Herald-Mail Media in Hagerstown, MD was named the Washington County Large Business of the Year during the 15th annual Washington County Business Awards.
The event is held to recognize excellence in local businesses in six categories. There were about 152 businesses and people considered for the awards, which were narrowed down to 21 finalists.
The winners in each category were named from three finalists in each category.
Herald-Mail Media was in very good company in its category with sister company Antietam Cable representing Schurz Communications as a fellow nominee.
The crowd that turned out for the event is illustrative of increasing numbers of people who have been attending the ceremony over the years, organizers said.
“This makes the business community look solid,” said Dan Pheil, chairman of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.
After the event, Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Brien Poffenberger wrote about all of the winners for a column published after the event.
“Today’s Herald-Mail Co. continues a decades-old tradition of serving Washington County,” he wrote. “The mission may be the same, but HM Media continues to introduce new ways of delivering the news, from online conversations to its own television station. As one of downtown’s largest employers, the company continues to play a key role in our business community.”