Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Our bottom-line views on recent news in the Crossroads Business Journal region:

• Hats off to Madison White and Johnnie Meredith. The two Shepherd University students came away with awards from the European Innovation Academy in Turin, Italy.

• Many eyes are going to be on Lidl, the German-based discount grocer, after the company announced that it will provide medical benefits for all its employees in more than 70 stores in the United States, regardless of the number of hours they work per week.

• Congratulations to Cochran & Mann​, a commercial painting and wallcovering subcontractor based in Frederick, Md., for being voted the Painting & Wallcoverings Subcontractor of the Year. The company received the award at the Metro Washington and Virginia chapters Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Awards​ ceremony.

• Best wishes to the nonprofit Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council, which has received a $150,000 federal grant to advance Maryland’s forest products sector.

• Thumbs-up to Hub Labels Inc, a custom label manufacturer based in Hagerstown, Md., for going 100% landfill-free. Through a partnership with Entsorga of Martinsburg W.Va., Hub Labels converts all of its waste into clean-burning alternative fuel called “solid recovered fuel,” or SRF.

• A toast to Big Cork Vineyards of Rohrersville, Md., for winning the 2019 Maryland Governor’s Cup with Meritage 2017. The red blend is made with Maryland-grown merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and petit verdot.