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Accounting firm, Martin's pastries among Pa. honorees

September 08, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - More than 500 business and industry leaders, elected officials and guests turned out Thursday night to mark the 20th anniversary of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. (FCADC) at its annual Industry Appreciation Dinner at the Family Traditions Lighthouse Restaurant.

Over two decades, FCADC has supported 520 projects totaling $1.1 billion in capital investment and $215 million in economic development resources that have created 12,800 jobs and helped retain 22,400 more jobs in the county, FCADC President L. Michael Ross said in the introduction to a video overview of those years.

Franklin County Commissioners G. Warren Elliott, Bob Thomas and Cheryl Plummer received the Chairman's Award from FCADC Chairman Charles Sioberg for their "steadfast and consistent support" of economic development initiatives in the county.

"Today, the county is one of the fastest growing in the commonwealth" with the lowest unemployment in the state and the lowest taxes in south central Pennsylvania, Sioberg said. The board of commissioners "has created a climate for well-planned and very balanced growth," he said.

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The Small Business of the Year Award went to Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC. Established in 1962, the accounting firm has grown to include offices in Hagers-town, Chambersburg, Hanover, Pa., and Carlisle, Pa., according to a video history of the business.

The Large Business of the Year Award was presented to Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. The business, famous for its potato rolls, began in the kitchen of Lois and Lloyd Martin in 1957 and has grown to employ more than 450 people.

"I want to give thanks to the great people I work with and thanks to the great community that supports our work," Executive Vice President Jim Martin said.

David Sciamanna, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and Chambersburg Area Development Corp., received the Zane A. Miller award. During his 23 years as Chamber president, it has invested more than $3.2 million in Chambersburg's downtown, developed the Chambers-5 Business Park and donated more than $130,000 to area schools for technology improvements.

"We're in the business of serving people. To make people's lives better," Sciamanna said. He said the creation of FCADC was among the most important initiatives the Chamber supported during those years.

Earlier in the day, Maj. Gen. James Pillsbury congratulated Letterkenny Army Depot for the award-winning performance of its Humvee rebuilding program. Thursday night, he thanked the community for supporting the depot and the armed forces.

While he conceded the country is divided on the war on terror, Pillsbury said, "I urge you to have the debate, have the discussion, but continue to support our troops."

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