One of Lebanon's leading business owners and a leader in the plumbing, heating and cooling supply industry will be honored by a trade association in October.
Randy Tice, chairman and former CEO of APR Supply Co., will receive the 2015 Plumbing Division Award of Excellence from the American Supply Association. The award presentation will be made on Oct. 29 in Chicago at ASA's Network 2015 conference.
Tice will be just the fourth to win the prestigious award that was established in 2012 to recognize those with a history of outstanding achievements in the plumbing industry, according to an ASA news release.
Tice's involvement with ASA dates to 1981 when he first joined its board of directors, representing the Mid-Atlantic Wholesalers. He rose through the ranks as a volunteer in the national association until eventually being elected its president in 1991.
When Tice became ASA president, APR Supply was the smallest distributor to serve the national organization. Since then, the company, headquartered in Lebanon, has grown to include more than 30 branches stretching from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, and recently expanded into New York.
APR Supply Co. traces its roots back to 1922 when it was called the Lebanon Plumbing Supply Co., according to its website. In 1934, Tice's father, Mark Tice began working for the company, and 13 years later purchased a controlling interest in it.
Tice started his own plumbing-related business in 1975, called Environmental Equipment Engineering Co., and the companies merged in 1982 to form APR Supply when he took over ownership. Since 1996, the company has operated by Tice's son-in-law, Scott Weaver, who serves as CEO and president.