February 2024 Spokeman

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February 2024

A Monthly Publication of ABC Keystone

ABC Keystone Leadership 2024 Executive Committee: Chair of the Board

John Lehmann Poole Anderson Construction, LLC


Guy Kingree IMC Construction

1st Vice Chair

Steven Kearns James Craft & Son, Inc.

2nd Vice Chair

Ed Engle Smucker Company


Jeff Witmer Pathway Business Advisors


Timothy A. Kershner, CPA Walz Group

2023 Chair

Steve Conway Pyramid Construction Services, LLC A Quandel Company

2024 Board of Directors: Robb Beiler Jeff Bright Roger S. Brubaker Scott Duke Joe Finkey Michael L. Fiore Brian Floyd Ken Funk John H. Hykes II Anthony Leer Matthew Shehan Patrick Snyder Lee L. Summers, Jr. Jan L. Wagner Nora Brooks Weder

Wohlsen Construction Company Offit Kurman MVE Group The Witmer Group Martin’s Flooring Leonard S. Fiore, Inc. EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants Arthur Funk & Sons, Inc. B&B Integrations Leer Electric, Inc. Benchmark Construction Company, Inc. First Commonwealth Bank C Mechanical Services Wagman Construction, Inc. mulá group

Scott Wengrenovich


G. David Sload, President-CEO

ABC Keystone | 135 Shellyland Road, Manheim, PA 17545 (717) 653-8106 | abckeystone.org The Merit Shop Spokesman is published 12 times a year by Associated Builders & Contractors, Keystone Chapter. Articles of interest, member news, press releases, and advertising placement requests may be submitted to the editor: Rebecca Wolf Director of Marketing & Communications ABC Keystone rebecca@abckeystone.org (717) 653-8106

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Message from the Chair


From the Desk of G. David Sload


Founding Member Spotlight


Workforce Development


Advocacy Update


Apprenticeship Update


Members Spotlight


New Members







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John Lehmann

President, Poole Anderson Construction

FULL STEAM AHEAD 2024 is already steamrolling along and there continues to be many challenges to our businesses that we need to be prepared for. Let's tackle some of them and discuss how ABC Keystone is here and helping our members fight to protect our businesses and the merit shop, free enterprise principles that we all embrace. The elephant in the room is the pending presidential election, and yes, we said it again and will keep mentioning it since it is probably one of the most significant elections of our time! ABC National and Keystone are here to help us understand what is at stake and what to stay focused on to achieve our best outcomes. Here are a few ways Keystone and National are helping:

If you want more information on our political issues or our fundraising goals, please reach out to Jim Willshier, our Director of Government Affairs. I encourage you to get involved so together we can make a difference.

For more information contact: Jim Willshier jim@abckeystone.org

Keystone is setting aggressive fundraising goals for PAC and Free Enterprise Alliance that exceed 2023 goals (which were met) to provide the flow of money where it needs to go in the best interest of our members. It is critical that we achieve and or exceed our fundraising goals in 2024! It’s just as critical to know what the issues are and be able to communicate them, so informed decisions can be made on matters that effect our constituents. Our Government Affairs Director and Committee are identifying strategic Local, State, and National political races, so our members are well informed. They are identifying key issues (i.e., ominous political bills) that will negatively impact merit shop contractors - there are far too many of them...let’s pay attention! Please consider downloading ABC's Action App which provides immediate alerts and well written documents to send to our representatives right at our fingertips. It’s easy to use!


