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…]

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…]