June 8, 2013

New services, initiatives touted at Biz Expo

PLATTSBURGH — The 25th-annual North Country Chamber of Commerce Biz Expo offered several companies a chance to tout new products and initiatives.

At one of the 181 exhibits at the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House, Jim McCormick, northeast regional director for PenAir, said things have gone well for the airline since it launched flights between Plattsburgh International Airport and Logan International Airport in Boston in June 2012.

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PenAir will begin serving a new market — Long Island MacArthur Airport in the Town of Islip — on June 25. It will initially offer nonstop flights between that airport and Logan, he said, but could eventually offer direct flights between Islip and Plattsburgh if there is enough interest.

That destination could be popular here, McCormick said, as a large percentage of the student body at SUNY Plattsburgh lives in the Long Island area.

“I think that could be a real added benefit for us and our passengers.”

PenAir has a manager and six agents at Plattsburgh. The airport is also its northeast regional maintenance base, with about seven people employed locally.

McCormick said there may be many people who don’t realize how many destinations are available from Logan, both domestic and international.

“You can fly pretty much anywhere in the world from Logan International,” he said.


John King, vice president of Rutland, Vt.-based Foley Distributing, talked about the Power of Three closed-loop recycling program they offer in conjunction with Casella Waste Systems and SCA Tissue North America in Glens Falls.

The Power of Three is a three-step process where Casella collects a customer’s waste through its Zero-Sort Recycling program. The paper products are separated at Casella’s Zero-Sort processing facility in Rutland, Vt.

Those products are then sent to SCA, where they are made into 100 percent recycled paper products such as hand towels and tissue paper. Those recycled products are then distributed by Foley Distributing to its customers.

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