Our History

May of 1966 | The first reported meeting of the then, Western Pennsylvania Utility Contractors Association (WPUCA), now known as NUCA PA. 

Participants were focusing their efforts to stop a proposal which would place pipe work under plumbers’ jurisdiction. Keeping pipe work under the Utility Contractors prevue was paramount. 

January 19, 1967 | The first recorded meeting was held at the Holiday House in Pittsburgh, PA. 

April of 1967 | The Association was incorporated and was granted its charter by Allegheny County Court. witnesses were Harold Schneider, John L. Spiegel, Lawrence Victoria, and Angelo Sciullo. 

November 30, 1967 | WPUCA’s first officers were elected. 

Carl Nardei was elected President, Paul Poknis Vice President, Angelo Sciullo Secretary, and Harold Schneider Treasurer. The first directors were Fred Zeglin, Lawrence Victoria, and A.H. Sweeney. 

May of 1968 | The Association Meeting was reported to have 20 contractor members and 12 associate members. March of 1969 A WPUCA office was opened at the Professional Building in Bridgeville, under the direction of Carl Nardei. 

June 27 and 28, 1969 | The First Annual Convention of National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) was held in Pittsburgh, , at the Redwood Motor Hotel. 

August 11, 1969 | A group of utility contracting industry leaders banded together to form the Utility Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania (UCAEP). 

UCAEP’s primary goals, as stated in the Articles of Incorporation were defined as, establish and preserve the identity and the common interests of the utility industry; promote better relations between utility contractors and governmental agencies, other contractors and the public; foster, encourage and maintain safety standards in the conduct of work; participate in or support legal actions, to the extent and in the manner deemed appropriate in each case, which affect the interests of utility contractors.

The eastern and western Associations cooperated through the 70’s and early 80’s under umbrella Task Forces such as More Work – Jobs Now; the Region 3 EPA Task Force; the Sewer and Water Task Force, etc. Tony Shuttle, Harold Schneider and Emanuel Paris provided long-term leadership to these Task Forces whose efforts resulted in increased industry funding, the Pennsylvania Water Facilities Loan Board ($300,000,000 bond issue), Pennsylvania Call Before You Dig, Act 317 – Contractor Prompt Pay, Standard Specifications for Utility Construction, creation of the $1.2 billion PennVest Program, blasting training and licensing, bid error withdrawal, elimination of licensed plumbers on public water and sewer projects, retainage of sales tax exemption on public utility projects, etc.
 
January of 1984 | In recognition of common interests and needs, the WPUCA and UCAEP were dissolved as corporations and the new state-wide Association was formed. The incorporation and chartering of the Pennsylvania Utility Contractors Association was handled by John Spiegel with William McQuade continuing as Executive Director at the Parkway Center, Greentree office.

January of 1987 | Robert Rice was employed as Association Executive Director in January 1987 working with William McQuade until his retirement on March 30, 1987.

April of 1987 | The PUCA offices were relocated to central Pennsylvania.

1996 – 1997 | Brenda Reigle was hired as the new Executive Director for PUCA and moved the office in 1997 to downtown Harrisburg.
2012 | The association decided to do business as NUCA Pennsylvania to brand with NUCA National to promote unity and strengthen numbers. 

2013 | The office was moved to 4400 Deer Path Road, Suite 106, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

October 31, 2022 | Brenda Reigle retired after twenty-six years as the Executive Director.  Brenda won many NUCA National awards for Government Relations, Executive Director of the Year and was the first Executive Director to receive the national “We Dig America” award in 2020.  She mentored many Chapter Directors throughout her years and advocated for the use of Subsurface Utility Engineering in the planning and design phase as well as geospatial mapping for better utility project designs.  

August 5, 2022 | The association management firm of Milliron Goodman LLC was hired to oversee the operations and administrative duties of NUCA PA.  The NUCA PA office at Deer Path Road was moved to the office location of Milliron Goodman at 200 North 3rd Street, Suite 1500, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

Dan Carapellucci, Sr

Anthony Shuttle

Harold Schneider

Anthony Marques

Emanuel A. Paris

Otis Erisman, Esq.

John L. Spiegel, Esq.

Chuck Hagie, Executive Director ? – 1984

William McQuade, Executive Director ? – 1987

Robert Rice, Executive Director 1987-1996

Brenda V. Reigle, Executive Director 1996-2022