Keller Engineers of New Jersey, LLC Celebrating One Year of Business
Our Camden, NJ office recently celebrated its one-year anniversary! The formation of this Keller Engineers’ subsidiary has enabled us to establish a local presence to support our expansion efforts. The opening of the Camden office demonstrates our commitment to providing excellent client service, quality, and a sustainable approach to this region. Camden is on the rise!
The day-to-day operation of Keller Engineers of New Jersey, LLC is managed by Sam Mody, PE, President.
Keller Engineers Employees Participate in Office Madness
In March 2018, Keller Engineers employees participated in the First Annual Office Madness event sponsored by The Giorgio Foundation. The fundraiser event included office-themed games and light-hearted competition with over 20 local companies and organizations.
The goal of this fun-filled event was to increase awareness and raise funds to support The Giorgio Foundation, which is a children’s foundation for NF1 awareness and research.
Our employee team was made up of Joe Gaeto, Jonathan Chwatek, Matt Stoehr, Brittany Eckenrode, Dave Cunningham and Jeff Wos.
Keller Engineers Annual Employee Meeting
In March 2018, we conducted our Annual Employee Meeting. This serves as a great opportunity for all of our employees in the Hollidaysburg, PA, State College, PA, and Camden, NJ offices to come together to celebrate the successes of 2017 and learn each division’s goals for 2018.
The Annual Meeting also serves as an opportunity for a group photo! We are proud to showcase our dedicated team of employees!
Local Engineering Firms Support Food Pantry
The Ninth Annual Engineers Fight to CAN Hunger food drive began on February 1, 2018 and concluded during National Engineers Week (February 18th – 24th) on Friday, February 23, 2018. Local engineering firms in Blair County participate in this food drive to replenish food/goods at the American Rescue Workers Food Pantry in Hollidaysburg, PA.
Keller Engineers, Inc. has been a participant in the food drive since it’s inception nine years ago. This year, Keller employees donated 2,926 pounds of food/goods, which equated to 71.37 pounds donated per employee. One anonymous employee offered to donate .50 cents for every dollar collected, up to $300 to purchase additional goods.
Keller Engineers was one of four local firms that participated in the food drive competition, including Gwin, Dobson & Foreman, McLanahan Corporation Administration and Engineering Departments, and Stiffler McGraw. PennDOT District 9-0 also participated by contributing a monetary donation.
Collectively, the firms donated 10,941 pounds of food/goods to the American Rescue Workers during this food drive!
Keller Engineers Employees Celebrate National Engineers Week
In celebration of National Engineers Week (February 18 – 24, 2018), representatives from Keller Engineers visited the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library on February 20th to present hands-on engineering activities to school-age children.
Adam Long (Landscape Architect, Land Development Division) helped the children design their own city park, Dave Cunningham (Professional Engineer, Water/Wastewater Division) instructed the children on designing a city water system, and Angela Reilly, Kevin Campbell, and Jake Ergler (Bridge Engineers, Transportation Division) helped the children to build city bridges.
Over 60 children and accompanied adults, along with our employees had a great time! We are thankful for the opportunity to teach young learners about engineering!
If you follow us on Social Media, you may recall our first annual Mischievous Elf Competition. We had 12 employee teams, tasked with creating a mischievous elf display, while playing for a charity of their choice. Our Facebook Followers determined the winner by voting for each team’s display. The winning team’s charity received a donation from Keller Engineers.
Pictured are a few members of “The Fruit Cakes” team (left to right) including Wendy Rossman, Brittany Eckenrode, and Dan Carabaugh. They presented the donation check to two representatives from their charity, Mom’s Pets of James Creek, PA.
Keller Engineers Inducted into the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame
Keller Engineers, Inc. was one of five local businesses inducted into the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame on Monday, October 16, 2017. The spirit of the Business Hall of Fame is to identify businesses that heavily influence the economy of our county, but also make a huge impact on the quality of life of our community.
“We are honored,” Joe Keller, PE, President said. “It is a tribute to our employees and the great job that they do. We were surprised and appreciate that we were nominated for this award.”
