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Local businesses honored at annual event

Local businesses honored at annual event

March 01, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Washington County business community turned out in droves to honor its own Wednesday night during the 8th annual Washington County Business Awards.

More than 400 people filed into The Maryland Theatre to attend the event, which mimicked the Academy Awards. Seven gold statuettes, one representing each category of business achievement, lined the stage waiting to be picked up by their respective winners.

Timothy R. Troxell, executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, said hundreds of businesses were nominated for the awards.

The nominees were narrowed to three for each of the following categories - Work Force Development, Vision, Technology, Made in Washington County, Innovation, Entrepreneurial and At Your Service.

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"It's to celebrate the local businesses and recognize some who have done exemplary things," Troxell said.

He said business retention has been steady for the past five years in Washington County.

"(About) 75 percent of new jobs (in Washington County) are created by those existing companies," Troxell said.

The winners and some comments from the ceremony are listed below:

· Hagerstown Business College, winner for Work Force Development.

"The college has been involved in providing educational training for the area's work force for 68 years ... Hagerstown Business College believes that ongoing training is especially important for its own work force and continuously offers growth opportunities for its employees and staff."

· Mike Callas Stadium Committee, winner for Vision.

The committee "was formed in the fall of 2003 to raise funds for the new stadium at North Hagerstown High School. Through commitment, dedication, vision and success, the Mike Callas Stadium Committee raised $5 million to build a state-of-the-art facility."

· HBP Inc., winner for Technology.

In its more than 100-year history, along with printing and graphics, "HBP has made several strides to keep up with the cyber age." By adding more technology, HBP offers "more digital information services to customers in local areas and the metropolitan regions as well."

· St. Lawrence Cement Corp., winner for Made in Washington County.

St. Lawrence Cement produces more than 500,000 tons of cement each year. "Along with its history of production is an equally long history of giving to the community." The business opened in 1903.

· Americom Government Services Inc., winner for Innovation.

"Americom is a global provider of satellite and terrestrial connectivity ... and has developed technology used by government agencies, including FEMA during Hurricane Katrina."

· Hagerstown Magazine, winner for Entrepreneurial.

The publication "strives to raise the expectations and perception of the community through innovative ideas and excellent presentation."

· Hagerstown Community College Commercial Vehicle Transportation Program, winner for At Your Service.

The program began in 1995 and has trained more than 800 commercial truck drivers for businesses in and out of Washington County.

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