Bender recognized for retirement from local firm

FPBH Inc. recently announced the retirement of Brad Bender.

He officially retired from corporate duties at the end of its fiscal year ending March 31. He was a key element in FPBH becoming one of the leaders in civil engineering consulting and land surveying in southeast Indiana, according to a news release from the North Vernon-based company.

“FPBH would like to thank Brad Bender for his many years at FPBH and wishes him well on his retirement,” the news release states.

Bender represented FPBH as city engineer for North Vernon for more than 25 years and is a member of the Jennings County Economic Development’s Hall of Fame. He also served as town engineer for Crothersville.

He joined Bob Fewell at FPBH in January 1991. Fewell founded the company in 1972. FPBH is planning a celebration in May to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Bender began his career by managing the FPBH office at 138 E. Walnut St. in downtown North Vernon. Fewell was the lone professional engineer and professional surveyor.

Bender helped grow the company from less than five on staff in 1991 and was a key figure in FPBH’s move to its current location at 72 Henry St., North Vernon, in 2004.

FPBH has continued to grow and currently has offices in Seymour and New Castle as well as the corporate headquarters in North Vernon. It now has five licensed engineers, one licensed surveyor and approximately 20 professional employees on staff.

Shane Spicer will be taking over as operations manager at FPBH. He joined the team in October 2020. He is an environmental and structural engineer with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Louisville.

Dan Wright will continue to operate as the chief executive officer of FPBH.