Business Briefs - Nov. 25

November 25, 2012

Nibble with Gibble’s

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Eldon Dieffenbach of Myerstown, Pa., announced recently that he has entered into an agreement to acquire Nibble with Gibble’s of Chambersburg.

Currently owned by Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc., home of Martin’s potato rolls, Gibble’s is a producer of potato chips, pretzels, cheese puffs and popcorn. It has been a Central Pennsylvania institution since the late 1950s.

This transition will mark a passing of corporate leadership from one well-known food manufacturing family to a member of another. Martin’s will now be concentrating its energies on the baking business, which represents 95 percent of its revenue. It recently launched the Swirl category.

Dieffenbach and his family have owned and operated Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips Inc. for almost 50 years. He literally grew up in the business and, until 2006, ran the day-to-day operations with his brother Nevin.

Since then he has acquired and developed an eclectic range of businesses, including the electrical contracting firm of Blatt & Myers Inc., the wood reclamation outfit Keystone Vintage Lumber LLC, and most recently founded an information-technology start-up, dGroup Information Technology Inc.

The transaction is expected to close at the end of business on Dec. 1. Dieffenbach and his new company will take over operations on Dec. 2. Martin’s will continue to distribute the Gibble’s product line through April 1, 2013.

Hagerstown Housing Authority

The Hagerstown Housing Authority recently was chosen as a winner of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Awards of Excellence in Program Innovation for its community revitalization of C. Williams Brooks, which turned a blighted site in the center of town into housing for seniors.

C. Williams Brooks was completed in July 2011, and was touted as one of the first completed developments in the nation using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

The 60-unit senior “green” midrise now complements a pre-existing 326-unit high-rise development and a HHA administration building.

“Our board and staff were truly humbled and honored to have been selected to receive this most prestigious award from National NAHRO,” HHA Executive Director Ted Shankle said in a news release. “The creation of energy-efficient and affordable housing, in addition to providing a new park complete with the centerpiece cupola that topped the historic Mills gas station and ‘green stamp’ redeemer store while revitalizing a severely distressed piece of property in the heart of the city, was an accomplishment to not only the Hagerstown Housing Authority, but the City of Hagerstown.”

Advance Auto Parts Inc.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —  Advance Auto Parts Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, batteries, accessories and maintenance items, opened its third store in Martinsburg on Nov. 15 at 5617 Hammonds Mill Road next to Walmart.

Company officials said they chose the location because it’s convenient to where their customers live and shop, as well as the garages where they take their vehicles for repair.

Robin Murphy is the new general manager and works with six other team members at the new Martinsburg location. A nine-year veteran of the automotive and retail sales industries, Murphy has been with the Advance Auto Parts Team for six years.

She is ASE-certified, having passed testing of his automotive knowledge by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

The new store offers customers a wide range of parts and recognized national brands, as well as several free services. Store team members will install windshield wipers for free and install batteries following a complimentary check of the vehicle’s electrical system and old battery. The store offers fast parts delivery to local commercial customers such as professional mechanics and garages. Customers also can drop off used motor oil and batteries for recycling.

The store is open Monday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Other Martinsburg stores are at 1392 Edwin Miller Boulevard and 14849 Apple Harvest Drive.

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