63 Kreider Lane
Manheim, PA 17545
717-898-7651

B.R. Kreider News

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.”

Hershey 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 Lawrence Hershey, a Dozer Operator, with the 2016 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).

Hershey was one of four finalists for the award joining nominees Ben Haldeman (1st quarter), Maureen Smith (2nd quarter) and Harrison Glah (4th quarter). All potential recipients were nominated by fellow employees.

Among the comments by those who submitted Hershey’s name for consideration were “Lawrence is highly respected and always performs quality work no matter the situation or conditions,” and “he’s not just a great operator with an attention to detail, he’s also looking for ways to get the job done when there are obstacles.”

“Lawrence has very high integrity, brings a high level of quality in all he does and is a respected leader in our company,” said Brent Kreider, President of B.R. Kreider & Son. “He’s a great steward of everything we‘ve entrusted to him and he is always quick to help others while displaying a servant’s heart. We’re proud to have Lawrence on our team.”

A resident of Columbia, PA, Hershey joined B.R. Kreider & Son in 1996.

B.R. Kreider & Son Recognized For Floodplain Restoration Project

Manheim, PA - B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, PA, recently received two awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors Keystone Chapter organization for the Logan Park – Rife Run Floodplain Restoration Project in Manheim.

B.R. Kreider & Son was awarded the 2016 ABC Keystone Chapter Excellence in Construction Award in the “Miscellaneous/Special Projects” category as well as the 2016 ABC Keystone Chapter Project of the Year Award, partnering with LandStudies, Inc.

B.R. Kreider & Son’s first involvement in the project came in 2012 when LandStudies requested to have test pits excavated for research and future design. The floodplain restoration and construction began in July, 2015 and was completed in October, 2015.

Part of the environmental Restoration Project of the Chiques Creek Watershed and Floodplain, the Logan Park – Rife Run Floodplain project is designed to improve overall water quality as well as reduce non-point source pollution, reduce stream bank erosion, increase habitat and diversity, reduce nutrients/sediment, filter storm flows and other environmental benefits.

B.R. Kreider & Son’s role included clearing 2.5 acres of land, as well as excavation and grading for the floodplain restoration. Part of the restoration included removing trees and brush that lined the banks of Rife Run, a tributary of Chiques Creek. The project also included creating toe wood and log sill structures using logs and tree stumps for streambed protection and stabilization. In addition, relocation of legacy sediment was used to improve community soccer fields in Manheim.

“We were blessed to be part of this project, knowing the benefits it will bring to the community and the environment,” said Brent Kreider, president of B.R. Kreider & Son. “I am extremely proud of our team and their dedication and commitment to this effort. And we were fortunate to have a tremendous partnership with LandStudies, Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance and Manheim Borough. Their leadership and support were invaluable to all involved.”

Farm Show LEGO Winner Builds B.R. Kreider & Son Construction Site

Manheim, PA – Ten year-old Isaac Kreider has built several truck projects out of LEGOs before, but when it came time to put together a LEGO display for the Manheim Farm Show, the industrious fifth-grader took it to another level. Using LEGOs, Kreider created a construction site based on Manheim’s family-owned excavating and paving company, B.R. Kreider & Son.

For his efforts, Isaac, who is not related to the B.R. Kreider family, not only won first place for his LEGO display, he also earned Best in Show honors.

The display included a backhoe, skid steer loader, workers digging a waterline, workers in a shoring box and even a port-a-john for added authenticity, but the main attraction in the creation was a large crane in the middle of the site. With some advice on gears from his dad, Larry, and the use of a LEGO motor, Isaac was able to mobilize the crane with full forward - reverse function.

“When we learned about Isaac’s display and then saw it for ourselves we were blown away,” said Brent Kreider, president of B.R. Kreider & Son.

“Isaac did a tremendous job and we’re happy to have been the inspiration behind his award-winning entry,” added Courtney Dougherty, a member of the company’s fourth generation leadership team along with Kreider and Heidi Hollinger.

Isaac began working on the project soon after the end of last year’s Manheim Farm Show and the countless hours of work certainly paid off.

B.R. Kreider & Son recently recognized Isaac for his LEGO display with Dougherty, Hollinger and Kreider presenting him with a LEGO Demolition set, a B.R. Kreider & Son hat and some additional items from the company.

When Isaac grows up he has said he would like to either be a farmer, a missionary, or a construction worker.

“Based on his workmanship and his attention to detail, if Isaac chooses to pursue construction he’s probably someone we should keep an eye on,” said Kreider.

Lancaster County Contractor Introduces Safer Excavation Equipment

Manheim, PA – B.R. Kreider & Son takes safety seriously – both for its workers and the community. Which is why the local excavating contractor recently purchased the newest technology in safe soil excavation: the X-Kavator Hydro-Vacuum Excavator.

The X-Kavator, a non-mechanical, non-destructive technology that uses pressurized water and an industrial strength vacuum, is valued for the “clean cuts” it can make at pinpoint locations, which result in fast, precise excavations, with reduced risk of damaged pipes, wires and cables. Even more important, by using the X-Kavator, B.R. Kreider & Son’s workers can potentially avoid underground utility line accidents, which cause innumerable injuries and countless dollars in property damage every year in the U.S.

“Safety has always been a top priority at B.R. Kreider,” says company president Brent Kreider. “Our Toolbox Talk Tuesdays and Circle of Safety programs have helped immensely in our quest to identify and prevent unsafe conditions, and now the X-Kavator is just one more step in the direction of maintaining high safety standards at our work sites.”

B.R. Kreider & Son’s X-Kavator will be used for projects ranging from underground utility location and potholing, to sinkhole remediation and pipe jetting.

B.R. Kreider & Son, a 4th generation excavating, paving and site management company, is the only local excavating contractor to be certified with the AQC Accredited Quality Contractors Association. With over 180 dedicated, professional team members, they have the resources and ability to react quickly and efficiently, delivering results throughout Lancaster, Harrisburg, York, Reading, Lebanon and the surrounding areas.

80 Years Later, B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Still Guided By Golden Rule

Celebrating 80 Years
Manheim, PA (July 20, 2016) – When Benjamin Kreider founded B.R. Kreider Landscaping and Grading in 1936, the cornerstone of the fledgling business was the philosophy to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Eighty years later, the business has grown into B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., a leading excavating, paving and site management company in the Central PA region, although the growth has not altered the foundation of the company.

“We still follow that ‘Golden Rule’ approach in everything we do,” said Brent Kreider, President of B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. and part of the fourth generation of Kreider family leadership along with cousins, Heidi Hollinger and Courtney Dougherty. “Whether we are working with a customer, a vendor or our fellow teammates, the emphasis is always on treating them as we would like to be treated. I think that’s one of the biggest reasons we’re still in business after 80 years. We do right by our customers and vendors and they appreciate it.”

Innovation and the expansion of services over the years has also played a large role in the company’s growth. Today B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. offers residential and commercial paving and excavation, builder services, site management, environmental solutions, topsoil, portable crushing, recycled materials, agricultural services and other specialty services.

“Every time we look at expanding what we do and the services we provide, we take time to make sure we can deliver the same level of quality and customer satisfaction that comes from our original guiding principle,” said Kreider. “Business has its challenges, but filtering decisions and actions through the lens of the ‘Golden Rule’ often makes the answer clearer. Part of our goal as today’s leaders in the company is to pass along the key beliefs and values to the next generation so B.R. Kreider & Son can enjoy another 80 years or more of serving Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.”