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Hagerstown businesses honored at celebration event

April 16, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com
  • HBP Inc. President John Snyder, left, and Vice President Stu Mullendore look over products printed at the company's plant on Frederick Street in Hagerstown. HBP was one of the businesses recognized Tuesday at the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's annual Celebration of Business.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Business leaders gathered Tuesday night at Fountain Head Country Club for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission’s annual Celebration of Business.

Dominick Murray, secretary of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, and Mary Creek, co-owner of Palmyra Farm and Palmyra Farm Cheese in Hagerstown, spoke at the event.

“What I want to help do is to let business do business,” Murray said, adding that the state wants to support companies that invest in the state’s future.

More than 40 local businesses were honored at Tuesday’s event, which was attended by about 220 people.

This is the 15th year that the event has been held.

The organizations were recognized for the number of years they have been in business — a multiple of five years — ranging from five to 185 years.

Among the businesses honored Tuesday were HBP Inc., a company that offers digital printing and graphic design among other services, and Holcim USA Inc., a manufacturer of cement and mineral components.

Both businesses have been operating for about 110 years.
Creek spoke about her experiences in a family-owned agricultural business.

“To me, family is business,” she said.

She mentioned the challenges of operating in a global marketplace where the lack of rain in New Zealand could affect the price of milk in the United States.

Other speakers Tuesday night included Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts, Washington County Board of Commissioners President Terry L. Baker, Hagerstown-Washington Economic Development Commission Chairman Daniel Pheil and Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Brien J. Poffenberger.

Gysberts said he was struck by the diversity of businesses in the county, and hoped that the county continues to be a destination for businesses.

Ronald Bowers, the commission’s vice chair, announced the awards.

The Herald-Mail Co. was recognized at the event for reaching a milestone anniversary of 185 years.

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