Top Franklin County businesses honored

September 08, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Letterkenny Army Depot Commander Col. Cheri Provancha presents L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp., with a "Hello Kitty" alarm clock he can wear. At the FCADC Industry Appreciation Dinner Thursday, Provancha teased Ross about him being late to appointments.
By Jennifer Fitch/Reporter

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — A Waynesboro, Pa., man with ties to a host of nonprofit organizations was presented with the Zane A. Miller Award for community service Thursday at the Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp.'s Industry Appreciation Dinner.

Gregory A. Duffey works with the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Franklin County, Waynesboro Area YMCA, Waynesboro Youth Soccer Association and at least eight other organizations.

"I knew Zane," Duffey said of the past FCADC chairman. "I'm honored to receive this award in his name."

FCADC also presented awards to its small and large businesses of the year.

Kelly Adams accepted the Small Business of the Year award on behalf of Chambersburg Waste Paper Inc., a recycling company started by his father, Glenn, 37 years ago. The facility experienced a devastating fire in 2005, but the company built a 50,000-square-foot building where paper, metals, glass, plastics and other materials are recycled today.

Kirk Casey accepted the Large Business of the Year award on behalf of Olympic Steel, a Cleveland-based company with two locations in Franklin County. The company's employment in Franklin County grew from 24 people in 1999 to more than 200 today.

Olympic Steel provides services like plate processing for major manufacturers including JLG, Volvo and Manitowoc.

"We were positioned very well in 2009 when we weathered the storm, and now we're busier than ever. ... When we moved to the (Cumberland) Valley, we wanted to keep the jobs in the Valley and keep people working," Casey said.

State Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, presented a proclamation to FCADC for its 25th year.

"Since 1986, FCADC has been involved with 640 projects in Franklin County, which has resulted in $1 billion in capital expenditures and has created or retained 39,000 jobs," Alloway said in his remarks.

As is tradition, the Industry Appreciation Dinner included light-hearted moments and creative entertainment. FCADC President L. Michael Ross suggested how he'd cast local dignitaries in popular television shows, suggesting, for example, Franklin County Commissioners David Keller, Robert Thomas and Bob Ziobrowski could be "Two and a Half Men."

Ross and FCADC staff member David Mackley participated in a video parody of the television show "Dirty Jobs." They completed tasks at a sewage treatment plant and landfill in Franklin County.

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