Identical twin brothers Eric J. and Ryan J. Vanderlan graduated from the same high school, the same college and started a landscaping business together, complete with two dump trucks and two trailers.
Even more impressive, they’re still talking to each other.
“We’re pretty laid back,” said Eric, the “older” brother born 10 minutes before Ryan. “We even hang out sometimes on the weekends.” [Read more...]
North country counties saw an increase in first-quarter sales tax receipts, with Lewis County seeing a particularly big jump following a return to more typical winter weather.
“I attribute it to the snow,” said Lewis County Treasurer Patricia L. O’Brien, whose county saw a 5.9 percent hike. “We didn’t have snow last year, and this year we did.” [Read more...]
Operating a family business can be challenging and rewarding, yet at times, stressful and frustrating.
In many cases, families have to develop some type of “system” that allows them to work together during the day and still be talking to each other at night.
Several north country family businesses have not only made it work, but have been pretty successful at it. [Read more...]
One of the north country’s most tightly guarded recipes is now in the hands of a new generation of family at Croghan Meat Market.
Blaine E. Campany, whose great-grandfather, Elmer “Buddy” Campany, purchased the market and the original recipe for Croghan Bologna in 1919, recently took the reins as general manager at the century-old store in the heart of the village’s downtown.
Ms. Campany, 23, is buying the business from her parents, plant owners John M. and Charmaine V. Campany. The move comes at a historic time for the Lewis County favorite as 2013 also is the market’s 125th year in operation, the past 94 by the Campany family. [Read more...]
LOWVILLE — While the bowling pins and lanes made at the QubicaAMF plant haven’t gotten leaner over the past year and a half, the manufacturing process has.
Employees at the Utica Boulevard plant, at which most of the world’s wooden bowling pins are manufactured, have been undergoing lean manufacturing training and implementation sessions conducted by CITEC Inc., Potsdam, using Regional Wood Products Consortium funding through the Northern Forest Center in Concord, N.H. [Read more...]
Staffing firms connect the north country with opportunities
The job hunt can be a tedious, yet gratifying, frustrating and fulfilling journey. Sometimes the search for work is in one’s field. Other times, job seekers decide — or are forced — to switch gears and take a completely different path.
Despite the reasons for the hunt, work force firms and staffing agencies are bringing the job search full circle bigger and better than before. Even during an economic downturn, these companies continue to help people and businesses find ways to thrive without enduring major financial challenges.
Third-quarter residential home sales sizzled in Jefferson and Lewis counties, boosting purchases 12 percent over last year.
In St. Lawrence County, however, single-family home sales through three quarters dropped compared with last year, according to the St. Lawrence County Board of Realtors. From January through September, 428 homes were sold, a 6 percent drop from last year’s 454. This year’s median price through three quarters was $82,500, up from last year’s $75,000.
From July through September, 388 single-family houses were sold in the two counties through members of the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors, up from last year’s 371 during the same period. A total of 911 residential home sales for the region were chalked up from January through September, a 12 percent increase from last year’s 803 sales.
Simple upgrades, quality materials net biggest return
Thinking about installing a garden tub in the bathroom? Forget about it.
Contemplating turning the garage into additional living space? Don’t bother.
When renovating a home, or building a new one, local contractors and real estate agents would agree: make simple upgrades with high-quality materials.
CLAYTON — Frontenac Crystal Springs has sold its delivery routes in Jefferson and Lewis counties to a distributor based in Watertown, Conn.
Frontenac on Friday reached a deal with Crystal Rock Water, which has a regional office in Syracuse, to handle those routes, starting Monday, according to company President Michael A. Colello.
“We want to focus on up north, as well as our bottling operation,” Mr. Colello said Saturday evening.
The move, which has been under consideration for some time, will also serve to recapitalize the business, he said.