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LB Water Hosts Second Annual Customer Appreciation Day

Tom Fess, a representative of Reed Mfg., a pipe tools and vices manufacturer, demonstrates a product for LB Water Frederick location manager Bryan Avery.

FREDERICK, MD--The LB Water location in Frederick, MD, held its Second Annual Customer Appreciation Day on October 30, 2014. LB Water customers and invited guests had the opportunity to participate in interactive demonstrations of some of the latest innovations in waterworks infrastructure products, such as smart metrology systems, leak detection devices and water treatment plant products, as well as the latest pipe, valves, hydrants and environmental products.

A total of 35 vendors were in attendance. The Customer Appreciation Day allowed 170 attendees, including LB Water personnel, to meet with the end-users of their products and engage in discussion under the roof of LB Water’s Frederick facility. The new Frederick facility, built in 2013, features 4,500 square feet of office space, 15,000 square feet of warehouse space and more than eight acres of outside inventory storage.

In April 2007, LB Water expanded its distribution reach from Pennsylvania into Maryland. The first location in Frederick opened many new business opportunities and the abilities to serve the metro areas of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The original location consisted of 3,800 square feet of office space, 6,700 square feet of warehousing, and four and a half acres of outside inventory storage.

LB Water is a value-added distributor of waterworks-infrastructure products for the Mid-Atlantic region, including water-metering technologies, water infrastructure, sanitary sewers, stormwater, and environmental—erosion/stabilization. It is a 100-percent, employee-owned organization that was voted among the Top 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania for two consecutive years. Founded in 1970 by Lehman B. Mengel, the company employs 181 people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

LB Water Announces Board Appointments

LB Water, a value-added developer and distributor of waterworks-infrastructure products for the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors.
 

Mark Pulaski

Mark L. Pulaski, CPA, CGMA, CFP, is a principal at Cornerstone Advisors in Allentown, where he focuses on estate planning for family-owned businesses.  His expertise includes strategic business planning, organizational alignment, and human-capital development. A graduate of Bucknell University who holds a master of science degree in financial services from American College, Pulaski also has a strong background in executive leadership in the banking industry.  Prior to joining Cornerstone, Pulaski was treasurer and chief financial officer, chief operating officer, and president of Wealth Management.  Previously, he served as an auditor and consultant for several national public accounting firms.
 

Matthew Markunas

Matthew G. Markunas is vice president of Central Builders Supply Company in Sunbury.  A graduate of Susquehanna University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Markunas began working for his family’s business at the age of 14 and is now part of the third generation of family leaders at Central Builders Supply.  Markunas and his brother, Anthony, also own and operate Meckley’s Limestone Products, Inc., a leading aggregate, bituminous concrete, and pulverized-stone supplier in the central Pennsylvania region.

“We are very pleased to have Mark Pulaski and Matthew Markunas as members of our governing body at LB Water,” said James App, chairman of the company’s board of directors, who also is serving as the company’s interim chief executive officer following the sudden passing of former chief executive Fred Steimling.  “Both Mark and Matt bring a wealth of expertise and experience that will help to guide LB Water as we continue to advance our role as leaders and innovators in the water infrastructure industry.”

In addition to Pulaski, Markunas, and App, Walt Van Nuys and Bill Everly, Sr. also serve on the company’s five-member board.

LB Water is a value-added distributor of waterworks-infrastructure products for the Mid-Atlantic region, including water-metering technologies, water infrastructure, sanitary sewers, stormwater, and environmental—erosion/stabilization. It is a 100-percent, employee-owned organization that was voted among the Top 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania for two consecutive years. Founded in 1970 by Lehman B. Mengel, the company employs 181 people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.


LB Water Names Interim CEO

 LB Water Names Interim CEO

SELINSGROVE, PA – LB Water today announced that Jim App, chairman of the company’s board of directors, will serve as interim chief executive officer.  App succeeds former LB Water CEO Fred Steimling, who died July 18 following complications from a cardiac arrest.

“LB Water’s board of directors has tremendous confidence not only in Jim App and his ability to lead the organization during this time of transition but also in the employees and management of the company,” said board member Walt VanNuys. “All day-to-day activities and related decision making should continue to function smoothly.”

