Happening this week around Cecil County …

While the rest of the world was locked down a year ago Fluoron, Inc., a small family owned company in Elkton was working on its global footprint by getting its proprietary technology into foreign markets.

Matthew Lippman, Business Director for the company located off Blue Ball Road in the Triumph Industrial Park, said Fluor-Xon is being used in South Africa, India and China and a recent grant from the Maryland Commerce Department will help them enter the Indonesian market.

”I was in China last January (2020) in Wuhan believe it or not,” Lippman said Monday. “We are going to install our technology in China and sell it.”

That technology is a tungsten-carbide release material that helps manufacturers avoid stickage. Lippman said this would be especially helpful in paper recycling where there would be pressure sensitive adhesives in the mix.

”The sticky stuff causes production issues and affects energy efficiency,” he explained. In the same vein as Teflon, the Fluor-Xon release technology repels sticky materials.

”Rather than ship all our equipment to China we found a company over there that does tungsten-carbide thermal processing,” Lippman said. That company will employ Fluor-Xon. Having that contract helped the company survive during the pandemic and the business shut downs.

”A lot of our business is service oriented. The fact that we could export these coatings to China really helped us,” he said. “Maryland has an office in Singapore and they are hooking us up with potential partners.”

”We’d like to go over to Indonesia but that requires us to have these strategic partners,”Lippman said, adding the $5,000 ExportMD grant will help establish that relationship.

”We will tentatively go in May,” he said, adding that all depends on making a connection with an Indonesian business and COVID travel restrictions.

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Amedysis Hospice and Key Lime Taxi joined forces recently to help a veteran visit his wife in a local nursing home.

James Sheets has not been in the same room with his wife since the pandemic began over a year ago; he was at home and she was in Calvert Manor Health Care in Rising Sun. He told Richard Berry, volunteer chaplain with hospice, that he would like one last chance to visit his wife but he had no way to get there.

”We regularly ask our patients what matters most,” Berry said. Sheets had that one request. “He asked repeatedly if he can see his wife.”

Johannah Bowman, a nurse with Amedysis Hospice, started making calls to get Sheets a wheelchair ready ride. That’s where Allen Johnson, owner of Key Lime Taxi in Elkton, came into the picture.

”I was already in the process of getting this van,” Johnson said last week, moments after delivering Sheets to the door. He had already seen the need for a wheelchair accessible van in his fleet of taxis. “From the time Johannah called me I had about two weeks. This lit a fire under my butt.”

He donated his services to Sheets.

Upon hearing about the opportunity, Deputies David Fitzgerald and Joseph Staley with the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office also joined in with a police escort.

Another hospice volunteer, Bob Truitt, presented Sheets with a Veteran award pin and a red, white and blue quilt made by volunteers for veterans was also presented.

”This was my first one in over a year,” Truitt said. Before COVID Truitt said he had probably given as many as 35 of the pins to thank veterans for their service.

Sheets was also given a bouquet of flowers to give his wife.

Bowman said the couple was able to have a nice visit. She got word from the nursing home staff that Mrs. Sheets said, “I love you so much, I always have and always will.” Mr. Sheets replied, “We had a pretty good life... I think we did.”

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Construction continues for the new Teal Antler boutique to open sometime this year in Harford County. Brittany Van Spies, owner of the company that moved a little over a year ago to 123 North Bridge Street in Elkton, said the Forest Hill store at 1528 Rock Springs Road, has just reached the drywall stage.

Check their Facebook page for updates on an opening for the Forest Hill store as well as the latest on live shots, sales and special offers. The Elkton store remains open throughout.

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The Memorial Day Parade will be held in Elkton this year and the Elkton Chamber and Alliance is looking for sponsors to help with the celebration.

There are three levels of sponsorship, Red, White and Blue which include your business being mentioned on the public address during the parade, on trophies and in print advertising. Other donations are also accepted.

Those wanting to be in the parade have until May 28 to sign up. Unit space is available for fire apparatus, military organizations, civic, non profit, businesses, clubs, marching bands, and floats.

To become a sponsor of the May 31 MemorialDay Parade or to be in the parade, which kicks off at 11 a.m. contact Jessica Price, executive director, at 410-398-5076.

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At least one good thing has come out of the pandemic. More than 140,000 Maryland residents received health insurance covered — many at a reduced rate — through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.

More than a year ago Gov. Larry Hogan declared a public health emergency, which was followed by the Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period.

“We are pleased to announce the tremendous response to this special enrollment period, which is one of the nation’s longest in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hogan said. “This program’s success is a testament to our commitment to ensure Marylanders have access to the resources they need to weather the pandemic and come back stronger and healthier.”

The current enrollment period ends May 15. Since March 16, 2020 1,831 Cecil County residents enrolled in the MHBE program. Statewide, of those enrolled, 92,327 qualified for Medicaid coverage. The remaining 48,388 enrolled. in private coverage plans offered by the exchange, with 33,988 receiving financial assistance to lower the cost of the premium.

To find out more about the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange go to marylandhbe.com

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Thanks to customer donations and other benevolence the Good Neighbor Energy Fund operated by Delmarva Power has given more than $92,000 to those needing help paying utility bills. In spite of the pandemic the utility reports there was a 38% increase in donations to the fund.

“I’m inspired by the level of support our customers have shown toward their fellow neighbors,” said Felecia Greer, vice president of Large Customer Strategic Solutions and Customer Advocacy for Pepco Holdings, which includes Delmarva Power. “The Good Neighbor Energy Fund is one of our many resources to assist customers and their families during this challenging time. I encourage our customers in need of assistance to contact us now to learn more about available energy assistance programs and services. We want to keep our customers connected and we are here to help our communities power through the pandemic and its impacts.”

In fact every $3 donated by Delmarva customers there is a $1 match up to $70,000. Funds are administered through various non profits and government service agencies including the Office of Home Energy Programs in Elkton.

For more information of the program go to delmarva.com/MDgnef

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Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications through April 1 for its annual scholarship for graduating Oxford Area High School seniors.

To be eligible the student must be tracked to attend an area college, university or technical school or certification program in Pennsylvania, New Castle County Delaware or Cecil County, Maryland. This is not a need-based program. The committee is looking for students with a record of school and/or community service and a GPA of at least 3.0.

For more information contact the chamber at 610-932-0740

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University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health has named three new members of its senior leadership team; two of which are already part of the UM UCH team, and a third coming to the area from New York.

Colin Ward joined UM UCH team in 2014 as vice president of population health and critical integration. The graduate of John Carroll School and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Ward is responsible for performance improvement initiatives that include those which support patient care and service.

Fasheem Younus is an award-winning clinician and certified physician executive. He joined the hospital system more than 20 years ago, heading up their infectious disease team. He’s received the Top Doc award from Baltimore Magazine, having been nominated by his peers, numerous times. He was also given the Presidential Service Award from the Obama administration.

Laura Mansfield comes from New York University’s Langone Hospital in Brooklyn, NY where she was senior director of nursing. With a Master of Science in Nursing, she is now pursuing her doctorate of Nursing Practice from Villanove University. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience and holds two board certifications; Nurse Executive Advanced and Medical-Surgical Nursing.

”We are so fortunate to have dynamic and innovative leaders such as Laura, Colin and Faheem join our senior leadership team,” said Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, president/CEO of UM UCH. “Their knowledge, skills and forward thinking will help us continue to provide the best health care possible to our community today and in the future.”

Business Beat is a weekly column on business happenings in and around Cecil County. If interested in having your business featured in this column, contact Jane Bellmyer at jbellmyer@cecilwhig.com or 443-245-5007.

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