Notes and quotes for December 2019

By Joseph Deinlein
A Tru by Hilton hotel is under construction on Walker Road near Interstate 81 in Chambersburg, Pa. The four-story, 85-room hotel is going up near a Ruby Tuesday restaurant. Golden Leaf LLC is the developer. Hilton brands Tru hotels as “energetic and vibrant, but still relaxing and comfortable.”

Company honored for hiring veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded 427 employers from around the nation for recruiting, employing and retaining America’s veterans.

The award recipients attest to hiring more than 52,000 veterans since 2017.

Among the companies on the list was Maveris LLC of Martinsburg, W.Va., an IT and cybersecurity company.

The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“The recipients of the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards demonstrated a commitment to hiring veterans and helping them develop meaningful, long-term careers,” Scalia said in a news release. “From small-town businesses to Fortune 500 companies, these employers understand that veterans are uniquely qualified and dedicated employees who make significant contributions in the workplace.”

‘The outlook is pretty good’

“I think Washington County’s outlook is good. … The quality of life here is very high. The Hagerstown economy is really starting to perform. And so I think the outlook is pretty good. I think the really big years for Washington County’s economy are actually a few years away, for demographic reasons, but next year should be a decent one, as long, of course, as the U.S. economy holds its own.”

— Economist Anirban Basu, chairman and CEO of the Sage Policy Group, in an interview before the 17th annual Washington County Economic Summit.

More holiday jobs

The National Retail Federation estimates that retailers will hire between 530,000 and 590,000 temporary workers for this holiday season. Retailers hired 554,000 temporary workers during the 2018 holiday season.

Hoober to carry hemp transplanters

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Hoober Inc., an agricultural equipment dealer with eight locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia recently announced the addition of Checchi & Magli (C&M) hemp transplanters for industrial hemp growers to its lineup of ag equipment.

Growing industrial hemp starts with a good transplant, as quite often seeding results in a higher loss of crop. C&M hemp transplanters plant hemp plug plants straight up, even plants as high as 22 inches tall. The transplanter packs the soil around the hemp plug and there is even an optional electronic water application, which applies water immediately after the hemp plug has been planted.