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DBD Newsletter Jul-Aug FINAL
ISSUE #6
JULY / AUGUST
JOURNAL
IN THIS
ISSUE
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Business Spotlight 2
Mecaer Aviation Group
Imagine Your Business
3
in Washington County
Farmers Markets
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Stimulate Local
Economy
BALTIMORE TRUCK CENTER, INC. OPENS NEW
STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY
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he County helped Baltimore Truck Center, Inc. celebrate the grand opening of their
new 36,000-square-foot facility located at 11715 Greencastle Pike, Hagerstown.
Numerous Baltimore Truck Center
officials, state and county leaders
attended the event and toured the
$7.5 million dealership.
Baltimore Truck Center President,
Steve Parker, anticipates adding
additional employees as the
company expands. “I have a real
affinity in doing business with folks
out in Western Maryland,“ stated
Parker. “This is just a natural move
for us to evolve into a new and
bigger, more-modern facility.”
5 Business Outreach
The new building will house several
full-service repair bays, a natural-gas
designated bay, a modern machine
shop, as well as parts and service
support and sales.
Meet the EDC Officers
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Meet the DBD Team
Baltimore Truck Center is part of
the Baltimore Potomac Truck Group
which was founded in 1973 and
Potomac Mack Sales & Services, Inc.
founded in 1982.
Washington County
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Loves My Business
Receives MEDA Award
8 Upcoming Events
Baltimore Mack is a second-generation,
family-owned and operated dealership
comprised of four locations in Baltimore,
Frederick and Hagerstown. The corporate
headquarters is a full-service Mack and
Hino franchise located in Linthicum,
Maryland and includes a full-service Volvo
truck franchise, trading as Baltimore Volvo
Trucks, adjacently located to Baltimore
Mack.
The Hagerstown Division is a full-service
Mack franchise.
10 0 West Washing ton Street ,
H a g e r s t o w n , M D 2 174 0
Baltimore Mack Grand Opening
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D E PA R T M E N T O F B U S I N E S S D E V E L O P M E N T J O U R N A L
BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT - MECAER AVIATION GROUP
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AG, Inc. is the U.S. division of the Mecaer Aviation Group.
MAG, Inc. is an aircraft completions, customization
and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) company and
currently operates in two business locations – Philadelphia
Northeast Airport (PNE) and Hagerstown Regional Airport
(HGR).
MAG, Inc. has operated out of HGR since July 2012 but the
company has been operating in the U.S. for seven years. Their
factory-trained staff has delivered quality services to some of
the world's most renowned and discriminating helicopter users.
The list includes EMS operators, Fortune 500 Companies and
government agencies, both foreign and domestic.
Quick Facts:
• Integrated more than 25 Emergency Life Saving Suites into
factory-new A109 and AW139s in just the last 3 years.
• Delivered EMS and Offshore aircraft into Canada, Australia,
and Russia and sent technical teams as far away as Korea and
Ukraine to support customers.
• Completed more than 300 new interiors in AgustaWestland
Aircraft in the past 7 years.
• Maintained aircraft mission readiness for some of the most
prestigious Airborne Law Enforcement Agencies in the world
from our facilities in Philadelphia and Hagerstown.
COMPANY INFO:
18319 Air Park Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
301.790.3645
mag-incorporated.com
Director of Maintenance
Dave Sellers
[email protected]
President
Edward Pears
[email protected]
Business Manager
Juliana Jordan
[email protected]
Chief Inspector
Darrell Condry
[email protected]
Avionics Manager
Ian Terry
[email protected]
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Photo provided by MAG, Inc.
W A S H I N G T O N C O U N T Y, M A R Y L A N D
IMAGINE YOUR BUSINESS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY...
