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January 6, 2013

Business briefs: Jan. 6, 2013


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.

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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.

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