Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

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

• A pat on the back to James “Jim” Martin, president of Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc., who was named the 2018 Business Person of the Year for the The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

• A reminder to budget some time, if you can, to check in on the legislatures of your respective states. Maryland Del. Bill Wivell spoke about the importance of input from business during a recent Washington County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce forum appearance in Hagerstown, Md. “It’s very, very important for people to show up and support these bills,” he said.

• Thumbs up to officials at Hagerstown (Md.) Community College and Purdue Global, who recently created a transfer agreement. Students who have completed an associate degree at HCC will be able to transfer to and receive a tuition discount from Purdue Global, which has a facility in Hagerstown.

• A happy retirement wish to Dave Rapp, who founded Triple Crown Construction of Frederick in 1991. The company has become a reliable partner in the hospitality and commercial construction industry.

• It will be enlightening to watch the agreement between Volvo Trucks, which has facilities near Hagerstown, Md., and Shippensburg, Pa., and Brønnøy Kalk AS in Norway. Limestone will be transported by six autonomous Volvo trucks on a five-kilometer stretch through tunnels between a mine and a stone crusher, according to an announcement from Volvo. The agreement also is interesting because it’s not simply a sale of vehicles. Under the deal, the mining company bought a total transport service and pays per ton delivered.