Total Size
Natural Gas
3,600 sq ft
Independent Propane System
Terms
Distance to Interstate
Contact Bennett
Development Group
1.5 miles to Interstate 81;
2 miles to Interstate 70
Zoning
Type
Planned Industrial
Warehouse
Water & Sewer
Year Built
Included
2001
Description
This 3,600 square foot facility was built in 2001. The building
structure consists of an insulated metal building with 16-foot
ceilings, reinforced concrete floor, Halide warehouse lighting,
and 12’ by 12’ garage bay door with electric opener. The
facility also contains office space and a restroom.
Property Address
10307 Partnership Court, Suite 100,
Williamsport, MD 21795
Contact
Chris Bennett
Bennett Development Group, LLC
301.223.7100
[email protected]
Visit hagerstownedc.org and use
our Property Search Tool to find the
perfect location for your business.
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FARMERS MARKETS
Hancock Farmers Market
Joseph Hancock Jr. Park
161-175 West Main Street
Hancock, Md 21750
Operating since 2008
Open Tuesdays and Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm
Contact: David Smith at 301.331.7099
Historic Hagerstown City Farmers Market
25 West Church Street, Hagerstown, Md
Operating since 1783
Open Saturdays Year Round 5 am to Noon
Contact: Ms. Gaela Shoop at 301.739.8577
hagerstownmarket.org
Meritus Medical Center Farmers Market
11116 Medical Campus Road
Hagerstown, Md 21742
Operating since 2009
Open Tuesdays 2 pm to 5 pm
Contact: Mr. Joe Fleischman at 301.790.8565
Washington County Farmers
Market Elks Lodge
Elks Lodge No. 378
11063 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, Md
Operating since 1991
Open Wednesdays 3 to 6 pm
Open from May 27 to October 28
Contact: Richard Calimer at 301.271.2149
Boonsboro Farmers Market
Shafer Park
Boonsboro, Md
Operating new in 2015
Tuesdays, 4 to 7 pm
Open June 9 until mid-September
Contact: Jessica Renner at 240.845.1121
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FARMERS MARKETS HELP
STIMULATE THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Strengthening Community Through Locally-sourced
Foods
uying local is a growing trend and farmers markets are
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an important part of this movement. Purchasing locallysourced foods allows the consumer to not only buy fresher
products but it allows them to interact with local farmers.
This interaction promotes a sense of community because the
consumer can connect their purchase to an experience.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the local
food markets have gone from a million dollar industry to a
billion dollar industry. Here is a list of local farmers markets so
you can become part of the movement.
Pick Your Own
Frog Eye Blueberry Farm
19600 Frog Eye Rd
Knoxville, MD 21758
301-799-8645
Tue to Sun 8am to 2pm
Opens in June till August
Gardenhour Orchards
22511 Gardenhour Rd
Smithsburg MD 21783
301-824-7466
Mon to Sat 8am to 5pm
Round House Farm
23435 Ringgold Pike
Smithsburg, MD 21783
240-818-2592
Call for hours
Support Washington County Farmers:
It has been estimated that every dollar spent on
local food brings three dollars to the local economy.
Washington County, Maryland is home to 860 farms
and many are diversifying in a variety of niche
markets including wine, gourmet cheese and
customer supported agriculture programs. As a
result of these efforts, agriculture product sales
have grown to more than $83 million in Washington
County and that number is still climbing.
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The Washington County Business Outreach Program allows local
businesses to present their products and services directly to the
Washington County Board of County Commissioners and staff.
During these scheduled visits, businesses share their day-to-day
operations, business challenges, and work with us to streamline
access to County services.
Schedule a visit to your business, today.
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: 240.313.2286
Here is a look back at some of the recent outreach visits.
Beachley Furniture Company
227 North Prospect Street, Hagerstown
beachley.com
During this visit, the group learned about Beachley
Furniture Company’s rich history. The company was
founded by Ezra Beachley, a first-generation
American-born son of immigrant parents. He established the
Hagerstown Lounge Company in Maryland in 1887. Since then,
five generations of the Beachley familyhave owned and operated
the business, now known as Beachley Furniture Company.
