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Business

Schell’s brewery barely survived Prohibition

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Most breweries in existence at the time did not survive Prohibition, which started 100 years ago this month and lasted for 13 years. One of the few that did was the August Schell Brewing Co. in New Ulm, founded in 1860. It now counts itself as the second oldest ...

UPS to expand operations, hire 1,700 workers

HARRISBURG (AP) — Package deliver company United Parcel Service has committed to spending $1.4 billion to expand its operations in Pennsylvania, including in Northumberland County, and hire more than 1,700 new, full-time employees, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Wednesday. Wolf’s ...

Truist announces community banking regional presidents

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Truist Financial Corporation, the result of the historic merger of equals between BB&T and SunTrust, announced today twenty-four regional presidents who will champion its unique Community Banking model in many of the most attractive, high-growth markets in the ...

Billtown Blues Association announces new officers

The Billtown Blues Association Inc, BBA, a local non-profit organization dedicated to community arts, announces a change in elected officers and appointed board members. Replacing recent retiree, Bill Van Campen, who served the Billtown Blues Association as President for 26 years, is South ...

Heritage Springs opens dementia care facility in Montoursville

Citing a need for a specialized care home in the Williamsport area for people living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, President and CEO of Heritage Springs Memory Care Colleen Fritz opened a second location at 878 Old Cement Road in Montoursville this past August. Fritz, ...

City native creates product to promote safe winter driving

Safety on the roads. That’s the motivation behind a Williamsport native’s patent-pending invention that works to prevent the buildup of ice and snow on top of large truck trailers, box trucks and other vehicles that can cause accidents. Jim Nelson, now living just east of Hershey, has ...

Guitar shop rocks new location

After relocating from downtown Williamsport, Guitarley’s has opened at its new location at 611 Oliver St. Owner and musician Sean Farley opened the original location almost ten years ago, realizing there was a need in the area for custom guitar building and repair that was open to the ...

Lock Haven native gives business advice in new book

Lock Haven native Steve Poorman is giving anyone who wants to enter or is already in the business world an instruction manual. He drew from years of experience running businesses and consulting to write his new book, “Navigating the Business Swamp.” He started writing the book in 2006 ...

Fed should focus on fighting low inflation, official says

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official believes that the U.S. central bank needs to re-orient its thinking and policies toward fighting inflation that is too low, rather than its historic focus on keeping inflation from getting too high. John Williams, president of the New York ...

Mountain Top Distillery owners to community: ‘We’re still here’

Big changes are happening on the mountain, and Mountain Top Distillery owner’s Frank and Sarah Kudlack want their customers to know the changes are positive. The Kudlacks, who purchased the location formerly known as Bastress Mountain Winery & Mountain Top Distillery almost two years ...

Calif law will force small businesses to rethink staffing

NEW YORK — A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. The law puts tough restrictions on who can be independent contractors or ...

Stocks close at record highs

Retailers and technology companies powered stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday, extending the market’s record-setting run. The Nasdaq composite climbed above 9,000 points for the first time as Apple led technology stocks higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 ...

The Break Room offers stress relief and a smashing good time

Virginia Weigle wants to give the residents of the Williamsport area a break. The idea for The Break Room, 1009 Washington Blvd, began in an online support group when a friend of Weigle’s shared her experience at a “rage room,” a business concept gaining popularity across the country ...

Roy’s Bakery keeps things sweet for over 70 years

Roy’s Bakery, now on Washington Boulevard, was opened by Gerald Leroy “Roy” Berninger and his wife, Betty, in 1948. It started along Lycoming Creek Road and has moved around the surrounding area of Williamsport until 1982 when Roy’s son, Gary Berninger Sr. and his wife, Marian ...

The Bicycle Center reaches its fifth generation

Fifth generation business, The Bicycle Center, located at 909 S. Main St. in South Williamsport, has been operating since the late 1920s. The store offers what any local might need for their bikes — in house, and even at rail trails along the river and at Pennsylvania College of Technology, ...

Evacuation order lifted as huge Texas plant fire ‘contained’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials lifted evacuation orders Friday for around 50,000 people on the Texas Gulf Coast, determining a massive fire was finally under control at a chemical plant rocked by two major explosions three days earlier. “We are in a position to say it’s contained. We ...

Anchor Air Systems brings quality heating and cooling to the area

Noticing the high price and low workmanship of many water and heating systems, Cody Rutherford started his own business, Anchor Air Systems, in July. With 15 years of experience in the field, Rutherford said he’s focused on delivering quality and commitment to his customers out of his home ...

Plankenhorn continues to expand

Plankenhorn Stationary on West Fourth Street has been operating for the last 120 years by bringing in new expansions of a warehouse, furniture, e-commerce and next day delivery for locals. The store, operated by Charles “Charlie” Plankenhorn, Chris Plankenhorn, president, and Chip ...

Robin’s Nest is keeping memories alive

A newly-opened antique store came with more than many expected, also featuring clothes, shoes, soaps and more, all made by local vendors. Alexandra Warren and Alyssa Fortin, sisters in-law and co-owners of Robin’s Nest at 368 Broad St., said they were inspired by the life of Warren’s ...

Axeman-Anderson celebrates 75 years in the boiler business

Axeman-Anderson started making steel boilers for homes and small businesses 75 years ago in 1944. Today, the business has grown with the ups of oil embargos and needs for boilers for today’s work on roads and on the water. “The company was started in 1944 when my father and William ...