The Hall of Fame, established in 1990, now includes 133 firms. Hall of Fame recipients must have a history of at least 25 years and a lasting effect on commerce generated in Blair County.
Keller Engineers’ Annual Golf Outing Raised $12,000 to Benefit the American Rescue Workers
On August 7, 2017, we held our 13th Annual Keller Open/Paul Kirby, Jr. Memorial Golf Outing at Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg, PA. All proceeds benefited the American Rescue Workers; an organization actively supported by Paul. This is a fun event, that includes 18-holes of golf, a putting contest, dinner and prizes.
Keller Engineers Announces New Hire
Brittany Eckenrode joins Keller Engineer’s Business Development Division.
Hollidaysburg, PA – August 28, 2017 – Keller Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Brittany Eckenrode as the Business Development Team’s Marketing Specialist.
Brittany is a 2008 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Advertising and Minors in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies.
Keller Engineers of New Jersey LLC
Keller Engineers, Inc. is expanding! After 25 years of successfully serving Pennsylvania and surrounding states, we have opened an office in Camden, New Jersey. We are excited to share the good news with our loyal clients and friends.
Through our national involvement in the American Society of Highway Engineers, Keller Engineers’ staff had the opportunity to work with, and get to know Mr. Samir (Sam) Mody, PE. This relationship led to a partnership – Keller Engineers of New Jersey LLC. The formation of this Keller Engineers’ subsidiary has enabled us to establish local presence to support our expansion efforts. The opening of our Camden office demonstrates out commitment to providing excellent client service, quality, and a sustainable approach to this region.
The day-to-day operation of Keller Engineers of New Jersey, LLC will be managed by Sam Mody, PE, President. Sam has more than 33 years’ experience in the administration, management, design, and construction of civil/transportation projects in the Northeast Region of the United States. He is a 1988 graduate of Drexel University with a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a 1983 graduate of Drexel University with a bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering; he is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Our new office is located at 121 Market Street, Camden, New Jersey.
2017 Engineers Fight to CAN Hunger Food Drive
The 2017 Engineers Fight to CAN Hunger Food Drive, benefitting the American Rescue Workers of Blair County, brought in a successful 15,129 pounds of food for the local community this year! The following five groups of engineers came together to make this happen: Keller Engineers, Inc., Gwin Dobson & Foreman, Stiffler McGraw, the engineers at McLanahan Corporation, and P. Joseph Lehman, Inc. The firms like to turn this event into a competition to see who can collect the most food per employee. This year the winner was McLanahan Corporation.
Keller Engineers’ Employees Celebrate National Engineers Week
On February 21, 2017 at the Hollidaysburg Public Library, Girl Scout Troop 45602 came out to celebrate National Engineers Week with some employees from Keller Engineers! Jake Ergler, a member of the Transportation Division, led a tower building activity out of dry spaghetti noodles and gumdrops; Dave Cunningham, a member of the Water/Wastewater Division, showed the girls how to build water filters; and Angela Reilly, another member of the Transportation Division, instructed the scouts in bridge design made from paper!
Keller Engineers Announces New Hire
Keller Engineers is proud to announce the hiring of Martin J. Marasco. Marty has more than 45 years of experience in all aspects of the economic development process. He served as President and CEO of the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation and its predecessor organization, Altoona Enterprises, Inc., from 1994 until his retirement in June of 2016. Marty is a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School in Altoona, and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Saint Francis University. In 2011, Marty was honored by Saint Francis University with an Honorary Doctorate Degree.
Marty serves on countless state and local foundations, authorities, boards, and committees; and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including a Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence, a Distinguished Citizen Award, and in 2000, Marty was names the PA Economic Developer of the Year. In May 2015, a dedication was held for the Martin J. Marasco Business Park, named to honor Marty.
Marty’s most cherished blessings are his wife of 50 years, Carol, their eight children, and 20 grandchildren.
Keller Engineers Announces Promotion
Joseph G. Keller, PE, President is pleased to announce the promotion of Mark J. Haefner, PE. to Vice President, Director of Land Development.
