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Salvation Army Celebrates Grand Opening of First DMG Foods in Baltimore, MD

Ribbon cutting at the first DMG Foods in Baltimore

The Harkins team attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting on the DMG Foods project on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Baltimore, MD.

Named after The Salvation Army’s motto Doing the Most Good, this 7,000 sf non-profit grocery is the first of its kind for The Salvation Army of Central Maryland and one of just a handful currently in the US. The store will provide healthy and affordable food in East Baltimore for families and individuals receiving SNAP benefits. There is a butcher counter, a deli featuring lunch meats and prepared foods like fried chicken, rotisserie chickens and salads, a bakery, a dairy department, and 15,000 shelved items, which can be purchased for about 5 percent lower than tradition grocery stores. It will be operated in partnership with the Maryland Food Bank.

Grand Opening Photos

Harkins is an American Diabetes Association Health Champion

Harkins employees are a health champion

We are happy to announce that Harkins has been designated a Health Champion by the American Diabetes Association!

The association’s Wellness Lives Here™ initiative, which is designed to inspire and fuel our nation’s healthful habits at work and beyond, includes a Health Champion Designation to recognize companies that make health and wellness a priority for their employees. Harkins had to meet criteria in three different areas: Nutrition and Weight Management, Physical Activity and Organizational Well-Being. We are thrilled that our health and wellness initiatives met the criteria and the American Diabetes Association has selected us for the prestigious award.

Harkins Announces Long-Planned Leadership Change

New CEO Gary's headshot

Harkins President Gary Garofalo Succeeds Dick Lombardo as CEO

Harkins Builders, Inc. is pleased to announce that the company’s long-planned change in leadership has taken place.

With the retirement of Dick Lombardo on January 2, Harkins president Gary Garofalo has assumed the role and responsibilities of CEO, setting and managing the strategic goals of the company and serving as the main point of communication between the board of directors and Harkins’ business operations. Larry Kraemer has taken over from Gary as COO, with the construction vice presidents reporting to him. Dick will continue to serve on the Harkins Board of Directors.

Gary joined the company in 1991 and has managed the company’s finances as CFO since 1992. He was promoted to President and COO in 2016, and Larry Kraemer was also promoted at that time, to Executive Vice President. Larry has been with Harkins since 1989, serving since 1998 as Vice President of Preconstruction and Marketing.

Gary expressed his appreciation for the support of our customers. “During these first two years as president when Dick and Larry and I were speaking with our clients about this transition, all of them expressed their confidence in our succession plan and our vision for the future of our company, and we are all very grateful for that.”

He spoke further about the company’s future. “Larry and I are both very excited to be seeing our strategic plans getting results. All of our major construction groups – Commercial, Government, and Multifamily – are helping us to grow our product diversity, and our Northeast and Southeast Divisions are strengthening and widening our geographical presence. 2018 promises to be a record-breaking year in revenues, and we are very proud of how all of our employee-owners are fostering consistency of exceptional quality across people, divisions, and processes.”

Harkins employees honored outgoing CEO Dick Lombardo with a retirement celebration in December, and will pay tribute to him in the February edition of the company’s newsletter, the Harkins Header.