FOLLOW THE MONEY If you watch many crime shows you often hear the investigating officer say, ”follow the money,” As we look at the status of politics, National, State, and Local, we keep asking how we got to the condition we are in. I would suggest all you need to do is follow the money. Why do I bring this up? If we want to elect friendly politicians, and if we want to protect against antibusiness legislation, and if we want to move favorable legislation, then we need to get into the game. We will never be able to compete with the other side because it is illegal for us to deduct money from our employees paychecks for political action. Reading that one might think I am saying there is something illegal going on. To the contrary. This is the system our politicians have set up to protect and retain their place in office. It sounds slimy. We have trouble wrapping our heads around the idea of a pay-to-play scenario. Our politicians would say, just because they get huge donations, it doesn’t mean they reciprocate with favorable votes. Yet all one needs to do is follow the campaign finance reports for any candidate and it will become clear who is favored.


However, ABC can make a difference. ABC, both at the National and State levels, raises funds for candidates. For this 2024 election season National will spend millions of dollars to help get National candidates elected. At the State level we will spend tens of thousands of dollars to help those that are friendly to our cause. Politics is an ugly business. Unfortunately, the old adage “Get into politics or get out of business” is more relevant than ever. If you

want to find out how you can help in the fight for Free Enterprise and the Merit Shop way, reach out to me or our Director of Government Affairs, Jim Willshier. Together we can make a difference.

At Warfel Construction, the company mission, Clients for Life, guides all relationships and partnerships. All team members strive to emulate the core values of honesty, integrity, accountability, initiative, and teamwork to strengthen client relationships. A full-service construction management company, Warfel serves clients in a variety of industries across the Mid-Atlantic region on projects, both large and small in scale What do you consider to be your company's greatest achievement? Our greatest achievement is the experience we provide to our clients, made possible through our people and the unique culture of Warfel that has developed and evolved since 1911. We have grown and been successful over time by honoring our mission and values and being grounded in doing the right thing. How do you measure the success of your company? The satisfaction of our clients and employees is the true measure of our success. It is important to us to ensure our clients have a positive experience with Warfel at all touchpoints and stages of a project and beyond. We are continually focused on nurturing our existing Client for Life relationships and building new ones. Another priority for us is our employees. We strive to create a positive, safe, environment where they can grow and develop both professionally and personally. What are your top 3 goals for your company? 1. Achieving our mission of Clients for Life by emulating our core values in all that we do to expand our ability to serve new clients and offer best-in-class service. 2. Maintaining a culture that creates opportunities for our employees to learn, grow, be challenged, and evolve as professionals and people.

3. Holding safety as a top priority in delivering our projects to ensure employees, trade partners, suppliers, and clients leave work each day in the same condition that they arrived. How has being a founding ABC Member made an impact on your company? As an active member of ABC Keystone, we have had the opportunity to network with various industry partners and become involved in the construction community throughout our history. Our partnership has put many employees through the apprenticeship program, which supports our dedication to training and education. Additionally, it has allowed us to be a local leader in the industry. This has made us even more productive at serving the evolving needs of our clients. What advice would you to potential and current ABC Members? Doing the hard work the right way pays off. Also, take advantage of the opportunities to build relationships, learn, and lead. Our industry needs our continued support as it evolves.

WARFEL CONSTRUCTION 1110 Enterprise Rd. East Petersburg, PA 17520 (717) 299-4500

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Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is "a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country."

What is CTE? "Career and technical education, or CTE, is education that directly prepares students for high-wage, highdemand careers. CTE covers many different fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, architecture, construction, hospitality, management, and many more. CTE encompasses many different types of education, from classroom learning to certification programs to workbased learning opportunities outside the classroom." The Keystone Chapter celebrates our CTE partners and students pursuing these high-demand careers, including our pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship classes. For more information on ABC Keystone's educational pathways, please reach out to stephanie@abckeystone.org. 7 5


“Kisa sa di?” By: Stephanie Larkin

VP of Education, Safety & Workforce Development

No, the title is not a printing error. It asks, “What does this say?” in Haitian Creole. You may be surprised, but Haitian Creole is one of the many languages spoken by students attending classes at ABC Keystone. We are seeing a trend where the ability to read or speak English is no longer a given. Instructors report that students come to classes speaking French, Spanish, Nepali, or Burmese. This leaves us unprepared to teach them because maybe they can speak some English, but they can’t read it. In fact, some may not be able to read their native language, either. As companies seek out new pockets of talent, we expect the number of non-native English speakers will only increase.

