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Business briefs - April 7

April 07, 2013

Mountain View Solar

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Leading the charge for more than 80 volunteers, Mountain View Solar of Berkeley Springs recently completed a large solar array for the nonprofit Water Missions International.

“In four days, we eliminated the monthly cost of electricity needed to manufacture water filtration systems distributed around the world,” said Mountain View Solar’s president, Mike McKechnie. “That savings means an additional 100 people a month, worldwide, will have access to safe drinking water for life.”

When McKechnie learned about the project through solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld Industries America Inc. of Hillsboro, Ore., he volunteered his company’s time to plan and manage the installation at Water Mission’s world headquarters in Charleston, S.C.

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SolarWorld donated the 450-panel, 100-kilowatt solar array. Other companies, including inverter manufacturer SMA America, donated the remaining materials.

With operations in nine countries besides the United States, Water Missions International is dedicated to providing safe water around the globe. The agency, which describes itself as a Christian engineering ministry, has completed more than 800 community water projects in 49 countries on five continents, serving about 2 million people.

McKechnie took three employees — a master electrician, engineer and service technician — with him on the mission trip.

Bitner-Henry Insurance Agency

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Minnesota operation of Bitner-Henry Insurance Agency in Hagerstown, American Church Group of Minnesota LLC, was named one of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co.’s top 15 agencies for 2012.

The agency received the Five-Star Award at a banquet on March 8 at the company’s corporate office in Fort Wayne. The annual award recognizes an agency’s outstanding production and overall profitability to the company over a three-year period.

This is the first time the agency was honored by Brotherhood Mutual.

Steve and Carol Henry are principals of the agency.

Brotherhood Mutual is one of the nation’s leading insurers of churches and related ministries. The company designs property and liability insurance to help ministries run safely and effectively.

For more information, go to www.brotherhoodmutual.com.

Habitat for Humanity

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Habitat for Humanity is trying to raise $63,360 to build another Habitat house in Franklin County, Pa.

Money is being raised one quarter at a time — four miles of quarters stretched out side by side is just enough money to frame and finish a new home with volunteer labor. Graphics Universal helped move the organization closer to its goal when President Garon Gembe presented Habitat Director Mark Story with a check for $1,200 toward the Living Quarters campaign.

Habitat uses Graphics Universal for its printing and design needs.

Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County has built or rehabilitated 30 homes since 1994 with volunteer labor. Volunteers are currently renovating a home in Chambersburg, and a new construction project is being planned for late May.

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