About R&L Development Company

 

50 Years

of Devoted Service To Western PA and Surrounding Areas.

R&L Development Company History

In 1969

R & L Development Company was founded in New Alexandria, PA by brothers Dale and James Latimer to bid on the fly ash hauling and disposal contract at the newly constructed Homer City Generating Station (Homer City, Pennsylvania).  R & L was the successful bidder on the contract and has been the only ash hauling contractor operating at the plant since it came online in that year.

In 1976

R & L used the experience gained at Homer City to successfully bid the ash hauling and disposal service at Conemaugh Generating Station (New Florence, Pennsylvania). Along with the Conemaugh contract, R&L was awarded the ash hauling and disposal at Seward Generating Station(Seward, PA) until it’s decommission as a coal fired plant in 2003.

In 1984

R & L was successful in bidding the ash hauling and disposal at Keystone Generating Station (Shelocta, Pennsylvania).

In 1985

R & L successfully bid and installed its first ash disposal site liner system at Conemaugh Generating Station.  Current day R&L remains the residual waste hauling and disposal contractor at Homer City, Conemaugh and Keystone Generating Stations and has installed every liner expansion, with one exception, at all three Stations since 1985.

In 1994

R & L successfully bid the ash hauling and disposal contract at Shawville Generating Station (Shawville, Pennsylvania) and performed the ash hauling and disposal contract services until the plant was decommissioned as a coal fired plant and converted to natural gas in 2016.

In 2004

it was requested by plant operator, Reliant Energy, that R & L take over the fly ash haul and disposal at Portland Generating Station.  R&L continued as the residual waste disposal contractor at Portland Station until the plant was decommissioned in 2015.

In 2011

R & L was awarded the Presidential Award for Safety by our insurance carrier for operating for three years or 1 million man-hours without a lost-time accident.

In 2013

R & L was selected as the Operations and Maintenance Supplier of the Year by NRG Energy.

In 2017

at the request of NRG, R&L initiated ash hauling services at Cheswick Power Station (Cheswick, PA).

 With the advent of scrubber units being added to Homer City, Conemaugh and Keystone Generating Stations there have been numerous additional services at these plants.  Some of these services include the handling of the scrubber by-product, synthetic gypsum, either being loaded into rail cars for off-site transportation or being hauled to the disposal site.  In addition to the loading of rail cars R&L has taken on the responsibility of unloading railcars of limestone to support the scrubber operation.  To aid in the loading and unloading of rail cars R&L owns and maintains locomotives to provide the necessary resources to provide the best service to our generating station clients.

Vision

Built on decades of experience, R&L will provide growth with a focus on customer service, safety and solutions.

Mission

Provide the highest quality of cost-effective construction solutions, delivered while maintaining sustainable relationships with our clients, in a safety orientated work environment.

Values

Safety – Never compromise
Clients – Exceed expectations
Employees – Our most valuable asset
Teamwork – Accountable to each other and our clients
Sustainability – Take responsibility and take action

President / CEO / Chairman

Luke A. Latimer

Luke A. Latimer joined R&L Development Company in 1998 as a Superintendent and held the positions of Executive Vice President and Treasurer before becoming CEO in 2015 and assuming the role of President in addition to CEO in 2018.  Mr. Latimer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Latimer serves on the Board of Directors of First Commonwealth Financial Corporation (NYSE:FCF) and First Western Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: MYFW).

Senior Vice-President and COO

Michael W. Koestler

Mike Koestler joined R & L Development Company in 1994 as a surveyor. Since, he has held the positions of Construction Superintendent, General Superintendent, Vice-President of Operations and Senior Vice-President of Operations, becoming Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2018. He is responsible for bidding/estimating projects, business development, client/union relations, and daily operations. Mike manages the estimating and project management team at R & L Development Company. He has over 40 years’ experience in surveying/engineering, site work, heavy construction, landfill development, transportation construction, coal combustion residual waste handling, FGD scrubber gypsum handling, deep coal mining, estimating and project management. Mike has an associate degree in Civil Engineering/Surveying Technology from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a registered Professional Land Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Senior Vice-President and COO