It is vitally important students can understand the concepts introduced during training, especially regarding safety. We want to ensure each student can be successful in their training and education, so where do we begin? Hiring translators may seem to be an obvious first step, but we don’t yet know the needs of members in this regard. We’re also finding members may not recognize the extent of the language barriers faced by their employees and find themselves relying on other employees to translate, an inefficient method at best, and ineffective at its worst. Since these barriers are widespread, ABC Keystone will add a box to class registrations to confirm the student can speak and read English or, if not, what language they speak. All written

"It is vitally important students can understand the concepts introduced during training, especially regarding safety." exams will be in English. Any other language, language barriers or reading comprehension issues should be communicated to us or addressed prior to sending a person to the class. For those entering registered apprenticeship, we will adopt an English Comprehension assessment test as part of enrollment. In the same way our math exam allows us to identify those who will benefit from additional education, the English exam will allow us to quickly respond to language needs. Finally, we will be formulating and sending a survey to capture information on how we can help overcome language barriers and continue to provide the best education and training. Thank you in advance for responding to the survey. 6

Connecting You with Colleagues in Your Area!


TOPIC: Moving PA Labor Policy Forward in 2024 Join us as we review current policy priorities, the status of bills, and how to shore up successes in a critical election year. PRESENTER: Jim Willshier

Director of Government Affairs ABC Keystone

“I thoroughly enjoy the premise of the “Wake-up Call” meetings. They are early in the morning so as not to break up or interrupt the day. The topics I have seen have all been relevant and worthwhile, the venues have been convenient to my location, and the times have been condensed to where I obtain great information but can still make it into my office by 9 a.m.” – Tony Forlizzi Sheet Metal Specialists, LLC

For More Information Contact:

Carpentry Technology Mike Bachman Steven College Director Thaddeus of Membership of Technology


Develop your business network and get pertinent info on topics that affect your livelihood. Network and exchange ideas and views with your peers from the region. • Network with ABC members in your area and grow your business • Valuable information on topics that affect your business • No-cost opportunity to engage with ABC Keystone and members • Invite a colleague to join you!

Register Today for this NO-COST Event! REGISTRATION: 7:15 am - 7:30 am MEETING TIME: 7:30 am - 9 am • FEB 13 Northeast Region | Sponsored by EHD Location: RKL Wyomissing, PA • FEB 22 Nittany Valley Region Location: ABC Keystone Nittany Valley Office Howard, PA • FEB 28 Southwest Region | Sponsored by McConkey Insurance & Benefits Location: Investment Real Estate LLC York, PA • MARCH 12 Lancaster Region Sponsored by RKL Location: ABC Keystone Manheim, PA



KICK-OFF TIME FOR PA ELECTIONS ballot box. Several state legislators have announced that they will not run for re-election (at least 14 have already confirmed that they are not staying in their seats.) There are also many congressional and state legislators seeing challengers.

Quite a few football fans in Pennsylvania are disappointed heading into this year’s Super Bowl (especially those of us who are Steelers or Eagles fans). What is kicking off right now is the start of election season in our state, which may be less exciting for some but will set the stage for an impactful future.

ballots on April 23rd. While it is far too early to know who may appear on ballots yet, the need for signatures and getting traction for name recognition means that you have an opportunity to talk with those candidates (incumbent and newcomers) when they are the most anxious to speak with the public.

