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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Bank supports cancer center patients

CUMBERLAND, Md. — First United Bank & Trust recently supported several fundraising events, all benefiting the Western Maryland Health System Schwab Family Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund. Sally Horn, relationship adviser at First United, served as fundraising coordinator. Horn, a cancer survivor, was driven by her personal desire to give back and pay forward in gratitude to those who provided quality, compassionate care to her during her own illness, according to a news release. A total of $2,469 was raised through a bank-wide casual day and a “Love Your Community” event at First United’s Harrison Street branch, featuring hot dogs […]

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Forbes ranks Bulldog among top Maryland credit unions

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Forbes Magazine ranked Bulldog Federal Credit Union as one of the top credit unions in Maryland. Bulldog ranks No. 2 in the state, despite being the youngest and the smallest institution on the recently released 2019 list, with half the staff of the next largest credit union in Maryland’s top five. In a news release, Bulldog President David Barrett said he was honored, but not surprised, by the ranking, which was generated from member surveys. “We are lean, efficient and focused on delivering the most value that we can for our members’ investment in us. They trust […]

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Businesses get federal grants exceeding $6.6M

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy has presented grants totaling more than $6.6 million to six Maryland small businesses, including one in the Crossroads area, for research on innovative technologies. The work will include research on nuclear energy, renewable energy and advanced manufacturing. The businesses received the grants through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Those programs award competitive contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies that keep the American economy competitive and address national security and public health needs. The companies and grants are: • WSC of Frederick, $1 million; • Accustrata […]

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Marketing analytics: What is it good for? Part Trois

As promised in my column last month, I am about to expose a dirty secret of marketing programs at colleges and universities. I mentioned how marketing departments have upped their quantitative course offerings to fill a void in employees with marketing analytics skills in the corporate world. But I also mentioned how marketing programs were reluctant to fill that void in the first place. Why? I base my answer on 17 years in academia advising marketing students and teaching marketing courses. Some of my colleagues will vehemently disagree with me, but oh well, here it is: While marketing is 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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Face Time around the region for September 2019

McGarrah joins bank office in Martinsburg CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — BCT-Bank of Charles Town recently announced the appointment of Kim McGarrah as relationship banker of its Martinsburg, W.Va., office. McGarrah will be responsible for developing business in the Martinsburg market as well as leading the Martinsburg banking team and their branch operations. Greenbeck joins First United Bank & Trust HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Denise E. Greenbeck has been named community relationship manager at First United Bank and Trust’s Emerald Pointe Community Office in Hagerstown. Greenbeck has more than seven years of financial services experience. She began her financial services career as […]

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The calendar for September 2019

Have a calendar item? Submit your business calendar items to calendar@crossroadsbizjournal.com, or by mail to Crossroads Business Journal, 100 Summit Ave., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741. If you have questions, call editor Joseph Deinlein at 301-791-7591, or reporter Mike Lewis at 301-733-5131. MARYLAND Annual collaboration, Fort Detrick Alliance and FITCI Thursday, Sept. 5 — The keynote speaker will be Gary Evans, president and CEO of DefTech Center. Tour the Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc.’s (FITCI’s) labs, meet Fort Detrick officials, elected officials, business leaders and FITCI clients. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc., 4539 Metropolitan Court, Frederick. […]

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WVU Medicine East foundation donates AED to free clinic

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The WVU Medicine East Foundation recently purchased an automated external defibrillator for the Good Samaritan Free Health Clinic in Martinsburg. Clinic officials had been trying for some time to acquire funding for an AED. Then someone suggested reaching out to the hospital foundation. The request was presented to the foundation board of directors in May and approved unanimously, according to a news release. An AED is a portable, battery-operated device used for cardiac arrest that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. Recent studies […]

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