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Ben Reichley, LB Water Named 2015 Associate of the Year by NUCA Pa…Congratulations Ben!!!


Ben Reichley, LB Water










FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        CONTACT: Ric Jones

November 6, 2015                                                                            570-538-1550 ext. 223

LB Water Executive Named 2015 Associate of the Year by NUCA Pa.

SELINSGROVE, PA – Ben Reichley, marketing manager of Selinsgrove-based LB Water, has been named 2015 Associate of the Year by the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) Pennsylvania.

LB Water is a distributor of waterworks infrastructure products, including hydrants and valves, water specialty products, water metering equipment, sanitary sewer and stormwater products, environmental-erosion stabilization equipment, and other products.

NUCA Pennsylvania gives the annual award to an association member who has made significant contributions to the underground utility contracting business and to the association.

Reichley, 54, is the grandson of LB Water founder Lehman B. Mengel, who started the company in 1970 with two employees. The company has grown steadily over the years and now has eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia and employs 188 people. The company also serves clients in eastern Ohio, Delaware and northern West Virginia.

Reichley said he is honored by the award but considers it to be far more of a company award than a personal one.

“I proudly accept the award as a member of LB Water, which has shown its commitment to the utility industry for 45 years and has been a long-time active member of NUCA Pennsylvania and NUCA nationally,” Reichley said.

“In addition to its work with the association, LB Water has a long track record of success, and continues to grow on a solid base of honesty, integrity and pride in the products and services we deliver, as well as enthusiastic customer service. As our motto states, ‘We Make Water Work’.”

LB Water was sold to its employees in 2002 through an employee stock ownership plan. After expanding to five Pennsylvania locations through the early 2000s, LB Water established a location in Frederick, MD in 2007, added a sixth Pennsylvania location in 2012 in Oakdale, and then set up shop in Chester, Virginia in 2013.

Reichley’s association with LB Water began in 1974, the start of five years in which he spent summers working for the company, often riding in delivery trucks to job sites.“I basically grew up in the construction industry,” he said.

After graduating from Juniata College in 1984 with a BS in marketing and communications, Reichley founded and operated his own company, Contek/Agtek, which developed and supplied technology products to the construction industry throughout the United States. He returned to LB Water in 2010 and assumed his current position in 2012.

LB Water has been an active member of NUCA and NUCA Pennsylvania for decades. Reichley traces his own involvement in the organization to 1985, when he began attending NUCA events with Contek/Agtek and TOPCON, often taking part in panel discussions, legislative meetings and industry events.

He cited the need for greater government funding of waterworks infrastructure as a key issue, one for which he actively has been lobbying.

“We need as much or more attention on waterworks infrastructure as we do on roads and bridges,” Reichley said. “Many systems are old and outdated. It’s an area NUCA has been active in, and I hope to continue to work with the association on it.”

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 188 people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

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