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Business briefs: May 18, 2014

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Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2014 3:28 am

Appointment announced

PLATTSBURGH — Taylor Rental ofPlattsburgh has appointed Matt McLane as their new service manager.

McLane has been in the equipment-service industry for 20 years. With his past experience and superior equipment knowledge, Taylor Rental is confident he will be a huge asset and leader for their recently expanded Service Department.

Taylor Rental, Plattsburgh, has stepped up its Service Department and product offerings. With 10 full-time technicians and a new 16,000-square-foot repair facility under construction, they can service anything from a cordless drill to a large dozer or excavator.

McLane can be reached by phone or email, 324-5100 or Or, visit

Award received

LAKE PLACID — Adworkshop was selected as the winner of a national award for Communications Excellence by the National ESOP Association in the Special Events & Promotions — Series of Events, 250 or Fewer Employees, category.

The Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE) are sponsored by the ESOP Association to recognize the outstanding communications and educational programs of its members. Adworkshop’s Executive Director, Darcy Norfolk, and Senior Director Sandra Gagnon, accepted the award at the association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., on May 7.

Adworkshop was selected for its work to support, promote and educate its 30 employee-owners and the community during National Employee Ownership Month last fall. Commemorated each October, ESOPs across the country celebrate with community-outreach projects, educational opportunities and fun activities honoring the spirit of each ESOP.

Throughout October, Adworkshop sponsored a series of events for its employee-owners organized around a central theme, “Back to School — ESOP Style.” Events included Shop Class, where owners assembled tricycles to donate to local toy drives, Art Class to create unique ESOP-themed mugs, a Field Trip to clean up a section of Route 86 in Wilmington and more.

“With an ESOP business it is important to educate and employ what it means to be employee-owned in October, employee ownership month,” Norfolk said. “Our creative agency made an impression and it is going to be hard to top that.”

AACE Award winners are chosen by a panel of five judges made up of both management and non-management employee owners, each of whom has demonstrated active experience and interest in the field of ESOPs and employee-ownership communications.

For images and more information about Adworkshop’s award-winning ESOP Month Celebrations, go to

Business honored

PLATTSBURGH — George L. Hubbell, president of Lake Champlain Pools Inc., was recognized May 7 by the PSUC Sigma Nu Tau Honor Society.

The gathering formally recognized PSUC students being inducted into the accredited National Entrepreneurship Honor Society as well as PSUC President John Ettling and Hubbell. During the award presentation, Hubbell was commended for his business vision, community involvement and tenacity driving his business forward despite encountering challenging regional and national economic times and local weather events.

Hubbell cited his employees’ valuable contributions to the overall success and continued longevity of his business. As he accepted the honor, he impressed upon the audience to make progress by taking a lot of little steps. 

Lake Champlain Pools is currently celebrating its 40th anniverary. In January, the business was honored at the Latham International Pool Builders Conference as a Builder of Excellence. Lake Champlain Pools was also honored at the January Watkins Manufacturing conference as being a Elite Dealer for exceeding their 2013 hot tub sales quota.

The company is a current member of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, the national hearth industry association that provides solid business strategies, technical training and educational products and programs that capture best industry practices and encourage professional achievement, certification and continuing education.

They are also a builder member of the United Aqua Group, whose members adhere to the highest product and service standards in the pool industry and a member of United Buyers Group, an international buying organization of hundreds of top Hearth member retailers.

Shred Day

PLATTSBURGH — The UFirst Federal Credit Union will hold its first Shred Day on Saturday, May 31.

Attendees are encouraged to bring all their sensitive paperwork to the Plattsburgh Branch located at 274 Rugar Street from 1 to 3 p.m. to be shredded safely and securely. The shred truck will be located in the back of the building. Look for UFirst FCU employees to direct participants where to park and to help with shredding.

To keep this event safe and secure, do not bring batteries, flammables, combustibles, electronic equipment (hard drives), media materials (DVDs, CDs, tapes), binders and hanging files. The limit is five boxes per member. This is a free service to the Credit Union’s membership, but donations to benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta will be accepted. 

For more information, call 324-5700 and speak to a representative.

Open house

DANNEMORA — The Dannemora Federal Credit Union (DFCU) will unveil its new Operations Center located at 342 Tom Miller Road behind the Tom Miller Road Branch.

The public is invited to tour the new building on Monday, June 23, between 1 and 4 p.m. during an open house to celebrate the opening. The new office is 6,770 square feet and currently houses the DFCU Executive Management Team (chief executive officer, chief financial officer, chief operations officer and chief information officer) along with the Risk and Compliance, Marketing and Accounting departments, including debit- and credit-card processing, share drafts and all other back-office processing. Light fare will be provided.

DFCU has four branch offices located at 50 State Road, Dannemora; 344 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh; 122 New York Road, Plattsburgh; and 10 Elm Street, Champlain.

Company recognized

PLATTSBURGH — Arpin Van Lines has recognized Carpenter Bros. Moving & Storage as a Gold Quality Agency.

The award goes to the top 10 percent of their agency family for outstanding scores relating to customer satisfaction, low claims ratio and outstanding service to fellow agents and drivers.

Carpenter Bros. Moving & Storage has been in business since 1967 and has offices in Plattsburgh and Watertown.

Contribution recevied

TUPPER LAKE — Community Bank has contributed $2,000 to help support The Wild Center’s popular Junior Naturalist Program, strengthening the center’s ability to offer this special program to children who visit the center.

Community Bank strongly supports quality educational and community-focused programs offered to Tri-Lakes residents. The Wild Center’s programs encourage the bond between children and nature in fun, enriching and memorable ways.

The Wild Center strives to re-connect adults and children to the natural world in innovative ways. The Junior Naturalist Program, offered to all young visitors of the center, provides a delightful experience to learn about the Adirondacks while exploring the exhibits, real specimens and natural sites of the center using a newly enhanced, illustrated guidebook and questions adapted to specific age groups.

More than 1,100 youngsters participate in this program annually. The Junior Naturalist Program is a self-guided environmental-education activity fitting into the center’s “no child left inside” programming, focused on engaging children in the natural world. The program is among the center’s most popular self-led activities for visitors coming from the community, local and regional schools, youth and church groups, as well as summer camp and seasonal museum visitors.