Shepherd University company gets digital media strategic service contract, interns

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The Potomac Applied Business Co. at Shepherd University has landed its first contract to provide digital media strategic service. In addition, PABC has hired its first three student interns and its first part-time employee. The interns are Hunter Koppenhaver, an art major from Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.; Yani Meda, a communication and new media and art major from Charles Town, W.Va.; and Christina Rossomondo, an art major from Woodbine, Md. Frank Genco, PABC CEO, will teach them how to deliver services in a cost-effective manner with a focus on quality and value. Koppenaver, Meda and Rossomondo are studying graphic design. […]

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Kaplan University, Merkle Response ink partnership

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Kaplan University and Merkle Response Management Group in Hagerstown have entered into a partnership to provide tailored training solutions and accelerated degree opportunities for Merkle RMG employees, according to a news release. The partnership combines credit-for-workforce training delivered by Kaplan as well the evaluation of work experience through a portfolio review as a way of reducing tuition costs and accelerating degree completion for Merkel RMG employees, according to the release. Merkle RMG is one of the nation’s largest full-service direct response processing and fulfillment companies. Serving more than 200 nonprofit, government and commercial clients, Merkle RMG employs […]

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Companies coming to Frederick County, Md.

FREDERICK, Md. — Two companies are coming to Frederick, Md., according to announcements from the Frederick County Office of Economic Development. Daly Computers plans to relocate to Frederick from its current headquarters in Montgomery County, Md. The company is an IT service provider has been in business for more than 30 years. The company plans to employ 210 people at their new facility. Daly has signed a contract for a 50,000-square-foot facility on 5300 Spectrum Drive. It has plans to expand the facility by another 14,700 square feet to accommodate growth. The economic development office also welcomed the location of the newly formed […]

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Corporate filings

Volvo reports records in recent fiscal year GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Volvo Group reported record sales and operating income for the fiscal year just ended. Net sales increased by 11 percent to $301.9 billion, the report states. The company reported an operating margin of 9.1 percent. “In 2017 the Volvo Group achieved its highest sales and operating income in history. For the full year, we grew our net sales by 11 percent to ($42 billion) and improved our operating income to ($3.8 billion). Trucks, construction equipment, Volvo Penta and financial services all recorded their highest operating income ever,” Martin Lundstedt, president […]

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Notes and quotes for March 2018

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis: Upward trends’ “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 […]

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Quality pre-K can close workforce skills gap

Franklin County’s economy is experiencing nearly unprecedented growth due in large part to our strategic location that is within a one-day drive of 50 percent of the North American population and our workforce, which is prized among employers large and small. Our growth has been such that our statistically calculated unemployment rate is 4 percent, which is a rate considered by most economists to represent full employment.  While our reported unemployment rate is very favorable, it is misleading. Many of our employers have vacant positions of which they cannot fill simply because there are not enough qualified applicants. In a […]

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‘Parkway’s success lies in its team members’

Co-owners of group specializing in brain, spine and peripheral nervous system disorders dish on practice, life, future.   Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute is led by co-owners and managing partners Dr. Neil O’Malley and Dr. Brian Holmes. The group specializes in the diagnosis, management and treatment of disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system. PNSI offers multiple modalities of treatment at its facilities on Western Maryland Parkway, Hagers- town, Md. A few statistics, all since January 2016: • Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute had 43,927 patient visits. • Parkway Surgery Center performed 14,613 invasive spine procedures. • Parkway Physical […]

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Anti-malarial drug gets priority review designation

FORT DETRICK, Md. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently granted priority review designation for Tafenoquine, a drug intended to prevent malaria in adults. The announcement was made by the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity. “Obtaining FDA priority review designation is another major step in accelerating this critically needed product through the regulatory review process towards licensure and fielding,” said Dr. Lawrence Lightner, USAMMDA project manager for the Pharmaceutical Systems Project Management Office. The U.S. FDA may grant priority review designation for drugs intended for the prevention of serious conditions, such as malaria, that provide safety or efficacy improvements […]

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‘We all learn from one another’

Chris Ardinger, executive director of the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce   MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Chris Ardinger brings community service and private enterprise experience to his role as executive director of the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce in Mercersburg, Pa. In the business world, he worked as a front-end manager and “solutions specialist” at Best Buy in Hagerstown, Md., from June 2011 to June 2013. From August 2013 to October 2015, he was  sales and marketing coordinator for Hardell Corp. in Hagerstown. Part of his duties in that job included representing the company at chamber and business networking events. He officially took […]

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Notes and Quotes for February 2018

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:   ‘Minimize the damage’ “Since the legislature has made its decision without regard to employers’ concerns, we will now ask for a delay in the effective date to give businesses time to prepare for the mandate. And we will continue working to find ways to minimize the damage the law will do to employers and their employees.” — Christine Ross, president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, after the General Assembly overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the paid sick leave bill. The chamber says […]

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