Zartman Construction: Over 45 years of doing it all

Zartman Construction Inc. has a been a part of the central Pennsylvania business scene since 1973 when Gene Zartman launched the company.

Over 45 years, the business has grown from a home-based company to a thriving enterprise with Gene’s son, David Zartman, serving as president.

David Zartman sums up the company as follows: “We do commercial, industrial and institutional construction,”

That means all sorts of construction, from build ing erections to concrete and carpentry work.

The company has a millright division performing industrial services.

In addition, Zartman Construction carries out machine moving, equipment set-up and dismantling activities.

“We do design build and construction management too,” David Zartman said.

The company, located on an 18-acre site at 3000 Point Township Dr., Northumberland, employs more than 125 people.

David Zartman and his son, Dan Zartman, who serves as project manager, noted that the company is busy these days.

With the the onset of summer, construction work can only be expected to pick up.

And that’s good news, following the long winter and wet spring which somewhat slowed down business.

“We put on about 15 field guys in the spring,” David Zartman said.

During any one week, the company may be juggling 20 to 25 jobs.

“I’d like to think of us as the clients’ contractor, largely because of all the repeat business we have,” Dan Zartman said.

One of Zartman’s big jobs under way is the construction of a new academic building at Bucknell University.

And some of the company’s biggest clients have been Bucknell as well as Weis Markets.

A recent project included construction of the Miller Center, a fitness facility in Lewisburg.

While most of Zartman’s jobs are in the region, the company does step out of the area for work.

Recent construction work has included the building of marijuana dispensaries in Carlisle and Steelton.

“Most of our work is in a 60-mile circle,” David Zartman said.

Over the years, the company has been involved in diverse construction work.

On a wall of a small conference room at Zartman headquarters, the father-son pair pointed out some of those projects.

They have included the erection of the roller coaster at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort and an airport traffic control tower.

Zartman also did renovations for the Speedwall Forge Dam in Lititz.

“We did all the concrete work on that,” David Zartman said.

He called buildings the company’s specialty.

“We are looking to do more metal fabrication,” Dan Zartman said.

David Zartman said the construction industry poses its challenges.

“You never build the same thing twice,” he said. “You have to adopt to conditions. You have to be nimble to what happens on the job site.”

There’s also the task of managing the jobs.

Most recently, Zartman launched Bear Rental, the company’s tool rental division.

Heaters, ladders, loaders, saws, trailers, chippers, trimmers, and heaters are among the equipment available.