20 Under 40 nomination

To nominate a candidate for NNY Business magazine’s annual 20 Under 40 Awards, please either fill out the below form or download and print out the PDF version below. Completed forms can either be emailed to nnybusiness@wdt.net or mailed to: 20 Under 40, NNY Business, 260 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17.

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Riverside Iron in Gouverneur preparing for production

Eric S. Tessmer, who recently purchased Riverside Iron in Gouverneur, stands in front of his Gouverneur business, which he plans to rekindle. Jason Hunter / NNY Business

Eric S. Tessmer, who recently purchased Riverside Iron in Gouverneur, stands in front of his Gouverneur business, which he plans to rekindle. Jason Hunter / NNY Business

Riverside Iron is poised to reopen to manufacture miscellaneous and ornamental steel, bringing the potential of more than a dozen jobs.

Eric S. Tessmer closed on the purchase of the business Friday from Duane Winters, who is providing $350,000 in financing.

A native of Gouverneur, Mr. Tessmer has watched the zinc and talc industries fade, along with General Motors in Massena.

“It’s sad to see those jobs go,” he said.

But he is glad to bring back what he can. [Read more...]

Small Business Startup: Smooth Sailing

NORM JOHNSTON n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES  Brett Kessler charter captainFor one Army retiree, setting sail on Lake Ontario is more than just another new hobby. [Read more...]

Flying Solo

How three men decided to risk it all and go it alone [Read more...]

End of an era

Lunman’s Furniture to close after store’s 62-year run [Read more...]

Bye-bye buggy

Auto killed the carriage industry at turn of 20th century [Read more...]

Watertown real estate developer recognized with gold business award in Chicago

Brian Murray’s company Washington Street Properties was recognized as the 2014 Real Estate Company of the Year at the 12th annual American Business Awards. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

Brian Murray’s company Washington Street Properties was recognized as the 2014 Real Estate Company of the Year at the 12th annual American Business Awards. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

A real estate company that has renovated several properties in the city in recent years attracted national recognition for its work this weekend.

Washington Street Properties, formed in 2007 by Brian H. Murray, was recognized as the 2014 Real Estate Company of the Year at the 12th annual American Business Awards on Friday in Chicago.

“Three other real estate companies were selected as finalists, so we knew we were in the final four, but it was definitely a big surprise when we won,” Mr. Murray said.

The company has purchased and rehabilitated a number of buildings in and around Watertown, including the lower level of the building that houses Convergys on Arsenal Street, the Lincoln Building on Public Square, the Solar Building, the former Hospice Foundation of Jefferson County Inc. building at 425 Washington St., the Top of the Square plaza and the Palmer Street and College Heights apartments.

Mr. Murray said the company’s approach to real estate development, which often involves renovating neglected properties and leasing them to startups and small businesses, has set it apart from the competition and helped its success. [Read more...]

A bootlegging brewery

Despite Prohibition, sales no problem for Consumer’s Brewing Co. [Read more...]

Jefferson County officials optimistic about airport as Philadelphia service starts today

Watertown International Airport Manager Grant W. Sussey leads a tour for county officials at the county-owned facility. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Watertown International Airport Manager Grant W. Sussey leads a tour for county officials at the county-owned facility. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

The first Philadelphia-bound flight takes off from Watertown International Airport this afternoon.

And though the switch to the Philadelphia destination from Chicago has caused some controversy, Jefferson County officials said they are optimistic about the county-owned airport’s future.

“There are pluses and minuses,” said Jefferson County Legislator Philip N. Reed, R-Fishers Landing. “I think the pluses will outweigh the minuses in the end.” [Read more...]

Watertown Planning Board rejects McDonald’s proposal

A resident addresses the Watertown city Planning Board on Tuesday about the proposed zoning change to accommodate a proposed McDonald’s restaurant. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

A resident addresses the Watertown city Planning Board on Tuesday about the proposed zoning change to accommodate a proposed McDonald’s restaurant. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

A bunch of Chestnut Street residents weren’t loving it.

The city’s Planning Board unanimously turned down a zoning change Tuesday that would have allowed a McDonald’s restaurant to be built at Washington and Chestnut streets after about 35 residents came out in opposition.

The issue still must be decided by a vote from the Watertown City Council, which is expected to hold a public hearing June 2 on the proposal. [Read more...]