Notes and quotes

Comments overheard at business events around the area:

The top 10

Employers in Frederick, Md.

1. Frederick County Public Schools: 5,650** (public education)

2. Fort Detrick Campus: 5,624* (military, bioscience, communications)

3. Frederick Memorial Healthcare: 2,379 (comprehensive health care)

4. Leidos Biomedical Research: 2,050 (medical research)

5. Frederick County Government: 2,034 (county government)

6. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage: 1,708 (mortgage loans and service center)

7. Frederick Community College: 1,086 (two-year college)

8. City of Frederick Government: 872 (municipal government)

9. United Health Care: 709 (health insurance)

10. AstraZeneca: 700 (biotech manufacturing)

**Full-time equivalent positions that are in the City of Frederick as well as Frederick County

*Includes military, civilian and National Cancer Institute employees

Source: City of Frederick

‘Fantastic news’

“The decision of Fives Landis Group to expand its manufacturing operations in Maryland is fantastic news. Headquartered in Hagerstown, Fives has access to capital and markets throughout the U.S., and taps into Maryland’s highly-skilled workforce. We’re very proud that Fives and so many other companies continue to grow, thrive, and add jobs throughout our state, confirming that Maryland is indeed open for business.”

— Gov. Larry Hogan, on news that Fives Landis Corp., an industrial engineering group, will open its new 6,000-square-foot North American Technology Center at the company’s facility near Hagerstown

Air numbers

Within 150 miles of Hagerstown, Md., there are:

• five international airports

• 16 regional airports

• 17 military airbases

• 191 Federal Aviation Administration repair stations

• And many aviation-related manufacturing companies

Source: Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

An app for that

The Washington County, Md., Department of Business Development has launched a new agritourism app that will allow consumers to explore and discover Washington County’s agricultural history. By downloading the free app, consumers can stay up-to-date on agricultural events, explore local farms and know what is in season and where to buy it. Go to to get the app.

Tourism up?

Lodging establishments in Washington County, Md., paid a total of $205,648 in hotel/motel taxes for May, according to the most recent figures released by the county. The monthly figure is up from $196,710 in May 2016.

— Compiled by Mike Lewis