ELA GROUP, INC. TRANSITIONS TO EMPLOYEE-OWNED

ELA GROUP, INC. TRANSITIONS TO EMPLOYEE-OWNED

ELA Group, Inc., (ELA) is pleased to announce it has completed the transaction to become 100% employee-owned through its newly formed Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

The firm, founded in Lititz in 1996 with offices in State College and Butler, PA, provides a wide range of Engineering and Landscape Architecture solutions to both the public and private sectors. 

With this transition, ELA has joined the growing list of companies whose employees are stakeholders in the success of the business.

According to the National Center for Employee Ownership, as of 2022 there are roughly 6,500 employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) covering almost 14 million participants. ESOPs motivate employees, increase productivity,

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LITTLE CONESTOGA BLUE/GREEN CORRIDOR: COLLABORATION ACROSS BORDERS

LITTLE CONESTOGA BLUE/GREEN CORRIDOR: COLLABORATION ACROSS BORDERS

European settlement of Penn’s Woods brought with it the timbering of those woods, the building of homes and settlements, and the landscape of agriculture.  In support of agricultural production, our earliest Pennsylvanians also re-routed creeks and rivers, harnessing their power behind low-head dams in order to mill grain and feed the Colonies.  As the structure of communities took shape, these same creeks and rivers often formed the borders of the Commonwealth’s counties, townships, cities, boroughs, and villages. 

As colonization gave way to western expansion and the building of a nation, the landforms of urban and suburban development flourished and many of the mills disappeared; however, the lasting footprint of their infrastructure remains.  Centuries’ worth of “legacy sediments,” trapped behind this network of dams,

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MINGI CHOU ACHIEVES CHESAPEAKE BAY LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL STATUS

MINGI CHOU ACHIEVES CHESAPEAKE BAY LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL STATUS

The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional program, announces that Mingi Chou, EIT, CBLP, Project Engineer for ELA Group, Inc. located in Lititz, PA, has earned the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) designation.

The achievement of the CBLP Level 1 designation demonstrates an advanced level of professionalism and knowledge of sustainable landscaping practices for a healthier Chesapeake Bay. Certification is voluntary and candidates must pass a comprehensive exam that assesses an individual’s command of sustainable practices in the design, installation, and maintenance of landscapes.  Advanced, Level 2 credentials are also available for highly experienced design (CBLP-D) and installation (CBLP-I) professionals.

CBLP-certified professionals have in-depth knowledge of sustainable landscape best practices and a focus on maintenance of stormwater best management practices.

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ELA GROUP, INC CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

ELA GROUP, INC CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

ELA Group, Inc. graciously thanks our clients for your support throughout the years as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

In October of 1996, ELA Group, Inc. (ELA) opened our doors to provide Engineering and Landscape Architecture solutions for our communities and clients from our corporate office in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Charles R. Haley, Jr., P.E., one of nine Principals, leads our staff from this location as our President.

In October of 2000, Matthew R. Harlow, RLA, Principal, wanting to move his family back to his homestead, opened our Central Pennsylvania office in State College, locally known as “Happy Valley”. Mr. Harlow, as our District Director: Central PA, oversees the daily operations of business and assures that our projects run smooth and within budget for our local clients.

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HELPING OUT SANTA

Donated gifts are ready to go!

Employees from ELA Group, Inc. gave Santa a helping hand by donating gifts to two families who have been affected by Multiple Sclerosis. 

Every December the employees “adopt” a family (or two) through the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The voluntary program allows employees and their families to share with families who are experiencing medical and financial difficulties.

This year’s gift drive was Covid compliant; lists and sign-ups were electronic and the annual Wrapping Party was switched to a “Wrap at Home” plan.

