May 2015 Business History: Graphic Controls

Recording a legacy Graphic Controls provided ‘consistent’ jobs for Clayton By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business When one thinks of Clayton, “waterfront destination” typically comes to mind. But within the past century, the riverfront village was home to Graphic Controls, a Buffalo-headquartered manufacturing plant that produced recording charts for industrial and medical applications. In its day,… [Continue Reading]

Graphic Controls Corp’s Recording Chart Division in Clayton. The firm was once a major employer in the St. Lawrence River village. Photo from Watertown Daily Times Archives.

May 2015 20 Questions: Jeffrey L. Proulx, Save-A-Lot

Behind a value brand For Save-A-Lot franchisee, focus on quality, service sets stores apart Jeffrey L. Proulx owns eight Save-A-Lot grocery stores across the north country and Southern Tier. He employs about 180 people. He’s been in the business for more than 25 years, and his father was a grocer before him. One might say… [Continue Reading]

Save-A-Lot franchisee and store owner Jeffrey L. Proulx in his Canton corporate office and training center. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago, NNY Business.

May 2015 Cover Story: Growth and Revitalization

Rising from the past for a better future From Massena to Watertown, Ogdensburg to Lowville, efforts to revitalize urban centers take hold as public and private investment tops $250 million. Those involved say the north country is finally on a much brighter path since the 2008 recession battered the region. By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

Mark Pelletier, project manager for COR Development, Fayetteville, stands atop the rubble of the former Mercy Hospital site. COR began an aggressive $65 million to $75 million redevelopment of the site in 2014. The project is on track for completion in 2016 or 2017. The finished product is slated to have 40,000 square feet of retail and office space and 160 to 200 apartments. COR plans to build the apartments first, with the commercial space to follow. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Factory Street businesses brace for traffic decline during reconstruction project

WATERTOWN — Small-business owners say a dark cloud will descend over Factory Street as its reconstruction starts this summer and they’re bracing for what they fear could be a major slowdown in traffic during the two-season project planned by the city.

Donald E. Rowland, owner of Rowland’s Brand Source Home Appliance Center, 327 Factory St., stands besides his business. As with many business owners on Factory Street, Mr. Rowland believes that the upcoming reconstruction project on the street will cause a significant loss in profit. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

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