Company History

Woodland Contractors began operating in a home office in 1987. With three employees, Bill Smeltzer was the builder, manager, job foreman, and bookkeeper. Initially, projects included custom build additions, renovations, and subcontract work to larger construction companies. As the size of projects grew to include new home construction and commercial projects, additional employees were hired as the need for more skilled tradesman and laborers arose. Office staff was hired to perform bookkeeping and payroll duties. Steady work, competitive wages, and a benefit package encouraged employees to stay, resulting in a very low employee turnover.

Responsible management encouraged growth and in 1993, Woodland Contractors outgrew the home office and moved to its current location on King Street in South Lebanon Township, which had once been a shoe manufacturing company. The property consists of two buildings; one was renovated to provide the classrooms, cafeteria, and kitchen facilities for the IU 13 Headstart Program; Woodland's shop and office were housed in the second building.

 
Growth & Diversification

Through the late 1990s and early 2000s, Woodland Contractors has continued its steady growth and diverse operations.  During this time, Woodland expanded to include site excavation services and in-house design services.  Billy Smeltzer and Carrie Boyer joined the management team and work closely with Bill to provide individual attention to each project.  In the winter of 2003, Woodland had continued to grow and moved its offices to the first building, allowing space for a millwork shop and additional storage in the second building. 

The construction trades are dependent on the economy. The only way to continue to grow is to be diverse in the product you can provide. Increased residential construction one year does not guarantee the same the following. Available work cycles between residential, commercial, and industrial projects as well as careful planning make it possible to offer the diverse services each type of project requires in order to provide constant year-round growth and employment.

 
Community Involvement

The considerable amount of time, energy, and attention Bill, Billy, and Carrie devote to the operation of Woodland Contractors does not deter them from generous community involvement.

Bill is involved in many local organizations including Lebanon Community Library, Myerstown Rotary, and volunteers for fundraisers and projects. He is past president of both the Lebanon County Builders Association and the South Lebanon Lions Club, and contributes time, labor, and materials to projects of each organization. He contributed time and energy to the youth in his community through Boy Scouting as an assistant scoutmaster. He also serves as vice-chairman of the North Lebanon Township Planning Commission and is an active member of Friedens Lutheran Church.

Billy is an active member of the Lebanon County Builders Association, Prescott Volunteer Fire Co, his children’s youth sports leagues, and is an active member of Friedens Lutheran Church.

Carrie has served on the Lebanon County Commission for Women, Junior Achievement of Central Pennsylvania Board and as a classroom volunteer, an active member of the Lebanon County Builders Association, an advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness through numerous activities, and is a member of the Eastern Lebanon County School Board of Directors.  Carrie is also involved in her children’s sports leagues and their school activities and is an active member and Children’s Church teacher at Friedens Lutheran Church.

Woodland Contractors has been involved in community projects at the Lebanon County Fire School, Lebanon Fairgrounds Expo Center, Habitat for Humanity Building Blitz, and Philhaven Hospital. The company has also supported the community through donations to the Lebanon High School Stadium, the Humane League of Lancaster County, the Lebanon Community Library, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Good Samaritan Hospital, and several other service organizations in the Lebanon area.

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