NAmTrans forms board

PLATTSBURGH — The North American Center of Excellence for Transportation Equipment, or NAmTrans, has formed a 13-member NAmTrans Advisory Board. 

NAmTrans is a strategic subsidiary of the North Country Chamber of Commerce based in Plattsburgh. Its work is dedicated to serving the large and diverse cluster of more than 50 transportation equipment and aerospace manufacturers throughout the North Country.

The new board, made up of leaders from the transportation equipment cluster, area educational institutions and various regional economic development organizations, will work closely with NAmTrans Director Joel Wood to offer planning guidance, feedback and strategic advice.

Board members include: 

• SpencerARL NY Inc General Manager John Vermette.

• Norsk Titanium Director of Operations Site Leader PDQC Ryan Karp.

• Bombardier Transportation Plattsburgh Rail Facility General Manager Rob Carr.

• Nova Bus Plattsburgh Facility General Manager Greg Cody.

• New York Air Brake Vice President of Engineering Bill Kleftis.

• Vapor Stone Rail Systems Wabtec Co. Director of Operations Alain Aumais.

• General Composites Inc. President Mimi Lane.

• Artik/OEM Plant Manager Manna Doyle.

• Luminator Technology Group Plattsburgh Site Manager Chris Parent.

• BAE Systems Director of Business Development Tom Webb.

• CITEC Business Solutions Executive Director John Zielinski.

• Workforce Development Institute Director for the North Country Greg Hart.

• Clarkson University Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Dean William D. Jemison.


Credit union rebrands

TICONDEROGA — Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union will change their name to TrailNorth Federal Credit Union, effective Jan. 1. 

The credit union, established in 1954, has more than 9,700 members. Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union offers membership to businesses and legal entities, as well as persons who live, work, worship and/or attend school, within New York's Essex, Washington, Warren, Clinton and Franklin counties and within Vermont's Addison County. Offices are located in Ticonderoga, Port Henry and Elizabethtown.

The credit union said the name change reflects a company effort to reach more members after its 2018 charter expansion, which added several counties to its list. 

“As we expand into additional New York counties and Vermont, it is imperative that we remain relevant and accessible in our industry,” CEO and President Shawn Hayes said. “Careful thought went into making this decision."

That thought was by way of an analysis, including various surveys to the credit union's current members, as well as individuals in outlying communities. 

"The survey results indicated that our current name limits our ability to demonstrate that our services are available to those outside of Ticonderoga," Hayes said. "The name TrailNorth Federal Credit Union was chosen to reflect the fact that we are confidently here today, ready to be our members’ guide on life’s journey toward a better and financially secure life.”   

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