll, employee benefits and equipment recordkeeping. Later promoted to Director of Human Resources, Kreider oversaw HR compliance, recruitment, payroll and employee benefits. In addition, she is a member of B.R. Kreider & Son’s Wellness Committee and Employment Committee.

A director on the Lancaster County Career and Technology Foundation Board, Kreider also serves on the Executive Committee as Secretary. Krieder has also held membership in the Lancaster Society for HR Management and the National Society for HR Management. She formerly served as a member of the Occupational Advisory Committee at the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center. In addition, Kreider served as a director on the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board, including a role as chairperson (2006-2008). Kreider was also a PAI Board member prior to the organization’s name change to Excentia.

In 2014, Kreider was a recipient of Central Penn Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award.

“Linda has been a positive force and influence in our company for over 40 years,” said Brent Kreider, president of B.R. Kreider & Son. “Her contributions as Director of Human Resources have been significant in many ways, including recruiting outstanding team members and making sure we’re providing an environment that benefits our team members and the company. And along with Ken Kreider, Jim Kreider and Carol Buchen, Linda has been invaluable in helping prepare the next generation of leadership in our company.”

Kreider graduated from Manheim Central High School and attended Millersville University. She attends Manheim Brethren In Christ and she and her husband, Jim, reside in Manheim, PA.

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Promotes Groff, Hottenstein & Frey

Manheim, PA – B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, PA, recently announced the promotions of Mike Groff, Doug Hottenstein and Justin Frey.

Groff was promoted to the role of General Superintendent Prior to his current role, Groff joined B.R. Kreider & Son in 1992 and previously worked as a Pipe Layer, Site Foreman, Supervisor and Senior Supervisor at the company. Groff is a resident of Manheim, PA.

Hottenstein joined B.R. Kreider in 1997 and was promoted to the position of Director of Project Management. Hottenstein started at the company as a Paving Laborer and also worked as a Trackhoe Operator, Pipe Foreman, Supervisor and Project Manager prior to his current position. He is a resident of Elizabethtown, PA.

Frey was promoted to the role of Director of Preconstruction Services. A resident of Manheim, PA, Frey joined B.R. Kreider & Son in 2004. Prior to his current role, Frey served as an Estimator and as Senior Estimator with the family-owned company.

“We’re very pleased to have Mike, Doug and Justin moving into very significant positions within our organization,” said Brent Kreider, President of B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. “They display an outstanding commitment to delivering exceptional service to their customers and co-workers. Their hard work and professionalism have contributed significantly to the growth of the company.”

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Announces Buchen Retirement After 44 Years

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, PA, recently announced the retirement of Carol Buchen, Senior Consultant and previous Director of Marketing. Buchen will continue to serve as Advisor to B.R. Kreider & Son’s Board of Directors.

Part of the third generation leadership team of the family-owned business started by her grandfather, B.R. Kreider, Buchen joined the company in 1973 as an Assistant Processing Payroll, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable as well as Bookkeeper for Pin Oak Service Center.

In 2001, Buchen moved into her formal role as Director of Marketing, a position she held until 2013 when she transitioned to a part-time marketing role while remaining an Advisor to the Board of Directors and serving as a Senior Consultant.

Buchen is a former Board Member of Pleasant View Retirement Community and past co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for the PVRC Health and Wellness Center.

“I have mixed emotions of both sadness and excitement about my mother moving into retirement,” said Courtney Dougherty, part of B.R. Kreider & Son’s fourth generation leadership team. “She has been a key member of this company in so many ways; from her role as Director of Marketing, as an advisor to our board and to making sure there was a structure in place for future generations. I know, however, that great things are in store for her as she moves into the retirement stage of life and I don’t think she’ll be slowing down any time soon.”

Buchen graduated from Hempfield High School and she and her husband, Burnell, reside in Lititz, PA.

Weidler Named B.R. Kreider Core Value Award Recipient

Manheim, PA – B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, PA, recently recognized Michelle Weidler, Executive Assistant, with the 2017 B.R. Kreider Core Value Award.

The award is presented to the employee who best represents the seven core values of the company; Safety (a commitment to the best safety practices), Integrity (always doing things the right way), Collaboration (encouraging positive relationships), Quality (providing premium service with the utmost care), Innovation (finding new and better ways to provide great service and value), Servant (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) and Stewardship (sharing time and talents with the community).