“Everyone associated with LB Water has worked hard to create something that is bigger than any one of us,” said App, who will lead the organization with support from a transition-management team while the company conducts a search for a new CEO.  “Although this is a time of sadness, it is also a time of renewed confidence and energy for us, not only for ourselves and the customers we value and serve but also as a tribute to those who have gone before us.” App said the company will consider both internal and external candidates.


LB Water Holds Seminars at PA Rural Water Annual Conference

LB Water Holds Seminars at PA Rural Water Annual Conference

Selinsgrove, PA – LB Water recently held seminars at the annual PA Rural Water Conference in State College, PA. The PA Rural Water Association (PRWA) works cooperatively to support water and wastewater utilities throughout Pennsylvania that operate, maintain and manage systems responsible for providing safe drinking water and wastewater. The four-day conference attracts more than 1000 water and wastewater professionals in the municipal, infrastructure, urban planning and water supply industries.

At this year’s conference, LB Water was asked to lead educational seminars, with attendees earning CEU credit hours.LB showcased products, demonstrating how they are used, and lead discussions on best practices for waterworks distribution systems. Walt VanNuys and several other team members from the LB Water Selinsgrove, Ephrata, Stoneboro, and Ebensburg locations shared their expertise in product applications pertaining to Water Distribution Systems.

“We Make Water Work, and having been part of the water and wastewater industry for more than 40 years, LB Water prides itself on sharing our experience, industry knowledge and products with others,” said Walt VanNuys, Board of Directors. 


LB Water Announces Passing of its CEO

LB Water Announces Passing of its CEO

Fred Steimling, chief executive officer of LB Water, died Friday, July 18, due to complications he experienced following a July 3 cardiac arrest.  Jim App, chairman of LB Water’s board of directors, issued the following statement:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Fred Steimling. Fred’s sudden cardiac arrest earlier this month came as a great shock to all of us, and we, along with Fred’s doctors, family, and friends, had been hoping he would make a full recovery.  His passing as a result of complications from that event is the cause of great sorrow to all of us.

Fred was a great leader whose drive, insight, and accomplishments not only inspired and equipped those of us who worked with him at LB Water but also enhanced and improved the industry we serve.  He also worked diligently to build a strong management team that is well positioned to move the organization forward in his absence.

Fred is known for saying, ‘It’s about moving forward and not looking back. It’s the honest, straightforward solutions we offer every day at LB Water.’  Although those of us who worked with Fred will need time to adjust to these surprising and very sad circumstances, we will not lose sight of that mission. We will continue to provide the consistently high level of customer service and quality products that our clients have come to expect.

Steimling began his career with LB Water in 1984. He became vice president in 2003 and served as chief executive officer from 2008 until his untimely passing.


LB Water Recognized by Frederick County Board of Commissioners

LB Water Recognized by Frederick County Board of Commissioners

CEO Fred Steimling of LB Water pictured (center with award) with Frederick County Commissioners and LB Water sales staff.

Frederick, MD – The new LB Water Frederick, MD location was recently recognized by the Frederick Board of County Commissioners for their business leadership and outstanding contributions to the economic vitality of Frederick County. The company relocated to a larger, more efficient facility in September 2013 to meet their regional customers’ growing needs.

The new facility features 4,500 square feet of office space, 15,000 square feet of warehousing and over eight acres of inventory storage.

LB Water has been instrumental in improving the quality of waterworks infrastructure in Maryland by improving the security, safety and availability of affordable drinking water. The Maryland Rural Water Association (MRWA) recently named LB Water “Associate Member of the Year” for their commitment to the goals, programs, activities and services of their organization.

With the mission of providing seamless sales, support and services from the ocean to the bay and the mountains, LB Water has demonstrated its ability in “Making Water Work,” which promotes and improves the economic and environmental vitality of Maryland.

LB Water is a value added distributor of waterworks infrastructure products for the Mid-Atlantic region, including water metering technologies, water infrastructure, sanitary sewer, stormwater and environmental—erosion/stabilization. They are a 100% employee owned organization, voted in the Top 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania for two consecutive years. Founded in 1970 by Lehman B. Mengel, the company now employs 165 people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.


LB Water Opens First Location in Virginia

Richmond, VA – BREWCO Pipe and Supply of Chester, VA, will be joining the LB Water team effective July 1, 2013. LB Water, a value added distributor of waterworks infrastructure products, is headquartered in Selinsgrove, PA.

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The new location will be known as LB Water Richmond, in Chester, Virginia. It is LB Water’s eighth location overall, marking a milestone in the company’s five-year expansion plan.
 