Mr. Haefner has 22 years’ civil engineering experience, specializing in site layout, design, approval, and permitting of commercial and industrial development, residential subdivisions, and local, state and federal projects. He has been with Keller Engineers since 2003 – serving as a Project Engineer/Project Manager in the firm’s State College, PA office from 2003 – 2015; in 2015 he was promoted to the Director of Land Development Division in the Hollidaysburg corporate office.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University in 1995. He is a Pennsylvania Registered Professional Engineer and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. As the Director of Land Development, Mark is responsible for the supervision, management, and implementation of Keller Engineers’ Land Development projects and the Land Development Division team. Mark also serves as the primary client services contact for several municipal governments.
Keller Engineers Announces a New Hire
Keller Engineers is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Samir (Sam) D. Mody, PE. Sam has over 33 years of experience in the administration, management, design, and construction of civil/transportation projects in the Northeast Region of the United States. His experience includes planning, design and construction of bridges, highways, and commuter rail/transit infrastructure serving both public and private industries. Sam is a 1988 graduate of Drexel University with a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a 1983 graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering; he is a licensed Professional Engineer in PA, NJ, and DE.
Keller Engineers Announces the Addition of Four Associates
Keller Engineers, Inc., with locations in Hollidaysburg and State College, PA, is a full-service engineering firm offering civil and structural engineering, and surveying services.
Keller Engineers, Inc. is proud to announce it has added the level of “Associate” to their ownership structure. On December 13, 2016, four employees – David M. Cunningham, PE; Mark J. Haefner, PE; Brian E. Smith, PE; and Brian E. Wiser, PE – transitioned to the Associate level. Joe Keller, President, congratulated the new Associates stating “Promoting these professionals acknowledges our Board of Directors’ commitment to growing Keller Engineers, and recognizes the strong performance, contributions, and leadership strengths of these individuals.” “They have each continuously demonstrated their commitment to our firm’s culture, mission, and values; and most importantly, to their team members and clients.”
David M. Cunningham, PE began his career at Keller Engineers in 1997 as a high school intern; he is now in his 20th year with the firm serving in the Water/Wastewater Division. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering graduating from The Pennsylvania State University in 2002. As a member of the Water/Wastewater team, he serves as a Project Manager/Project Engineer responsible for the design and management of municipal water distribution and treatment systems; wastewater collection and treatment systems; obtaining and managing project funding; providing DEP compliance and reporting; municipal budgeting and rate analysis; and permitting. Additionally, Dave serves as the primary client services contact for several municipalities and authorities throughout Pennsylvania.
Mark J. Haefner, PE served as a Project Engineer/Project Manager in the firm’s State College, PA office from 2003 – 2015; in 2015 he was promoted to the Director of Land Development in the Hollidaysburg corporate office. Mark is a 1995 graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. As the Director of Land Development, Mark is responsible for the supervision, management and implementation of Keller Engineers’ Land Development projects and the Land Development Division team. He has extensive experience in site design; stormwater analysis and design; erosion and sediment control; site permitting; feasibility studies; and municipal reviews. Mark also serves as the primary client services contact for several municipal governments.
Brian E. Smith, PE graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He joined Keller Engineers in 2000 after working eight years for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Maryland. Brian serves as our Chief Highway Engineer and is responsible for leading Keller Engineers’ highway design team and managing a variety of highway projects. Additionally, Brian is responsible for staff management, project schedules, budgets and quality control. He has extensive experience in project management, highway engineering, hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, permitting, drainage, and quality assurance/quality control.
Brian E. Wiser, PE serves as Keller Engineers’ Assistant Director of Transportation. Brian began his career at Keller Engineers in 1995 as a summer intern; he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996 having earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Brian specializes in transportation structural engineering and related services. His primary responsibilities include client management, team leadership, project management, and quality management. Additionally, he is leading our expansion efforts in the railroad market. Brian has extensive experience working with municipal governments to secure funding, provide engineering support, manage municipal projects, and coordinate funding in order to ensure compliance. He serves as the firm’s primary client services contact for several local and county governments.