Weidler was one of three finalists for the award joining nominees Dave Dohner and Bryan Zwaska. Weidler, Dohner and Zwaska were all nominated by fellow employees.

“Michelle is in a position where she has to work with many different bosses and yet she tackles every project that comes her way,” said Brent Kreider, President of B.R. Kreider & Son. “Michelle truly models all the core values very well. She brings high integrity to everything she does, she collaborates very well and her work is always outstanding. Equally important, Michelle is quick to help and is always looking for ways to help improve our team.”

A resident of Palmyra, PA, Weidler joined B.R. Kreider & Son in 2002.

Pin Oak’s Logan Earns ASE Master Technician Certification

Manheim, PA – Mike Logan of Pin Oak Service Center, a Manheim-based full-service repair center specializing in servicing fleets of vans, pickups, cars, heavy duty trucks and equipment as well as RVs and trailers, recently earned his ASE Master Technician certification, the industry’s highest possible level of certification.

An Automotive A Technician, Logan has achieved the highest level standard of auto technicians. In his role at Pin Oak Logan diagnoses and repairs fleet and private vehicles. A member of the Pin Oak Service Center team since 2013, Logan previously spent over 10 years working in new car dealerships.

“We are pleased that Mike has achieved the status of ASE Master Technician,” said Luis Gonzalez, Fleet Manager of Pin Oak Service Center and Pin Oak’s parent company, B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. “Mike has the knowledge, experience and drive to provide outstanding maintenance and repair service for our customers. Meeting the requirements and passing the tests necessary to reach ASE Master Technician status is a great reflection of his knowledge and ability.”

A resident of Manheim, PA, Logan holds an Associate Degree in Mechanical Science – with an in-depth understanding of automotive mechanics theory.

Building a region: Lancaster and Lebanon county companies shape the landscape of Central PA

By Jennifer Vogelsong, August 29, 2017

Jeffrey Steckbeck was born and raised in Lebanon County.

He went to college at Penn State University. But then he left the area to work as an engineer at a big firm in Texas. He had great experiences and learned a lot, but when it came time to settle down and build a family and business several years later, he returned to his roots.

He founded Steckbeck Engineering & Surveying in 1990, and it quickly grew to become the dominant firm in Lebanon County. “There was a void in my hometown, and everybody wanted to use me,” he said. These days, his company is among the Lebanon and Lancaster county firms that work in the local construction industry to shape the landscape of Central Pennsylvania.

Steckbeck Engineering & Surveying does work for 5 of the 6 school districts in Lebanon County, 16 of the county's 26 municipalities and many of the largest businesses in the county. The firm has worked with Bell & Evans on projects at its existing chicken-processing facility and just finished a $30 million state-of-the art hatchery nearby.

“I am humbled, grateful and proud that people have relied upon me and my employees to help them,” Steckbeck said.

Having that kind of reputation and relationships with local clients is a big part of why other local companies enjoy doing business in their home area.

Matt Hartzler, president of Warfel Construction, said many of his company’s clients are repeat customers, some becoming clients for life. He said he enjoys projects such as the North Cornwall Medical Center, where the East Petersburg-based general contractor gets to work with other local companies.

“This area is known for quality craftsmen, and there are a lot of good trade subcontractors we can work with,” said Hartzler. “Being from the same area, we have similar approaches to business and make quality a part of what we want to do.”

Brent Kreider, president of B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., which performs excavation, paving and site management, said employees of his Manheim-based company get to work with members of the local community at all levels, from individual homeowners who need their driveways paved to large retail projects such as The Shoppes at Belmont, a mixed-use development at the corner of Route 30 and Fruitville Pike in Lancaster.

“There are a lot of good people, good businesses and good nonprofits here, and it’s so rewarding to be able to work alongside them to achieve their different missions,” said Kreider. “I really appreciate all the connections that take place.”

B.R. Kreider & Son associates are typically the first ones to arrive on the site of a project — to excavate and prepare the land — and the last ones to leave after putting the finishing touches on asphalt and paving.

“It’s fun to see both ends,” Kreider said. “There’s a sense of pride when you look around the area and you see a project you have been part of. That’s really neat and that’s what gets us excited.”

