For nearly 60 years, Bill Loeble has been a part of the Boy Scouts of America. He joined when he was 11 years old and because of his great experience as a Scout, Loeble continues his involvement. He’s part of the Atlanta Area Council and was part of the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow National Honor Society. Loeble’s badges and honors are now displayed proudly in a room in his Covington home that is dedicated to the Boy Scouts. (Staff photo: Jessicah Peters)
COVINGTON — Boy Scout, CEO and R.O. Arnold Award recipient are all titles that describe 69-year-old Bill Loeble.
As a man who dedicated hours to Beaver Manufacturing Inc. and gave countless hours to the Newton County community, Loeble received the esteemed honor of the R.O. Arnold Award for his dedication to community involvement and achievement during the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting last week.
During his 20 years with the Mansfield-based company, Loeble was influential in growing the family business from 90 employees to 140.
“He’s tried to live life for God, fellow man and his country and that’s what he’s done,” said Nonie Needham during the Chamber’s annual meeting held Thursday at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.
Needham is the wife of the late Ed Needham, who founded Beaver Manufacturing in 1971.
Beaver Manufacturing produces textile yarn that reinforces a wide variety of rubber and plastic hoses, including washing machine hoses, garden hoses and hoses at gas pumps.
Reflecting over his time with the company, Loeble said he always tried to run a fair business.
“I always tried to be successful and build a business in a fair, honest way,” Loeble said. “But it wasn’t just me, it was the team’s effort. I worked with a very excellent team of professionals. Beaver became a successful family business to global leader in the industry, now selling all over the world.”
On Jan. 1, Loeble retired, but he’s not finished working just yet.
Balancing his position at Beaver and personal time, Loeble gave back to the Boy Scouts of America and continues to do so.
He joined the Boy Scouts when he was 11 years old and now serves on the Atlanta Area Council.
Loeble is also part of the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow Scouting’s National Honor Society.
“I joined when I was kid and really just had a good Scouting experience. When I earned my Eagle Scout, I felt like I needed to give back what I had gotten out of it,” Loeble said.
His community involvement includes serving as president of the Arts Association in Newton County board of directors, a member of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors and the Miracle League’s executive committee.
He’s also a past member of Georgia Perimeter College’s steering committee and the past president of the Kiwanis Club of Covington.
Although Loeble retired and received the Chamber’s prestigious lifetime achievement award, he doesn’t plan to stop his service to Covington and Newton County.
“When I think of an award, it’s not for something you’ve done but something you continue to do. Winning the award is not the end, it’s part of the journey,” Loeble said.
Now that he’s retired, Loeble plans to get accustomed to the extra free time, but still volunteer.
“For a few months, I might sit back and get used to retirement then do some traveling and continue my community service,” Loeble said.
Loeble has been married to his wife, Diane, for 47 years. Together they have, two children and four grandchildren.