Experts: Companies can’t stand still on health care

Despite the summer’s debate in Congress, area human resources consultants say employers must hold the course on the Affordable Care Act.

At the same time, they said employers can’t stand still in the face of rising costs.

The Senate failed to pass legislation to repeal or reform the act, known as “Obamacare,” earlier this year.

That means the act and its provisions still stand.

Congress is scheduled to come back into session in early this month, but HR consultants say employers must proceed with the law as it is while looking to contain costs and help their employees.

Walter Lachenmayr of HR Deptartment LLC has decades of HR experience working for companies like Staples, Honeywell and Mack Trucks. The Hagerstown, Md.-area resident has been a consultant for about seven years. […]

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ENERGY PAYBACK: Solar incentives vary by state, jurisdiction

Chris Moleskie said going solar has made environmental and financial sense for his business, Wetsuit Wearhouse in Williamsport, Md.

“My goal was net-zero,” Moleskie said, meaning he wanted a solar power system to produce all of his company’s energy needs.

“So far, we are on track for that. … It’s a peak demand period, and we’re still doing great.”
Moleskie is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Wetsuit Wearhouse, which bills itself as “the largest wetsuit speciality shop in the world.” […]

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By Chad Trovinger/Graphic Artist

Multimillion-dollar deals in deed transfers

Several large commercial real estate transactions have been closed in recent weeks in the Crossroads area.

The map above shows details about some of the biggest deals, from an $86 million transaction for a building in Frederick to a $1.6 million deal for property in Franklin County, Pa.

The information was taken from records maintained by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation as well as deed records held by county clerks’ offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The available details about property transactions varies among the states. […]

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Campbell: Callas ‘well positioned for success’

Callas Contractors was founded by Michael G. Callas a year after current president and CEO Timothy R. Campbell was born in 1957.

Campbell moved to Hagerstown in 1962 when his father, Verdine “Dean” Campbell, became employed as a civil engineer with the international design firm of Baker-Wibberly and Associates on Northern Avenue. In 1972 Dean Campbell and Robert Whitesell formed Seibert, Whitesell and Campbell, which is now the firm of Frederick Seibert and Associates Inc. Dean died in 1975 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 45.

While growing up, Tim Campbell attended Paramount Elementary School, North Potomac Junior High School and graduated from Saint James School near Hagerstown in 1976. He went to Clemson University, earning a degree in architecture in 1980. […]

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Behind the wheel: Trucking firms cope with driver shortage

Jim Ward smiles when he talks about business these days.

“Business is pretty good,” said Ward, president and chief executive officer of D.M. Bowman Inc. “Last year was a respectable year, 2015 was a very good year, and this year is even a little better than last year.”

Bowman, based in Williamsport, Md., employs nearly 500 truck drivers and provides logistics through a swath of the nation east of the Mississippi River. Businesses need “the right products at the right place at the right time at the right price,” he said, and Bowman and its competitors vie to provide that service. […]

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