January 6, 2013

Business briefs: Jan. 6, 2013


Chamber Ski Day

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce Family Ski Day will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Titus Mountain.

Sponsored by the Adirondack Family of Business, this new event will be fun for the whole family, as attendees may join other chamber member families for a day on the slopes. For those who are new to the sport, there will be a free group lesson. Also, the mountain is open for night skiing.

Non-skiers can join in the fun too. The Tubing Park is open and is a great way to spend the day.

Tickets must be purchased through the chamber by Wednesday. An Aprés Ski Party with free munchies will be held in the lodge at 4:30 and there will be plenty of fun activities scheduled during the day.

Both members and not-yet members are invited to attend, so participants are encouraged to share the invitation with their friends. 

Also, the traditional Chamber Ski Day at Whiteface Mountain will be held March 7. More information will be released next month.

Call the chamber at 563-1000 for more information about Family Ski Day.

Award received

AKWESASNE — The Comfort Inn & Suites Akwesasne in Hogansburg was recently announced as a recipient of the 2013 Platinum Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of the Comfort Inn brand.

“The Comfort Inn & Suites Akwesasne Hotel’s commitment to excellence and outstanding guest service has earned it this well-deserved recognition as one of the best hotels among the Comfort Inn brand,” said Steve Joyce, president and chief executive officer for Choice Hotels.

According to Jim Brann, CHA general manager, The Comfort Inn & Suites Akwesasne is currently the top ranked hotel in the region, which encompasses all of New York State and all of New England. “The team here at the Comfort Inn & Suites is thrilled to have achieved this honor and continues to strive to be the absolute best hotel in the North Country,” he said.

Brandon Tarbell, president and CEO, said the owners have worked hard since they acquired the property almost five years ago.  “We consistently strive to improve our guest experience year after year and stay on top of ensuring that our guests are 100 percent satisfied,” he said.

Each year, only the top 3 percent of hotels in each brand are eligible to receive Platinum Award status. As a top-performing property among the company’s more than 4,900 U.S. franchised hotels, the Comfort Inn & Suites adjacent to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino is among the top percentage of properties within the Comfort Inn brand.

For more information, call 800.4CHOICE or visit

Company certified

PLATTSBURGH — Jeffords Steel and Engineering Co. has been certified by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) for quality management at its Potsdam facility. Jeffords Steel and Engineering’s Plattsburgh plant has been certified with AICS since 2002.

“We are very proud to now have both of our facilities certified by AISC,” said Jeffords Steel President Larry Jeffords. “AISC certification tells the world that we are 100 percent committed to quality. Architects, engineers and contractors know that this commitment is built into everything we do from start to finish. Every piece of steel is documented for quality. This provides real value to our customers.”

AISC’s certification programs set the quality standard for the structural-steel industry and are the most recognized national quality certification program for the industry. AISC’s certification programs focus on the entire process of fabrication and erection.

Certified companies have been through a rigorous initial evaluation and are subject to annual audits. These evaluations require a comprehensive administrative review, a documentation audit and an on-site audit of the firm’s quality management system.

During the on-site audit, a company’s day-to-day operations are compared with the documented procedures from its quality-management system. The program requires the company to be accountable for all facets of its organization, from management responsibility to employee training to material purchasing and handling to project specific erection plans.

A key feature of AISC is that they require participants to set goals so that they continually improve over time.

Founded in 1985, Jeffords Steel and Engineering Co.’s two facilities cover more than 12 acres with a combined 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space and more than 100 employees. Jeffords maintains a full fleet of vehicles, which allows them to effectively service all of northern New York from Watertown to Plattsburgh, all of Vermont, western New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.

For more information on AISC, go to, and for information on Jeffords Steel go to