‘I’m wearing several hats here’

Stephen Christian, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and the Chambersburg Area Development Corp. By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Stephen Christian’s fingerprints are all over a host of economic development moves throughout the Crossroads Business Journal region. He’s worked on projects large and small in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. One of the feathers in his economic development cap is helping recruit the $500 million Procter & Gamble plant to Berkeley County, W.Va. That facility is up and running and employing hundreds from throughout the region. For the past couple of years, Christian has been “wearing several […]

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Notes and quotes

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis: Martin’s hits Canadian shelves CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread, based in Chambersburg, has expanded its retail footprint into Canada. Martin’s started servicing international food service customers in 2011. But Martin’s retail distribution remained focused mainly on the domestic market, specifically on the East Coast of the United States and Chicago. But that changed recently when Canada became the first international market where significant retail sales distribution has been established, according to a news release from the company. Martin’s retail sales have expanded […]

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U.S. News & World Report rates region’s hospitals

Several area hospitals were recognized in the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their fifth year, are designed to help patients and their doctors make informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. Some hospitals in the Crossroads Business Journal region received “high performing” ratings for their handling of some specific procedures and medical conditions. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care […]

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Doors opening for some area manufacturers

Jamison Door, Procter & Gamble, Volvo all have expansion plans in the works By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com John Williams said he sees a lot of doors opening for his company — literally. Williams is chairman and CEO of Jamison Door Co., which is based in Hagerstown, Md. The company recently expanded into a new manufacturing facility across the state line in Franklin County, Pa., to increase its production and grow its product line. “We think we’re really well-positioned in the industry,” he said. “We have a great sales team.” Jamison is not the only regional manufacturer to be making news. The […]

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A NEW BEGINNING

The Charles E. Brake Co. closed up shop in 2012, but a gallery highlights the firm’s ‘Construction of an American Dream’ By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com ST. THOMAS, Pa. — Harold Brake’s office is decorated with mementos and plaques, certificates and newspaper clippings. But the artifacts he’d really like you to see are in a museum of sorts. The display features a video, photos, artifacts and a timeline that preserves the history of the Charles E. Brake Co. and the family behind the firm.  The display is called “Gallery 88” because the Charles E. Brake Co. was in business for 88 years, […]

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On the Books

Several large commercial real estate transactions have been closed in the Crossroads Business Journal area in recent weeks. The map shows some of the details about those deals. The information was taken from records maintained by the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation as well as deed records held by county clerk’s offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The available details about property transactions vary from state to state. ­— Compiled by Mike Lewis […]

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Face time around the region

Coldwell Banker Premier welcomes King-Kulik MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Brieanna King-Kulik has joined Coldwell Banker Premier as a sales associate. King-Kulik is the current Mrs. Virginia United States 2019, which keeps her involved in the community. She is the founder of a children’s volunteering club called Little Hands Big Hearts, as well as the Brieanna Project, which promotes awareness and help for individuals with eating disorders. Coldwell Banker Premier offers residential and commercial property sales and leasing services. The firm has offices in Winchester and Front Royal, Va.; and in Martinsburg, Berkeley Springs and Shepherdstown, W.Va. F&M Trust announces new hires […]

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‘There are tremendous opportunities for individuals’

Jack A. Drooger, program manager of workforce solutions and continuing education at Hagerstown Community College By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com From behind his stand-up desk at Hagerstown (Md.) Community College, Jack A. Drooger said he’s part teacher, part problem-solver. The mix has kept him at the college for a quarter-century. “It’s the variety. It’s the challenge,” Drooger said. “It’s the ability to be creative and solve problems for businesses and organizations.” Drooger picked up a degree from the institution, known as Hagerstown Junior College at the time, and went to work in the computer field. “I eventually came back to do […]

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Notes and quotes for August 2019

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis: Health Care Hero The Daily Record recently selected Western Maryland Health System to receive a 2019 Health Care Hero Award. The award honors organizations and individuals who have made an impact on the quality of health care within the state. The winners were selected by The Daily Record along with business and health care leaders. WMHS’s Population Health program was honored with the Community Outreach and Education Hero award, which honors individuals and organizations that have helped the community they serve by providing support and education. […]

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New school: Colleges pitching new offerings to students

By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Like business leaders, college presidents, deans and professors are on the lookout for the next big thing. Proof comes in a sampling of recent headlines: • The University of Maryland is launching the nation’s first master’s degree program in medical cannabis science and therapeutics. • Allegany College of Maryland is beginning a medical scribe specialist certificate program. • Frostburg State University has started a new physician assistant program, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has launched a hospitality and tourism management program, both at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. • Hagerstown Community College […]

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