Notes and quotes for September 2018

By Mike Lewis
Work continues on the expansion of the Newgate Distribution Complex at 11710 Hopewell Road, which is off Halfway Boulevard and near Interstate 81 in Washington County, Md. According to the Bowman Development Corp. website, phases two and three, both under construction, will add a total of 504,200 square feet.

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

Top bread in the Big Apple

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. has the highest bread and roll sales in the New York metropolitan market, according to a report from the IRI research company.

In the 52-week IRI sales data ending June 17, Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls, Martin’s Long Potato Rolls and Martin’s Potato Bread hold the first, second and third place, respectively, for highest dollar sales in the entire fresh bread and roll category.

New York is the largest metropolitan market in the United States.

“It is exciting to see the growing popularity of our products,” Julie Martin, social media manager and granddaughter of Martin’s founders, said in a news release.

Martin’s products earned the top spot in four categories: hamburger rolls, hot dog rolls, bread and butter bread.

‘A lot of money’

“We (nonprofits) pay a little over $83 million in wages and salaries to the employees of our organizations. That’s a lot of money that’s going back into the Frederick community.”

Michael Planz, who chairs the Frederick Nonprofit Alliance, a committee of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

Drive times

Average commute times to work for people who live in the Crossroads Business Journal region:

• Jefferson County, W.Va.: 36.2 minutes

• Frederick County, Md.: 32.6 minutes

• Morgan County, W.Va.: 32.3 minutes

• Fulton County, Pa.: 30.4 minutes

• Berkeley County, W.Va.: 30 minutes

• Washington County, Md.: 27.8 minutes

• USA average: 25.4 minutes

• Franklin County, Pa.: 23.1 minutes

• Allegany County, Md.: 20.2 minutes

Source: Data USA

Partners in insurance

FREDERICK, Md. — Avemco Insurance Co., based in Frederick, Md., has formed a relationship with Hagerty, an insurance company based in Traverse City, Mich.

Avemco is the only direct writer of aircraft and aviation insurance in the United State. Hagerty is the largest specialty insurer of collectible cars, boats, motorcycles and other vehicles, according to a news release announcing the relationship.

The two companies will work together to promote their products and services to each other’s client base.

‘Really no retention’

“There’s really no retention or confidence-building with that kind of training. No one ever pushed a button, watched a driving course then got their license and started driving.”

Nathan Harmon, supervising instructor with BSR in Summit Point, W.Va., calling for more practice and scenario-based training to prepare people to react to active shooter situations.