Harrisburg flooring entrepreneur sells stake in company to focus on manufacturing 



The owner and founder of a Harrisburg-based flooring company has sold his 19-year ownership stake in the company to focus on another flooring venture. 

Scott Appel co-founded Touch of Color Flooring in 2002. The company currently employs over 210 people and has ten locations across seven states. 

Touch of Color sells flooring solutions to home builders, property management companies and commercial general contractors. 

Appel announced this week that he has sold his stake in the company for an undisclosed amount of money to focus on Frontier Surfaces, a global sourcing agent and flooring manufacturer he founded in 2019. 

“We founded Touch of Color in my best friend’s mom’s garage in the summer of 2002,” he said. “It’s a story of American entrepreneurship, opportunity, hard work, and grit. Today is a new chapter, and I’m very excited to invest my full energy and creativity into designing the future of flooring with Frontier Surfaces.” 

Appel’s focus on Frontier was part of a desire to have more ownership over his company’s supply chain, said the area entrepreneur. 

“If you’re not changing the game, the game will change you,” said Appel. “This ‘new frontier’ is a disruptor in the traditional flooring space. We focus on the customer first and have built a lean supply chain that eliminates excess layers of markup and passes these savings onto our customers. I was tired of overpaying for brands made by others, so I traveled the world to source, develop, and manufacture our own products.” 

Frontier’s home décor offerings include brands such as CoreLogic Flooring and SmartSoft Carpet which are created and distributed from Pennsylvania.  

Frontier is headquartered at 3525 Walnut Street, Harrisburg. It has manufacturing capabilities in China, Turkey, India, Germany, Indonesia, Brazil and the United States. 

Warehaus AE moves headquarters, but stays downtown

After being purchased by two long-term employees last month, York-based architecture, engineering and design firm Warehaus AE plans to open its newest headquarters next week.

Citing an employee survey that showed 97% of team members were interested in continuing part-time remote work following the pandemic, the firm announced it is leaving its former office for a smaller, more efficient location on the first floor of the W. Latimer Small Building in downtown York.

“We designed (our current LEED Platinum office space) to be a shining example of adaptive reuse, and we transformed a historic space into an effective, modern workspace that reflected our collaborative work style,” said Troy Bankert, Warehaus’ CEO. “But as our company evolved and remote work became more prevalent, it became much more space than we needed. What was once the picture of sustainability became an inefficient workspace following changes brought to light by the pandemic.”

The new location on North George Street is just steps away from Warehaus’ former office and allows the firm to continue operating in the city’s downtown, which was critical during the decision making process, the firm wrote in a press release.

Warehaus, formerly known as LSC Design, was originally founded in 1980 as Land Survey Consultants. The firm has since grown to offer architecture, civil engineering and land planning, interior design and more.

The move comes shortly after former owner, Kinsley Enterprises, sold the firm to Bankert and David Koratich, Warehaus’ COO, in late March. Together the two leaders have 55 years of tenure at the firm.

Bankert has held a number of roles at Warehouse, including project manager and director of architecture, and continues to lead the architectural team along with serving as the firm’s lead representative.

Koratich acts as director of engineering and also leads the firm’s internal operations.

“Our leadership team is committed to our success as a high performing, multi-disciplinary firm serving our local community,” said Bankert. “Our legacy in York for more than four decades has been a commitment to building and sustaining local relationships – to be the choice for our community’s architectural and engineering needs.”

Correction: The story’s headline previously referred to Warehaus as a real estate firm.

Pennsylvania Motor Trust Association hires new president, CEO

Rebecca Oyler joins the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association as its new president and CEO on Monday. PHOTO PROVIDED.

Camp Hill-based Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA) welcomes its newest president and CEO on Monday.

Rebecca Oyler, the former legislative director for the National Federation of Independent Business, was appointed by the state association’s board of directors last week.

Oyler replaces Joe Butzer, who acted as interim president since May of last year. Butzer was formerly the association’s chairman of the board of directors but took the role of interim president after the death of former president Kevin Stewart.

Oyler has over 20 years of experience within several state agencies, serving as director of policy for the Pennsylvania Department of State and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“The PMTA Board of Directors is very pleased to have Rebecca join the team,” said Mark Giuffre, PMTA board chairman. “She is the right person to lead our organization into the future.”

