Business Briefcase – December 2012

Waite Toyota completes dealership expansion

Waite Toyota, Watertown, has opened its new service and parts department, located adjacent to its current headquarters on Washington Street.

The completed building was retrofitted from the former Davidson Ford store. Construction included enclosing an overhang on the south side of the building and adding drive-in entry for service customers. Plans for the project were originally announced in early 2011.

The service center expansion not only includes drive-in service bays but an expanded waiting area with fireplace and a large reception area.

Contact Waite Toyota at 788-6022 or visit

Clarkson has $270m economic impact

According to a report released by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, Clarkson University, Potsdam, has an economic impact of more than $270 million on the regional north country economy. The report notes that the institution’s operations and jobs related to supporting student services and commercialization of research are reasons for the university’s impact.

Statewide, 100-plus independent colleges and universities generate $63.2 billion in economic impact, according to the commission’s report. The 2012 number is an increase of $8.9 billion since 2009 and a $15.7 billion increase since 2007.

North country fit-friendly workplaces honored

Jefferson Community College and Stebbins Engineering and Manufacturing Co., both of Watertown, have been designated gold-level “Fit-Friendly Worksites in 2012” by the American Heart Association.

The gold status is achieved when an employer implements programs and activities to encourage physical activity, nutrition and cultural enhancements, such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee risk assessments and online tracking tools.

California developer to build 150-unit complex

Fidelity American Holdings Corp., Laguna Niguel, Calif., is looking to break ground on a 150-unit apartment complex by spring, according to a report by the Watertown Daily Times.

The potential townhouse-style apartment complex would be built on Route 11 near Walmart in the town of Leray.

Last year, Fidelity American Holdings asked for $11.4 million in grants to build a total of 1,179 housing units between it and COR Development Co., Fayetteville, Morgan Management, Rochester, and Dawn Homes Management, Albany. Dawn Homes put Jefferson Apartments on hold.

The 150 units in Fidelity American’s phase one feature 24 two-bedroom apartments, 114 three-bedroom apartments and 12 four-bedroom apartments. A second phase could mean 150 to 170 additional units.

Chiropractic firm opens

Renee Petitto, Gouverneur, has established Better Health Chiropractic of Watertown at 21101 State Route 12 F, Suite 5.

Mrs. Petitto is a recent graduate of New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls, where she received a doctoral degree. She previously served in the Marine Corps and obtained a bachelor’s degree in biological studies from SUNY Potsdam, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Davidson Auto Group buys Drum Honda site

Davidson Auto Group has purchased the former Drum Honda property at 18375 Route 11, Watertown, to expand parking space at its neighboring Nissan dealership.

Davidson bought the site from a company owned by Philip J. Simao, Onondaga Development LLC, for $625,000 and plans to add about 200 parking spaces to display Nissan vehicles and used cars. Davidson previously leased the building since May 2011 where the company reconditioned used cars, but needed to purchase the property to operate as a dealership and exhibit cars.

Dwight E. Davidson, co-owner of Davidson Auto Group, said the dealership plans to hire anywhere from 10 to 20 employees at the expanded site, adding to the current staff of 30. New hires will mostly be salesmen and technicians.

Firm adds aquatic physical therapy

Innovative Physical Therapy Solutions, 316 Sherman St., Watertown, has begun offering aquatic therapy in addition to its current array of physical therapy options.

The physical therapy firm, which is owned by Cheryl Howard, will provide individual and group therapy solutions at the downtown Watertown Family YMCA, 119 Washington St. The pool will be reserved strictly for physical therapy staff and clients by appointment in order to give one-on-one care during therapy sessions.

According to a release from Innovative Physical Therapy Solutions, aquatic physical therapy benefits patients with ailments such as muscle spasms, back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, joint sprains, torn ligaments or balance issues.

Contact Innovative Physical Therapy Solutions at 786-0655.

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