Company honored

PLATTSBURGH — Atlantic Testing Laboratories (ATL) recently earned the American Council of Independent Laboratories Seal of Excellence for 2011-12.

The seal provides clients who use analytical laboratories with a mechanism for evaluating laboratory performance. Laboratories earning the seal are committed to ensuring the integrity of data, meeting clients' quality needs and setting the standards of performance for the testing-laboratory industry.

Laboratories awarded the seal must maintain proof of annual ethics training, an early detection system for questionable analytical practices, adherence to the ACIL code of ethics and distribution of satisfaction surveys to clients.

The seal awardees demonstrate they are proud of the quality they achieve and always operate with client service as a top priority.

ATL services include subsurface investigations, water-based investigations, geotechnical engineering, construction materials engineering and testing, special inspection services, pavement engineering, nondestructive testing and environmental services.

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MDA campaign

PLATTSBURGH — Price Chopper Supermarkets has completed another record-breaking fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), raising $1.31 million from events held throughout the year that were supported by the chain's customers, teammates and trade partners.

But, the partnership between Price Chopper and MDA goes well beyond simply raising dollars.

"We're deeply committed to working with MDA to raise awareness of the progress that is being made to cure neuromuscular diseases and to raise funds that fuel that progress," said Neil Golub, Price Chopper's chairman and CEO. "Over the years, we've created a partnership with MDA which integrates into many parts of our business and our personal lives."

Since 1984, Golub has served in a voluntary role as a National MDA vice president and co-emcee of the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon on CBS6 in Schenectady, fostering awareness and understanding of muscle disease and raising millions of dollars at this annual event.

Aircraft added

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Allegiant Travel Co. has entered into a purchase agreement with Scandinavian Airlines System to purchase up to 13 MD80 aircraft and 12 JT8D-219 spare engines in 2012 and 2013.

These purchases will primarily be used to replace engines that will be coming due for major overhauls over the next two years, thus helping the airline to optimize its engine-related maintenance expense. The agreement also allows Allegiant the flexibility to use several of the aircraft for additional MD80 fleet growth in the future, should it decide to do so.

This most recent transaction with SAS demonstrates Allegiant's ability to consistently source high-quality assets at economic pricing.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando and Tampa/St. Petersburg.

Recipients named

LAKE PLACID — High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid has announced the selection of two organizations as recipients for their Spring For Hope program. They are the Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York in Syracuse and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Albany.

Both were chosen based on contributions to their communities and will receive free use of High Peaks Resort and its features including luxury accommodations, meeting space and recreational amenities.

Spring For Hope is an opportunity open to non-profit organizations actively supporting the community and fundraising. The grand prizes provide two nights' accommodations (up to 133 rooms), free meeting space (up to 10,000 square feet), free audiovisual and support services and 50 percent reduction of all related catering for three days between April 8 and 18, 2012.

Spring for Hope judges included Ted Blazer, president & CEO of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA); Pauline Frommer, syndicated newspaper columnist and WOR radio talk show host; Truett Martin, vice president of Hotel Performance for Lane Hospitality and partner in High Peaks Resort; John W. Mills, PhD., president of Paul Smith's College; Rep. Bill Owens, 23rd District; and Benita Zahn, co-anchor of Albany's WNYT News Channel 13.

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Appointment announced

PLATTSBURGH — Maureen Carlo has joined the NeuEon team in Plattsburgh as business development manager. Leveraging her expertise in technology and solution selling, she will be instrumental in helping NeuEon grow their client base throughout Northern New York and Vermont.

Carlo brings years of industry experience as a security integrator and wireless communications consultant throughout New England and Northern New York. Having returned to the North Country this summer from Connecticut, she plans to help grow the NeuEon brand and develop its customer base with her strong business philosophy, addressing clients' technological needs within a multitude of industries and environments.

Carlo is a certified sales and technical specialist who has designed and implemented several fully integrated network projects, including the multi-tiered Treadwell Bay Marina wireless network solution and Plattsburgh International Airport security system as well as many solutions within the medical, educational and manufacturing fields.

Carlo volunteers on the Special Events Committee and serves as team captain for the Foundation of CVPH, board member of the Lake Country Village Home Owners Association, committee member of the Plattsburgh Polar Plunge for Special Olympics and she continues to serve as an ambassador with the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

NeuEon is a technology advisory services company helping small and medium businesses tackle difficult business challenges with innovative technology solutions.

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Business certified

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Spirits LLC, a 3-year-old craft distillery located in Lake Placid, has been certified as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise.

Ann Stillman O'Leary, president and founding partner, said she's excited to receive this designation and feels it will provide new opportunities. "This WBE certification for our micro-distillery should enable us to differentiate and grow our distilled-spirits manufacturing plant," she said. "In addition it will give us a boost in competing for federal and state government contracts."

Lake Placid Spirits currently offers two products handcrafted in the Adirondacks using local ingredients, 46 Peaks Potato Vodka, a gluten-free spirit distilled using potatoes from Tucker Farms in Gabriels and filtered through crystals form the Herkimer Diamond Mines, and P3 Placid Vodka, a grain-based spirit filtered through garnet from the Barton Mines.

All their spirits are blended with filtered water drawn from Lake Placid.

The distillery will be introducing the third product in its lineup called Alpenglow, a flavored vodka "that captures the essence of an Adirondack winter sunset through the infusion of local cranberries balanced with a hint of maple syrup for a truly pleasing counter play of flavors," O'Leary said. The vodka is made using berries harvested from the Deer River Cranberry Farm in Brashers Falls and maple syrup from the Uihlein Forest Maple research Station of Lake Placid.

Lake Placid Spirits LLC is in the process of cooking up new beverages including Blue Line Gin using white-pine botanicals and a complete selection of whiskies that will use New York State oak barrels.