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B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Acquires Morrison Excavating

Manheim, PA – B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., an excavating, paving and site management company based in Manheim, PA, recently announced the acquisition of Morrison Excavating in Quarryville, PA.

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. will operate out of Morrison Excavating’s Quarryville location, according to Brent Kreider, President of B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc.

“We were looking to add another operational site that would enable us to better serve our clients in south central Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware,” said Kreider. “We were really impressed with Morrison Excavating’s control of the builder market and the name they have built. The enhanced diversification of our services and a location in Quarryville to better serve clients and attract team members was key to the decision.”

Morrison Excavating has been serving customers in Lancaster, York and Chester counties as well as northern Maryland for over 30 years. In 2005, Morrison Excavating was under the direction of Blake and Mitch Huber, with one other employee. Today, the business under the Hubers’ leadership has grown to more than 20 employees. For the Hubers, B.R. Kreider & Son provides expanded capabilities for current and future clients.

“We were looking for ways to better serve our customers and so was B.R. Kreider & Son,” said Blake Huber. “I met with Brent and it didn’t take long for both of us to realize that our companies could be stronger together. I think our customers are going to appreciate everything that B.R. Kreider & Son has to offer. They’re a great company and they do things the right way.”

Founded in 1936, B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. continues to provide a small company feel while growing into a premier excavation and paving company in Central Pennsylvania with more than 200 employees.

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.