Trucking firm gets OK for Pa. logistics center

By JOYCE F. NOWELL jnowell@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, Pa. — A large trucking service center that eventually could create 200 jobs will be going up in Antrim Township, Pa. West Chester, Pa.-based A. Duie Pyle announced last summer its plans to build an integrated logistics center on 35 acres along Molly Pitcher Highway, or U.S. 11, just south of Greencastle. The location is across from Graphics Universal and World Kitchen. It extends east and west from U.S. 11 to Interstate 81 on land that formerly was known as the Hoffman tract. A Franklin County deed record shows that A. Duie Pyle Inc. […]

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On-the-job training

Electrical firm works with teens to fill skills gap By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Perched atop a lift recently, Maximus Perini pulled old wire and conduit down from the ceiling of a building that is being rehabbed in Hagerstown, Md. For the 18-year-old, a recent graduate of Washington County (Md.) Technical High School, the task was more than a summer-job chore. It might be a step along the way to being a professional electrician. “It feels good. I like it,” he said about working for Ellsworth Electric, a Hagerstown-based firm. Perini is one of a few teenagers who have spent some […]

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‘The biggest challenge is also an opportunity’

Jeff Manwiller, chief financial officer of The Crowley Co. By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Seeing what he calls “great opportunity and great people,” Jeff Manwiller went to work for a company that had been his client. Manwiller, a CPA, earned a degree in accounting from the University of Delaware, where he also played tennis. “I still play now — not as well,” he said with a laugh. After spending time working for a private real estate development company, he went into public accounting. He worked at Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. and CBIZ-MHM; both are in Bethesda, Md., and both joined Cherry […]

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Face Time around the region

About this section Submit your new hires, employee promotions, anniversaries, awards or anything else that might be of interest to your business community peers to news@crossroadsbizjournal.com. Swope named manager HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Kerry J. Swope, CPA, has been promoted to manager in the firm of Albright Crumbacker Moul & Itell. A resident of Hagerstown, Md., Swope has been a member of ACM&I’s team since September 2011. ACM&I also announced that Ryan C. Lewis, a Hagerstown resident and staff accountant with the firm, has successfully completed the examination to earn his CPA designation. Spedden appointed to board HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Dan […]

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Maryland salutes healthiest workplaces

Several Crossroads area employers make the list. By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Employees at Hub Labels in Hagerstown, Md., can take advantage of an onsite gym and trainer-led workouts. At iHire in Frederick, Md., employees do some of their work while on the move during “walking meetings.” Initiatives like those led the state to honor Hub Labels, iHire and other organizations, including many in the Crossroads Business Journal region, with wellness at work awards. The program is sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, an initiative of the Maryland Department of Health Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. The aim is to […]

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Making it after ‘make-or-break’ moment

Baxter Group CEO talks about coming back from financial crisis. By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Jocelyne Melton refers to a 2015 audit as a “make-or-break” moment for her company, Baxter Group Inc. And now, the company is making it. The company, based in Chambersburg, Pa., has fought back from a financial crisis to have its biggest year ever. That comeback is one reason the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized the company and Melton, its president and CEO, as Eastern Pennsylvania Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. Melton, who said she was surprised and honored to receive the award, gave credit to […]

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On the Books for July 2019

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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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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