Right now, everyone running for office in this year’s election must circulate petitions to be signed by the potential constituents of that office’s jurisdiction. Valid petitions are due by mid-February, and those names appear on Primary

There will be new faces in Pennsylvania politics, which presents an opportunity to educate those individuals as potential advocates for merit shops regardless of the results at the

We encourage you to find events where candidates may introduce themselves to their district. ABC Keystone has been tracking the votes of sitting legislators and will soon make recommendations based on their records to give you time to research before the primaries. While all this may sound far away and unimportant, it will be here soon. For the state House of Representatives, this year’s election could finally settle the narrow oneseat majority democrats have, or it could give them an even more substantial majority. In Congress, there is an equal battle for who may take control of the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House continually needs a coalescing force. ABC Keystone encourages its members to get involved with legislative, political and regulatory proposals that impact the merit shop construction industry. We provide resources for members to better understand, support, and voice opinions on legislation. 8




APPRENTICE INSIGHT Bryce Mayer | CARPENTRY 3A J.D. Eckman, Inc. What made you choose the trade you are learning? I chose the carpenter trade because my company offered two programs through ABC: carpenter and operator. It was easier to get a spot in the carpenter trade than the operator one due to availability at the time. What is one thing that surprised you about the trade you are learning? What surprises me the most is the difference between our company's carpentry and what most would consider actual carpentry taught in class. We mainly deal with rough carpentry, primarily 1/8" and not 1/16". We also deal a lot with concrete for bridges/roadways. What is your favorite thing you have learned in your apprenticeship program so far? My favorite thing I've learned in class is coping trim. I wasn't good at it, as I'd never done it before, but I did enjoy it. What motivates you to work hard? My motivation comes down to my work ethic; if a job needs to be done, I get it done with no complaints. I don't go to work not expecting to get my hands dirty. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 5 years, I still see myself with my current company, J.D Eckman. Maybe I will start moving up, position wise, if the opportunity arises.

What do you like to do in your free time? I usually go out on the water in my free time if the temperatures are decent. I also enjoy working on my vehicles. During the winter months, I rebuild my PWC for the next season. I also dabble on the computer and teach myself CAD as a hobby for a CNC mill that I restored. Are you a morning person or a night person? I am a night person to the point where I sleep better during the day. During the summer, I especially like working at night due to the lower temperatures.

For more information about ABC Keystone's Apprenticeship Program contact: Cindy DeWire at cindyd@abckeystone.org 10



Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience as we bring together industry professionals from the construction industry for ABC Keystone’s first annual Safety Summit. The Safety Summit features access to the most up-to-date information and resources on construction safety and health. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with experts in the field, learn from their experience, and discover new tools that will help you create a safe working environment.

May 22, 2024 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Keynote Speaker:

ABC Keystone 135 Shellyland Road Manheim, PA 17545 The event will kick-off with a keynote address from Joseph Hileman, Training Specialist from Blue-U Defense. The day will also include break-out sessions on construction safety, vendors, STEP Luncheon and a happy hour/networking hour to end the event.

Joe Hileman

Co-Founder and Training Specialist for Blue-U Defense





GOLD SPONSORS Acuity Advisors and CPAs, LLP Aerotek All Set Tile & Marble Co. Inc. B & B Integrations Barley Snyder

SILVER SPONSORS Associated Products Services, Inc. Brown Plus Fulton Bank D.E. Gemmill, Inc. Leer Electric, Inc.

CB Construction Services, Inc. EHD Garrety Glass, Inc. Hess Auctioneers, LLC Horst Construction Co.

GR Mitchell, Inc. Paramount Contracting, Inc. R.A. Walton & Company, Inc. The Witmer Group

BRONZE SPONSORS Commonwealth Fire Protection Co. ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC Haller Enterprises Remco Inc.

Hursh Painting Co., Inc. MVE Group Martin’s Flooring M. Potteiger, Inc. Providence Engineering

RKL Smucker Company Trout CPA

March 7, 2024 | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Specialty Contractors, Architects, Engineers, Site Designers, and Suppliers: Meet multiple general contractors! General Contractors will have booth displays set up, giving attendees the opportunity to work the room at their own pace and have one-on-one and meaningful conversations to make connections and grow their network. • Showcase your team’s quality work and proficiency. • Promote your company and build your business. • Strengthen relationships with industry-leading General Contractors. • Gain first-hand information on upcoming projects and bid qualifications.