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Bowen Realty
11949 Robinwood Drive, Suite 100, Hagerstown
berkshirehathawayhs.com
DBD joined Bowen Realty as they celebrated a
rebranding under the Berkshire Hathaway business
brand. DBD learned that with this new affiliation,
Bowen Realty agents gained access to Berkshire
Hathaway HomeServices’ Global Network Platform – a
suite of online tools, applications and services – plus
ongoing business consultation, professional education
and marketing support. Resources include powerful
lead generation, a handy mobile app and more.
100 W Washington Street, Room 103 Hagerstown, MD 21740
D E PA R T M E N T O F B U S I N E S S D E V E L O P M E N T J O U R N A L
GET TO KNOW THE ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION OFFICERS
HUGH BRESLIN
KASSIE A. LEWIS
Chair
Hugh Breslin is currently Vice President/General
Manager with WHAG-TV and a member of the
Maryland D.C. Delaware Broadcasters Association
Board. He has also served on the Community
Foundation of Washington County and the Greater
Hagerstown Committee.
As Chair, Breslin works closely with Kassie
Lewis, Director for the Department of Business
Development (DBD), and the EDC Board on
continuing to implement the Strategic Plan and
other projects that will benefit the County's
economic development interests.
JULIE ROHM
Vice- Chair
Julie Rohm is currently Property General Manager
with PREIT© Property (Valley Mall) and volunteers
for various non-profits in the community. As
Vice-Chair, Rohm assists Breslin in continued
implementation of the Strategic Plan and other
marketing efforts.
ED LOUGH
DIRECTOR
Kassie operates as the primary sales
and development driver for the
county and staff liaison to the EDC
Board. She is responsbile for the
development and implementation
of strategic programs to encourage
business relocation, retention and
expansion in Washington County.
[email protected]
240.313.2283
BOB MANDLEY
Business Development Specialist
Bob is the DBD’s primary interface
for new and existing businesses. He
provides assistance with expansion
or relocation needs and administers
the State and Local business
incentive programs to encourage
and assist with business growth.
[email protected]
240.313.2287
LESLIE HART
Secretary
Ed Lough is a financial representative with
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. He is
currently the Chair of the Greater Hagerstown
Committee for the Urban Renewal and Historic
Preservation Forum and an original main
committee member for the Western Maryland
Blues Fest.
LINDA SPENCE
Business Support Specialist
Linda coordinates and manages
the Washington County Business
Outreach program and DBD
sponsored events, tradeshows and
meetings. She provides assistance
and direction for business inquiry,
retention and expansion efforts.
[email protected]
240.313.2286
Agricultural Business Development Specialist
Leslie is responsible for developing,
and managing economic
development strategies and
implementing programs to
attract, retain, preserve and grow
agricultural enterprises and related
industries in Washington County.
CARMEN HARBAUGH
SAM DEVARAM
SMALL BUSINESS CONSULTANT
Sam provides free confidential
business growth assistance to
existing and upstart businesses.
He assists with start-up logistics,
business planning, financial analysis
and projections, pricing and
marketing strategies.
[email protected]
240.313.2282
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Administrative Assistant
Carmen provides research
and administrative support by
developing and maintaining
databases, reports, and lists.
Carmen maintains correspondence,
serves as information facilitator
and is the first point of contact for
inquiries.
[email protected]
240.313.2285
TABITHA PORTERFIELD
Marketing Specialist
Tabitha coordinates and implements
public information and branding
initiatives along with strategic
marketing projects for Washington
County and the DBD. Tabitha’s
projects include collateral and
content development, event
planning, and social media strategies.
[email protected]
240.313.2383
WA S H I N G T O N C O U N T Y, M A R Y L A N D
WASHINGTON COUNTY LOVES MY BUSINESS RECEIVES MEDA AWARD
Deptarment of Business Development to be recognized at MEDA Annual Conference Awards Banquet
L
ast year for Economic Development Week, DBD executed
the business appreciation campaign called “Washington
County ♥’s My Business.” The campaign caught the attention
of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA)
and received the Judges’ Award at the recent MEDA Awards
Banquet.
