Each year the Williamsport Award Program identifies companies it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community.
Brien Poffenberger, owner and president, said the award rightfully belongs to the skilled craftsmen who work for Gruber-Latimer Restoration.
"Our team respresents many years of experience and expertise. They have the skills needed to return an old brick home or a stone arched bridge to their original beauty," he said.
The Williamsport Awards Program annually honors the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Williamsport area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their bext practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
For more than 50 years Gruber-Latimer Restoration has been the "go to" company for stone and brick restoration, specializing in 18th and 19th centuries structures. Gruber-Latimer Restoration craftsmen have decades of experience and expertise in both residential and commercial projects.
Gruber-Latimer Restoration was founded in 1968 and over the last half century has become the premier stone and brick restoration firm in the quad state area. The company has helped restore many historic private homes as well as completing a significant number of projects in the commercial and public sector.
Founded by Hagerstown businessman Dick Gruber, the company quickly began developing an expertise in historic construction techniques. Jack Latimer became the owner in 2001 and focused the company’s efforts on masonry buildings in both the public and private sectors. Among Gruber Latimer Restoration customers are Antietam National Battlefield, Shepherd University, Rock Creek Park, the Maryland-Capital Park and Planning Commission and the C&O Canal. Notably, the company did much of the work on the Canal’s Big Slackwater restoration.
Today, the company is owned by Brien Poffenberger who took the helm in 2019. He has long been an advocate for historic preservation and was once a customer of Gruber-Latimer Restoration. Brien and his wife, Chase, own an historic home in Sharpsburg, MD. Brien’s family has been in the Sharpsburg area since the 1730s.