Register today at ABCKEYSTONE.ORG



Dave@AustinElectricPa.com (717) 466-4055 www.AustinElectricPa.com

Tell us about Austin Electric. At age 14, I started working summers for a local electrician. After graduating from high school, I decided to become a full-time electrician. I continued to learn many things regarding electrical work, including the fact that I enjoyed working with customers on special projects! The 2008 recession in new housing made it evident that I needed to make changes. With encouragement and a small loan from my dad, I struck out independently. After enjoying the first three years in business, I was diagnosed with cancer. During chemo treatments, I was forced to spend more time behind the desk. I was amazed to find that moving into the office more regularly was one of the best things for the business! I paid more attention to our customers and the details of their special projects. After months of chemo treatments, I was blessed to receive a cancer-free diagnosis!

As our team continues to grow, we also see excellent growth in the commercial construction market. We continue to put personal relationships and prideinducing workmanship as our primary goals. We seek to honor God, in all the work that we do. What is the best part about the work you do? Working with clients and employees to accomplish their goals.

Over the next several years, we enjoyed continual growth in the company. We have always focused on special custom projects that require great attention to detail. If it matters to our customers, it matters to us!

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! BC Supply LLC Eric Yeager, Manager

Belfry Builders LLC Nicholas DeTore, President

1410 North Franklin Street Chambersburg, PA 17202

PO Box 396 Gap, PA 17527



(717) 261-0016

(484) 574-0997



JPT Architects, PC Brent Spangler Senior Electrical Project Manager 244 Walnut Street Johnstown, PA 15901 www.jptarchs.com (814) 536-5321 bspangler@jptarchs.com Sponsored By: Roger Brubaker MVE Group

Keystone Steel Structures Elam King, Partner

mulá group Nora Brooks Weder, Director of Operations

3013 Compass Road Honey Brook, PA 19344

325 Cottage Hill Road York, PA 17401



(484) 722-8274

(717) 880-0131



Navarro Brothers LLC Brett Hockenberry, Vice President

Traditions Bank Cathy G. Cella, Community Outreach Administrator

5150 Lindle Road Harrisburg, PA 17111

226 Pauline Drive York, PA 17402



(717) 939-0390

(717) 747-2611



Sponsored By: Steve Conway Pyramid Construction Services LLC, A Quandel Company

Sponsored By: Jeff Witmer Pathway Business Advisors 18



Winter Regional Construction Wake-up Call – Northeast Region


Communication is Everything! Part of the Leadership Development Series


Immigration Forum for ABC Members Hybrid Event

2/14 Human Resources Contractor Peer Group 2/19 Adult AED, CPR, & Basic Medic First Aid 2/20

Overcoming Incivility in the Workplace Part of the Leadership 2.0 Series


Safety, Security, Health, and Leaves of Absense Management Part of the Human Resources Management Academy – Virtual Course


Competent Person for Confined Space Entry


Winter Regional Construction Wake-up Call – Southwest Region


7 Habits of Highly Effective People®


Basic Blueprint Reading


Superintendent Training Program (STP) Improving Productivity & Managing Project Costs


Human Resources Contractor Peer Group


Winter Regional Construction Wake-up Call – Nittany Valley Region

SAVE THE DATE CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY CONVENTION June 11, 2024 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Maria Davidson CEO & Founder of Kojo

