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Pohanka of Salisbury opens Pohanka Automotive Training Center in Salisbury, MD

In August 2022, Pohanka of Salisbury opened its newest venture with the Pohanka Automotive Training Center located in Salisbury, MD. Led by Master Technician David White, the training center allows anyone in Delmarva, seventeen and older, to begin or transition into a career as an automotive technician, free of charge. Pohanka provides students with a complete toolset and guarantees them a full-time job at the end of the 2-year training program. As long as students fulfill the course requirements they will graduate as a Certified  Automotive Technician, free of debt, with a full set of tools! 

David White has worked for the past 35 years as a teacher at Parkside High School, teaching Automotive Technology for their CTE program. He also taught Automotive Courses for Wor-Wic Community College and served as a trainer/consultant for current technicians at Pohanka of Salisbury. He is excited to join Pohanka as the full-time instructor and head of the all-new Pohanka Automotive Training Center. 

On Thursday, September 8th, from 5 pm-7 pm, the Pohanka Automotive Training Center will be hosting a business after-hours event for the public. There you can tour the new facility, meet with Instructor David White to learn more about this unique program and hear from the students of the inaugural class. There will be lite fare from Green Hill Country Club provided and chances to win door prizes.

To register for the business after-hours event visit: http://www.chamberdata.net/webforms/EvtListing.aspx?dbid2=mdsal&evtid=364517&class=E


To learn more about the Pohanka Automotive Training Center visit: https://pohankaacademy.com/

Community Raises Over $50,000 for Family Struck by Tragedy

On June 12th, the Delmarva community suffered an extreme loss when Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect in Pittsville. Hilliard was a 16-year veteran law enforcement officer with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Office said Hilliard “was a son, a husband and a father to three beautiful children, a brother to those he worked with, and an exemplary public servant to the citizens of Wicomico County and to the State of Maryland.” Sheriff Mike Lewis posthumously promoted Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard to corporal and awarded him the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Valor

In his honor, the Glenn Hilliard Memorial fund was set up to support his children and widow. In the wake of the tragedy, a fundraiser event was planned by AJ Angello, county council candidate, Mitchell’s Martial Arts, and Pohanka of Salisbury. Raffle tickets were sold to win a Toyota Tacoma, donated by Pohanka of Salisbury. The drawing took place on Friday, July 16th at Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury with Hilliard’s wife, county government officials, and members of the community present.

While one lucky winner received a brand new truck, the astounding part was the community support for the Hilliard Family. The event raised a staggering $51,000 dollars, with all proceeds donated directly to the Hilliard Family. Although a member of our police lost his life, it was inspiring to see how a community could rally around a family to help them in their time of need.

Sandy Angello, Pohanka of Salisbury, named winner of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for the 3rd Year

Every year The Daily Record recognizes the top 100 Women in Maryland. The contest honors high-achieving Maryland women who are making an impact through their leadership, community service, and mentoring. The nominees each year are selected by past inductees and business leaders across Maryland. 

The Daily Record, based in Baltimore, has been a news operation for over 134 years with both a digital-first newsroom and daily printed publication. The Daily Record features stories about women business leaders from a woman’s perspective, along with a podcast series, webinar courses, newsletters, and yearly awards recognizing Maryland’s outstanding women in business. 

This year, Sandy Angello, owner/operator of Pohanka of Salisbury was among those honored as Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Sandy has been included in The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women for the past 3 years. It marks a special year for Sandy as her third recognition earns her induction into The Daily Record’s circle of excellence. 

Sandy Angello has made her mark on the community which she serves not only as a reputable businesswoman but also as a leader for charitable giving all over the Delmarva Peninsula. In 2009 she launched the Pohanka Pays it Forward initiative which has proudly donated over 3 million dollars back to the Eastern Shore community. 

Congratulations to owner/operator Sandy Angello of Pohanka of Salisbury for her induction into the circle of excellence among top Maryland businesswomen! 

