MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Coldwell Banker Premier was named the Number One Company in Closed Adjusted Gross Commission Income for the state of West Virginia, among companies in the Coldwell Banker system in 2016.
“As a member of the iconic 111-year-old Coldwell Banker brand, receiving this award is one of the highest possible honors,” said Steve DuBrueler, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Premier. “With so many other great real estate firms throughout the state, this award speaks volumes as to what a great team of professionals we have.”
Coldwell Banker Premier serves Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
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The top 10
Employers in Frederick, Md.
1. Frederick County Public Schools: 5,650** (public education)
2. Fort Detrick Campus: 5,624* (military, bioscience, communications)
3. Frederick Memorial Healthcare: 2,379 (comprehensive health care)
5. Frederick County Government: 2,034 (county government)
6. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage: 1,708 (mortgage loans and service center)
7. Frederick Community College: 1,086 (two-year college)
8. City of Frederick Government: 872 (municipal government)
9. United Health Care: 709 (health insurance)
10. AstraZeneca: 700 (biotech manufacturing)
**Full-time equivalent positions that are in the City of Frederick as well as Frederick County
*Includes military, civilian and National Cancer Institute employees
Source: City of Frederick
“The decision of Fives Landis Group to expand its manufacturing operations in Maryland is fantastic news. Headquartered in Hagerstown, Fives has access to capital and markets throughout the U.S., and taps into Maryland’s highly-skilled workforce. We’re very proud that Fives and so many other companies continue to grow, thrive, and add jobs throughout our state, confirming that Maryland is indeed open for business.”
— Gov. Larry Hogan, on news that Fives Landis Corp., an industrial engineering group, will open its new 6,000-square-foot North American Technology Center at the company’s facility near Hagerstown
Within 150 miles of Hagerstown, Md., there are:
• five international airports
• 16 regional airports
• 17 military airbases
• 191 Federal Aviation Administration repair stations
• And many aviation-related manufacturing companies
Source: Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
An app for that
The Washington County, Md., Department of Business Development has launched a new agritourism app that will allow consumers to explore and discover Washington County’s agricultural history. By downloading the free app, consumers can stay up-to-date on agricultural events, explore local farms and know what is in season and where to buy it. Go to https://washingtoncountyagritourism.blog to get the app.
Lodging establishments in Washington County, Md., paid a total of $205,648 in hotel/motel taxes for May, according to the most recent figures released by the county. The monthly figure is up from $196,710 in May 2016.
— Compiled by Mike Lewis
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
FLINTSTONE, Md. — Rocky Gap Casino Resort, a subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Golden Entertainment Inc., re-sculpted the entire back of the resort to include a 2,400-square-foot terrace and lounge area to enhance the location’s views of Rocky Gap State Park in Allegany County, Md.
The newly opened Lakeside Terrace at Rocky Gap Casino Resort offers a scenic and relaxing outdoor setting with a backdrop that includes Evitts Mountain and the 243-acre Lake Habeeb, according to a news release from the resort.
Lakeside Terrace now includes better seating and lounging areas — including Adirondack chairs along the Lake Habeeb shoreline. Seating on the terrace deck surrounds several decorative fire pits. The is also a large seating space under the pergola. The full-service Terrace Bar will be open seasonally and offer a variety of craft and domestic beer choices, spirits and frozen drinks.
Lakeside Terrace is available for private rentals and can accommodate groups ranging from 50 to 200 guests, along with private use of the Terrace Bar.
Aeronautics training institute attracts accolades, students
By MIKE LEWIS
A school in the Crossroads area is getting accolades for fighting the nation’s skills gap while hitting high marks for placing students in jobs.
In June, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, which has a branch in Hagerstown, Md., was ranked No. 11 on Forbes’ list of the top 30 two-year trade schools in the United States. The list examined schools’ affordability and quality, as well as graduates’ earnings. PIA, which trains aviation mechanics, was the top school on the list for technical trades.
The Hagerstown campus boasts an employment rate of 95 percent, based on its employable graduates between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2016.
