Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Here are our bottom-line views on a few items of note in the Crossroads Business Journal area:

• In unveiling electric refuse trucks, Volvo Group also revealed an interesting take on the commercial EV market. In a news release, the company said “at this stage of electromobility technology and infrastructure development, a fully electric vehicle will deliver the most value within a closed loop application, in which the truck returns home every night, such as refuse.”

• Hats off to the Specialty Granules LLC’s Charmian Plant of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., which was honored as Outstanding Community Investor at the Manufacturers’ Association of South Central Pennsylvania’s annual awards.

• Congrats to Craig Harshman of Hagerstown Management Co. and Molly King of Coldwell Banker Innovations and Pen-Mar Association of Realtors who were among 20 graduates from the Maryland Realtors 18th annual Leadership Academy.

• Kudos to Octavo Designs of Frederick, Md., which received a Regional Gold ADDY Award. The company will move on to the national competition.

• Thanks to Kathy George of Spherion Staffing Services for sharing results of the company’s Emerging Workforce Study at a recent Leadership Washington County event in Hagerstown, Md. “I think what employers need to know is that they have to stay ahead of, not just current, but ahead of the motivations of each generation, because that’s what they have in the workplace today. And if they have a one-size-fits-all solution to everything, they’re going to miss out on being able to attract and retain a wider span of workers,” George said after her presentation.

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