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Local company looks to expand operations

Pine Ridge Construction Management is looking to expand its operations since starting up in Williamsport just two years ago.

The company, which does construction projects in the Northeast, is also hoping to further make its imprint locally.

“It’s a good industry to be in,” Pine Ridge President Jerry Lariviere said. “We have a blend of senior guys and young people.”

Lariviere and Craig Miller agreed that starting a business might be something to try.

Lariviere knew Miller, who had worked in local real estate business, through a family connection.

“He married my daughter,” Miller said.

Lariviere, who had worked in New York City, liked the idea of moving his family to Williamsport.

The company does design construction and general contracting work for hotels, restaurants and retail spaces.

“Right now, we have a 360-unit affordable housing complex we are doing in New Jersey,” Miller, managing partner of Pine Ridge, said.

Another project included work at the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“Our specialty is retail,” Lariviere said.

Miller said the company does not focus on any particular market or building project and that’s been the key to its growth.

“Diversity is the big thing,” he said.

In 2020, the company took on COVID-19-related projects including infection protection measures in sports arenas such as Yankee Stadium.

Plans are in the works locally for a 40,000-square-foot retail site in Montoursville.

While Lariviere was unable to reveal complete plans, he said it will entail a multi-purpose commercial space project.

Lariviere and Miller feel Williamsport is a good location for their growing company.

“We employ people who are from around here,” Lariviere said. “We have two colleges that are feeders to us.”

He said Miller, as a longtime resident of the area, has the advantage of knowing people in the local market which they both hope to tap more for business.

However, they are looking at markets elsewhere too.

“We want to open an office on the West Coast,” Miller said. “We are looking to expand.”

From the company’s humble beginnings in January 2019, Pine Ridge has grown from two to 29 employees.

And, there are more jobs to fill.

The two acknowledged there exist growing pains in a new company but feel they are up to the challenge of meeting goals.

“We have been blessed to have some really good people,” Miller said.

Pine Ridge Chief Financial Officer Joe Caschera said the challenge is in delivering quality work while maintaining a degree of stability.

“It’s an experienced group of personnel here,” he said. “I see a growth year in 2021.”

Miller said, “I’m glad I came out of retirement. It’s been very rewarding.”

Added Lariviere: “We’ve stayed the course and stayed true to the foundation we built.”

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