As part of my continuing series of Organizations that “Get It”, one company that I believe fits the mold is Lobar, Inc. Since it’s founding in 1967, Lobar, Inc. has been offering the broadest possible range of professional services which reflect the company's understanding of the needs of the business by providing superior construction services at competitive prices, striving for excellence in customer relations and construction quality, and keeping in mind that their employees are critical to the success of the company.
As third-generation owners and builders, Lobar, Inc. is one of the few private, Pennsylvania-based, family-owned general contracting firms operating statewide. Over the past forty years, Lobar, Inc. has built its reputation, and today it has become a multi-million dollar enterprise, offering comprehensive, quality construction services for Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia.
Believing in the strength of a family business, Lloyd and Barbara Eichelberger started Lobar, Inc. with small, skillfully handled projects. They built an early reputation as a cost-effective, reliable contractor and established their name through quality service and workmanship.
The company grew through the increasing involvement of family members and it's commitment to providing quality work, with honest and fair treatment of owners, architects, vendors, and employees. With continuous development and progression, Lobar, Inc. plunged into large, multi-million dollar projects. Adhering to the principles of providing honest value and superior service to each client, Lobar, Inc. is now recognized as one of central Pennsylvania's largest and most experienced construction services firms.
Lobar, Inc. employs a full-service staff/field of more than 300 professionals comprising every discipline in the construction industry. They understand that employees and their welfare are most important to the success of the company. Therefore, they have made their long-range objective be the continuous development of a growing and prospering business through which both employees and the company will benefit. Lobar, Inc. also values and recognizes subcontractors as important team members. Their business philosophy is simple, yet it accounts for Lobar Inc.’s great success: They treat each subcontractor as family and the cornerstone of each Lobar, Inc. relationship is trust, confidence and performance. Their "Formula For Success" is Lobar + Subcontractors X Cooperation = Success.
Lobar, Inc.’s “Formula For Success” proves to be working! In 2003, Lobar, Inc. was recognized as the 4th fastest growing company in Central Pennsylvania. They have also been recognized as a Best Place to Work in PA for four years running (2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008). Rich Eichelberger, Lobar Inc.’s president, recognizes that these great honors are reflected by those who are highly valued: the employees. He said, “This is a terrific honor for our company because it mostly reflects how our employees feel about their work environment. And without our employees, Lobar Inc. could not be successful.”
The family tradition of the Lobar business is continuing as they prepare for the next generation of family owners and leaders who will carry on the construction tradition. I believe Lobar, Inc. will keep growing and prospering because they understand what they need to do to keep being successful: value not only their customers, but their employees as well.
Lobar, Inc. is an Organization that “Gets It”.