ABC Keystone 135 Shellyland Road Manheim, PA 17545


Career Development Education, Safety Training & Networking


3/4 Adult AED, CPR, & Basic Medic First Aid



Project Management


Construction Estimating I


Delegating for Results -Part of the Professional Development Series


OSHA 30-Hour Construction


Meet the Generals


Dynamic Crew Leadership


Winter Regional Construction Wake-up Call – Lancaster Region


Attitude Adjustments 3/26 Part of the Leadership Development Series


Motivating Fellow Employees Part of the Leadership 2.0 Series

ABC Bluebeam Courses: Free Launch Webinar - Virtual Event

3/18 - 3/21 Construction Wars 3/27

HR's Strategic, Operational & Administrative Roles Part of the Human Resources Management Academy - Virtual Course



The Power of Understanding Conflict & Games Playing Hybrid Event Part of The Power of People Series Competent Person for Jobsite Safety Inspections Meet the Generals


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Congratulations to these members celebrating milestone anniversaries in February 2024! 60 YEARS

Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.


Donald B. Smith, Inc.

Kautz Construction Co.

LaPorte Painting, Inc.


Industrial Caulk & Seal, Inc.


• Create your own workforce through formalized training. • Increase productivity, safety & profits. • Expand your workers' knowledge base. • Bid work more competitively.



#ABCMeritShopProud Wagman Announces Purchase of New Office Building Wagman is excited to announce the purchase of 3265 Farmtrail Road. After construction and renovations, Wagman plans to relocate York office personnel. This will be the new main office in York, PA for Wagman, Inc., Wagman Construction, Inc. and Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc., including Wagman’s Geotechnical Operation for the north. The office relocation will allow for long-term expansion plans for Wagman’s Field Service Center, which maintains their equipment fleet at their current 3290 North Susquehanna Trail campus. Mike Glezer, CEO of Wagman, Inc, comments, “Our main office building in York has served us well for over 50 years, but the maintenance is costly, expansion options were limited and the layout presents constraints to our teams. We also need more parking.” Since Mike and wife Lisa Wagman Glezer, President/fourth generation owners started 20 years ago, the company as a whole has more than tripled in terms of people, volume and revenue. Wagman has been based in York County since 1902. The company has two operational offices in Virginia, but the headquarters for operations and the human resources, accounting, legal, IT, marketing, and safety teams are all primarily centralized out of the York office. Glezer adds, “We spent several years looking at land and buildings and conducting evaluations. Staying close to our Field Service Center and the I-83/Route 30 Corridor was a preference. 3265 Farmtrail Road has been a consideration for several years since it was adjacent to our existing campus. Our team is very excited.” The GGS building at 3265 Farmtrail Road was originally built by Wagman Construction. In addition to the location, it has a more conducive space to work with. It also features additional parking and green space with a walking path. Wagman is working with Warehaus on design on Wagman Construction will be the contractor for the renovations at 3265 Farmtrail Road.

SCHAEDLER YESCO finalizes purchase of CLARION ELECTRIC SUPPLY Schaedler Yesco Distribution, Inc. has finalized the purchase of Clarion Electric Supply. The purchase included all assets for the 2-location supplier. Schaedler Yesco Distribution, established in 1924, is a 4th generation family- and employee-owned provider of complete connected solutions for the electrical industry. With this purchase, the company now operates 26 locations in Pennsylvania, 2 in Ohio, and 1 in New York. "We have been very intentional about the growth strategy in our western region," said company president Farrah Mittel. "Folding Clarion's two locations into our footprint allows us to serve Northwest PA more efficiently and effectively." The transition is underway as the company works to ensure a smooth transition. “Everyone is excited about our next chapter together," said Mittel.

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2024 Submission Timeline February & March 2024

Insider’s Guide to EIC Entries by appointment; please contact emily@abckeystone.org

April 12, 2024

Intent to submit form due

June 14, 2024

All entry materials due

June 28, 2024

2024 STEP Applications due* *STEP membership is a scoring factor in ABC Chapter and National EIC Awards

For more information, contact: Emily Winslow Director of Events & Sponsorships (717) 653-8106 emily@abckeystone.org

October 11, 2024

Submit award acceptors

November 2023

2024 EIC Awards Gala


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