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Bits of Business | National Home Inspections office now serving Centre County

Gary Drenning, of Hollidaysburg, purchased a franchise called National Property Inspections that will serve residents in Blair and Centre counties.

Drenning said the company is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and does commercial and residential home inspections.

Drenning purchased the franchise in February, and has completed all training and certification programs. The business is based out of his home, he said.

“There is a good market for it here and I have been in the corporate world for a while,” Drenning said. “When I saw real estate starting to pick up, I thought it was a good time to open.”

So far, he has worked on a few commercial jobs and about a half-dozen residential inspections.

Within the year, Drenning said, he hopes to add another inspector and an office administrator.

“I think there is all kind of potential and want to be ahead of it,” Drenning said.

For more information, contact Drenning by email at or visit

Water treatment plant

gets award

Pennsylvania American Water’s Philipsburg water treatment plant received the elite Phase IV “Presidents Award” from the Partnership for Safe Water.

The plant serves about 7,700 customers in Clearfield and Centre counties, according to a report from the water plant.

Phase IV goals are the highest level of performance that can be achieved in the program.

“Reaching this elite status is a very significant achievement in our ongoing efforts to meet stringent performance goals,” said Paul Zielinski, senior director of water quality and environmental compliance for Pennsylvania American Water.

“Improving the quality of our drinking water remains a goal that we continually strive to meet and exceed. Our Philipsburg team worked very hard to earn the Presidents Award, and this recognition is a testament to their dedication and hard work on behalf of our customers.”

Spherion Staffing

receives receives

The greater State College offices of Spherion Staffing Services, 1374 S. Atherton St., received the Performance Forum Award for exceptional sales performance.

Each year, Spherion recognizes a select number of offices across the nation for top revenue performance.

Nine Spherion offices owned and operated by the Ruggery family received this award for demonstrating “outstanding revenue growth and performance,” according to spokeswoman Jasmine Bennett.

This was the third consecutive year that Spherion recognized the franchise offices as a “Performance Forum honoree,” Bennett added.

Spherion has operated in the State College area since 1992. Local owner Donald Ruggery operates Spherion offices in Altoona, Bedford, Johnstown, Connellsville, Canonsburg, Greensburg, State College, Williamsport and York.

Patton Township business group to meet

The Patton Township Business Association will is hold its monthly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Patton Township Municipal Building, 100 Patton Plaza.

Guest speakers Lori Miller and Betsey Howell from the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau will discuss Happy Valley Culinary Week and other upcoming events.

Eat’n Park will cater the event for $6 a person.

RSVP to David Panko at 237-2822 or pankowealth no later than Tuesday.