Local Business

Landscapers predict busy year

Area landscapers are expecting a busy year. Mother Nature may lend a helping hand. “After the first week of April we expect temperatures to moderate and become more seasonal. This will provide a good transition to outdoor work,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Bob Smerbeck. “We ...

State low-interest loan approved for DelGrosso’s

DelGrosso Foods Inc. in Tipton has been approved for a state low-interest loan designed to promote and retain industries. The spaghetti and pizza sauce manufacturer will receive a $2 million, 15-year loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority at a 2.5 percent rate. The loan ...

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Local businesses go through OSHA program Professionals Auto Body in Duncans­ville and Altoona and sister company KarPro Tire & Auto Center have all been through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration consultation program and have met the first stage of the government standards ...

Nominations invited for ‘20 Under 40’

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 12th edition of 20 Under 40, which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those ...

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JOHNSTOWN Conemaugh Memorial Medical earns certification Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has earned Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Conemaugh Memorial’s program ...

Leadership conference coming to Altoona

For the second year, the world’s largest one-day leadership conference is coming to Altoona. Known as Leadercast Live 2019, the conference will be simulcasted locally from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at the Wright Place for Kids, 1809 11th St., Altoona. The Nehemiah Project will host the ...

Blair Chamber to end Buy Here Bucks

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce has discontinued an initiative created to encourage greater sales of products and services at local retailers and hospitality businesses. The Buy Here Bucks gift certificate program, which began in October 2017, fell short of expectations both in terms of ...

Blair Chamber to end Buy Here Bucks gift certificate program

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce has discontinued an initiative created to encourage greater sales of products and services at local retailers and hospitality businesses. The Buy Here Bucks gift certificate program, which began in October 2017, fell short of expectations both in terms of ...

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Expert to headline workshop The Blair County Chamber of Commerce WE-LEaD Committee will host a workshop focusing on techniques to effectively deal with conflict while navigating toward effective outcomes. The workshop, “Dealing with Difficult People,” led by Sherry Cain, Pro/Vision ...

Peoples requests rate reduction

Peoples Natural Gas has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to decrease natural gas rates, as of Oct. 1. The company has requested an overall combined rate decrease of $39 million per year. If the company’s entire request is approved, the total bill for a ...

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Sheetz hiring event today Sheetz has announced plans to hire 2,500 employees company-wide. Sheetz will hold open interviews for full- and part-time positions from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at all of its 589 locations. The hiring initiative aims to increase Sheetz’s total employee count ...

Hollidaysburg alum develops program

Jim Ricker was working as a territory manager for John Deere in Atlanta, Ga. — and was doing quite well selling insurance. He was a five-time member of the President’s Club and won numerous trips for his production along with being the first person to qualify for President’s Club in ...

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Rutter’s celebrates Altoona grand opening Rutter’s CEO Scott Hartman cut the ribbon and presented four local charities with donation checks during the grand opening of the chain’s 3000 Sixth Ave. store on Thursday. It is Rutter’s 74th store and the third in Blair ...

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Courtesy Collision certified Courtesy Collision, 3100 Pleasant Valley Blvd., has been officially certified by Assured Performance, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, for maintaining the tools, equipment, training and facilities necessary to repair the participating automaker brand ...

Sheetz installs superchargers

Sheetz is continuing its efforts to become a bigger player in the electric vehicle industry. The Altoona-based convenience store chain recently completed the installation of eight Tesla Supercharger stations at its 17th Street and Pleasant Valley Boulevard location. Sheetz currently has 21 ...

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CLAYSBURG Blue Knob Resort sets St. Patty’s Spring Fling Blue Knob All Seasons Resort will hold its annual St. Patty’s Spring Fling on Saturday. The event will feature a costume parade at 1 p.m. with a 2019-20 full season pass as the prize for best costume. At 2 p.m. the Pond Skim will ...

Kaup to receive Life­time award

A lead partner of a local accounting firm that has served the area for more than 100 years has been selected as the 18th recipient of the Blair County Chamber of Com­merce Life­time Achieve­ment Award for Business Ex­cel­lence. Rex Kaup, a lead partner at Young, Oakes, Brown & Co. PC ...

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Meeting set on Sicily trip The Blair County Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Epic Journeys, is hosting a trip to Sicily, Oct. 18-28. The excursion includes guided tours through Palermo, Ragusa, Taormina and Riviera. An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 27 at the ...

Premium payment may help state dairy farmers

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania State Grange has called on the Penn­syl­va­nia Milk Marketing Board to set the over-order premium payment at $1. Testifying on behalf of the Grange, Lancaster County dairy farmer Matt Espen­shade said that 2018 will be a year that will be talked about for ...

Educational seminars for notaries

The Pennsylvania As­so­ci­a­tion of Notaries will hold several educational seminars this month for Altoona area notaries and motor vehicle agents. The seminars will be held at the Hampton Inn Altoona, 180 Charlotte Drive, on the following dates: - March 19 — A First Time Notary Seminar ...