Business Briefcase – February 2013

Seaway officials: 2012 ‘exceeded’ expectations

The St. Lawrence Seaway had a busier shipping season in 2012 than anticipated, officials reported.

The Canadian Seaway Management Corp. said that the tonnage of goods that crossed the channel increased by 4 percent — to 38.9 million tons from 37.5 million tons — over 2011, exceeding its original forecast by 300,000 tons.The rise in overall shipping volume was owed in part to a late season surge in grain movements, a news release stated.

“The Seaway was instrumental in providing grain shippers with the means to rapidly respond and capitalize on market opportunities late in the season”, said Terence F. Bowles, president and CEO of the Seaway Management Corp.

Strong Canadian grain movements had offset a sharp drop in U.S. grain movements due to the drought this year.

There was a notable increase in shipments of iron ore — a 14.6 percent rise over 2011 to 10,135 tons — crossing the Seaway for export to overseas destinations, such as China.

Also, demand for low sulphur coal in Europe led to a substantial increase in coal shipment volumes — to 4,628 tons, a 23.7 percent increase over the 2011 navigation season. The Seaway wrapped up its 2012 season on Dec. 29.

Chiropractic practice to open

Better Health Chiropractic of Watertown, an independent practice started by Dr. Renee J. Petitto, will open in later this month next to the office of Maxon Chiropractic at 21101 Route 12F, Suite 5.

Mrs. Petitto, who earned a doctorate in chiropractic medicine in 2011 at New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls, completed training with Dr. Tomm Maxon at Maxon Chiropractic as preparation for starting her own practice.

She said her practice will provide physical evaluations to develop independent treatment plans to help patients increase joint mobility, focusing on the spine, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, wrists and hands.

Mrs. Petitto earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biological studies in 2006 from SUNY Potsdam, graduating magna cum laude. Her husband, Carl A., is the manager of Greg’s Restaurant, Gouverneur.

An open house to introduce the new practice, which is now accepting patients, is slated for noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5. Office tours, free food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

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Steel and engineering firm earns certification

Jeffords Steel and Engineering Co., Potsdam, announced Jan. 3 that the firm has become certified by the American Institute of Steel Construction of quality management at its Potsdam facility. Jeffords Steel and Engineering’s Plattsburg plant has been certified with AICS since 2002.

AISC’s certification programs set the quality standard for the structural steel industry and are the most recognized national quality certification program in the industry. AISC’s certification programs focus on the entire process of fabrication and erection.

Jeffords Steel and Engineering Co. was founded in 1985 and the company’s two facilities cover more than 12 acres with a combined 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space, employing more than 100 people.
Akwesasne hotel earns hospitality award

The Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel Akwesasne, located in Hogansburg, was recently announced as a recipient of the 2013 Platinum Hospitality Award from lodging leader Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of the Comfort Inn brand.

Platinum Awards are given to the top 3 percent of hotels in each brand.

The Comfort Inn & Suites Akwesasne is owned and operated by Tarbell Management Group, Hogansburg.

Canton company merges with Michigan firm

A Michigan-based architectural and engineering firm inked a merger in late November with a 16-year-old Canton company specializing in water and wastewater projects.

Lansing-based C2AE completed the deal with Burley-Guminiak & Associates, 70 Main St., Canton, on Nov. 28. The local company’s new name will be Capital Consultants Architecture and Engineering.

Founded in 1966, C2AE provides similar services as its Canton associates from its five Michigan offices. Robert F. Guminiak, partner in the former Burley-Guminiak & Associates, said the company would like to double its office staff from 10 to 20 employees and possible open other offices throughout the state in the next five to 10 years.