Both companies have a strong history of serving the needs of municipalities and contractors by supplying products and application knowledge for waterworks projects.

In the words of CEO Fred Steimling, “LB Water is very pleased that the entire BREWCO team will be becoming a part of our employee owned company. It’s a perfect fit! Both companies have cultures founded on hard work, teamwork, and the goal of exceeding customer expectations. We share a vision of how to grow without losing sight of what got us where we are today—our people and our customers.”
 
BREWCO President, Chris “Buzz” Brewer’s response was equally enthusiastic. “We are very excited to be joining forces with LB Water. BREWCO’s commitment to customer service combined with the vast inventory LB Water has to offer is a definite win-win for our customers.”

LB Water is a 100% employee owned organization, dedicated to improving its strength as a value added distributor. Known for its exceptional customer service and support, product application knowledge, timely deliveries, and substantial inventory at each of its locations, LB Water is fast becoming the distributor of choice for waterworks infrastructure products.

Founded in 1970 in Selinsgrove, PA, by Lehman B. Mengel, the company now employs one hundred and sixty-five people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. LB Water was voted one of 2012’s top 100 places to work in Pennsylvania.


A Grade of D+? Not on LB Water’s Watch.

According to the American Society of Engineers, the infrastructure of the United States deserves a grade of D+. That’s up from the D it was awarded four years ago, but still indicates much work to be done.

But thanks to LB Water of Selinsgrove, the US infrastructure and the waterworks infrastructure of the Mid-Atlantic region are worlds apart when it comes to reliability. By hiring people with advanced capabilities and enhancing their expertise through training, LB Water of Selinsgrove and its partners have already made a tremendous impact on the local infrastructure.

And that definition of “local” is forever changing. LB Water has expanded recently to include seven offices across Pennsylvania and Maryland and currently services the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Hopefully by the next time the American infrastructure is graded significant improvements will be in place. LB Water and its partners are dedicated to making that happen—by making water work. Together.


LB Water Named One of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2013

Top Places

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (center left) present 2013 Best Places to Work award to LB Water CEO Fred Steimling

Selinsgrove, PA – LB Water was recently named as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in PA. This is the 2nd consecutive year the company has been given high marks by employees and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation.

Winners were selected based on a two-part survey managed by Best Companies Group. Employers were surveyed on the benefits, policies and practices of their company, while employees were evaluated on workplace experience and satisfaction.

As an ESOP, 100% employee-owned company, LB Water is motivated to be the best through shared success. From employee-run committees for strategic direction to continual education opportunities and product innovation, LB Water puts employees at the heart of their business. The company even recognizes individual employees in categories from safety to sales at an annual awards banquet.

LB Water joined the Best Places to Work list along with the top 100 small to medium-sized businesses with 25 to 249 employees. There was also a large company category for businesses of 250 or more employees.

Best Places to Work in PA has been a celebration of jobs and the employees who provide them since 2000 and was one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The award program is made possible by a joint public/private effort of Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), the PA State Council of SHRM and the Central Penn Business Journal. For more information, visit www.bestplacestoworkinpa.com.

LB Water is a value added distributor of waterworks infrastructure products for the Mid-Atlantic region, including water metering technologies, water infrastructure, sanitary sewer, stormwater and environmental—erosion/stabilization. They are a 100% employee owned organization, voted in the Top 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania for two consecutive years. Founded in 1970 by Lehman B. Mengel, the company now employs 165 people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.


LB Water Partners with Renowned Humanitarian

Walter Wang

As a value added distributor of waterworks infrastructure products, LB Water partners with a wide variety of vendors. On Wednesday, May 29th one of those vendors will be honored in Los Angeles by the DEA Educational Foundation as a Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. 

Walter Wang, Chairman and CEO of JM Eagle Inc., heads up the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic pipe. With twenty manufacturing plants in seventeen states, JM Eagle produces high quality PVC and HDPE pipe for a wide variety of applications. His professional achievements are undeniably impressive but they are matched, and perhaps even surpassed, by his humanitarian efforts.

As board member and lead supporter of the DEA Educational Foundation, Mr. Wang has furthered the education of Americans about the consequences of drug abuse through the new DEA Museum at the California Science Center.

