Innovative Inc. reaches Blue partner status with Datto

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Innovative Inc. has achieved exclusive Blue partner status with Datto, a leading provider of data protection solutions.

Innovative has exceeded standards of performance to qualify for Blue status in Datto’s partner program, the highest classification provided by Datto.

The Blue status includes the use of marketing development funds, a hardware insurance policy, free shipping for devices, competitive and flexible pricing, VIP technical support services, early access to new products and a complimentary pass to Datto’s annual partner conference.

Datto Blue status represents the top 5 percent of partners worldwide.

Awarded a Golden Datto as the 2015 “Fastest Growing Partner of the Year,” Innovative showed the fastest growth out of 500 companies in just 11 months.

Brechbill & Helman to build SpringHill Suites

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An artist’s rendering of the new SpringHill Suites that will be built off Interstate 81 at Walker Road, Exit 17, just north of Chambersburg, Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. Inc. has been awarded a contract for the SpringHill Suites that will be built off Interstate 81 at Walker Road, Exit 17, just north of Chambersburg.

The 57,426-square-foot, four-story hotel will consist of 88 guest rooms, according to a news release. Amenities will include an indoor pool with a handicap lift, guest laundry, lounge, buffet bar, a fitness room, business center, front patio with fire pit, rear patio and a drive-through canopy.

The 2.6-acre site also is to offer car-charging stations.

Meister-Cox Architects from Wyomissing, Pa., is the architect. Snyder, Secary & Associates LLC from York, Pa., is the civil engineer.

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall. Estimated completion will be mid-summer 2018

Founded by Darrell Brechbill and John Helman in 1966, Brechbill & Helman works in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. The Chambersburg company specializes in institutional, commercial and industrial construction.

Altoona company acquires Word Processing Services

Doing Better Business of Altoona, Pa., has completed the strategic acquisition of Word Processing Services Inc., based in Hagerstown, Md.

Doing Better Business is a regional provider of office technology, document management, imaging, corporate communications and hosted IT services.

This acquisition is the completion of the succession plan from Vincent and Marcella Ann Dellaposta to their three children, Debra, Beth and Joseph Dellaposta.

“Our parents — through hard work, dedication and special talents in service and finance — were blessed to have built one of the most well-respected organizations in our industry. We are excited to continue their legacy of success,” Debra Dellaposta, chief executive officer of Doing Better Business, said in a news release.

Notes and quotes

By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer
Earth moving: Fiesta Tapatia is working on its second restaurant building in Berkeley County, W.Va. The newest eatery is on U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg. The 4,080-square-foot building will seat 80 to 100 customers and employ 10 to 20 people, according to Jamie Cardona, who owns both outlets. “We want to open in November. I don’t know exactly what day,” he said. The other restaurant is at 201 Viking Way in Martinsburg.

 

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:

‘Figure this out now’

“There’s never been a time when we’ve had to serve such a broad base of customers. … We can’t wait for 10 years to figure this out. We’ve got to figure this out now.”

— Mark D. Harrell, president and chief executive officer of CNB Bank, talking about a millennial committee his bank has set up to help anticipate the needs of younger consumers.

‘Most expensive thing’

“I love helping others meet their goals, and being in this role, I am able to help guide people through the sometimes challenging process of attaining the most expensive thing they will ever purchase.”

— Real state agent Jay Day of The Day Home Team in Frederick, Md.

ExportMD grant

BioStat Solutions Inc. of Frederick, Md., was among 11 small- and mid-sized Maryland companies that recently received received ExportMD grants to help promote their products and services in the global marketplace.

The Maryland Department of Commerce reports that the program helps businesses finance the costs of marketing internationally, including trade show fees, brochures and travel expenses

BioStat Solutions provides statistical and bioinformatics expertise to pharmaceutical and biotech companies as well as to the government and its contractors.

