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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 22, 2013
Times change, but some things stay the same. Such was the sentiment Friday as the Washington County Historical Society celebrated more than half a century of local industry. Exhibits representing artifacts from more than 30 firms that have operated in Washington County for 50 to 100 years and continue to operate today were showcased at the historic Miller House in downtown Hagerstown. The “Made in Washington County: Our Rich Industrial Heritage” display will run through July 27. “We're trying to showcase the industries of Washington County, the history of industry here,” said Bob Savitt, vice president of the historical society's board of directors.
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January 27, 2003
Hagerstown Paint and Glass Co., Overhead Door Co. of Hagerstown, Overhead Door Co. of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Overhead Door Co. of Cumberland, Md., recognized their employees recently for accomplishments in 2002. Employees receiving tenure awards include, for 25 years: Roger Byrd, warehouse manager. Jerry Rohrer, assistant general superintendent. Mike Spiker, project manager/estimator. Terry Toms, counter sales. For 15 years: Jeff Cecil, install assistant.
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by DON AINES | November 13, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Mechanicsburg, Pa., firm will get first crack at doing a feasibility study on the future of Chambersburg Area Senior High School after a vote Wednesday night by the Chambersburg School Board. Instead of voting outright to recommend the hiring of one of three firms in contention for the contract, the board instead voted to rank the three and authorize the administration to begin negotiations with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh Associates.
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by DON AINES | November 6, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Three architectural firms were back before the Chambersburg School Board Tuesday night, not so much selling designs for an expanded high school, but their ability to adapt to the district's needs. "We're not really buying a design. We're buying a firm," said School Board President Stanley Helman. "The designs are important only in seeing what they can do. " The board intends to hire a firm to study the feasibility of a ninth- through 12th-grade campus on the site of the existing school and district-owned property across McKinley Street, a total of about 37 acres.
NEWS
September 14, 2007
Technical Innovation Center Address: 11400 Robinwood Drive, TIC Suite 223, Hagerstown Director: Chris Marschner Phone: 301-790-2800, ext. 399 Web address: www.technicalinnovationcenter.com The new year will bring new opportunities at Hagerstown Community College's Technical Innovation Center (TIC), as the center completes 4,000 square feet of new lab space to accommodate biotech firms. TIC, the county's full-service business incubator, helps early-stage technology firms grow and thrive during the firms' first years of operation.
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by KAREN HANNA | April 6, 2005
The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved a bid for $557,280 for design services for the Maugansville Elementary School replacement project. Board members accepted the proposal despite some concerns that a low-bid policy could diminish quality of work. In a separate vote, the board agreed to changes in how it selects architectural and engineering firms. The new policy, which passed Tuesday night on first reading, would emphasize choosing outside firms based on quality considerations.
NEWS
November 25, 2002
Winter holds pleasant promise for Hagerstown-area job seekers, according to the First Quarter Employment Outlook Survey by Manpower Inc. "In our survey of hiring intentions for the January/February/March period, 17 percent of the firms queried plan staffing level increases, 3 percent project reductions and 80 percent expect no changes during the winter months," Bob Jeffers of Manpower said. Wintertime employment opportunities are foreseen in durable and nondurable goods manufacturing and wholesale/retail trade.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2013
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering free Web-enabled, instructor-led government contracting training sessions. The seminars are being offered to eligible individuals and small businesses nationwide, as part of the SBA's efforts to provide relevant training to the small-business community. Instructors for the training are from Stover & Associates Inc. Online seminars include: • Financial management for government contractors: This course is targeted to address the needs of preapplicants for the 8(a)
NEWS
August 15, 2009
For the fourth time in five years, financial services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study. Edward Jones also ranked highest in investor satisfaction in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full-service investment firms, based on six factors: account offerings, convenience, commissions and fees, financial adviser, investment performance and account statements.