“I always look at PIA as an economic engine here,” said Roxanne Ober, PIA’s director of admissions and outreach in Hagerstown.
She was referring not only to the jobs PIA graduates fill and the income they receive, but also to the opportunities the school and its graduates offer other businesses.
The 16-month program at PIA’s Hagerstown campus enables students to test for the Federal Aviation Administration’s airframe and powerplant (A&P) certification.
Aviation technicians inspect, maintain and repair aircraft equipment according to FAA regulations. Techs must have knowledge of everything from turbine and reciprocating engines to electrical systems, and from hydraulics and pneumatics to composite materials and welding.
“We’re actually a school under the FAA. … Essentially, nothing flies in our country without an A&P (mechanic) signing off on it,” Ober said.
Demand for those technicians is growing as more aviation technicians are needed and as members of the baby boom generation retire.
According to a study by Boeing, 118,000 new aviation maintenance technicians will be needed in North America by 2035.
PIA provided information showing there will be only 1,600 more aviation mechanics and service technicians in 2024 than there were in 2014. In that time, there will be about 30,000 openings.
“We’ve had recent career fairs here in Pittsburgh and at each of our campuses in Hagerstown, Myrtle Beach and Youngstown, and we are finding that more companies sign up to attend than we have graduating students,” Steven Sabold, PIA’s director of admissions, said in a prepared statement.
“Some never leave the campus and get job offers on-site,” Ober added.
PIA offers one-on-one placement assistance for students and alumni.
Ober said the average starting salary is about $36,000, not including overtime or bonuses. The Forbes’ article puts an “early career salary” for PIA graduates at $52,900.
Hagerstown PIA graduates can be found from Alaska to Florida, and from California to Delaware. But Ober said there are consistent opportunities close at hand. Within 150 miles of Hagerstown are five international airports, 16 regional airports, 17 military airbases, 191 FAA repair stations and many aviation and non-aviation manufacturers, she said.
About one in three graduates finds careers in fields other than aviation at places such as Volvo Group, she said.
“You have a transferrable skill that you can take with you when you get out of here,” said Bernard “Butch” Adams, Hagerstown campus director.
For example, he said some PIA graduates are working at Micron Technology, a company that makes semiconductor devices such as flash memory and solid-state drives.
Back to the start
PIA traces its roots to 1927, when two aviation pioneers, Glenn Curtiss and Orville Wright, started Curtiss-Wright Flying Service. It became PIA in 1929.
The private, nonprofit school is based in West Mifflin, Pa.
The Hagerstown campus, located off Pennsylvania Avenue near the Hagerstown Regional Airport, opened in 2011, and the first class graduated in 2012.
It is the only A&P training provider in Maryland.
To date, the Hagerstown campus counts 194 graduates, Ober said.
The 16-month program is run in four semesters with no breaks. It meets full time, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It includes a 100 percent attendance requirement for 1,900 clock hours. If students must miss time, they have to make it up, she said.
Five full-time instructors and one part-time instructor teach the classes. All have A&P licenses, Ober said, and together they have more than 150 years of experience in the aviation field.
Hagerstown class cohorts start in January, April and August of each year.
The cost is $6,420 per semester ($25,680 for the entire 46-course, 16-month program). Additional fees for books, tools, supplies and other items total about $2,500.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
“We have veterans who attend on the G.I. Bill,” Ober said.
Penn National a top-50 master-planned community
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — The Penn National Golf Course Community in Fayetteville, Pa., was named a Top 50 Best Master-Planned Community by Where to Retire Magazine.
The award, given in June, marks the 10th consecutive time Penn National has been selected.
Where to Retire Magazine, which focuses on retirement relocation, has published its biennial ranking of retirement communities since 1999 — starting with a top-100 list, then making the list more elite in 2011 with the 50 best in the country. Since the inception of the award in 1999, Penn National has made both lists.
Big Cork Vineyards wine wins ‘best in show’
ROHRERSVILLE, Md. — Big Cork Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2015 was awarded the “Best in Show” at the 2017 Maryland Comptroller’s Cup Wine Competition.
