Notes and quotes for March 2018

By Mike Lewis
Heavy equipment stands at the site of a planned Weis Markets grocery store off W.Va. 45 west of Interstate 81 in Martinsburg, W.Va., last month. Weis Markets Inc. is based in Sunbury, Pa. The site is across from The Commons shopping center. The project on an 18.5-acre site is part of a large development in the city’s west end. The city planning commission first gave the project preliminary approval in January 2014. The city issued Glenn O’Hawbaker Inc. of State College, Pa., a land disturbance permit in November, and a temporary office trailer permit in January. A target date for the store’s construction is not clear. Representatives from Weis did not return messages seeking comment.

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:

Upward trends’
Martin Lundstedt

“Most truck markets are on high levels or in upward trends. … The North American truck market is picking up. Both Volvo and Mack have benefited from the increased demand. However, both are currently in the transition to new truck generations, which will affect production output and market shares in the short term. The new truck ranges have been well received by customers and dealers and order intake is good, which should translate into higher market shares when production of the new products is fully ramped-up.”

 Martin Lundstedt, president and chief executive officer of the Volvo Group, in the company’s report for fiscal 2017.

Hospital receives awards

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Chambersburg Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association.

The program aims to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call and continuing through hospital treatment. Chambersburg Hospital was recognized for having an 85 percent composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance on quality measures to improve care for patients with a specific type of heart ailment.

The hospital met specific criteria and standards for providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

Chambersburg also was recognized for promptly treating patients transferred from other facilities for the heart procedures.

‘Tax surprise’

“The biggest thing truly is tax planning for businesses. They need to have it in place, be working their plan all year long. There is no such thing as a good tax surprise. You don’t want to wait until you get your taxes done to find out what you should have done last year.”

 Bev Stitely, managing partner of Saunders Tax and Accounting of Hagerstown, on coping with the new tax reforms.

December tourism up

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hotels and motels in Washington County, Md., saw a better December than they did a year ago, according to tax records paid by those establishments.

Those businesses paid $125,235 in hotel/motel taxes for December. That’s up from $116,199 for December 2016.

Also, the November total was revised up to $142,349.