Cumberland Valley Business Journal Biz Buzz for June:
Central Penn College has named Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) as its 12th annual Business Partner of the Year award recipient.
The Business Partner of the Year event is a forum for Central Penn to thank the many employers and community members who have established a working relationship with the college and its alumni and students.
Pinnacle Health has appointed Kara Khanh-Ha Nguyen as medical director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI). Dr. Nguyen is the only woman in the country to be triple board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Medical Genetics.
She will provide clinical leadership at Pinnacle Health’s Reproductive Medical Associates center, which offers services including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), cryopreservation of eggs and sperm, and third party reproductive options such as egg or sperm donation and gestational carriers.
MA changes leadership
The Manufacturers’ Association, a trade group based in York, recently recognized outgoing board president John Lebo and inducted incoming board president Tom Baughman.
Lebo, president of Doucette Industries, has served with the association for 10 years, including the past two years as president, which saw membership growth of nearly 25 percent.
Baughman, president of New Concept Technology, began his term as president on May 18.
Bennett Williams, one of the region’s largest commercial real estate firms, has announced the following recent transactions in Cumberland County:
Golden Circle Food, LLC leased 3,000 square feet of retail space at the Shoppes at Silver Spring, 6499 Carlisle Pike, from GVS Partners, LLC. Justin Willits, Chad Stine, and Brad Rohrbaugh of Bennett Williams represented the tenant and Chad Stine and Brad Rohrbaugh of Bennett Williams represented the landlord in the transaction.
Fitness 4 Focus, LLC leased 1,207 square feet of retail space at Windsor Park Shopping Center, 5244 Simpson Ferry Rd. from Windsor Park Shopping Centers, LLP. Abe Khan, Chad Stine, and Brad Rohrbaugh of Bennett Williams represented the landlord in the transaction.
Seto joins Holy Spirit
Patricia Seto and her staff at the former Seto Pediatrics have become part of the Holy Spirit – A Geisinger Affiliate health system.
The practice, renamed Holy Spirit Pediatrics–Colonial Park, has relocated to the Holy Spirit Colonial Park Center, 4230 Crums Mill Road, Harrisburg, next to Holy Spirit Family Medicine–Colonial Park.
Dr. Seto is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a graduate of the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science.
Brad Gerlach, vice president and financial advisor for Orrstown Financial Advisors, has earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional designation from The American College in Bryn Mawr.
To earn the certification, Gerlach had to complete numerous courses and exams in addition to meeting stringent ethics requirements. The focus of the program includes mastering retirement planning as well as portfolio management techniques.
Gerlach has been with Orrstown for 20 years. He works out of the Carlisle branch.
Orrstown Bank has donated $10,000 to the Fannett-Metal Education Foundation to fund new laptops for Fannett-Metal High School.
Over the past 10 years, Orrstown Bank has donated more than $100,000 to the foundation.
Dewberry, a regional professional services firm, has announced the addition of Clinton O. Amey as a senior project engineer for the firm’s Pittsburgh and Carlisle offices.
Amey will provide engineering and project management support for land development, telecommunications, transportation, and energy infrastructure projects.
With 20 years’ experience in the industry, Amey was previously involved with Dewberry as a CAD drafter and highway designer, working on projects for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and private clients.
PinnacleHealth facilities have again received “A” ratings from The Leapfrog Group, a national hospital quality watchdog organization.
This is the second review and “A” grade for West Shore Hospital, and the fourth “A” received by Community General Osteopathic and Harrisburg Hospitals. 25 percent of Pennsylvania hospitals received an “A” grade for the spring 2016 period, according to Leapfrog, which looks at patient safety and rates of preventable errors.
Property sales concluded
Landmark Commercial Realty has announced the following recent transactions:
Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania subleased an office space located at 1429 North 3rd Street in Harrisburg. Roy H. Brenner of Landmark negotiated the transaction on behalf of both the sublease and sublessor, Focused Business Solutions.
Tradavo Inc. leased 14,485 square feet of warehouse space at 381 Independence Avenue in Upper Allen Business Park. Senior Vice President Jason Grace of Landmark negotiated the transaction on behalf of the landlord, Independence Avenue Investments, LLC.
KNG Commercial Properties, LLC has purchased the office building at 29 S. Union Street in Middletown from Bauccio Holdings, LLC. Chuck Heller of Landmark represented the seller andSeymour Barget of Landmark represented the buyers.