He also donated a million dollars to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

But his philanthropic efforts are not by any means limited to the Americas. Mr. Wang has donated 400 miles of PVC pipe to a partnership between the United Nations and the Earth Institute of Columbia University’s Millennium Villages to help provide clean water to more than 300,000 people living in poverty on the African continent.

He has also funded the production of two award winning documentaries, one highlighting the plight of orphans left behind by the AIDS crisis in China’s Yingzhou District, and another focused on unregulated manufacturing’s damaging effects on rural China.

Whether the focus is North America, Africa, or China, Mr. Wang’s service to those less fortunate than himself spans the globe. LB Water is proud to do business with such a selfless humanitarian.


MRWA names LB Water “Associate Member of the Year."

Maryland award

LB Water has been recognized by the MRWA (Maryland Rural Water Association) as the “Associate Member of the Year,” for their support and service to the rural water association and the water industry in the state of Maryland.  

The MRWA mission is to improve the quality of life in the rural and small municipal communities of Maryland in regards to the security, safety, and availability of affordable drinking water while ensuring the proper treatment of wastewater and the protection of the environment. The MRWA’s services are provided free of charge and most of their systems service populations of less than 3,000, of which 500 have been identified in Maryland.

Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to goals, programs, activities or services of Maryland Rural Water in some fashion through either financial, program, legislative, regulatory, or training support. Nominees for the award must not be directly employed by a water or wastewater system and must be a representative of an agency not directly involved in the actual day-to-day operation or management of a water or wastewater system.

In the words of Melanie Provenza, Executive Assistant at MRWA, “LB has been an outstanding sponsor of MRWA for several years, and this past year also taught several classes for the association at various locations throughout the state. This is our small way of saying thank you for all you do to support MRWA!”

The LB Water associates who made this award and recognition possible includes the Frederick, Md. location under the leadership of Shawn Pulford, the meter team led by Bradd Everly, Mitch Franks, Ed Denver, and Mike DiBattista. The LB Pennsylvania teams in Chambersburg and Ebensburg servicing the western counties of Maryland were also instrumental in receiving this award. Teaming with LB Fredrick these locations created a seamless sales, support, and service effort by LB Water from the ocean, through the bay, and to the mountains in the State of Maryland.

LB Water is a 100% employee owned company dedicated as a  “ Value Added Distributor”   to the people and companies building the U.S. Mid Atlantic region’s water infrastructure. Founded in 1970 in Selinsgrove, PA, by Lehman B. Mengel, the company now employs nearly one hundred and fifty-five people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland, and was voted one of 2012’s top 100 places to work in Pennsylvania.


LB Water Hosts 17 Business Partners at 2013 Summit Event in San Antonio

SELINSGROVE, PA – The 2013 LB Water Partnership Summit was held January 30— February 1, 2013 at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, TX. LB Water, an emerging supplier of choice in the Mid-Atlantic states for water infrastructure and technology products, hosted seventeen partner companies to discuss the foundations of their past, their present successes and the future goals for their waterworks business.


The Summit was guided by three motives: communication, collaboration and celebration. In a series of business meetings and leisure activities, LB Water had the opportunity to discuss  business relations and engage in a dialogue with its partners about how they can better serve the water and wastewater industry.


With the philosophy that “the only thing separating us from our competition is our people,” LB Water operates within an employee-owned culture and values continuous employee development. In 2012, the company was named one of the Best Places to Work in PA by the statewide awards program made up of several Pennsylvania foundations and councils. LB Water used the Summit opportunity to educate vendors on those employee values and the successes that have come from those principles. Since 2010, LB Water has added 848 new customer accounts and expanded their market into Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey and Delaware.


At the Summit, LB Water also introduced a five-year strategic plan to increase profits, expand their service area, and broaden the services and products they provide. Currently, LB Water customers are independent contractors, followed by municipalities and government agencies.


Between business meetings, the attendees had the chance to enjoy the world class TPC golf  course, and a tour of San Antonio, including the Riverwalk and  the historic Alamo.


“The Summit was a great way to get to know the vendors and partners we work with every day and educate them on our growing success in the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Fred Steimling CEO of LB Water.


Founded in 1970 by Lehman B. Mengel, LB Water is a value added distributor of waterworks infrastructure products, including pipe, fittings & connections, valves, hydrants, water meter technology, water specialty products, sanitarysewer & stormwater products, erosion control products, tools and other specialty services. With offices in seven locations across Pennsylvania and Maryland, serving the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.LB Water supplies the products, services and expert support that make water work.


