Business Briefs

May 20, 2007

Columbia Gas of Maryland

CANONSBURG, Pa. - The American Gas Association (AGA) has recognized Columbia Gas of Maryland and its employees for significant achievement in the area of accident prevention and workplace safety, according to a Columbia Gas press release.

The Accident Prevention Certificates were presented for accident prevention goals reached in 2006 by achieving a total Occupational Safety and Health Administration rate of injuries and illnesses below the industry average, according to the release.

Columbia Gas was recognized by the AGA in the category of small-sized local distribution companies, according to the release.

In addition to ongoing safety training for employees, Columbia Gas provides customers with safety-related resources through direct mailings, bill inserts and local advertisements. The company recently mailed a brochure on pipeline safety to customers and noncustomers who live near their facilities, according to the release.


Columbia Gas of Maryland operates local offices in Hagerstown and Cumberland, Md.


Nautica at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown has relocated to a new, larger 6,530-square-foot store in the retail complex, according to a Prime Outlets press release.

Nautica previously occupied a 3,557-square-foot spot at the center. Nautica's new location is next to Kirkland's Home, according to the release.

Nautica now offers women's and children's apparel in addition to men's apparel and accessories, according to the release.

The Living Kitchen

Sub-Zero Freezer Co. and Wolf Appliance Co. have selected Spicher's Appliance as a new addition to the growing number of The Living Kitchen retail spaces for the Sub-Zero and Wolf brands, according to a press release from the Fretz Corporation.

The Living Kitchen, a store-within-a-store concept, houses the company's high-end refrigeration and cooking appliances in a 1,600-square-foot enclosed space, outfitted with cabinetry, counter and floor materials, according to the release.

The Living Kitchen debuted in 2005, and is part of an aggressive multiyear branding and product development strategy for the Fretz Corporation, according to the release.

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Contours Express

Contours Express, a national fitness center chain designed for women, will recognize National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month in May by handing out risk surveys and educating local residents about the benefits of staying physically fit, according to a Contours Express press release.

Osteoporosis is a disease that is linked with low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, which leads to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures such as in the hip, spine and wrist.

The local Contours Express franchise is at 1561 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown. For information, call Tori Evans at 301-739-8884.

Famous Footwear

RANSON, W.Va. - Famous Footwear will open a store in August in The Marketplace at Potomac Towne Center in Ranson, according to a press release from Carl M. Freeman Companies.

The 6,600-square-foot store will be the second Famous Footwear store in West Virginia, according to the release.

The Marketplace is a 280,000-square-foot center and is part of the Potomac Towne Center development project, according to the release.

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