Keller Engineers professionals are dedicated to providing exceptional service and innovative design for infrastructure projects such as land development, transportation, and water/wastewater. The firm also provides complete surveying services and building structure design and analysis. For more information about Keller Engineers, Inc., please visit www.keller-engineers.com
Randall Kring of Keller Engineers, Along with Several Others, Received the Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association (PACA) “Project of the Year” Award for Laguna Splash Water Park
Congratulations to team members from New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Keller Engineers, Inc., and Leonard S. Fiore, Inc. for receiving the Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association (PACA) “Project of the Year” Award for the Laguna Splash Water Park located in DelGrosso’s Amusement Park. Keller Engineers created the Land Development Plan including permitting for the stormwater design, township approvals, and coordination with the subcontractors. Randall Kring, pictured second from the right, was the individual involved in the project from Keller Engineers.
Joe Keller Supports Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School for the Challenge Program
Pictured here are the 2015/2016 Underclassmen Award Winners from Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School.
Back, Left to Right: Cole Rinker (Academic Improvement), Ethan Wesner (STEM), Charles Patterson (Academic Excellence), Nathan Imler (Academic Improvement), Luke Fredrick (Community Service), Corey Patterson (Academic Excellence) and Business Partner- Joe Keller (Keller Engineers) Front Left to Right: Dominic Georgiana (Attendance), Jayden Jackson (Attendance), Nick Nale (STEM). Absent from photo: Patrick Donoughe (Community Service).
– To kick-off the 2016/2017 Program year, students from Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School were recently introduced to The Challenge Program, Inc. during an orientation assembly at their school. The assembly theme was an Olympic trial that demonstrated the interview screening process to help students Qualify for Success.
Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School’s business partner continuing their support for the 2016-2017 School year is Keller Engineers. During the assembly, students in the sophomore, junior, and senior classes were introduced to local career opportunities from Keller Engineers. Throughout the year, all students in these grades will be eligible to compete for financial awards in five areas linked with academic and workplace success: Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and Community Service.
Congratulations Joe Keller on Being Named a Penn State Alumni Fellow
On Wednesday evening, at an awards ceremony held at The Nittany Lion Inn, Joe received this honor from PSU President Eric Barron.
Since 1973, the Penn State Alumni Association has been giving this award to professionals who are leaders in their field. Those selected for the award are nominated by an academic college and invited back to Penn State to share their experience and knowledge with students, administrators, and faculty.
Joe was among 24 Alumni to receive a 2016 Fellow Award. Some other Alumni to receive this award include:
– Frank Coonelly, President, Pittsburgh Pirates;
– Martin S. Craighead, President, Baker Hughes;
– Mario A. Lafortune, Retired Director of Innovation, Nike Golf;
– Joanna Shields, Minister for Internet Safety and Security, United Kingdom;
– Mary Beth Ward, Environmental Appeals Judge, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Alumni Fellow Joseph G. Keller visits Penn State Altoona
Penn State Altoona Fellow award recipient, Joseph G. Keller, returned to Penn State Altoona on October 26 to meet with the students and take a tour of the new Penn Building at the downtown campus where many rail transportation engineering classes are held. Keller attended Penn State Altoona before transferring to University Park to complete his degree in engineering in 1976.
The Alumni Fellow Award, established in 1973, is life-long and the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association in cooperation with the University’s academic colleges, campuses, and the Office of the President. Alumni are nominated by a college or campus as leaders in their professionals fields and accept an invitation from the president of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators.
Keller is president of Keller Engineers, Inc,. located in Hollidaysburg, PA. He founded the company in 1991 and oversees the day-to-day operations, working with the firm’s board of directors to ensure policies lead to continued growth. Keller Engineers provides civil engineering, structural engineering, and surveying services to the public and private sectors. Twenty-nine of the firm’s 60 employees are Penn State graduates.
Keller began his career at P. Joseph Lehman, Inc., Consulting Engineers. He is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee.
