June 2, 2013

Business briefs: June 2, 2013


---- — Promotion announced

PLATTSBURGH — Eric McDowell has been promoted to loan officer at UFirst Federal Credit Union.

He joined UFirst in January 2006 as assistant head teller. Since then, he has held many positions including head teller for four years and senior accounting clerk for the past three years. Now, in his new position, McDowell will be interviewing member applicants for loans and processing loan applications. He will also be helping members fulfill their dreams by providing the right loan for them to achieve their goals.

In 2013, McDowell will be celebrating eight years of service with UFirst. In 2012, he received his bachelor’s degree in Business from SUNY Plattsburgh.

He will be working out of the Plattsburgh branch office and can be reached at 324-5700 or through email at

Established in 1971, UFirst Federal Credit Union has been serving the financial needs of its members in Clinton County for 41 years. UFirst FCU has locations in Plattsburgh and Rouses Point.

Appreciation Day

PLATTSBURGH —The Margaret Street Office of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. raised funds for various military support organizations during a Community Appreciation Day on May 24.

The event generated $143 in donations for the local American Legion Auxiliary and the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps wounded soldiers and their families. In addition, the Office at 25 Margaret Street collected six old or torn U.S. flags to be properly retired at an American Legion Flag Day ceremony. The public can continue to drop off their worn flags at the branch through June 7.

The Community Appreciation Day also featured food, document shredding, face-painting, giveaways and informational displays by the VA Clinic and the American Legion. The event was held to show appreciation for the bank’s neighbors and assist local causes.

Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. provides banking and financial services through 29 offices in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex and Clinton counties. It is rated a 5-Star Superior institution by BauerFinancial.

Contributions accepted

PERU — From now through June 29, Old Navy customers can help families fight cancer by contributing $1 to the Jimmy Fund through the A Chance for Kids and Families program. Aubuchon Hardware customers can do the same from June 3 through July 7. The program’s goal is to raise more than $1 million for adult and pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The Aubuchon store in Peru is one of the participating locations. With each contribution, customers will receive a promotion card guaranteed to be a winner with prizes ranging from an all-inclusive trip from TNT Vacations Powered by Funjet Vacations, American Airlines miles, theme-park tickets, as well as prizes from Aubuchon Hardware, Old Navy and Burger King.

Now in its 14th year, the program has raised more than $11.6 million and helps fund adult and pediatric cancer research and care. The innovative research benefits cancer patients in New England as well as patients around the world.

Old Navy and Aubuchon Hardware stores in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Connecticut will be part of this year’s program. Burger King restaurants will also be participating starting in late July.

“It is because of the compassion and generosity of companies like Old Navy and Aubuchon Hardware and their customers that we are able to move forward in our quest to effectively treat cancer, with the ultimate goal of developing cures,” said Suzanne Fountain, director of the Jimmy Fund.

Business expanded

PLATTSBURGH — Locally owned North Country Cleaners will now be providing landscaping, lawn care and snow removal among all its other services effective June 6. The company plans to launch its services at the Business Expo, held annually at the SUNY Field House on Rugar Street. 

North Country Cleaners’ owner Theresa Lautenschuetz is confident this will be a huge success for North Country Cleaners and expects the addition of the services to be an asset for her clients as she will now be offering both indoor and outdoor maintenance of their facilities.

North Country Cleaners, a WBE-certified business, got its start in 2004. It began with two to three employees and grew to employ more than 30. Its service area also originated in Plattsburgh and the immediate surrounding area but has recently expanded and now includes Peru, Malone, Massena, Champlain, Rouses Point, Keeseville, Elizabethtown and Ellenburg.

Its current services include commercial and industrial cleaning specializing in window cleaning, carpet cleaning, stripping/waxing floors, office cleaning, medical facility, showroom/warehouse cleaning and daily janitorial.

Test-drive fundraiser

ELIZABETHTOWN — Egglefield Bros. Ford in Elizabethtown is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR Community program to the local area again this year in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Elizabethtown Community Hospital. 

Ford Motor Co. will donate $20 to the hospital for every person who test drives a new Ford on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will take place in the parking lot across from the hospital on Park Street in Elizabethtown.

The test-drive fundraiser will feature many different vehicles including the newly designed Escape and Fusion along with the Focus and F-150 truck. Also available for a test drive will be the C-MAX hybrid vehicle and a Mustang. Egglefield Bros. staff members will be onsite to assist with test drives and provide additional information about each vehicle.

Jane Hooper, community relations director at ECH, said the hospital is thrilled that Egglefield’s chose them as a beneficiary. “It’s so easy for people to contribute — simply test drive a car and the hospital benefits by $20.”

