From staff reports
THOMPSONTOWN - Former Juniata County commissioner and local building contractor Jerry Leach, of Thompsontown, was elected vice president of the Pennsylvania Builders Association's Mideast Region.
The Mideast Region includes Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Huntingdon, Dauphin, Schuylkill, Cumberland and Lebanon counties. He also is the president of the Mifflin/Juniata Builders Association and the vice president of Juniata Business & Industry.
Leach spent 35 years in the building industry as the president and owner of Juniata Valley Construction. He also served as PBA's director of building codes from 2007 to 2012, working with legislators to keep building codes in check in Pennsylvania. He helped draft language repealing the residential sprinkler mandate which was the first bill signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett as Act 1 of 2011. Leach serves on the Single Family, Small Volume Builders committee for the National Association of Home Builders.
He is an instructor for the Pennsylvania Construction Codes Academy, the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center at Penn State and is an approved instructor for the NAHB Green Building for Professionals certification course.
Chartered in 1952, the Pennsylvania Builders Association is a nonprofit professional trade organization representing nearly 5,400 member companies in Pennsylvania, providing proactive leadership on state regulatory and legislative issues and offering products and services to its 38 local associations and chapters. PBA serves Pennsylvania communities and consumers through its efforts to protect homeownership rights and advocate for affordable housing options. PBA is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and can be found online at www.pabuilders.org.