Ahold green power ranked
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Ahold USA, parent company to several supermarket brands and whose corporate headquarters is located in Carlisle, was ranked 18th out of the top 100 green energy users by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ahold generates a large amount of its own renewable power via roof-mounted solar panels at a number of stores. Recently, Stop & Shop, which Ahold owns, developed a digester system which uses biogas from rotting food waste to power electricity generators.
Berkshire Hathaway adds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty has added Cynthia Sutton as a residential realtor for Cumberland County.
Sutton attended Grove City College and Shippensburg University. Berkshire Hathaway maintains six real estate offices in the greater Harrisburg-Carlisle area.
HACC hires finance head
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, has hired Timothy Sandoe as Vice President of Finance. Sandoe will oversee all fiscal management and investment of college funds.
Sandoe was most recently Director of Graduate and Professional Studies in business development at Lebanon Valley College. He was previously employed in the banking industry, including 31 years with Fulton Financial Corporation.
Sandoe has been involved with HACC in other capacities for the past 25 years, including leadership positions with the HACC Board of Trustees and the HACC Foundation Board.
Comfort Inn opens
Hospitality Asset Management Company, a State College-based company, has officially opened a new Comfort Inn at Exit 226 along the PA Turnpike in Carlisle.
The 86-room hotel, located at 77 Shady Lane, Carlisle, is a prototype layout by Choice Hotels International – the first of its kind in Pennsylvania.
Hospitality Asset Management Company runs six hotels and two restaurants in State College, as well s the downtown Carlisle Comfort Inn and 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion restaurant.
Keystone pediatrics opens
Keystone Health has begun taking patients at the new Keystone Pediatric Therapies center, located at 3583 Scotland Road in Chambersburg.
Keystone took over the pediatric rehabilitation and therapy center from Edlantis Achievement Center. A non-profit healthcare company, Keystone is based in Chambersburg.
Ship raises funds
The Shippensburg University Foundation has officially ended its “Charting the Course, Lighting the Way” campaign after raising over $69 million dollars for the university, well ahead of its $45 million goal.
The campaign funded 105 new scholarships and increased the endowment for another 40 scholarship programs. The campaign also funded 11 new research endowments, and supported the construction of the Brad E. Hollinger Stock Trading Room in Grove Hall.
The Shippensburg University Foundation is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to secure funding for SU students and programs.
HB McClure Company, a Harrisburg-based mechanical contracting firm, has acquired of Mainhart Mechanical of Dillsburg. Mainhart officially closed in April, and its assets are now operated by HB McClure.
This is HB McClure’s 11th acquisition since 2010. An employee-owned company, HB McClure now has over 400 employee-owners and over 200 service vehicles.
Landmark Commercial Realty has announced the following recent transactions in Cumberland County:
Smith Packet / Med-Com, LLC has purchased 8.17 acres in the Cumberland Technology Park in Hampden Township. Plans are to construct an 185,000 square foot, 192-unit senior living facility. The sale was handled by Dan Alderman of NAI CIR and David Remmel, President of Landmark Commercial Realty.
APR Supply has purchased a 31,000 square foot industrial facility located at 207 Lynndale Court in Hampden Township. Eric Ravine of NAI CIR represented the buyers and Thomas T. Posavec and Roy H. Brenner of Landmark Commercial Realty represented the seller, Patton Properties.
FTD Companies Inc., located in San Diego, California negotiated a buyout of their 108,750 square foot warehouse lease at 1225 South Market Street, Mechanicsburg, which previously served as their East Coast fulfillment center. Jason Grace of Landmark Commercial Realty negotiated the early termination between the tenant and landlord, Allen Distribution Inc.
Power Component Systems, Inc. signed a long-term lease at 801 Spangler Road, Camp Hill. Jason Grace of Landmark Commercial Realty negotiated the transaction on behalf of the landlord, 801 Spangler Road Associates, LP. Roy H. Brenner represented the tenant.
Escape game opens
Keystone Escape Games has opened at 5006 Lenker Street in Mechanicsburg. Like other “escape room” venues, Keystone will challenge players to solve puzzles and uncover clues in order to complete the challenge.
Owned and designed by two mechanical engineers, the facility plans to expand to three separate live-action game rooms.
Giant Food Stores employees have donated 40 tons of food and hygiene products to Liberty USO, to supports military families in need in Pennsylvania.
The donation was part of Giant’s annual Women in Leadership Conference, a gathering of over 500 company associates which selects a different charity each year to support.
Stroke center certified
Penn State Stroke Center in Hershey has been re-certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
The center is one of seven in Pennsylvania to hold the designation, which requires an onsite review as well as several care qualifications, including 24-hour access to neurosurgeons and minimally invasive catheter procedures.