Amy, from the Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter of the MS Society, stood in for Santa. She and her husband picked up the gifts and completed a no-contact delivery. Although the process was different this year,

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ELA GROUP DONATES TO LOCAL FOOD BANK

ELA GROUP DONATES TO LOCAL FOOD BANK

The Thanksgiving pies came out early at the ELA Group, Inc. Employee Thanksgiving Dessert-only Luncheon. Employees shared all kinds of pies, even a pie-in-the-face, to benefit the Lititz Community Chest.

Before the dessert social, employees donated non-perishable food and voted, with their dollars, for one of the firm’s partners to get a Pie-in-the-Face. All in good fun, the event raised nearly $200 and over 285 pounds of food for the Lititz Community Chest.

Partner Hugh Cadzow, good sport and top fund-raiser, and was rewarded with a pie-in-the-face.

ELA Group is an Engineering and Landscape Architecture firm offering services to both the private and public sectors with offices in Lititz,

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TREATING OUR COMMUNITIES

TREATING OUR COMMUNITIES

Transportation Engineer, Michelle Madzelan, PE, and her children recently represented ELA Group, Inc. with treats, no tricks, at two community Halloween events.

Madzelan, daughter Emily and son Carter gave out candy and prizes from traffic cones at the Trunk or Treat and Blood Drive on October 19 in Lititz.  The event was sponsored by Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

On October 26, the Manchester Township Recreation Commission held their First Annual “Halloween in the Park”. Madzelan and family dressed up in hard hats and safety vests and decorated with traffic cones and caution tape, all tools of her trade.

Both events were free for participants and well attended by little princesses,

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CAMP MACK BREAKS GROUND ON NEW AQUATIC CENTER

CAMP MACK BREAKS GROUND ON NEW AQUATIC CENTER

ELA’s Project Manager Mike Huxta, RLA and Project Engineer Elizabeth Baldwin, PE worked closely with The Boy Scouts of America, Pennsylvania Dutch Council on their renovations to their fifty-year-old pool facility located at Camp Mack Scout Reservation in Lebanon County. The new facility will have a new changing building and Pool House for storage and pool mechanical equipment.

In addition to the new buildings the project will include renovations and site amenities listed below. Many of these features are needed to accommodate a growing population of Scouts and provide Scouts with various degrees of swimming capabilities a better opportunity to enjoy the pool and improve their swimming.

  • A new “zero entry” pool that allows users to walk into the shallow end.

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CHERYL L. LOVE NAMED “WOMAN OF INFLUENCE”

CHERYL L. LOVE NAMED “WOMAN OF INFLUENCE”

Cheryl Love, RLA, does not seek out the limelight, but it found her as she and other “Women of Influence” were honored at the Central Penn Business Journal Awards Banquet. The awards are based on experience, integrity and leadership.
Love was chosen as a “Woman of Influence” based on her work as a Landscape Architect and Land Planner, and for her volunteer work with ACE Mentoring program.

Love, a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA), is the lone female partner at ELA Group, Inc., an Engineering and Landscape Architecture firm with three offices in Pennsylvania.

Nominated by her supervisor, Love was described as “A gifted Landscape Architect with passion and energy for making the community great,

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ELA GROUP REPRESENTED at VETERANS HONOR PARK DEDICATION

ELA GROUP REPRESENTED at VETERANS HONOR PARK DEDICATION

On a sunny, Sunday afternoon, the Veterans Honor Park of Lancaster County was dedicated and opened to the public. Six years of planning, fundraising and many hours of donated work came to fruition at the ceremony in Warwick Township, on June 9th, 2019.

Grant Hummer, President Emeritus, and Jason Best, RLA, represented ELA Group, Inc. at the ceremony. As the Warwick Township Engineer, Hummer has been involved with the park since its inception.

Several ELA Group employees donated time on various aspects of the park. George Smith III, P.E. prepared the stormwater analysis, Tyler Hill, P.E. prepared the erosion and sediment control plans, and Jason Best, RLA prepared the engineered site construction drawings based on hand-drawn sketches received from the designer,

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