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by TARA REILLY | May 24, 2006
HAGERSTOWN A plan to create "wet labs" at Hagerstown Community College for start-up biotechnology and life science firms got a boost from the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday. The County Commissioners voted unanimously to give HCC $450,000 toward the project. Of that amount, $250,000 will come from the current fiscal year's budget. The commissioners plan to allocate the remaining $200,000 in fiscal year 2008. HCC President Guy Altieri said six private wet labs and one common lab would be built as an addition to the Technical Innovation Center at the college.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | August 25, 2013
nnsylvania Avenue intersection with Club Road. It leads into the Fountain Head housing development, across U.S. 11, opposite the plaza entrance. Because of the new office building Ghattas was to erect, SHA wanted him to upgrade the intersection. Its current “walk-don't walk” signs for pedestrians as well as other safety features were installed by Ghattas in 1984 when he was building Fountainhead Plaza. This time, Gischlar said, SHA wants Ghattas to install more modern signs showing a countdown, indicating to walkers how much time remains for them to safely cross.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 22, 2013
Times change, but some things stay the same. Such was the sentiment Friday as the Washington County Historical Society celebrated more than half a century of local industry. Exhibits representing artifacts from more than 30 firms that have operated in Washington County for 50 to 100 years and continue to operate today were showcased at the historic Miller House in downtown Hagerstown. The “Made in Washington County: Our Rich Industrial Heritage” display will run through July 27. “We're trying to showcase the industries of Washington County, the history of industry here,” said Bob Savitt, vice president of the historical society's board of directors.
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By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | June 20, 2013
More than 30 firms have successfully operated in Washington County for a half a century or longer.  Those firms, along with others, will be celebrated beginning Friday, June 21, and continuing through Saturday, July 27, at the Washington County Historical Society, 135 W. Washington St., in downtown Hagerstown. An opening reception is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.  “Made in Washington County: Our Rich Industrial Heritage,” includes businesses such as Hagerstown Bookbinding and Printing, Crawford Bicycles and Automobiles, Holcim (Security Cement and Lime)
BUSINESS
June 16, 2013
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering free Web-enabled, instructor-led government contracting training sessions. The seminars are being offered to eligible individuals and small businesses nationwide, as part of the SBA's efforts to provide relevant training to the small-business community. Instructors for the training are from Stover & Associates Inc. Online seminars include: • Financial management for government contractors: This course is targeted to address the needs of preapplicants for the 8(a)
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 23, 2013
Berkeley County Council on Thursday passed over the lowest bid for security cameras and instead awarded the contract to a local firm offering a warranty. On a 3-2 vote, the council awarded the contract to Inwood, W.Va.-based RCS Security Inc., which bid $40,273 for 45 cameras and mounting brackets for the new public safety building. County Council President Anthony J. “Tony” Petrucci joined council members Jim Barnhart and Elaine Mauck in voting to award the contract to the Inwood firm.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2013
The clothes Abraham Lincoln wore to Ford's Theater, the flag on Iwo Jima, Stonewall Jackson's uniform, pre-Columbian textiles and hundreds more artifacts like them have been spread across tables in a small shop in Ranson. Cathy Heffner came on board in 1989 and bought the business from Thomsen in 2007. A 1976 graduate of Brunswick (Md.) High School, Heffner's participation in a work-study program in National Park Service conservation labs during her senior year led to a full-time job as a textile conservator with the agency.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | May 5, 2013
Believing in his employees to the very end, Lynn Bowers used to encourage them, saying their small Hagerstown company could compete like “a Davy in an industry of Goliaths.” But last year, after struggling through the worst economy many of today's business leaders have ever seen, Bowers had to tell his remaining 12 workers at Flameless Heating Supply Inc. the heartbreaking news. The heating, air conditioning and electrical supply business that his grandparents founded five decades ago was closing forever in October 2012.
NEWS
May 5, 2013
Where one business has closed, another has opened. Scott Electric, a large wholesale electrical distributor and supply business based in Greensburg, Pa., opened a Hagerstown branch in the 18043 Oak Ridge Drive building long used by Flameless Heating Supply Inc. Scott, which was a supplier for Flameless until it closed last fall, now has five employees working out of the Hagerstown facility and wants to hire three more, said John Forish, general...
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2013
As the longtime president of a Hagerstown furniture manufacturing company, David C. Beachley has seen a lot of curves and sharp edges in the numbers that define his business. The worst of the extremes in the number of people he employs has come fairly recently. “We went from 65 to 14 (workers) pretty quick during the recession,” Beachley said late last month. “It was pretty rough there for a while.” But now, because of big changes in the kinds of furniture his employees were willing to learn to make, Beachley Furniture Co. Inc. has not only survived the recession, but is hiring again.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | March 20, 2013
The Hagerstown firm of Bushey Feight Morin Architects has been chosen to design the new “West City” elementary school, which is expected to open in August 2016. The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to award the design contract to the firm, which submitted the low bid of $932,287 for the architectural and engineering services for phase one of the new school. Purchasing Supervisor Lisa Freeman told the school board that Bushey Feight Morin Architects designed the new Maugansville Elementary School, which opened in 2008.
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