July 2015 Business History: Aviation

Region takes to skies

Capt. Frank Burnside, far right, was the first to successfully pilot an airplane in Northern New York. His flights occurred at the Jefferson County Fair in September 1913. A crowd of more than 3,000 witnessed  as Capt. Burnside and his Thomas airplane took off from the exhibition field, soared to a cruising altitude of 2,000 feet, and reached an astounding 50 mph, before safely landing on the makeshift airstrip. Photo Courtesy earlyaviators.com.

Capt. Frank Burnside, far right, was the first to successfully pilot an airplane in Northern New York. His flights occurred at the Jefferson County Fair in September 1913. A crowd of more than 3,000 witnessed as Capt. Burnside and his Thomas airplane took off from the exhibition field, soared to a cruising altitude of 2,000 feet, and reached an astounding 50 mph, before safely landing on the makeshift airstrip. Photo Courtesy earlyaviators.com.

Aviation opens doors for business, community

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July 2015: People on the Move

Financial advisor celebrates anniversary

B_POM_BrianWilcox_0715 WEBBrian Wilcox celebrated 30 years with Northwestern Mutual in June. [Read more…]

July 2015: Business Briefcase

HEALTH CARE

Medical equipment company opens

Franciscan Companies and Lewis County General Hospital recently announced the formation of Lewis County Health Support Services, a full-service home medical equipment company, on the ground floor of the Medical Arts Building, 7785 N. State St., Lowville. [Read more…]

July 2015 Small Business Startup: The 1000 Islands Cruet

The 1000 Islands Cruet

Tom J. Novobilski, co-owner, The 1000 Islands Cruet. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Tom J. Novobilski, co-owner, The 1000 Islands Cruet. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

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June 2015: Business Briefcase

TOURISM

Grant funds attraction

National Grid and the Thousand Islands Inn this spring announced a $100,000 Main Street Revitalization Program incentive to offset construction costs associated with the inn’s renovation. [Read more…]

June 2015 Small Business Startup: North Country Tech

North Country Tech

Josh Fitzgerald, owner/operator, North Country Tech. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Josh Fitzgerald, owner/operator, North Country Tech. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

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June 2015 What’s Happening Here: Longhorn Steakhouse

Longhorn Steakhouse

Crews work on the retaining wall at the front of the site for the LongHorn Steakhouse that will open this fall between Olive Garden and Red Lobster off Arsenal Street in Watertown. Photo by Ted Booker, NNY Business.

Crews work on the retaining wall at the front of the site for the LongHorn Steakhouse that will open this fall between Olive Garden and Red Lobster off Arsenal Street in Watertown. Photo by Ted Booker, NNY Business.

What: Full-service national franchise restaurant. [Read more…]

June 2015 Business History: Cox Building

Rising from the ashes

The ‘false facade’ of the historic, fire-gutted Cox building in Potsdam was ripped off the week of July 7, 1981, exposiong the first floor to passersby. Work crews, headed by Lawrence J. Hazen, owner, and Michael Walsh, began restoring the building, built in 1888. It housed the J. McCarthy Department Store, then the Lewis Shops and the Hi-Fi Shop before it was gutted by Fire in August of 1980. Photo from Watertown Daily Times Archives.

The ‘false facade’ of the historic, fire-gutted Cox building in Potsdam was ripped off the week of July 7, 1981, exposiong the first floor to passersby. Work crews, headed by Lawrence J. Hazen, owner, and Michael Walsh, began restoring the building, built in 1888. It housed the J. McCarthy Department Store, then the Lewis Shops and the Hi-Fi Shop before it was gutted by Fire in August of 1980. Photo from Watertown Daily Times Archives.

Home to Maxfield’s, Potsdam Building was once nearly razed

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

Potsdam’s Cox Building is now a staple in the town’s business district, but its very existence was once on the brink of destruction. [Read more…]

June 2015: People on the Move

North country native named general manager

B_POM_MaryannBalbo_0615_WEBMaryann Balbo, a Northern New York native and General Brown High School graduate, was recently named general manager of WHDF- TV in Huntsville, Ala.  [Read more…]

May 2015 Business History: Graphic Controls

Recording a legacy

Graphic Controls Corp’s Recording Chart Division in Clayton. The firm was once a major employer in the St. Lawrence River village. Photo from Watertown Daily Times Archives.

Graphic Controls Corp’s Recording Chart Division in Clayton. The firm was once a major employer in the St. Lawrence River village. Photo from Watertown Daily Times Archives.

Graphic Controls provided ‘consistent’ jobs for Clayton

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

When one thinks of Clayton, “waterfront destination” typically comes to mind. But within the past century, the riverfront village was home to Graphic Controls, a Buffalo-headquartered manufacturing plant that produced recording charts for industrial and medical applications. In its day, the firm was one one of Clayton’s largest employers. [Read more…]