Business news of local interest


1st Summit Bank recognized

1st Summit Bank has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2017, the fourth consecutive year it was bestowed the honor. The Best Banks to Work For program, which was initiated in 2013 by American Banker and Best Companies Group, identifies, recognizes, and honors U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction.

Determining the Best Banks to Work For involves a two-step process. The first step involves an evaluation of participating companies’ workplace policies, practices and demographics. In the second step, employee surveys are conducted to directly assess the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace. The combined scores determine the top banks and the final ranking.

Power plants earn awards

Two coal-related companies based in Cambria County were among those recognized by the Anthracite Region Independent Power Producers Associa­tion, which recently announced its 2016 award recipients.

Cambria Cogen Co. of Ebensburg was among four plants to receive the ARIPPA’s Plant Safety Performance Award, meaning it had zero reportable OSHA incidents in 2016, according to a news release.

Also honored was Seward Generation’s Beaverdale Site in Summerhill Township, which received a 2016 ARIPPA Environmental Achievement Award for its reclamation efforts.

It was one of two Pennsylvania companies to receive the award.


Breakfast club to meet

The Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Bull Pen Restaurant.

Ashley Gehrdes, administrator of Children, Youth & Family Services, will present an overview of child protective services.

Cost to attend is $6.

For more information or reservations call 684-0736 or email

Warriors Mark

Business After Hours set

The Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Warriors Mark Alpacas, 1759 Indian Tree Drive, Warriors Mark.

Cost to attend is $5 prepaid.

For more information or reservations call 684-0736 or email

Comics business now open

Excalibur Comics is now open for business at 415 Orchard Ave. in the Orchard Plaza next to Big Lots.

Owner George Hampton has been buying comics and collectables for 35 years.

Excalibur has a warehouse of items and has just started the new 3,000-square-foot store with new items arriving each week including both new and unique items.

Excalibur features 50,000 back-issue comics from the past 65 years.

Excalibur also offers Marvel and DC posters, Marvel and DC comic T-shirts, a selection of graphic novels and new comics and action figures.

Business hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The telephone number is 942-6002.