Michael W. Koestler

Mike Koestler joined R & L Development Company in 1994 as a surveyor. Since, he has held the positions of Construction Superintendent, General Superintendent, Vice-President of Operations and Senior Vice-President of Operations, becoming Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2018. He is responsible for bidding/estimating projects, business development, client/union relations, and daily operations. Mike manages the estimating and project management team at R & L Development Company. He has over 40 years’ experience in surveying/engineering, site work, heavy construction, landfill development, transportation construction, coal combustion residual waste handling, FGD scrubber gypsum handling, deep coal mining, estimating and project management. Mike has an associate degree in Civil Engineering/Surveying Technology from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a registered Professional Land Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Vice-President of Operations

Roy D. Cessna

Roy Cessna has 35 years of experience in the heavy construction industry. He started his career with R & L Development Company in 1984 as a union laborer. Throughout the years, he was promoted to the following positions and his duties increased: 1990 Labor Foreman, 1999 Superintendent, & 2004 General Superintendent In 2016, Roy was promoted to Vice-President of Operations. His years of field experience brings a new perspective to the management side of the company. As Vice-President, he is responsible for all field operations, equipment, staffing and scheduling. Roy’s 35 years of experience gives him the extensive knowledge in all aspects of the company.

Vice-President of Estimating

Patty C. Latimer

Patricia C. Latimer joined R & L Development Company in 1987 as part of the estimating department directly from receiving a Bachelor of Architectural Engineer (Construction Management Option) from Penn State University Main Campus. In January 2001, Patricia was promoted to Vice-President of Estimating and is responsible for overseeing project estimating, management and scheduling.

Vice-President of Estimating

Patty C. Latimer

Patricia C. Latimer joined R & L Development Company in 1987 as part of the estimating department directly from receiving a Bachelor of Architectural Engineer (Construction Management Option) from Penn State University Main Campus. In January 2001, Patricia was promoted to Vice-President of Estimating and is responsible for overseeing project estimating, management and scheduling.

Vice-President Building Grounds / Secretary

Steven H. Landers

Steve Landers joined R&L Development Company in 1979 and held the positions of Superintendent, Equipment Manager. Steve currently serves as Vice President and Corporate secretary and oversees the management of R&L’s real estate holdings. Steven received a B.S. in Earth and Mineral Sciences from Penn State University. Steven is currently a Board of Directors member for Commercial National Finance Corporation and Commercial Bank & Trust of PA.

Construction Estimator

Michael Cessna

Mike Cessna joined R&L Development Company in 2001 as a Union Laborer straight out of Lenape Vo-Tech High School.  Mike was promoted to Labor Foreman in 2005, to Assistant Superintendent in 2007 and then to Construction Superintendent in 2011. As a Construction Superintendent, he was responsible for projects from start to finish. His responsibilities included hiring and leading an entire crew of laborers, operators, craftsmen and labor foremen, scheduling of equipment, coordinating directly with suppliers and sub-contractors, working hand-in-hand with project engineers, consultants and owners, record keeping, maintaining a budget, and upholding the project schedules. Mike was promoted once more in January 2019 to the office as Construction Estimator. He is now responsible for finding new projects within R&L Development Company’s areas of expertise as well as using his years of field experience to assist in the project’s entirety, from the bidding process through completion.

Project Manager

Dillon Main

Dillon Main joined R&L Development Company in 2015 as an Assistant Project Manager. During the bidding process, Dillon is responsible for quantity takeoff, acquiring pricing of materials, finding qualified subcontractors and the preliminary scheduling of the projects. After projects have been awarded to R&L, he handles procuring materials, coordinating with R&L’s superintendents/labor foreman, setting up the subcontractors and updating/maintaining the schedules. Dillon graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor’s degree in both Engineering Science and Mathematics.

Project Manager

Dillon Main

Dillon Main joined R&L Development Company in 2015 as an Assistant Project Manager. During the bidding process, Dillon is responsible for quantity takeoff, acquiring pricing of materials, finding qualified subcontractors and the preliminary scheduling of the projects. After projects have been awarded to R&L, he handles procuring materials, coordinating with R&L’s superintendents/labor foreman, setting up the subcontractors and updating/maintaining the schedules. Dillon graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor’s degree in both Engineering Science and Mathematics.