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Frederick MD New Location Flyer

LB Water Hosts PA Rural Water Training Program in Ephrata

PARW Training

As part of its longstanding commitment to providing continuing education for its customers, Selingsgrove-based LB Water hosted a seven-credit rural waterworks training course Wednesday, July 29, at its Ephrata location at 35 Pleasant Valley Road.

Course offerings included “Backflow 101,” instructed by Ralph Yanora, backflow specialist, Pennsylvania Water Specialties Company; “Leak Detection and Submetering,” taught by Chris McAfee, and “Small Meters,” presented by Ed Denver, both of LB Water’s Meter Team.
The 37 students who attended the program represented municipalities and industrial water and waste water purveyors from a radius of 75 miles from the LB Water Ephrata location.

Following the program training, Reed Rohrbaugh of Romac Industries, Inc., demonstrated the strength and integrity of Romac’s Alpha EC Wide Range Restraint Coupling system, applying more than 680 pounds of air pressure to the components, which had been installed at the ends of a section of PVC pipe.  At the conclusion of the demonstration, the pipe ruptured, but the Alpha EC Restraint Coupling remained intact and in place.

“It was a pleasure to showcase LB Water’s Ephrata Location to those who had never been there before, said Bob Schwalm, LB Water salesman. “Our guests were impressed with the facility, the volume of waterworks product inventory, and the courteous staff that make it all happen. I'd like to thank our entire LB Water Ephrata location team members for their professionalism and assistance in helping to arrange and host this successful training program.”

Water Technology Training Program Highlights Leak-Detection, Metering

Leak Detection Training

As Much as 50 Percent of Municipal Water is Lost through Undetected Leaks.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa – Knowing that leak-detection systems have discovered that as much as 80 percent of the water intended for delivery through a city or municipal water system ends up being wasted as a result of previously undetected leaks, Selinsgrove, Pa.-based LB Water hosted a Water Technology Training Program for its water-infrastructure customers on March 20 at the Penn Stater Conference Center.

Part of the company’s fifth, annual MARCH2O Madness WaterWorks Seminar activities, and attended by  65 customers, the training featured case studies of water systems, including the State College Water Authority’s meter-testing program, and the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority’s leak-detection program and meter/radioread programs. The event also included a detailed question and answer session with representatives from water-metering-technology vendor Sensus, leak-detection vendor Fluid Conservation Systems, and LB Water representatives.

“At LB Water, we address water conservation and reducing water loss with the latest technology and techniques in leak-detection and metering products and programs,” said Marketing Manager Ben Reichley. “We strive to provide value-added services and support to our customer base, and are pleased to offer this format of case studies and product demonstrations. Over the years this has been an excellent format for our vendor partners, customers and us at LB Water to discuss real world situations, best practices and successes, in water conservation and water loss,” added Reichley.

LB Water is a value-added distributor of waterworks-infrastructure products for the Mid-Atlantic region, including water-metering technologies, water infrastructure, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and environmental—erosion/stabilization. It is a 100-percent, employee-owned organization that was voted among the Top 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania for two consecutive years.  Founded in 1970 by Lehman B. Mengel, the company employs 185 people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

Pennsylvania Rural Water Association Recognizes LB Water

Friends of Rural Water Award

SELINSGROVE, PA – The Pennsylvania Rural Water Association has recognized LB Water for its dedication and work to improve water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure in rural Pennsylvania.  PRWA presented the “Friend of Rural Water” honor to LB Water on March 26 during the association’s annual conference, held in State College.

During the past 5 years, LB Water has worked closely with PRWA to conduct training sessions and develop promotional efforts designed to generate awareness, and offer solutions to improve rural water systems throughout Pennsylvania.

PRWA

 

“We are honored that PRWA chose to present LB Water with this award and are proud to have worked with the association to help address Pennsylvania’s rural water needs,” said board member Walt Van Nuys. “I would like to commend the dedication and hard work of our employees, whose efforts were recognized through this award.” Van Nuys added “PRWA is an excellent organization that works to promote the best practices of water systems, their membership is well served”.

Water Technology “Speed Training” Program Connects LB Water Customers with Industry Vendors

Water Technology “Speed Training” Program

PITTSBURGH, Pa – Using a format not unlike that found in “speed dating” scenarios, Selinsgrove, Pa.-based LB Water hosted a Water Technology Speed Training program on March 26 in Gibsonia that allowed groups of the company’s customers and invited guests to have “one on one” time with waterworks industry professionals.

