Shawn Davis is the territory manager for Cloverdale Equipment Co. of Pennsylvania. And it is an extensive territory.

“I cover anywhere we go basically,” he said. That would be the northern panhandle of West Virginia, eastern Ohio and – of course – Southwestern Pennsylvania.

“Most days I’m on the road. I’m free to drum up business.”

That business would be equipment rentals and sales. Davis, a McGuffey High School and Washington & Jefferson College graduate, is one of four employees working at Cloverdale’s newest branch, off Mayview Road in South Fayette Township, a chip shot from the Upper St. Clair line.

Cloverdale Equipment Co., according to its website, “is a full-service construction equipment distributor and rental company.” It is a 56-year-old, privately held, employee-owned company that is based in Oak Park, Mich., and has three branches: in North Shores, Mich.; Berea, Ohio; and now South Fayette.

Davis said he has been involved in equipment rentals for 12 years, all in the Pittsburgh region. He said his new company has been in an expansion mode over the past decade or so, striving to open a new facility every four or five years and about 125 miles apart.

Cloverdale has 112 employees companywide, Davis said, adding that he anticipates having a local workforce of 10 to 12 by mid summer.

Going formal

Formal dresses are the specialty in a boutique Erin Bywaters and Colleen Manzini have opened in Peters Township.

Isn’t She Lovely Cache opened March 23 in the Shops on the Trail, 522 Valley Brook Road. The owners give customers options: they may purchase a formal dress and resell it, or rent a dress.

“Our concept is twofold,” Bywaters said in an email. “You can consign a dress and get money back . . . Another lucky lady then gets to rock the dress for a fraction of the retail cost, whether that be through resale or rental. There are options depending on whether alterations need done and client preference.”

Top engineer

The Pittsburgh operation of Karpinski Engineering is actually in Canonsburg. But regardless of location, James Dudt has moved up.

Dudt, of Scenery Hill, has been promoted from director of the Pittsburgh operation to principal. He opened the company’s Canonsburg office in 2015, and according to a spokeswoman for the firm, the office has experienced year-over-year growth.

Dudt earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College, then started his engineering career with a two-year stint in Dubai. He joined Karpinski in 2009.

The Karpinski team in Canonsburg provides engineering services for clients in the health care, higher education, corporate and hospitality sectors.

A man of wealth

David W. Hoffmann has joined H Financial Management as vice president and wealth adviser. He will work in the firm’s Southpointe location.

Hoffmann serves on the boards of the River City Brass Band and the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh. He is a past chair and president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Financial Planning Association and is the founder and past president of the Three Rivers chapter of Business Network International.

H Financial Management is a private wealth management firm with two locations. The other is in Morgantown, W.Va.

Sacre bleu

Three businesses on Washington’s Main Street have been featured in the summer edition of Saveur, an international culinary magazine. The edition came out this week.

The chosen ones: Presidents Pub, Ross Farms and Emerald Valley Artisans. They were part of a 10-page spread.

Hospitals honored

  • Women’s Choice Award has selected
  • Monongahela Valley Hospital
  • as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience. The designation signifies that the Carroll Township facility ranks in the top 10 percent of similar-sized hospitals, based on number of beds.
  • St. Clair Hospital,
  • in Mt. Lebanon, has been honored again by Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that rates health-care facilities. Leapfrog last week released its safety grades for spring 2019 and gave St. Clair got an A for “its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.” That is the 14th straight “grading period” in which St. Clair has gotten an A from Leapfrog, which assigns grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide, based on preventing medical issues.

Business Writer

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won eight individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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