A passion for quality: Painfull Acres nurtures unique bond with Amish craftsmen

Inside the showroom of Painfull Acres Amish furniture, Adams Center. Norm Johnston/ NNY Business

When Louis Dufresne drives into Amish country in Berlin, Ohio, 450 miles from Painfull Acres, the Adams Center furniture store he runs with his wife, Mary, “you’re in 2013, and then all of a sudden you’re in 1850.”

None of the 75 Amish furniture makers from whom Mr. Dufresne buys use electricity to make their highly respected, premier quality furniture, but rather compressed air run by a diesel engine. About one third are so conservative that they cannot use cameras; instead of catalogs, the furniture they sell is depicted in hand-drawn sketches by hired artists in binders that line a huge shelf behind the counter of the Painfull Acres showroom. The majority do not use cell phones, so the Dufresnes, who have been running the business for 10 years, mail in order forms and wait for the maker to call from a phone booth in their village. [Read more…]

Prevention, efficiency critical: Noted doctor says physician assistants will have greater role in care

Dr. Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, left, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, speaks about health care innovation and reform during a discussion with Dr. Robert F. Asbury last month at the Clayton Opera House. Justin Sorensen/ NNY Business

With health care costs ballooning and anxiety about the Affordable Care Act mounting, hospitals should focus on more effective care delivery and campaigns that target smoking and obesity.

That was the message that Dr. Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove III, Watertown native and president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, gave last month to a packed Clayton Opera House during an interview with Dr. Robert F. Asbury, a physician in Rochester who served with Dr. Cosgrove during a residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The Cleveland Clinic is a $6.2 billion health care system consistently ranked as one of the four best nationwide. Under the leadership of Dr. Cosgrove, who joined the clinic in 1975 and became chairman of the department of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in 1989, the clinic’s cardiology program was ranked first nationwide for 10 consecutive years. Dr. Cosgrove has performed more than 22,000 operations, filed 30 patents and published nearly 450 journal articles. [Read more…]

Guilfoyle Ambulance gains strength: Eldest son steps into CEO post after death of mother in June

Bruce G. Wright, left, is the new president and CEO of Guilfoyle Ambulance Service, shown at the facility with his brothers Toby, center, a paramedic, and Travis, an EMT. Their mother, former president Charmaine G. Wright, died in June. Justin Sorensen/ NNY Business

It may have lost its “matriarch” in June — a woman so in tune with her community that she slept with a police scanner by her bedside and so dedicated to her company that her employees called her ‘Mom’ — but family-run Guilfoyle Ambulance Service hasn’t lost sight of its mission to serve the community.

“If anything, we’ve strengthened since my mother passed away,” Bruce G. Wright, 30, one of Charmaine G. Wright’s three sons, said in an interview earlier this month.

Mr. Wright, who graduated from Watertown High School in 2000 and from Utica College in 2005 with a degree in health studies and management, took over his mother’s role as CEO and president in June. He continues to work closely with his two brothers, Toby and Travis, also Guilfoyle employees. Travis, the youngest of the three, is an EMT and will begin training as a paramedic this fall, while Toby is more a “boots-to-the-ground type of person” who enjoys the operations side and had an interest in emergency medicine since childhood when a heart condition prohibited him from playing sports, Bruce Wright said. [Read more…]

The ‘whole gamut’ of care

Joseph Millard, director at Meadowbrook Terrace in Carthage, sits in the common area. The assisted living facility is one of three in Jefferson County that has opened in the past 18 months. Justin Sorensen/ NNY Business

Jefferson County assisted living facilities meet growing demand [Read more…]

Small Biz Startup: Mike’s Pig Pen

Mike's Pig Pen owner Mike Cornell and employee Ann Coburn handle the lunch rush Friday at the former Harby's Hots on Route 11 in Watertown. Justin Sorensen/ NNY Business

New owner of Harby’s Hots keeps menu the same, adds character [Read more…]

Meeting challenges for a brighter future

Brian Muto, a manager at Locust Hill Farm, Mannsville, lifts the lid of a seed bucket on a tractor used to plant corn. The farm grows about 20,000 acres of corn in southern Jefferson and northern Oswego counties. Precision-planting technology has enabled the farm to maximize crop yields and save money. Photo by Norm Johnston/ NNY Business

Northern New York farmers overcome obstacles, employ innovations that put  region on course for continued success [Read more…]

High-tech expansion

Scott F. Bourcy, left, and Lyle J. Wood stand in front of their new milking parlor at Woods Farm, Cape Vincent. Photo by Justin Sorensen/ NNY Business

$1.5m milk parlor enhances operations at Woods Farm [Read more…]

Putting wine ‘on the map’

Thousand Islands Winery owner Stephen J. Conaway at his Alexandria Bay vineyard, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. Photo by Norm Johnston/ NNY Business

Future bright as Cornell applies to make NNY American Viticulture Area [Read more…]

Start-ups climb as more go alone

 Experts point to variety of reasons for uptick in recent years

The number of Doing Business under an Assumed name certificates filed in Jefferson County reached the highest number in a decade with 594 registrations in 2012, possibly the result of state funding cuts hitting the region, a decline in construction on Fort Drum and fewer industry jobs in Jefferson County, local experts say.

DBAs decreased every year over the last decade, from 568 in 2005 to a low of 456 in 2009, before increasing every subsequent year to the high in 2012, according to records filed in the Jefferson County clerk’s office. As of the end of May, 243 have been filed. At the same point in 2012, 290 had been filed. [Read more…]

Firm secures state WBE designation: Aubertine and Currier a ‘Woman-Owned Business Enterprise’

Annette M. Mason, managing partner of architectural firm Aubertine and Currier, Watertown. The firm recently earned New York state certification as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. Photo by Norm Johnston/ NNY Business

Aubertine and Currier Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors, Watertown, has earned certification as a New York State Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. Since receiving the designation in early April, the firm says it has already seen heightened demand for its services, particularly state and federal projects.

The firm’s diverse portfolio includes a wide range of projects such as Class A office space, single-family housing, commercial retail development and religious facilities. [Read more…]