On Thursday, August 6, the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce (MLCC) hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for LHTC Broadband’s New Corporate Offices overlooking the beautifully remodeled Caddie Shak at 101 Laurel Highlands Place in Donegal. Members of the MLCC, sister chamber’s, local officials and members of the community toured the new facility that brings together both LHTC Broadband’s business offices, that were in Indian Head and Stahlstown, along with its LHTC Media operations. The building includes a customer care center for LHTC Broadband customers to pay bills, pick up equipment, learn about new services, and discuss their accounts with customer service representatives. It will also be home to the new LHTC Media studios for video and broadcast production.
LHTC Broadband’s President & CEO, Jim Kail, stated that this was an important day in the Company’s long history. He went on to say “Over the years, the Company has been investing in the communities we’re privileged to serve, which started with the modernization of our plant facilities shortly after I joined the Company nearly 18 years ago. The building is the capstone of the modernization effort.” Kail also stated that “None of the Company’s achievements would have been possible without the loyal support of customers, the hard work of our employees, and the trust and confidence placed in the employees by the Company’s Board of Directors and shareholders.”
MLCC Executive Director Kris Enberg stated, “We are excited to be hosting this event which fits perfectly with our mission to enhance the economic growth and development of the business community by offering a variety of services and programs to meet the needs of local businesses, residents and tourists and for the opportunity for the membership to gather as business leaders during the ongoing pandemic.”
Everyone at LHTC Broadband would like to thank those in attendance for taking time out of their busy day to tour their new offices. Special thanks to fellow members; STC Company, Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping and Foggy Mountain Lodge & Restaurant for their generous contributions to the ribbon cutting. Special thanks to Julianne Brown of Marinades Catering for catering the luncheon.
The MLCC wishes LHTC Broadband continued success in their new endeavors and looks forward to working with them as economic leaders in the community for many years to come.
What brings a community together more than the local fireman’s fair and parade? For 58 years our local Volunteer Fire Department has been attracting residents to its annual parade and fireworks display. For the second straight year LHTC Broadband participated in the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department’s 58th Annual Fireman’s Fair Parade. The parade, which is an hour long, features firetrucks, antique cars, and of course this year, our float! This parade even has its own judging stand for Best Rescue/Squad Truck, Best Pumper Truck, Best Band, Best Show Car, Best Equestrian, Best Novelty and Judges Choice. The variety and excitement of the parade is enjoyable to kids and adults alike.
Last year was our first appearance in the parade and our float was a replica of what a typical home in the LHTC Broadband area would look like. This year our Marketing Department decorated one of our company trucks in a luau theme. The front of the truck was decorated with flowers and sea life, while the bed of the truck was decorated with birds, palm trees, and tiki torches; this gave the truck a real luau feel! It rained earlier in the day and the forecast didn’t look good for the start of the parade either. Fortunately the weather held off and the kids on the float threw candy along the parade route. Unfortunately our truck didn’t win, but don’t worry, we’ll be back again next year with a new float!
As you’ve probably have heard, LHTC Broadband broke ground back on July 12th, 2018 for their new corporate headquarters in Donegal. Construction began in August and lasted until late October. Due to the winter weather, construction was put on hold from December through February. In March, the weather finally broke, and construction began once again. By late April, the shell of the first floor was completed and construction of the second floor began. As of early June, the second floor was is nearly complete, and work on the roof will begin soon. If all goes according to plan, the building should be completed by October of this year. The corporate building will be home to both business offices that are currently located in Stahlstown and Indian Head, as well as, the radio studios for 97.3 Lite FM Latrobe and 98.7 Jack FM Greensburg. As progress continues, we will be sure to keep you updated so be sure to check back to see how the construction progresses.