Molly Draper Russell named WBOC-TV corporate CEO

Draper Holdings Business Trust, parent company of WBOC-TV and Loblolly LLC, has named Chairman of the Board Molly Draper Russell Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Russell has been on the board for decades and has served as Chairman for nearly three years. Russell assumes the position previously held by her father, Thomas H. Draper, who […]

American Cruise Lines puts Constitution into service

American Cruise Lines has announced that its first new ship of 2018, the Salisbury-built American Constitution, successfully passed Sea Trials last week in Chesapeake Bay. With the U.S. Coast Guard aboard, the Chesapeake Shipbuilding-produced American Constitution underwent speed trials, an endurance run, and was thoroughly tested in all areas of safety and maneuverability. “The American […]

Poultry industry honors its top performers

Hundreds of farmers, chicken company employees, representatives of allied businesses, and friends of the Delmarva Peninsula’s chicken community gathered in Salisbury for the Delmarva Poultry Industry’s Booster Banquet, the 1,800-member trade association’s annual membership dinner. During its 62nd banquet held Wednesday, DPI honored two individuals for their work on behalf of the chicken industry and […]

Marking 50 years, Perdue celebrates Salisbury plant, workers

Fifty years ago, the introduction of Perdue-branded chicken forever transformed the chicken business and went on to make history. Last Friday, Perdue Farms commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Perdue brand at the hometown Salisbury processing plant that produced those very first chickens. “Before we processed our first chicken here, dad asked customers what they […]

Peninsula Insurance will consolidate to Pa. office

Peninsula Insurance, a presence in Downtown Salisbury since 1960, will close July 2, causing 40 people to lose their jobs as the parent company consolidates services into a headquarters office in south-central Pennsylvania. Eric Crouchley, president of the business, declined comment, but referred inquiries to Jeff Miller, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for […]

Perdue bringing organic principles into plants

Salisbury-based Perdue Farms is investing more than $15 million at its Milford facility — the nation’s largest organic poultry plant — for a higher-welfare “controlled-atmospheric stunning system” plus a live-bird handling process that will be the first of its kind. Perdue is the only major poultry company in the country to commit to converting 100 […]

Jim Perdue honored with Leadership Award

On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Perdue family name is synonymous with two industries: poultry and education. Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business recently recognized the chairman of Perdue Farms Inc., Jim Perdue, for his contributions to both, presenting him with the school’s Perdue Leadership Award. The honor was bestowed during a reception at […]

Ugly Pies brings beautiful desserts to Downtown

Don’t let the name The Ugly Pie fool you. The new bakery at 501 West Main St. across from Brew River has an inviting atmosphere, with little tables, a sofa, flat-screen TV and bookcase lined with interesting titles – the perfect place to settle down with a slice and steaming cup of coffee. The are […]

Harcum Family hopes to save iconic Mardela Springs farm

A plea for money to save the iconic Beechnut Farm, owned and operated by the Harcum family for 350 years, was answered with donations totaling nearly $3,000 by mid-week, but much more is needed. Family member Rebecca Harcum created a GoFundMe page and set the goal at $600,000. “If my family is unable to pay […]

Bill Chambers: Education, employer mandates among 2018 priorities

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce experienced many changes, challenges and opportunities in 2017. Looking ahead to 2018, opportunities to advance a pro-business climate for Delmarva will be among this year’s top initiatives This all starts with member services to our more than 700 businesses and organizations. The continuation of a myriad of workshops and […]