5 Steps to Prepare your Vehicle for Harsh Winter Weather

Driving in winter weather can be difficult and scary. Snow and sleet can make the roads slippery and even cause harm to your vehicle. Still, certain precautions can be taken to ensure your vehicle is as ready as possible to face harsh weather conditions. Here are five easy steps to prepare your vehicle for driving in winter weather.  

1. Check Your Tire Pressure

In order for your tires to perform their best make sure your tire pressure is within its recommended range. When it’s cold outside the air within your tires condenses often causing your tire pressure to fall. If your tire pressure falls too low it results in excessive wear, tread separation, and even a viscous blowout while on the road.

2. Check Your Battery

Cold weather also negatively affects the battery of your car, truck or SUV. The strength of your vehicle’s battery plummets in cold weather compromising its ability to start and run your vehicle efficiently. It is important to check the condition of your car battery before taking your vehicle out on the road when the outside temperature is freezing or below.

3. Invest in Winter Windshield Washer Fluid

Not all windshield washer fluid can help when traveling in icy conditions. In fact, some will even freeze while being applied to your windshield. For this reason, it is important to make sure you use proper winter weather windshield washer fluid when driving in snowy conditions. This will provide prime visibility and will not freeze to your windshield when traveling in freezing temperatures.

4. Have the Proper Tools Readily Available

It may sound simple but make sure you have the necessary tools available to help your vehicle and passengers get through winter conditions. This can include an ice scraper to help defrost your windshield and windows, tire chains for hard to navigation conditions, a first aid kit for emergencies, and more. Make sure you know exactly where these items are and how to get to them in need of an emergency.

5. Check for Wildlife

After a storm, be sure to check under your vehicle before starting it. Many times stray wildlife hides under automobiles in order to keep warm or shelter themselves from the storm. Starting your vehicle too quickly can harm them and even cause damage to your car.

Concerned about preparing your vehicle for harsh weather? Come by one of our service departments for a complete vehicle inspection and have our expert technicians make the necessary adjustments for your vehicle to perform its absolute best with the changing conditions. 

Pohanka Recycles Over 450 Tons of Automotive Material in 2020

Pohanka of Salisbury has made many generous contributions to the Eastern Shore since the foundation of the “Pohanka Pays It Forward” charity initiative in 2009. Their unique program has succeeded in donating over $3,000,000.00 to more than 750 local charitable organizations. Their generosity has provided financial aid to much-needed programs all over the shore ranging from children’s sports leagues to hospice care for local senior citizens.

Another way Pohanka greatly contributes to society is by recycling as much automotive waste as possible in order to better treat the environment. Automotive waste is one of the largest and most profound contributors to our planet’s “carbon footprint.” By choosing to recycle products such as tires, batteries, oil, transmissions, and more, Pohanka is playing a large part in reducing waste and protecting valuable natural resources. In the year 2020 Pohanka of Salisbury recycled over 450 tons of automotive parts and products. 

Pohanka of Salisbury has been recycling products since the foundation of their dealership. However, it was in 2011 that they really began to take an interest as to how they could better serve their environment. 

“We have been recycling for many years and the amount we recycle has grown substantially over time.” Says the Pohanka of Salisbury Parts Director Herb Williams. “About 10 years ago we started to look at how much we actually were recycling and began to look for more things we could recycle on a daily basis.” 

While most products including tires, cardboard, and scrap metal simply get recycled, other “core” automotive parts such as engines and transmission are shipped to manufacturers to be rebuilt and reused. As the recycling industry has grown over the years so have Pohanka’s environmental efforts. 

“It has become much easier to participate since the growth of the recycling industry. Our environmental efforts have grown substantially over the years and now it is an initiative all of our employees proudly take part in.” 

Come see Herb and the rest of the Pohanka team at their Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, or VW dealerships located on Route 13 in Salisbury MD.