The competition, judged by industry peers in a blind tasting, was held in Timonium, Md., on May 31.
In addition, eight wines from across the state were named “Best in Class” in their respective categories. Comptroller Peter Franchot will present the awards at a ceremony and tasting of the winning wines this month at a location to be determined.
Morgan-Keller aims for Virginia job to end in September
LORTON, Va. — Morgan-Keller is building The Crossings at Spring Hill, a 75,000-square-foot, three-story assisted-living retirement community in Lorton, Va.
Construction started in the fall of 2016 and is expected to be finished in September.
The new 108-unit senior-living facility will include all private apartments with 74 units of assisted living and 34 units of memory care. It will be in the Spring Hill Community, a master-planned development highlighted by high-end residential and outstanding growth with retail options nearby.
The architect is Gaylen Howard Laing Architect Inc. of Arlington, Texas.
Morgan-Keller Construction is a general contracting and construction-management firm with offices in Columbia and Frederick, Md. For more than 60 years, Morgan-Keller Construction has transitioned from a custom homebuilder to one of the region’s most respected commercial builders.
For additional information, go to www.morgankeller.com.
Shepherd’s doctorate of nursing practice program earns accreditation
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program has been fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for five years, according to a news release from the university.
Five years is the maximum amount of time for such accreditation.
A letter from the commission’s board to Sharon Mailey, chairwoman of the Department of Nursing Education, states that Shepherd met all four accreditation standards with no areas of concern or follow-up required. Those standards are:
Mission and governance;
Institutional commitment and resources;
Curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and;
Assessment and achievement of program outcomes.
Students earning the doctorate of nursing practice are required to serve 1,080 clinical hours, something Scott Beard, dean of graduate studies and associate provost, calls a hallmark of the program.
Mailey said having the full accreditation allows the program to increase recruitment and provide more learning opportunities. The accreditation will also allow the program to seek grants and scholarships to help sustain students’ education and recruit and retain top quality educators.
The program’s first class enrolled in 2015, and this fall will mark the first time all three years of the program will run concurrently. Beard estimates up to 45 students will be enrolled. The first class will graduate in August 2018. The accreditation is valid until June 20, 2022.
Baxter Group graduates from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Jocelyne Melton and Baxter Group Inc. received a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and became an alumnus of Babson College after completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.
Baxter Group Inc. was one of the 20 percent of applicants accepted into the program’s Spring 2017 Cohort.
“Through the program, participants gain skills in key financial ratios, building out opportunities, leadership, company culture, market opportunities, process improvement, marketing, and forecasting,” Melton, the chief executive officer and president of Baxter Group Inc., said in a news release. “Upon graduation, participants receive the professional support to develop a strategic and customized business growth plan that will take the company to the next level.”
Applicants must intend to increase employment with their companies.
Melton was part of the national cohort of scholars from the United States and Puerto Rico. All participants were on full scholarship from Goldman Sachs valued at $50,000.
Baxter Group Inc. has expanded from an asbestos abatement company into testing for environmental concerns. The company offers asbestos inspections and removal, mold assessments and remediation, lead testing and paint removal, radon testing and remediation, indoor environmental testing and remediation, as well as HVAC duct cleaning and damage restoration.
The 10,000 Small Business Program is guided by an advisory council on which Babson College President Kerry Healey serves. It is co-chaired by Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein; Bloomberg L.P. founder, president, and CEO, and 108th Mayor of the City of New York Michael R. Bloomberg; Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffet; and the Initiative for Competitive Inner City’s Michael Porter. The National Urban League and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also are represented on the council, among other groups.
Program results show that graduates of this program consistently grow their revenues and create jobs at rates that outperform the broader economy.
Manitowoc Cranes adds three crawler cranes
SHADY GROVE, Pa. — Manitowoc Cranes recently added three crawler cranes in its Shady Grove location, marking its transition to add more than 80 jobs to the Franklin County area.
Company officials told the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce that more than 100 jobs will be available in the future.
The move is part of the company’s announcement earlier this year that it planned to consolidate its U.S. manufacturing footprint.