Well-respected business owner inspires, recruits students at PDCCC

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Rick Reuter, founder and owner of Power Mechanical Inc., from left, talks with PDCCC HVAC alumnus Troy Reardon while industrial technology graduate and current welding student Phil Williams speaks with Reuter’s associate, Valerie Brazzale (behind Reardon).

Rick Reuter of Power Mechanical Inc. shares best practices, work ethic
Rick Reuter, owner and founder of Power Mechanical Inc. (PMI) in Newport News, met with Industrial Trades Instructor Richard Baker’s students recently at Paul D. Camp Community College.
Accompanied by his associate Valerie Brazzale, Reuter discussed employment opportunities with the HVAC and welding students. Family owned and operated, his business provides steam and chilled water resources. According to the PMI website, the business grew from a mechanical contractor start-up company to a national leader in the rental, sale, installation and service of steam and chilled water process solutions. By age 20, Reuter had become a certified welder, a master pipe fitter and experienced boilermaker. He was a 21-year-old parent when he decided to go into business for himself and built the first PMI rental boiler.
“It was very interesting and impressive to hear how he began a business venture at such a young age and how he was able to grow it into the nationally recognized company that it is today,” said Baker.
Past students of the industrial trades program attended the business leader’s presentation as well, where Reuter also stressed the importance of developing a career path based on a strong work ethic and a well-balanced life with Christian values.
Alumnus Troy Reardon said, “I found Mr. Reuter’s talk to be inspirational and loaded with sound advice for improving my work skills.”
Power Mechanical Inc. currently has more than 100 employers and has a strong philanthropic presence in the community, lending support to organizations such as Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics and Diamonds in the Rough Equine Rescue.
“It was so gratifying to see how our students responded to Mr. Reuter, knowing that he is a welder and technician himself who has walked the walk in the field,” said Baker.
For more information about Paul D. Camp Community College’s Industrial Trades programs, contact Baker at rbaker@pdc.edu or 757-569-6729.

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Rick Reuter and his associate Valerie Brazzale of Power Mechanical Inc. shares his inspirational story with PDCCC HVAC and welding students. Alumni from those programs also attended.