Bits of business: Centre County gas prices could be relatively low in summer

While gas prices are typically higher during the summer, there could be some relief in Centre County this year.
While gas prices are typically higher during the summer, there could be some relief in Centre County this year. Centre Daily Times, file

Gas guzzlers rejoice — those pump prices aren’t expected to be too bad this summer.

Pennsylvania’s average gas price per gallon for the past five years is about $3.50, but it may not get above $2.50 this summer, according to GasBuddy Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski.

GasBuddy — a site that reports, analyzes and projects fuel prices — predicted at the beginning of the year that gas prices in the state could be as high as $2.70 but have since determined that it should be cheaper to fill up your tank.

Gas prices across the country began a routine ascent in early March, which coincided with per gallon prices in Centre County rising by about 30 cents in two months.

Laskoski attributed the annual increased costs to summer blend gas, which uses more expensive additives than winter blend gas, and nicer weather that enables more traveling and rising crude oil costs.

Going public

Armstrong Flooring, a wood flooring products producer with a plant in Beech Creek, became an independent, publicly traded company that is separate from Armstrong World Industries. The company’s common stock began trading under the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFI.

Armstrong Flooring also announced its management team, including president and CEO Donald R. Maier.

“The completion of this separation marks an exciting new chapter in Armstrong Flooring’s storied 150-year history,” Maier said. “We bring to the market a distinguished legacy of success and differentiated go-to-market strategy that positions us well to continue to deliver high-quality, innovative flooring products. Looking ahead, we believe that we have a long-term opportunity to enhance shareholder value by successfully executing our strategy to reinvigorate profitable growth across our resilient and wood flooring businesses.”

The company said becoming publicly traded would not affect employees.


Local musicians can celebrate International Guitar Month and Earth Day by attending a free recycle and restring event at Robert M. Sides Family Music Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 22.

Musicians can bring old instrument strings for recycling and get their electric or acoustic guitars restrung with D’Addario NYXL or Nickel Bronze Acoustic strings. Old strings collected during the event will be recycled through Playback, D’Addario’s free, national recycling program launched earlier this year.

Playback is an instrument string recycling program, launched through a partnership between D’Addario and international recycling company TerraCycle.

Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, founded in 1937, is located at 1801 N. Atherton St.

Come together

Mount Nittany Exchange, a health information organization based in central Pennsylvania, signed an agreement to participate in the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority’s Pennsylvania Patient & Provider Network, P3N

MNX is the fourth health information organization — joining ClinicalConnect HIE, HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Keystone Health Information Exchange — to commit to the P3N in 2016.

“By signing the P3N agreement, Mount Nittany Exchange has taken the critical first step toward full participation in the statewide health information exchange,” authority Executive Director Alix Goss said. “Benefits to patients will be achieved as more providers connect to P3N-partipating HIOs, leading to improvements in care coordination, patient safety and healthcare quality.”

MNX now proceeds to the “technical onboarding” phase of connecting to the P3N, which involves completion of interoperability testing and achievement of final certification by the authority during an approximately four-month period, at which point the hospitals and other providers connected to MNX will be able to exchange patient clinical data.

On top

Accounting firm Boyer & Ritter LLC was recognized as one of the Top 100 Organizations in the state by Pennsylvania Business Central Magazine.

The firm was also recognized as one of the top 27 firms in the Mid-Atlantic by Accounting Today, which evaluates firms in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Business Magazine accepted nominations from throughout Pennsylvania and profiles companies.

“Our inclusion on this list affirms our reputation for providing the best accounting and financial services to our clients,” Boyer & Ritter CEO Robert J. Murphy said in a release. “For 90 years, our company has aimed for excellence and continues to set the bar high every day. It is inspiring to have that commitment and employee talent recognized.”

The companies profiled in the magazine are not ranked.

In keeping with Boyer & Ritter’s commitment to hiring and retaining top talent, in 2015 the firm earned a place among the Best 50 Places to Work in PA for 2015. It marked the eighth consecutive year it placed in the contest.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli