Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the price of a box of peaches.

The Peach Truck is returning to Western Pennsylvania for a couple of sweet tours, including four stops in Washington County.

Stephen and Jessica Rose, a Tennessee couple, are enjoying the fruits of their labors as founders and operators of the enterprise. The Peach Truck delivers large volumes of peaches – grown on a farm in Georgia, the Peach State – to customers during tours in eight states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and now Texas and Florida. (The latter two were added this year.)

For sale: a 25-pound box of the fruit for $42; a bag of pecans, shelled and halved, for $10; and “The Peach Tree Cookbook,” $25.

The truck, and its wares, will be stopping at six area locations on June 30, then the same sites and times July 21 – both Sundays. Locally, it will be at Rollier Hardware, Mt. Lebanon, from 8 to 10 a.m.; Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse, Cecil Township, from noon to 2 p.m.; and Rural King in Washington Crown Center, North Franklin Township, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Natrona Heights, Allison Park and Ambridge also will be part of the peachy brigade on those days.

These peaches come from a family farm in Fort Valley, Ga., adjacent to where Stephen Rose grew up.

Sky high honor

Joel Karg and David Beckett should have a bounce in their step following their recent “wow” moment.

The co-owners of Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Cecil Township received the WoW Guest Experience award at Sky Zone’s national franchise convention in New Orleans last month. The duo, according to a news release, were honored for pristine park upkeep, stellar team members, 100% guest feedback resolution rate and superb guest satisfaction scores.

Their facility, a walled trampoline court at 281 Georgetown Road, opened in December 2017.

Sky Zone has 200-plus franchises in U.S., Canada and six other countries.

A clean team

The main manufacturing facility for DMI Cos. is a state champion of sorts.

Charleroi-based DMI has announced that its Monongahela operation is the first manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania to receive the TRUE Silver zero waste to landfill certification.

DMI is a components manufacturer for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry. It has five facilities in four states, the largest being in Forward Township.

Appalachian board

Michele Palma is taking on an increased role with the Appalachian Basin Gas Processing Assoc.

Palma, administrative/marketing coordinator of Steel Nation, has been appointed to the ABGPA board of directors for a two-year term. She was a volunteer with the association for the past two years, getting members of the energy sector together for roundtable discussions, forums and symposiums.

Steel Nation president Mark Caskey said in a statement: “We’re very proud of Michele. She’s a hard-working detail-oriented professional, who I have no doubt will be an asset to ABGPA Midstream.”

Southpointe-based Steel Nation is a leading designer/builder of transmission, storage and compression facilities for midstream and transmission operations in the oil and gas industry.

GACO seminar

The Government Agency Coordination Office at California University of Pennsylvania is sponsoring a seminar on federal government contracting. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in the north conference wing of the Convocation Center.

Topics will include: how to position businesses to receive some of the $560 billion available in federal funding; vendor registrations; proposal preparation strategies; common mistakes in responding to solicitations; and creating an effective capability statement.

The seminar is free, but pre-registration is suggested by Tuesday. For additional information or to register, contact Tracy Julian at 724-938-5881 or julian@calu.edu.


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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