Keller volunteers his time to support various non-profit organizations. A firm believer in the power of a strong community, he provides the time and resources necessary for his employees to do the same. Keller believes that a successful business comprises staff, clients, and the community. Keller serves on the Industrial Advisory Committee and the Philanthropic Council at Penn State Altoona. In 2012, Keller Engineers, Inc. was inducted into the Platinum category of Penn State Altoona’s Ivyside Society for making a major gift to support Penn State Altoona’s Rail Transportation Engineering program.
In 2008, Keller was selected as the Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Penn State Altoona honored Keller in 2015 with the Outstanding Alumni Award for being a leader in his career and community.
Life members of the Penn State Alumni Association, Keller and his wife, Joan, live in Hollidaysburg. Their son, Jared, works in suburban Washington, D.C.
Keller was recognized by the Penn State Alumni Association along with twenty-three other graduates on Oct. 26 at University Park. Each Alumni Fellow received a commemorative award, designed and hand cast by 1972 Penn State graduate Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, an acclaimed sculptor and medalist, and a 2007 Alumni Fellow.
Keller Engineers’ Golf Outing Raises $12,000 for the American Rescue Workers
Hollidaysburg, PA – August 22, 2016 – Joe Keller (far left) and Brian Smith (far right) of Keller Engineers, Inc., Hollidaysburg, present a check for $12,000 to Victor and Deborah LaValla of the American Rescue Workers, Hollidaysburg. One hundred percent of this contribution stays in Blair County to help those in our community in need of food, clothing, household items, and more. This charitable event is made possible through the generosity of the sponsors, contributors, volunteers and players that participated in the 12th Annual Keller Open/Paul Kirby , Jr. Memorial Golf Outing.
Keller has Always Treasured His Community
A Member of Keller Engineers’ Structural Team Places in Drafting Competitions
Keller Engineers’ new Structural Engineering Technician, Taylor Manges, placed in both a district and state Architectural Drafting competition for SkillsUSA. She took home a gold first place medal in districts and continued on to win a bronze third place medal at states, along with a scholarship to Penn Tech. In both contests, she had to use AutoCAD software and Revit to construct floor plans, elevations and sections from given parameters, along with a written test of 75 questions. SkillsUSA involves technical students in educational programs to demonstrate the skills they have obtained during their specific programs of study. Taylor’s program of study was Drafting & Design technologies at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center, where she first learned to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. She also completed her internship at Keller Engineers and has since been hired full time. She says “I applied knowledge that I obtained from Keller Engineers during my internship to help me during these competitions.” Taylor is now a member of the SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association and plans to assist with judging competitions and prepping students from the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center for future competitions.
Keller Engineers, Inc. Welcomes New Employees
Hollidaysburg, PA – August 1, 2016 – Since 1991, Keller Engineers, Inc. has been providing client-focused Civil and Structural Engineering, and Surveying services to the public and private sectors. The firm is comprised of 59 employees with offices in Hollidaysburg and State College, Pennsylvania.
Emily Diviney Joins Keller Engineer’s Business Development Division
Hollidaysburg, PA – August 1, 2016 – Keller Engineers, Inc. is proud to announce the hiring of Emily Diviney as the Business Development Team’s Marketing Specialist.
Emily is a 2016 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a Concentration in Marketing and Management and a Minor in Entrepreneurship.
Lorena Caldwell Joins Keller Engineers’ Accounting Division
Hollidaysburg, PA – August 1, 2016 – Keller Engineers, Inc. is proud to announce the hiring Lorena Caldwell. She is a member of the Accounting Team specializing in Accounts Receivable.
Lorena is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Accounting.
Taylor Manges Joins Keller Engineers’ Structural Division
Hollidaysburg, PA – August 1, 2016 – Keller Engineers, Inc. is proud to announce the hiring of Taylor Manges. Taylor completed a school internship with Keller Engineers’ structural team and was hired full-time as an Engineering Technician following graduation.
She is a 2016 graduate of the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center where she studied Drafting and Design Technologies. In a recent State Architectural Drafting competition, Taylor earned a Gold Medal in districts and in states she was awarded a Bronze medal and a scholarship to the Pennsylvania College of Technology.