Part of the company’s fifth annual MARCH2O Madness WaterWorks Seminar activities, the event offered the opportunity for 102 customers and guests to rotate through 18 minute training with 9 different LB Water vendor-partners representing water-metering, water-infrastructure, sanitary sewer, stormwater-managment, and environmental-erosion and stabilization products.

Following the training sessions a detailed question and answer period further discussed the products and services offered by LB Water and its vendor-partners.

“At LB Water, we believe it’s beneficial for our customers to have the opportunity to interact directly with many of the vendors who manufacture the products we distribute,” said Marketing Manager Ben Reichley. “We’re pleased to have been able to offer our customers this value-added experience to learn more about the waterworks-infrastructure products they’ve purchased or may be interested in purchasing in the future. It also provides our vendors with additional opportunities to hear directly from customers.”

LB Water is a value-added distributor of waterworks-infrastructure products for the Mid-Atlantic region, including water-metering technologies, water infrastructure, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and environmental—erosion/stabilization. It is a 100-percent, employee-owned organization that was voted among the Top 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania for two consecutive years.  Founded in 1970 by Lehman B. Mengel, the company employs 185 people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

MAKING WATER WORK FOR 45 YEARS

45th Anniversary

LB WATER BEGAN IN 1970 WITH ONE ENTREPRENEURIAL DREAM AND A VISIONARY AT THE HELM.

Lehman B. Mengel saw the need for an exceptional supplier of water and sewer products to contractors and municipalities in Central Pennsylvania. Because he had been a successful contractor and businessman, Mengel understood the importance of customer service and support, on-hand inventory and company pride. He built his company on those principles, and they are still at the core of its corporate culture today.

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LB Water is a value-added distributor of waterworks infrastructure products. These products include hydrants and valves, as well as water specialty products, water metering equipment, sanitary sewer and stormwater products, environmental-erosion stabilization products and more. Over the years, LB Water grew to include eight locations throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, serving clients in six states. But it is the continued attention to detail LB Water takes with its customers that is the reason it has thrived for 45 years and counting.

“LB Water’s service to their customers is second to none. It has been very evident to us at David H. Martin Excavating that the owners and employees at LB have their customers’ best interests in mind. They have always been very responsive to our needs no matter what the situation,” said Kirk Martin, vice president of David H. Martin Excavating. “Many times, even after normal working hours, they provided us with materials so we could complete our projects. LB Water’s inventory is vast. What they may not have at one location, they are sure to have at another. I have personally been involved with LB Water for over 20 years and have never found a more honest and loyal group of people in my career.”

In April 2002, the company was sold to the employees through an employee stock ownership plan ESOP). The employees now own 100 percent of LB Water, increasing the sense of pride, commitment, motivation and security in the company. With a firm belief that employees are its core strength and most valuable asset, LB Water places a high value on recruitment and professional development. These qualities also helped it earn recognition as one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania in 2012 and 2013.

LB Water Holds Seminars at PA Rural Water Annual Conference

Sellinsgrove Training

Selinsgrove, PA – LB Water recently held seminars at the annual PA Rural Water Conference in State College, PA. The PA Rural Water Association (PRWA) works cooperatively to support water and wastewater utilities throughout Pennsylvania that operate, maintain and manage systems responsible for providing safe drinking water and wastewater.

At this year’s conference, LB Water was asked to lead educational seminars, with attendees earning CEU credit hours.LB showcased products, demonstrating how they are used, and lead discussions on best practices for waterworks distribution systems. Walt VanNuys and several other team members from the LB Water Selinsgrove, Ephrata, Stoneboro, and Ebensburg locations shared their expertise in product applications pertaining to Water Distribution Systems.

“We Make Water Work, and having been part of the water and wastewater industry for more than 40 years, LB Water prides itself on sharing our experience, industry knowledge and products with others,” said Walt VanNuys, Board of Directors.

LB Water Holds Customer Appreciation Day & Open House

As part of its ongoing commitment to educational training for its customers, and in partnership with the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association, Selinsgrove-based LB Water presented a six-credit, continuing-education program at the Highland Sewer & Water Authority.

