May 2017

April, 2017

Between 1980 and 2000, the number of U.S. manufacturing jobs fluctuated between 18–20 million, but by the turn of the century that picture had changed. While the U.S. has shed five million manufacturing jobs over the past 15 years, and the North Country lost Pfizer, we have also attracted an impressive number of new manufacturers read more


Enabling Industry

April, 2017

Whether students are recent high school graduates taking the local, practical path to a four-year degree, urban-born co-eds seeking an affordable college experience away from home, or non-traditional adult learners working towards a better life for themselves and their families, Clinton Point Drive is a road to success. There’s always something just a little bit read more


No Project is Too Large

April, 2017

In 1989, 22-year-old contractor Steve Sample learned that his supplier, Douglas Duprey, was putting his construction supply business up for sale. With the energetic audacity of youth, Sample bought it. Eponymously renaming the business Sample Lumber, he began with 576 square feet of space at 53 Camp Ground Road, Mooers. Growing gradually over nearly three read more


Best Practice May 2017

April, 2017

The cost of physical space for a business typically accounts for a significant percentage of its overall operating costs. In parallel with home ownership, there are advantages and disadvantages to owning your commercial property vs. renting it. We at Strictly Business know that business owners are pulled in a thousand directions and might not have read more


John L. Schenkel, M.D

April, 2017

Hometown: Berkeley, CA Occupation: Psychiatrist, semi-retired Family: Wife, Sharon of 16+ years. John has three grown daughters; Sharon has two grown sons Education: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Entomology from University of California-Davis, M.D. from University of California-San Diego After a long and successful career in psychiatry that stretched from California to Oregon to Plattsburgh, read more


B&E Development

April, 2017

This old-time adage is of unknown origin, but there are still people and businesses that adhere to it, and B&E Development, LLC, would appear to be one of them. In operation since 2000, owners and brothers Bill and Eric Jost have been steadily growing their construction business by employing good old fashioned customer service methods, read more


The Strong Silent Type

April, 2017

When the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College opens to students this fall, many of Jeffords Steel’s contributions to the building will no longer be visible. Jeffords rebar reinforces the concrete foundations of the building, and tons of structural steel fabricated at the company form the facility’s skeletal support. That’s the thing with read more


Building Better (Next-Gen) Builders

April, 2017

The Champlain Valley Transportation Museum (CVTM) hosts a yearly, student-run program that focuses on robotics, microprocessor development, team building, and leadership. Right here in Plattsburgh there are teams of kids building robots to compete on the state, national and international level and they’re doing it quite successfully. Justin Collins, a former high school Science Olympiad read more


Reaching for New Heights

April, 2017

This is an historic year in the evolution of the former aviation assets of Plattsburgh Air Force Base, now taking major new steps toward the next level of opportunity as “Plattsburgh International Airport: Montreal’s U.S. Airport and Aerospace Park.” The development of this aviation asset has drawn curiosity and attention from across North America, having read more


March 2017

March, 2017

The electronic version of The Development Corps’ monthly newsletter arrived this morning and in it was more news about Norsk. In recent years, the North Country has had some great news on the business front, much of it focusing on the large players. But make no mistake, the small businesses in the area are making read more