Pumpkin producers

Top states for pumpkin production:

1. Illinois: 317.9 million pounds

2. California: 146.4 million pounds

3. Ohio: 84.2 million pounds

4. Pennsylvania: 79.4 million pounds

5. Michigan: 77.0 million pounds

— Source: USDA 2015 statistics

Tourism numbers

Washington County, Md., lodging establishments paid $191,972 in hotel/motel taxes in August, according to the most recent figures released by the county. That’s down from $211,734 in July and $192,640 in August 2016.

‘Sleep really well’

“This is not a business that I’ll ever be rich in. … It’s a good family business. We have great customers. And I can sleep really well at night.”

— Cory Forrester,
general manager,
Forrester Farm Equipment

Shepherd University biochemistry program receives accreditation

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University’s bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry has been accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Shepherd is the only institution in West Virginia to achieve this particular accreditation, according to a news release from the university.

It’s also the first program in Shepherd’s College of Science and Mathematics to gain national accreditation, according to Robert Warburton, acting dean.

Warburton said the accreditation will help chemistry majors who generally go on to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, or attend graduate school. He said students in the biochemistry program will be able to take an additional exam put together by the society that will give them a degree of distinction when they graduate.

Dan DiLella, chairman of the chemistry department, said the accreditation is validation that Shepherd has qualified faculty and offers well-designed courses.

HCC to host NASA in Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hagerstown Community College will host a NASA Tech Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8.

At the event in the Career Programs Building, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Strategic Partnership Office will share information about partnering and technology licensing opportunities, NASA Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer, Goddard’s Small Business Program Office and Goddard’s unique capabilities and facilities.

Featured technologies include non-scanning 3-D imager and genomic encryption.

The event is free and open to the public. Businesses and students are encouraged to attend. Registration is recommended, but not required.

To register or learn more, contact Janice Riley, manager of HCC’s Technical Innovation Center, at 240-500-2479 or jiriley@hagerstowncc.edu.

Frostburg acquires former Au Petit Paris

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The city of Frostburg has acquired the former Au Petit Paris restaurant building on Main Street with the goal of selling it to a developer who will repurpose the structure.

FROSTBURG, Md. — Officials are wagering that public investment will encourage private redevelopment of a historic downtown property.

With help from funds from Allegany County, Frostburg has purchased the former Au Petit Paris French restaurant building at 86 E. Main St. The plan is to get grant money to “reduce the unknowns,” then sell the building at a discount price so it can be redeveloped, said Elizabeth Stahlman, the city’s community development director.

“There are a lot of different uses that could be accommodated in this building,” she said. 

The three-story, brick building housed the restaurant for 52 years. Founder Louis P. St. Marie Jr. died in 2008, and the business closed in 2012. 

His widow, Jeanne St. Marie, continued to live in an upstairs apartment after the restaurant closed. She used proceeds from the sale to buy another house and move.

Stahlman said officials “knew there was a gap” between the appraised value of the building, what a private investor would be willing to pay and the probable sale price, considering the work that is required.

The building appraised at $160,000, she said.

Allegany County officials approved that amount from the county’s community enhancement program to help purchase the building. 

“We must give half of that back,” Stahlman said.

In all, the city paid $166,098, according to online deed transfer records. 

The deed record lists the building as being built in 1910 and having 11,184 square feet of enclosed space.

The city has applied for a grant through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development that would be used for repairs and, perhaps, the demolition of deteriorating additions on the back of the building.

“Right now we’re in a little bit of a holding pattern” while awaiting a decision about the grant application, Stahlman said.

Regardless of the timing, she said, the city plans to solicit sealed bids from developers interested in renovating the structure. She said the city will probably have to sell the building at a loss to make that possible.

Md. seeing growth in apprenticeship program

BALTIMORE — Dynamic Automotive of Frederick, Md., is expanding its involvement in apprenticeships by becoming a Registered Apprenticeship sponsor, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Previously an Eligible Employer for the Apprenticeship Maryland youth apprenticeship pilot program, Dynamic Automotive now provides a path for youth to continue their employment with the company past high school.

