January 5, 2014

Business briefs: Jan. 5, 2014


---- — Medal received

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Spirits’ newest product, Blue Line Gin, has won a silver medal at the New York State Wine and Grape Foundation annual judging event in Watkins Glen. 

“We were thrilled to achieve a silver medal in our first contest entry,” said Ann Stillman O’Leary, president of Lake Placid Spirits. “Blue Line Gin features a local Adirondack botanical ingredient, Northern White Pine, that results in a very smooth and refreshing gin.” 

By law, gin must have juniper berries and the locally harvested additional botanical to the juniper is Northern White Pine.

“We harvest the new spring growth, which is filled with sweet chlorophyll and distill the White Pine essence along with the juniper and other classic gin botanicals for a very smooth and distinct new American gin,” she said. 

“Gin production requires a few extra steps prior to distillation where we soak our botanical ingredients and combine these liquid elements in our 1,000-liter copper column pot still, said Twig McGlynn, distiller at Lake Placid Spirits. “Our direct-fired distillation process takes over 13 hours for each batch of Blue Line Gin and the scents and aroma that come individually as the gin spirits pull over during the process is amazing.”

The New York State Wine and Grape Foundation is a 28-year-old not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the wine and spirits industry in New York State. In 2013, more than $3.7 billion was generated by this industry and over 5 million tourists visited New York State due to viniculture activities and events.

Lake Placid Spirits LLC is a 5-year-old micro-distillery making 46 Peaks Potato Vodka, P3 Placid Vodka filtered with Adirondack Garnet and Alpenglow Cranberry Maple flavored vodka, which uses locally sourced cranberries from the Deer River Cranberry farm in Brasher Falls and maple syrup from the Uihlein Forest Maple Station of Lake Placid.

Lake Placid Spirits products are available at restaurants, bars and liquor stores throughout the state. More information is available at or contact Stillman O’Leary at 265-9559.

Rating earned

PLATTSBURGH — Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. was recently recognized as a 5-Star Superior Bank by BauerFinancial Inc., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm. Glens Falls National has earned this designation for the past 27 consecutive quarters.

The 5-Star rating indicates Glens Falls National is one of the strongest banks in the nation. To earn five stars, banks must excel in areas of capital quality, asset quality and profitability.

“By keeping deposits local and focusing on the success of the communities in which it does business, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. has thrived where other banks have faltered,” said Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. 

Established in 1851, Glens Falls National currently operates 30 offices in five counties. More information can be found at

Based in Coral Gables, Fla., BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain free star ratings by visiting

Chamber officers

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce has announced the election of the following officers for 2014:

Chair, Kim Murray, Champlain Valley Electric Supply Co.; first vice chair, David Bray, Imperial Industrial Park; second vice chair, Ed Martin, Schluter Systems; treasurer, Terry Beyer, Mold-Rite Plastics; past chair, Vicki Demarse Giroux, LaQuinta Inn and Suites.

In addition, the following division chairs and Executive Committee members have been named for 2014:

Economic Development, David Bray, chair; Government Affairs, Greg MacConnell, PrimeLink, chair; Industrial Council, James Tooley, Nova Bus, chair; Organizational Development, Ed Martin, chair; Visitors Bureau, Vicki Demarse Giroux and Shannon Rulfs, Rulfs’ Orchard, co-chairs; Finance, Terry Beyer, chair; At Large, Stephens Mundy, CVPH Medical Center.

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is the largest business and economic-development organization in northern New York, linking more than 4,200 members across Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and northern Warren counties. For more information, visit