April 2015 20 Questions: Rick Caskinette, Caskinette’s Ford

Turning the right keys Rick Caskinette on family, Ford and what it takes to build a successful brand Nearly 20 years ago, in 1996, Richard B. “Rick” Caskinette closed the largest deal of his professional career when he purchased Lofink Ford Mercury, which had operated under a well-established family name in Carthage since 1929. In… [Continue Reading]

From left, sons Jameson, Jess and Craig Caskinette with father Richard B. “Rick” in the showroom 
of Caskinette’s Ford, Carthage. The three sons work in the family auto dealership. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

April 2015 Agribusiness Feature Story: Maple

Liquid gold Maple production a key to agribusiness growth in north country, state By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business The snow is melting. The temperature is rising. The sap is running. It’s maple season, and Northern New York’s sweetest industry is on the rise.

Previous page, top, buckets collect sap on maple trees at Massey Ranch. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

April 2015 Family Business Feature Story: A Brotherly Bond

A success built on trust Brothers continue family business parents started in 1972 By Kris Rusho, NNY Business It’s a bright, sunny Saturday in March and Walldroff Farm Equipment is polished for an open house at its Watertown store off Bradley Street. Despite the calendar’s signal for spring the week before, it’s a mere 20 degrees… [Continue Reading]

From left, David Walldroff, brother-in-law Dave Schryver, and brothers Wendall and Marcus Walldroff, in the garage of their Watertown store. 
The family business, Walldroff Farm Equipment, was started in 1972 by the brothers’ parents, William and Jean, at their LaFargeville farm. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

April 2015 Cover Story: All in the Family

Keeping family in business as times change For three north country family businesses – one just starting out, another a century old – the recipe for lasting success is simple: communicate openly among partners and welcome customers as family. By Norah Machia, NNY Business

From left, Robert Wratten, brother, James, and father James “Jim” Wratten of Wratten Trailer Sales, Adams. Mr. Wratten’s parents, the late Al and Lois Wratten, started the family business in 1959. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.


Motel gift shop, small tools store approved by Massena village Planning Board

MASSENA — The Blue Spruce Motel soon will be home to a small gift shop since a site plan for the store was approved by the village’s Pla … [Read More...]


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