Oyler said that she is excited to take the role at a time where the trucking industry has been front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m anxious to lead PMTA’s members as we continue to tackle the recovery, along with other critical issues for the industry,” she said.

The association was organized in 1928 and operates in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and 2,560 municipalities. It works with its membership to identify key issues in the trucking industry.

York Navy veteran opens home care business

Curantis Home Care moved into its new headquarters in downtown York earlier this month. PHOTO PROVIDED.


Roy Hughes lost his grandmother 15 years ago after she passed away by herself in her home.

For years, the Navy veteran has thought that if someone had been at her home that day, things could have ended differently.

Those thoughts acted as the catalyst for Hughes to found Curantis Home Care.

Roy Hughes, founder of Curantis Home Care, stands with his family before cutting the ribbon to his new downtown York business. PHOTO/ IOANNIS PASHAKIS

Curantis, a home care company in downtown York, is set to work with area seniors and disabled veterans after officially moving into its headquarters earlier this month.

Hughes graduated last year with his Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus and is currently a pharmaceutical sales representative, specialized in cardiovascular disease and hypertension. When in the military he served in a pharmacy dispensing and compounding medicines.

“My entire adult life has been about caring for people,” he said. “I’ve just always had this sense of helping people and I always wanted to do that.”

Through market research and competitive market analysis, Hughes said he realized how lucrative home care businesses could be. He said he also found that a lot of home care organizations lack consistent, quality caregivers– something that he said he thinks he could do better with Curantis.

“The quality of caregivers I hear about is madness,” said Hughes. “They don’t show up on time, they are dressed inappropriately. They really don’t give quality care.”

Curantis is looking to hire 15 caregivers. Hughes said that his staff will need to adhere to a uniform and will be let go from the company if they are late to a client’s home twice.

The home care company currently only offers non-medical care, such as basic house cleaning and meal prep, but Hughes said in the future he would like to offer medical care as well.

The Navy veteran said that his new venture also looks to tackle a problem he has seen among disabled veterans.

“A benefit for veterans that isn’t well known is that they can receive $2,000 for care (through VA programs such as Veterans Pension),” he said. “Most don’t know that.”

Curantis’ grand opening at its headquarters on 46 East Philadelphia Street may not have happened without help from the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, which Hughes said helped him conceptualize the project and build a business plan.

The center’s business consultants work with entrepreneurs and small business owners through its Business Assistance Program. Hughes worked together with Martin Brill, the center’s program manager specialized in international trade and agribusiness.

Brill said that Hughes’ drive, determination and focus as well as his background in patient care were crucial in his path to opening the business.

“Financially he was in stable shape and could launch the business,” he said. “He had a lot of the fundamentals in place and we thought he was talking to the right people and had the right process.”

Curantis will be operating in York, Lebanon Cumberland, Adams, Lancaster and Dauphin counties. Hughes said that in the near future, he would like to grow the brand to bring on franchisees.

“I envision in the next three to five years that we could start franchising,” he said. “I’m looking for longevity and the support and networking to build it. We can go national.”

Land preservation nonprofit opens headquarters in historic York County building

The former Western Maryland Railway Freight Offices in downtown York will be the new headquarters for local nonprofit the Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County. PHOTO PROVIDED

A historic office building in downtown York is getting its first tenant since being renovated by a local developer.

York-based land preservation nonprofit the Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County is moving its headquarters to the Western Maryland Railway Freight Offices on the corner of North George Street and the Codorus Creek. The 2,684-square-foot railroad office building was built in 1896 and was most recently used as a transfer station for grain.

Real estate developer Kinsley Properties began a preservation project last year to restore the space using drawings from its original design, the firm wrote in a statement on Monday. Renovations included restorations to the building’s exterior, arched windows and masonry, including stone sills and brick.

“The Western Maryland office project showcases our company’s ongoing commitment to community investment and historic preservation projects,” said Timothy Kinsley, president of Kinsley Properties. “ We hope it sends a message that the momentum of revitalization in York remains alive and well.”

The building’s new tenants, the Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County, currently operate from their headquarters at 156 N. George Street. The nonprofit specializes in conservation easements, or deed restrictions that restrict and limit development on private property. Sean Kenny, the organization’s executive director, said they are on pace to protect 1,500 acres of land in York county this year.

“This new office will only enhance our downtown visibility to attract new partners and do more to advance our long term mission,” Kenny said.