To participate in the fundraiser, visit the test-drive location across from the hospital’s main facility. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license and email address. There is a limit of one test drive per household. All test drives will last approximately seven to 10 minutes.

Contact Peter Allen at Egglefield Bros. Ford at 873-6551 or Hooper at ECH at 873-3003 for additional information.

HR conference

PLATTSBURGH — Anyone responsible for the Human Resources function at their organization may benefit from the half-day annual conference/workshop of the North Country HR Consortium on Wednesday, June 12, at the Butcher Block Adirondack Room in Plattsburgh.

This workshop will feature an HR Outlook from Albany with Tom Minnick, SPHR, director of the Center for Human Resources at The New York State Business Council; a Practitioner’s Perspective from CVPH’s Michelle LeBeau; a panel discussion on HR Best Practices; and a working lunch with facilitated discussions to help attendees learn from one another.

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. Early registration is recommended as seating is limited and all registrations must be received prior to June 7.

To learn more and to register, visit or contact Debi Pettit at 907-4481.

This conference is part of the professional development series presented by the North Country HR Consortium, a local membership organization that helps connect even the smallest businesses with the HR expertise they need. Partners in the North Country HR Consortium include EAS: Employee Assistance Services; ETS Staffing, Consulting & Training; The Development Corporation; CITEC Business Solutions; and, Stafford, Piller, Murnane, Plimpton, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC.

New location

LAKE PLACID — Wilson’s Appliance Centers of Plattsburgh will open its newest store in Lake Placid at 6197 Sentinel Road at the corner of Routes 73 and 86, relocated from the Elizabethtown location.

According to Nathan Wilson, president of Wilson’s Appliance, “Lake Placid is a great town and we look forward to bringing our wide variety of products and exceptional service to that area of the North Country. We have been servicing the Tri-Lakes for a long time and sales have continued to rise. We feel this is the perfect time for this expansion and love our new location.”

The Lake Placid store is now open and a grand opening celebration is scheduled for June 28 and 29.

Wilson’s Appliance Centers were first opened in Plattsburgh in 1921 by E.V. Wilson and have been family owned and operated ever since. Wilsons provides sales and service for most major brands of appliances such as Frigidaire, GE, Maytag, Jenn-Air, Viking, Whirlpool and many more.

The Plattsburgh store is located 795 Route 3. For more information, go to

Business Expo

PLATTSBURGH — The 25th Annual Business Expo will be held on Thursday at the SUNY Field House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $5. It is sponsored by Twinstate Technologies, WPTZ, Denton Publications, Community Bank, Buck Supply and Distribution and Curtis Lumber. This is an opportunity for attendees to find out what area businesses can do for them.

With booths representing just about every sector of the business community, there is something for everyone. In addition to learning what these businesses have to offer, visitors will make hundreds of new business contacts.

Free drawings for door prizes will be offered. Everyone who enters will get a free spin on the Spin It To Win It game with hundreds of prizes donated by exhibitors. Free coffee will be available throughout the day courtesy of La Quinta Inns & Suites and Spherion Staffing. Lunch will be available for purchase.

The Après Expo Celebration will be held at Olive Ridleys immediately following the Expo. Everyone is invited to attend and there is no admission fee, but call the North Country Chamber of Commerce at 563-1000 to RSVP.

More information, including a list of exhibitors, can be found at

Olympic pass

LAKE PLACID — The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority’s (ORDA) Olympic venues are ready to re-open for the busy summer season, offering guests a full slate of family fun and activities with a new option for locals and frequent visitors.

The Gold Pass will offer unlimited access to the Olympic sites for just $79. Available at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington or online at, the Gold Pass allows guests to visit ORDA’s venues multiple times for one low price.

The pass includes unlimited admission to the Olympic Jumping Complex including the Summer Jumping Series, the Olympic Sports Complex, Olympic Museum, Veterans’ Memorial Highway and the Whiteface Mountain Cloudsplitter gondola rides.

It can also be used for admission to Oktoberfest, the Flaming Leaves Festival, Saturday Night ice shows, selected events and 20-percent off the Lake Placid Bobsled Experience and Skeleton Experience.

The Gold Pass will complement the Olympic Sites Passport. Throughout the year, ORDA offers guests and locals the opportunity to see and experience the Olympic venues from both the 1932 and 1980 winter Games for one low price with the purchase of the Olympic Sites Passport.

The passport, on sale for $32, gives one-time admission to all the Olympic venues plus discounts on the Lake Placid Bobsled Experience, Be a Biathlete, as well as event tickets and shows. Guests could save more than $40 with the Olympic Sites Passport if visiting all venues and participating in the activities just once.

For more information and details on both the Olympic Sites Passport and the Gold Pass, visit