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Business briefs - Feb. 20

February 18, 2011

Franklin Financial Services Corp.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Franklin Financial Services Corp., the bank holding company of F&M Trust, reported earnings of $7,612,000 for 2010, compared to 2009 earnings of $6,585,000, an increase of 15.6 percent. Net income for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010, was $1,676,000, representing a 4.9 percent decrease when compared to 2009 fourth-quarter earnings of $1,763,000.

On a per-share basis, diluted earnings were $0.43 and $1.96 for the quarter and 12 months in 2010, compared to $0.46 and $1.71 for the same periods in 2009.   

"The high level of unemployment, increased loan delinquency, and low interest-rate environment inherent in the current recession created a challenging environment for financial institutions during 2010," said William E. Snell Jr., president and CEO.

Total assets were $951.9 million on Dec. 31, 2010, a 2.8 percent decline from assets on Dec. 31, 2009. Average net loans grew 6 percent to $744.0 million, and average deposits and repurchase agreements grew by 4.4 percent to $787.2 million.



Tower Bank

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Tower Bank,
a division of Graystone Tower Bank, recently presented CASA of Hagerstown with a $250 donation. The contribution was given as part of a holiday e-card initiative in which the bank sent customers e-cards and elected to donate the money typically spent on postage costs to a local charity.

CASA Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization that provides professional support services that promote physical and emotional safety, and foster growth for people involved in domestic violence or sexual assault.

Callas Contractors Inc.

Callas Contractors Inc.
was awarded a Design/Build Contract by Newman Funeral Homes, PA for the construction of the new, approximately 28,000-square-foot Newman Funeral Home in Oakland, Md.

The project will begin in mid-March and is scheduled for completion in January 2012.

The architect for the project is Lakeside Architecture Inc./dba LAI Inc.

Con-way Freight

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Con-way Freight,
a less-than-truckload trucking company and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., has announced the nationwide deployment of SafeStack, an advanced-load management and cargo-protection system installed across its fleet of 16,800 freight trailers in North America.

The deployment represents the culmination of a strategic, nine-month multimillion-dollar investment in an adjustable decking and securing system that enables shipments to be handled more efficiently, travel more securely and gain increased protection against damage.



NeatGreets.com

NeatGreets.com,
a new e-card website for kids, offers all kinds of greetings, including birthday, thank you, encouragement, friendship, apology and sympathy, plus invitations.

Neat Greets is the brainchild of Waynesboro, Pa., resident Kim Bain, an award-winning graphic artist and mom with more than two decades of design and advertising experience.

With the technical expertise and Web hosting of Kim Townsend of kimtown Studios, NeatGreets.com is a reality.

Kids can send unique electronic or snail-mail greetings, play parent- and teacher-approved games, keep track of important dates with the calendar feature and comment on blogs written by their peers.

NeatGreets.com is not a social network; a child's personal information never will be shared.

Parents can create a unique-to-their-child login to access the calendar feature, to respond to blogs and to purchase Neat Greet's e-cards.

The login is not needed for several free features. Kids can read blogs, play games, send the free E-card of the Month, and get creative in the monthly e-card design contest.

For more information, contact Bain at neatgreets@embarqmail.com; by mail at Neat Greets, P.O. Box 582, Waynesboro, PA 17268; or by phone at 717-404-6263.



J&B Bridals

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. —
WeddingWire, the nation's leading wedding-technology company, announced that J&B Bridals and Tuxedos has received the 2011 WeddingWire Bride's Choice Award for Bridal Shops.

Recognition for the Bride's Choice Awards is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from more than 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Past clients are among those who shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

J&B Bridals and Tuxedos stands among the top 5 percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

For more information about the Bride's Choice Awards, go to www.weddingwire.com.



Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.

The Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), Cumberland Valley Chapter held its networking event Feb. 3 at HPG Windows and Door in Hagerstown.

Andersen Windows was the food sponsor for the event.

If you are interested in hosting a future networking event, contact Darlene at the ABC office.

To register for an upcoming meeting or to obtain additional information about membership, contact Joan Warner, ABC president, at 301-739-1190.

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