In addition, Twin Ridge Auto and Light Truck Service Inc. was approved as an Eligible Employer to participate in the Apprenticeship Maryland youth apprenticeship pilot currently underway in Frederick and Washington counties.

The pilot program is a partnership between the state and public school systems in Frederick and Washington counties.

For more information about the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, visit http://dllr.maryland.gov/employment/appr/.

HCC honors Citi for support

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Hagerstown Community College board recently recognized Citi for its contributions to support low-income students.

During the past several years, Citi has given more than $70,000 in grants to support these students.

“HCC’s Citi scholars have graduated with a variety of credentials in nursing, commercial vehicle transportation, medical assisting, psychology, business, and paralegal studies, so the effects of Citi’s generosity have been far-reaching,” said HCC President Guy Altieri in a news release.

In 2011, the first grant was used to assist HCC’s Job Training Student Resources program, to provide case management, child care and transportation assistance to students in career training programs.

Starting in 2012, Citi provided grants to help students who completed secondary school credentials via General Educational Development testing rather than traditional high school. Since then, 50 low-income students have been helped by $46,000 in grants.

Each student received a Citi stipend to help with college and cost of living costs. Ninety percent of those students completed a majority of their classes, and nearly 90 percent graduated within two years of the term in which they were assisted with grants.

In 2016, Citi awarded an additional $15,000 to assist low-income students. That grant is currently underway, with 13 students having received stipends to date.

“At Citi, our mission is to enable growth and economic progress,” said Cassandra H. Latimer, vice president of communications and public affairs for Citi’s Hagerstown Operations Center. “And what better way to do that than through education?”

Trade group salutes ‘Excellence in Construction’

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Some of the top work in the Crossroads region was recognized recently through the annual Excellence in Construction awards.

The awards are sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. Cumberland Valley chapter. The ceremony was at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown, Md.

In addition to the awards presentation, the chapter also presented national safety award certificates to 11 area companies.

The chapter’s first- and second-place winners will advance to the 2017 ABC National Excellence in Construction competition, held at Long Beach, Calif., in March.

 First-place awards were presented to:

• Morgan-Keller Specialty Contracts of Frederick, Md., for the Sandy Spring Bank project in Olney, Md., for commercial projects of less than $5 million.

• Morgan-Keller Speciality Contracts for the Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy alumni welcome center for institutional projects of less than $5 million.

• Morgan-Keller Construction (a partner company of Morgan-Keller Specialty Contracts) for the Innovative Inc. building in Hagerstown for renovations of less than $4 million (nonhistorical building).

• Heidler Roofing Services Inc. of Hagerstown for the Penguin Random House project in Westminster, Md., in the exteriors category.

• Waynesboro Construction Co. Inc. of Frederick for the Carroll Creek linear park and shared use path in Frederick, in the heavy infrastructure category.

• Waynesboro Construction Co. Inc. for the Brewer’s Alley Brewpub and Restaurant project in Frederick for historical restoration/renovation of less than $25 million.

A second-place award went to Rockwell Construction Co. Inc. of Mercersburg for the Charles Washington Hall project in Charles Town, W.Va., for historical restoration/renovation of less than $25 million.

And Callas Contractors Inc. of Hagerstown took a second-place award for the NY, NY Salon and Spa in Frederick for renovation less than $4 million (nonhistorical building).

 

Safety first

In addition, the chapter presented national Safety Training and Evaluation Process awards to recognize the efforts of ABC members that strive to achieve effective safety practices at their firms.

Certificates were presented to: 

• Waynesboro Construction Co. Inc

• Brechbill & Helman Construction Co., Inc.

• GRC General Contractors

• Baxter Group

• Callas Contractors Inc.

• Morgan-Keller Construction

• Stouffer Mechanical Contractor, LLC

• Tradesman International

• Ellsworth Electric Inc.

• R.W. Warner Inc.

• MS Johnston Co. Inc.