Launched in September 2014, DBD staff and the Economic
Development Commission (EDC) connected with 6,900
registered employers through direct mail and a window cling
with one message: “Washington County ♥’s my business.”
As a result of the campaign:
The County’s project liaison generated three
potential business expansion project leads
There were more than 500,000 media impressions
highlighting the department to the community
Introduced businesses to the capabilities and
resources of the Department of Business
Development.
The MEDA Awards Banquet was held at the Hyatt Regency
Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, Maryland as part of the
2015 MEDA Annual Conference.
Sam Tooma & Son, Inc. - Staff Photographer
During last year’s Maryland’s Economic Development Week
businesses were encouraged to display a window cling in their
store fronts while the DBD Prize Patrol scouted the clings and
compiled a list of businesses to surprise. With proclamations
of appreciation, sweet treats, balloons and other valuable
resources in hand, EDC members and DBD staff conducted 26
business visits in one day.
"Our goal was to constantly remind businesses that we are
thankful for the employment they provide our citizens,” said
Kassie Lewis, director, Washington County Department of
Business Development. “We also want businesses to realize,
we’re here to help.”
Wetsuit Warehouse - Staff Photographer
DBD Loves My Business Window Cling
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D E PA R T M E N T O F B U S I N E S S D E V E L O P M E N T J O U R N A L
UPCOMING EVENTS
SCORE Business
Roundtable
Maryland Association
of Counties
S h a r o n Po f f i n b e r g e r w i ll h o s t
a n i n f o r m a t i ve t a l k o n l o w - c o s t
s o f t w a r e t o m e e t yo u r b u s i n e s s
needs.
This conference is about the
c h a ll e n g e s w e c a n a d d r e s s ,
t h e a c t i o n s w e c a n t a ke, a n d
t h e s t r e n g t h s w e c a n l e ve r a g e
t o a c h i e ve t h e b e s t g a i n s f o r
M a r y l a n d ’s c o u n t i e s a n d c i t i z e n s .
July 16 @ 12 pm
Always Ron's
29 North Burhans Boulevard
Hagerstown, Md.
Washington County Ag
Expo & Fair
August 12-15
Roland Powell Convention
Center
4001 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, Md.
www.mdcounties.org
July 17-25
Washington County, Maryland
Department of Business Development
100 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: 240.313.2280
F: 240.313.2281
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[email protected]
E n j oy a w e e k f u ll o f f a m i l y f u n a t
t h e Wa s h i n g t o n C o u n t y A g E x p o
a n d Fa i r, f e a t u r i n g a c a r n i v a l,
m u s i c a l e n t e r t a i n m e n t , b u l l r i d i n g,
t r u c k a n d t r a c t o r p u ll, d e m o l i t i o n
d e r b y, a n i m a l e x h i b i t s, a n d m u c h
m o r e. K i d s a g e 2 a n d u n d e r g e t i n
free!
Washington County Ag
Center
7303 Sharpsburg Pike
Boonsboro, Md.
Tickets: $7
EDC Meeting
August 20
M o n t h l y ED C B o a r d m e e t i n g t o
d i s c u s s u p c o m i n g i n i t i a t i ve s a n d
other communit y business news.
WashCoBizDev
@WashCoBizDev
WashingtonCountyMD
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County Administration
Building
100 West Washington Street,
Room 255
Hagerstown, Md.
SAVE THE DATE
Wings & Wheels
Expo
October 3 @ 9 am to 4 pm
Yo u’ve n e ve r s e e n a c o ll e c t i o n
l i ke t h e s h o w c a s e o f h i s t o r i c
and modern aircraf t and
v i n t a g e c a r s, t r u c k s a n d m o r e a t
W i n g s a n d W h e e l s E x p o 2 015.
Hagerstown Regional
Airport
18434 Showalter Road
Hagerstown, Md.