Study to outline more ways to keep traffic moving

Consultant to look at safety, reliability of Interstates 81 and 70 By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com A yearlong study will look at some innovative ways to keep the trucks — and other traffic — rolling on area interstates. “We’re excited to get started” with the study, said Matt Mullenax, executive director of the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization. The consulting firm of Michael Baker International will develop the “I-81 and I-70 Transportation Systems Management and Operations Plan.” HEPMPO’s Interstate Council agreed to the firm’s proposed scope of work and $110,997 fee during a recent meeting in Hagerstown, Md. The study will […]

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Helping truckers in trouble

In an area criss-crossed by interstates, assisting when a big rig crashes can be rewarding — and lucrative. By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com The Crossroads Business Journal area is peppered with dealerships, repair shops, truck stops and other businesses that serve the trucking industry. Some of those businesses, like Wrenches & Wreckers, help truckers who are in trouble. “Ninety-nine percent of our customer base is trucking companies,” said owner Eddie Smith. “We help with any problem truckers may encounter when they’re on the road.” Those problems can range from clearing severe wrecks, to fixing minor mechanical problems, to tugging big trucks […]

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‘It just kept growing’

Ralph Dorsey, co-owner, Dorsey Brothers By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Ralph Dorsey will celebrate his 81st birthday in June, but he’s still showing up for work at 7 a.m., paging through paperwork, driving a forklift and helping unload trucks that deliver supplies to his business, Dorsey Brothers. “I enjoy it. I do,” Dorsey said. Ralph and his late brother, Wayne, started the company more than 50 years ago. Back then, they focused on floors. These days, the company still sells and installs all manner of flooring, and it has expanded to also offer bathroom remodels from start to finish, as well as […]

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Face Time around the region for June 2019

Karn joins real estate firm HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bowen Realty recently welcomed Doug Karn to its office. Karn, who has an extensive background in residential home marketing and sales, holds an associate broker license in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Oasis Senior Advisors franchisee wins recognition FREDERICK, Md. — Kriste Kidd, the Oasis Senior Advisors franchisee for Frederick and the surrounding areas, was named the company’s Rookie of the Year during its convention on April 6 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel in St. Louis. The honor goes to the first-year franchisee who generates the most revenue. […]

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‘The business of tourism makes a difference in Franklin County’

Janet Pollard, executive director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The 11/30 Visitors Center is packed with brochures, pamphlets, signs, maps and other items about events, attractions and matters of interest to tourists who visit Franklin County, Pa. Amidst it all sits a new plaque from the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. It honors the Franklin County Visitors Bureau for repurposing an 1865 bank building into the new visitors center. The building sits at 15 S. Main St., in the heart of downtown Chambersburg. Janet Pollard, the bureau’s executive director, said the historic […]

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A place to $TAY

Hotels take different routes to serve travelers By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Travelers translate into dollars, and some organizations in the Crossroads Business Journal area are taking different routes to earn that business. Among the highlights: • The Ramada Plaza Hotel near Hagerstown received the annual “Best of Ramada” award, which recognizes the brand’s top performing hotels and their staffs. • Bowman Hospitality, which owns the Ramada and other hotels, will soon open its fourth, a Home2 Suites by Hilton. • The Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va., has added Bavarian Brothers Brewing to its resort operations. • The University System of […]

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3 medical cannabis firms sprouting in Western Md.

By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Three medical marijuana businesses are looking to grow in Washington County, Md. Kind Therapeutics is expanding its operating space to its growing and processing plant in Hagerstown. Company President David W. Kloos told a chamber of commerce gathering recently that the company employs about 64 people and will add 15 to 20 more because of the expansion. Harvest Health and Recreation, which has a growing operation in Hancock, has received a processor license from the state and plans to start that operation in another building in Hancock. Company CEO Steve White said Harvest employs more than […]

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‘The world’s always changing’

Kristian Adams Johnson of Chambersburg Waste Paper talks about what she sees, from being an executive, a wife and mom. By Mike Lewis mlewis@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Kristian Adams Johnson knows a thing or two about balancing her work and family responsibilities. She’s vice president of the family-owned Chambersburg Waste Paper business in Chambersburg, Pa. She’s married to Rob Johnson. She’s mother of 3-year-old Cambrey. And in the time since this interview was conducted and photograph was taken, she’s given birth to a second daughter, Charleigh. Johnson said it’s important to be resilient and flexible at home and at work. “The […]

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Bike shops try to stay ahead of the competition

In era of online shopping, the focus has shifted to service, specialty markets By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Bicycle shops are pedaling against some of the same business winds that buffet other retailers, according to two people in the business. Like other retailers, those two bike store owners said they’re relying on service as well as some new retail approaches to compete with big box stores and internet resellers. The competition has been stiff. The National Bicycle Dealers Association recorded a 42 percent drop in the number of bicycle shops from the industry’s peak in 2001 to 2016. “A lot have […]

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‘My job is not to play but to manage the business’

Dave Beegle, head golf pro at Penn National Golf Club By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Dave Beegle, head golf pro at Penn National Golf Club, had a goal in life and got started early. The native of Gettysburg, Pa., attended classes at Cawtaba College then at East Carolina University, both in North Carolina. But he soon left. “I knew what I wanted to do,” he said, “and I knew I didn’t need a college degree.” What he did need was an apprenticeship, and he served that with the 36-hole Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, Fla. “At that time there were […]

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