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John Graham, right and John McLaughlin, left, recently acquired King Glass and Paint Services Inc. in Swoyersville.

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Todd Williams (right-center), receiving his FASTSIGNS sales boot camp certificate alongside FASTSIGNS CEO Catherine Monson (right) in Dallas.


Bear Owen Paving Co.


Bear Owen Paving Co., a local asphalt paving company established in 1969, anticipates a year of growth in the six surrounding counties it primarily serves. The company has offices and maintenance facilities in Peckville. The firm’s goal is to hire 12 new employees for the summmer and additional crews to better serve customers. The company is an expert in paving, concrete, excavation and maintenance services, and is seeing tremendous growth in its six-county region of NEPA. Thomas Owen Jr., president and CEO said the company already owns the new equipment the crew will utilize. The company’s focus is on large commercial projects.



FASTSIGNS of Scranton


Todd Williams, visual communications expert from FASTSIGNS of Scranton, completed an extensive three-day sales boot camp training program at the FASTSIGNS corporate headquarters in Dallas. The FASTSIGNS sales boot camp covers the essential skills and effective techniques needed throughout the entire sales process. The course includes classroom instruction, live exercises and in-depth coaching from the FASTSIGNS training team.



It’s a Keeper


Christina Hitchcock, a food blogger from Madison Township, was recently named Best Blogger of 2013 by Electric City. Hitchcock’s blog, It’s a Keeper ( features recipes, cooking videos and ideas on how to cook more despite a busy life. Started in 2010, It’s a Keeper is a blog that provides tried and true recipes that are easy to make and taste great. Ms. Hitchcock started the blog as a way to chronicle her adventures (and mis-adventures) as she cooked and baked her way through the pile of recipes that she had collected. It’s a Keeper has grown into a trusted cooking authority for today’s busy families. Hitchcock shares easy recipes that have earned her seal of approval; teaches families how they can cook more despite a busy schedule; shows how to get kids more involved in the kitchen; reviews products and services; and answers cooking and meal planning questions. In addition to her website, Hitchcock offers meal planning classes, personal cooking lessons and private cooking parties. She is also a field editor for Taste of Home magazine, a kitchen expert for and is a guest contributor on WNEP’s Home and Backyard program. Her website has been featured on numerous blogs and websites, including BlogHer and Yummly and has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines.



King Glass & Paint Services Inc.


John McLaughlin and John Graham purchased King Glass & Paint Services Inc., 1079 Main Street in Swoyersville, a full-service paint, floor covering and window treatment distributor. Founded by Richard Emanski in 1957, King Glass & Paint Services Inc. has been locally owned and operated since its inception. With this purchase, the company remains a family-owned, local business. McLaughlin has been a project superintendent for Skanska USA Civil for the past 10 years. John Graham, McLaughlin’s uncle, has been a northeast Pennsylvania business owner for the past 35 years.King Glass and Paint Services carries many lines, including Pittsburgh Paint and its sister companies, Ameron Industrial Coatings, Devoe, Sikkens, and Ralph Lauren. Its primary floor covering lines are Mohawk and Shaw. It also offers hardwood, ceramic tile, vinyl tile and sheet goods from various manufacturers. Window treatments are supplied by Graber and Hunter Douglas.King Glass & Paint Services Inc. works with all sized construction jobs – from large commercial jobs to one-room residential projects and currently serves Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and the Back Mountain.For more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss building needs, call (570) 288-4639 or log on to