The program’s morning session featured a speed-training format, in which groups of 8 to 11 participants rotated through five presentations about building a water-distribution system. LB Water previously presented the class at the association’s annual conference in 2014 and 2016. 
The afternoon presentation, “Counting Every Drop & Understanding Water Loss,” covered details and best practices of leak detection and proper water-metering techniques.

 “Our employees and other attendees benefitted immensely from the hands-on training instructed by the LB Water Staff,” said Jeremy Horvath, assistant manager, Highland Sewer & Water Authority. “The real-life set up with the actual pipes, valves, fittings, and accessory kits was a great means to learn about the correct ways to install and maintain pipes within a water system.”

“The classes are designed to review basic fundamentals and bring new technology and techniques to the waterworks industry,” said Ben Reichley, LB Water’s marketing manager. “At LB Water, our personnel have the product and application knowledge to present classes that bring this information to our customers and other attendees. Partnering with PRWA enables us to reach a broad base of waterworks personnel and allows them to receive certifications they need to do their jobs.”

Presenters included Josh Dickert, Nate Smith, and Leonard Chattaway from LB Water’s Ebensburg facility, as well as John Brutz and Sam DeCara from the company’s meter team. There were 48 participants who attended the program, which was held December 5, 2016.

LB Water Holds Training Seminar for York Water Company

As part of its ongoing commitment to educational training for its customers, and in partnership with waterworks-tool company Reed Manufacturing of Erie, Selinsgrove-based LB Water held a waterworks training day at the York Water Company on December 8, 2016. 

The LB Water training featured product demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning about proper product applications and included specifications for and installation of ductile pipe, mechanical-joint fittings, couplings and repair couplings. LB Water presenters, representing the company’s Chambersburg and Selinsgrove locations, included Nate Elliott, Walt VanNuys and Ben Reichley.

Tom Fess of Reed Manufacturing presented various new waterworks tools and demonstrated pipe tapping with assistance from the program’s attendees.

“At LB Water, we pride ourselves in having the knowledge and experience to hold these training seminars,” said Walt VanNuys, who has 44 years of industry experience. “The classes review basic fundamentals and also introduce new technology and techniques to the waterworks industry.”

LB Water Holds Customer Appreciation Day & Open House

LB Water hosted a customer appreciation day and open house on October 27, 2016 at its Geoffrey Way facility. Customers and guests had the opportunity to participate in interactive demonstrations of some of the latest innovations in waterworks and infrastructure products, including smart-metrology systems, leak-detection devices and water-treatment products, as well as the latest pipe, valve, hydrant and environmentally friendly waterworks products. 
A total of 175 people attended the open house, including 20 of LB Waters’ vendor partners. The event enabled waterworks providers and the end users of their products to engage in discussions. LB Water’s Frederick facility includes 15,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space and more than eight acres of inventory storage.

“This is a great opportunity to show our appreciation for our customers and open our facility to guests and our vendor partners,” said Bryan Avery, Frederick Location Manager. “It allows us to interact, not only on a business level, but on a social level, as well. We value all who took the time to visit us.”

LB Water Expands Inventory of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Products

HDPE fusible pipe has a variety of unique properties that make it an ideal solution for waterworks infrastructure.

LB Water has completed an expansion at its Ebensburg location to accommodate an extensive increase in HDPE Fusible Pipe and Fittings. The additional two acres will address the requests from customers to make a bigger commitment and quickly service their HDPE needs in a timely manner.

LB Water’s delivery fleet of more than 40 trucks have been upgraded to transport the 40- and 50- foot lengths of HDPE stick pipe and the 100- to 500-foot HDPE coiled pipe.

The expansion of inventory is supplemented by LB Water’s fleet of HDPE fusion equipment (butt-fusion & electro-fusion) for rent or purchase. LB’s fleet of 26 machines offer options of track and wheeled machines to handle 1” - 18” including 10 electro-fusion machines. The larger machines are rented with an option of an enclosed cargo trailers with ramps for customer convenience. LB Water also offers fusion equipment training.

“The combination of available inventory and fusion equipment enhances our capabilities to consistently serve the demands of our customers,” said Shawn Pulford, chief executive officer of LB Water. “Remember, at LB Water we make water work, now we make HDPE work!”

HDPE fusible products have a variety of unique properties that make it an ideal solution for a variety of uses. Because of its flexibility, the number of fittings needed is often reduced. Recent technical advances have shown using HDPE products in waterworks projects reduces installation costs, improves flow capacity, and increases corrosion resistance to water and soils.