Business Briefcase – Oct. 2013

Clarkson University’s entrepreneurship program honored

Clarkson University’s entrepreneurship program has been named in the top 15 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. It ranks 14th on both publication’s 2014 list of “Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs” based on surveys of business school administrators at more than 2,000 institutions.

The lists are based on schools’ level of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number of their mentorship programs, and funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects, according to a release from the university.

Clarkson was also ranked first on U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 list of schools that produced the largest percentage of interns among the class of 2011, with 86 percent. The university reports that 96 percent of students in its class of 2012 who used the campus Career Services Center said they were placed in their field of study or career aspiration in the first year after graduation.

Clarkson’s Reh Center for Entrepreneurship was established in 2009 and offers the popular course My Small Business 101 to north country small business owners. Clarkson University’s Shipley Center for Innovation aims to help commercialize innovations and has led to the creation of 61 startups since it began in October 2010, with another 170 projects currently in its pipeline.

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Attendance up at ABM

The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, which has a collection of more than 300 antique and classic boats and thousands of recreational boating artifacts, saw a 24 percent increase in gate admission in August compared to August 2012. Attendance also grew by 10 percent overall through Aug. 31 since the museum opened for the season in May, according to a release from the museum.

The ABM’s annual Boat Show and Auction also had a 14 percent increase in attendance, with 6,335 visitors attending the three-day August event.

The museum’s summer season wraps up on Columbus Day weekend, with its fall/winter season running through Dec. 20.

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Climax Paperboard announces expansion

Climax Paperboard, 30 Champion St., West Carthage, is the midst of a multimillion-dollar expansion, with plans to rebuild its paper machine to increase the production capacity by 23 percent. Though the expansion, which will allow for the purchase of equipment to produce more and better quality paperboard, won’t create any new jobs, it will create job security for the company’s 80 employees, according to company President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Purdy.

The company will also change its name to Carthage Specialty Paperboard and remain under common ownership with the folding carton operation, Climax Manufacturing Co., Lowville, though Mr. Purdy said both companies will now operate more independently. Climax Paperboard was owned by the Hirschey family until five years ago and is now owned by a private equity group that includes DeltaPoint Capital Management LLC of Rochester as the major owner, another equity group and a group of private individuals.

The company manufactures graphic arts boards used for photo mats, pharmaceutical closures, white gift boxes, a variety of products used in packaging, specialty packaging and colored paper—all from recycled fibers. Its products are distributed worldwide.

Otis Technologies awarded military contract

Otis Technologies, Lyons Falls, was awarded a $39.2 million Army contract to supply weapons cleaning kits late last month. The estimated contract completion date is Sept. 23, 2016.

The company’s kit is a component of the Close Quarters Battle Kit used on the M4 and M16 family of small arms and works on all currently fielded 5.56mm, 9mm, 7.72mm and .45 caliber military weapons.

Otis Technologies manufactures all of its products and components in Lyons Falls and Phoenix, New York and has been a family owned and operated business since 1985.

F.X. Caprara to launch Honda auto dealership

F.X. Caprara Auto Sales has announced it was chosen by California-based American Honda Motor Co. to become a certified dealer.

The Watertown-based company already is making plans to build a 32,000-square-foot dealership in the area, co-owner Charles G. Caprara said. The dealership likely will open by March, he said, but a location has not yet been selected.

Two years ago, F.X. Caprara applied to become a Honda dealership along with several competitors in the north country, after DealMaker Honda closed in 2010.
Mr. Caprara said that the dealership sells more than 900 cars a month.

The company bought Iron Block Harley-Davidson in Adams Center in June.

Building a Honda dealership will create about 50 jobs to staff the location, Mr. Caprara said. The company will have to wait until the winter to start construction, he said, because its contractor is now busy constructing a Chevrolet and Ford dealership in Pulaski.

MMH celebrates nephrology nurses

Massena Memorial Hospital’s Dialysis Center joined the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association in a nationwide celebration honoring nephrology nurses who care for patients with kidney disease during “Nephrology Nurses Week” in mid-September.

The theme of this year’s week was “Nephrology Nurses Take Action.” The ANNA started the week in 2005 to recognize nurses and spark interest in the field of nephrology in other nursing professionals. Approximately 20 million Americans suffer from kidney disease. Of those, over 400,000 experience kidney failure.

Call 705-0101 to learn more about the MMH Dialysis Center.

Medical Imaging Department accredited

Carthage Area Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department has received mammography accreditation by the American College of Radiology, based on peer review and feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control and assurance, image quality and dose. The accreditation will expire in December, 2016.

The ACR offers accreditation programs in CT, MRI, breast MRI, nuclear medicine and PET and has accredited more than 35,000 facilities in 10 imaging modalities since 1987.

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Walmart, Stewarts Shops donate to CPH

The Potsdam Walmart Supercenter last month donated $1,500 to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation to buy materials on nutrition education for CPH’s cardiac and pulmonary-rehabilitation program, which provides individualized fitness programs for more than 100 patients annually. Patients usually attend the program two days per week for about three months, with a key goal of creating weight loss goals and dietary habits.

This is the sixth year that Walmart has donated to the hospital.

Stewarts Shops also recently donated $1,000 to the Foundation as part of its celebration of opening a new location on Maple Street in Potsdam in mid-September. Stewarts has donated $32,000 to support the hospital since 1999.

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Women’s Council of Realtors honored

The local chapter of the National Women’s Council of Realtors was recently awarded the 2012 Chapter Excellence Silver Level award for effective chapter operations. Lisa A. L’Huillier, 2012 WCR Tri-County New York Chapter president, accepted the award.

Criteria for the award include communications, chapter effectiveness and membership value, programs that enhance real estate performance, governance, leadership development and recruitment and retention.

The chapter was formed in 2008. This was its first WCR award.

Last month, the chapter also donated $1,000 to the Sci-Tech Center of Northern New York for its children’s programs.

CU awarded wetlands restoration grant

The University of Michigan’s Water Center has awarded a research team at Clarkson University a $390,000 grant to study the effectiveness of wetlands restoration projects on 50 private properties throughout Northern New York in terms of their correlation with higher property values and homeowner satisfaction.

The team is composed of Tom Langen, associate professor of biology, Martin Heintzelman, associate professor of economics and financial studies and Michael Twiss, professor of biology. Two Syracuse University professors, Rick Welsh, sociology and David Chandler, civil and environmental engineering, will also collaborate on the study.

The grant is one of eight awarded nationwide by UM’s Water Center, for a total of $2.9 million.