For a specialty contractor like The Witmer Group of Mount Joy, which specializes in masonry, concrete and façade restoration, and historic preservation, this area of Pennsylvania is a fabulous place to work.

“There are a lot of beautiful buildings here with historic significance,” said CEO Todd Witmer. Many colleges and churches invest in their properties and want to care for their buildings. “We do pretty much everything that is on the exterior of a building, so the results of our work are very evident. You get this great sense of satisfaction from making things last another 50 years.”

When visitors come to the area, he said they are often most impressed by the well-kept buildings that they may not see in their home areas. “It’s a real draw,” he said.
Witmer said at least half of his company’s work is done in Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin and York counties. He notes that a vibrant and diversified local economy keeps the region more insulated from economic highs and lows that other parts of the country experience at times.

Steckbeck said the outstanding quality of life, beautiful landscapes and reputable schools make it a great place to work. Kreider said the Lancaster and Lebanon area is a central hub not far from nearby metropolitan areas and close to transportation corridors and warehousing facilities.

“It’s a great location,” Kreider said. “Tourism is high and a lot of traffic comes through our area. There seem to be a lot of projects happening now in Lancaster and that has allowed us to stay close to home.”

“This is a great place to work,” said Witmer. “We have a lot of customers who value and appreciate us here. We have experience in other parts of the country and in larger metropolitan areas, but our preference is to work here.”

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Named A Top 100 Private Company

Manheim, PA - B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, PA, was recently named a Top 100 Private Company for the second consecutive year by the Central Penn Business Journal.

This list consists of companies throughout the Central Pennsylvania region and is compiled annually based on total company revenue. B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. ranked 70th on this year’s list; moving up three positions from the previous year.

“We’re very pleased to be included in the list of top 100 privately held companies in Central Pennsylvania,” said Brent Kreider, President of B.R. Kreider & Son. “It shows the hard work and effort of our employees continue to result in satisfied customers which in turn leads to continued growth for our company.”

Founded in 1936, the family-owned business offers excavating, paving, environmental and specialty services for businesses and homeowners throughout Central Pennsylvania.

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Named Top Specialty Contractor in Central PA

Manheim, PA - B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, PA, was recently named the region’s top specialty contractor by Central Penn Business Journal.

“We’re very pleased to receive recognition as the #1 specialty contractor in Central Pennsylvania,” said Brent Kreider, President of B.R. Kreider & Son. “We’re very happy to be recognized by our clients, as reflected in the readers’ survey, for the work we have done. I think it’s a testament to our entire team and the approach we strive to achieve each and every day of delivering exceptional quality and treating others the way we would like to be treated.”

This latest achievement is not the first time B.R. Kreider & Son has been honored by the readers of Central Penn Business Journal, having previously been named the top local excavating company.

“I think being named the top local company in two different categories speaks to, again, the quality, depth and expertise of our team and the variety of different roles we’re capable of providing, from excavating and paving to full site management,” said Kreider. “Regardless of the role, our goal is to provide excellence, integrity, outstanding value and professionalism.”

Founded in 1936, the family-owned business offers excavating, paving, environmental and specialty services for businesses and homeowners throughout Central Pennsylvania.

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. “Christmas In July” Benefits Manheim Central Food Pantry

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., a family-owned and operated excavating and paving company, recently held a “Christmas in July” food collection drive among its employees in support of the Manheim Central Food Pantry.

Entirely organized and led by an employee committee, B.R. Kreider & Son employees collected and donated over 400 items, totaling 477 pounds of food, including canned fruit, soups, vegetables, cereal and other non-perishable foods to the organization which has been serving those in need within the Manheim Central School District since 2012

The Manheim Central Food Pantry serves 200 families and has never turned any family away that has needed help. Families come to the pantry once a month and are allowed to choose the brand and flavors they like. The organization determines the quantity of each food item a family is eligible to receive.

“The generosity and concern for others that our employees demonstrate is something that never ceases to amaze us,” said Brent Kreider, President of B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. “An employee committee handled all the details and coordination of this effort and being able to help an organization like the Manheim Central Food Pantry that is meeting the needs of families in such a tangible way is a wonderful way for our team to give back to the community. We felt this was a great time to have a food collection because we know the pantry gets most of its larger deliveries around the holiday season at the end of the year.”