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SKANEATELES FALLS — Welch Allyn will eliminate 45 jobs over three years at its Skaneateles Falls headquarters as it carries out a companywide restructuring, but the location will not bear the brunt of the corporation’s planned employment cuts. The medical-device manufacturer announced on Sept. 10 that it will reduce its work force by 10 percent over three years. It currently employs 2,750 people in 26 different countries. Its 350,000-square-foot headquarters, which is located at 4341 State St. Road in Skaneateles Falls, employs more than 1,300 people. The 45 positions to be cut there will not be manufacturing jobs, according to Steve Meyer, Welch Allyn president and CEO. “Here in Skaneateles, we don’t expect there to be a shop-floor labor impact,” he says. “There’s a pretty specific set of processes See WELCH ALLYN, page 6

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DeWITT — Time Warner Cable, Inc. (NYSE: TWC) plans to invest $6.5 million to expand its fiber-optic network in Central New York this year. The company will likely continue its investment in network improvements in the years ahead as well, says Fritz Ferrell, vice president for new market development and field operations. The 2012 expansion will bring the network to areas that didn’t previously have access to high-speed fiber, according to the company. Recent expansions included areas of Auburn, Cicero, Clay, Gouverneur, Horseheads, Jamestown, Liverpool,

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measure of small-business owners’ optimism ticked up in August as employers indicated they plan to put up more help-wanted signs. The Small Business Optimism Index from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) increased by 1.7 points to 92.9. The rise followed a 0.2 point dip in July.

However, the index failed to rebound to its highest point in 2012 — 94.5, which it registered in April. The August index is still a “solid recession reading,” according to the NFIB. The month’s uptick in optimism came as small-business owners boosted their hiring plans. The seasonally adjusted net percentage of owners planning to hire in the next three months moved up 5 points to 10 percent.

The portion of business owners expecting higher sales during the next three months also rose 5 points. It broke out of negative territory, notching a seasonally adjusted net 1 percent. That means more business owners now expect higher sales than predict lower sales. The NFIB calculates net percentages by subtracting pessimistic survey responses See OPTIMISM, page 5

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Former Eagle Newspapers building sells for $375,000 DeWITT — The 15,180-square-foot former Eagle Newspapers building, located at 5910 Firestone Drive in the town of DeWitt, was recently sold. BPT Real Estate Inc. purchased the building for $375,000. Michael Kalet of Pyramid Brokerage Company represented the buyer in the transaction.

Mark’s Pizzeria to open Canastota location CANASTOTA — Mark’s Pizzeria (www. markspizzeria.com) recently leased 1,320 square feet of retail space at the Tops Plaza located at 3400 Seneca Turnpike, Canastota to open a new location. Joyce Mawhinney MacKnight, Christopher Guinta, and Steven Safford of Pyramid Brokerage Company brokered this lease transaction. Lease terms were not disclosed. Mark’s Pizzeria currently has more than 40 locations in the greater Syracuse and Rochester areas.

International lacrosse tournament to bring estimated $4 million boost to local economy in 2015 Onondaga Nation land near Syracuse will play host to a major international lacrosse tournament in 2015. The Iroquois Nationals, the national lacrosse team for all six Iroquois nations, will host the event, the Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. The tournament is held every four years and brings together national-level teams. The Tsha’Hon’nonyen’dakhwa’ Onondaga Nation Arena will host the tournament from Sept. 18 to Sept. 23. The event will then move to the First Niagara Center in Buffalo from Sept. 25 to Sept. 26. The games at the Onondaga arena will mark the first time the tournament has been played on indigenous lands, according to the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB). The SCVB estimates the six-day portion of the event at the Onondaga Nation will generate $4 million for the local economy. The tournament will attract about 15,000 fans and 300 athletes from more than 10 countries including Australia, Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Slovakia, Israel, Thailand, the United States, and Turkey, according to a news release. Fans and athletes will probably stay in or near Syracuse, SCVB Communications Coordinator Danica Kaltaler says. Tickets are not on sale yet, but general admission seats will cost about $25, says Neal Powless, assistant director of the native student program at Syracuse University. For more information go to http://wilc2015. com/tickets/.

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Brook Anco magnifies operations with move to Cicero By Rick Seltzer Journal Staff

CICERO — A move from the Rochester area has a microscope distributor enlarging its business in the Syracuse region. Brook Anco Corp. opened at 7536 W. Murray Drive in Cicero in July. The 15,000square-foot building is more than twice as big as the company’s former headquarters at 3495 Winton Place in Henrietta, outside of Rochester, where it had 7,000 square feet. Four employees work at the firm’s new Cicero headquarters, according to its president and co-owner, Brian Wright. It is also looking to add two sales-support positions there, he says. That would bring Brook Anco’s total number of employees to 10. Outside of Cicero, it employs four other people in operations in Buffalo and Houston. Wright declined to share revenue totals for the company, but says he expects sales to grow by 15 percent in 2012. That would

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Brook Anco Corp. president and co-owner Brian Wright, left, and executive secretary and co-owner Bruce Wright, right, in the company’s new headquarters in Cicero. be in line with its growth over the last three years, he says. A larger facility was one reason Brook Anco moved to Cicero, Wright says. It was also focused on a centrally located spot that would allow employees to easily visit clients throughout upstate New York and neighboring territories, he says. “There’s been a lot of growth with nanotechnology in Albany,” Wright says. “We

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September 14, 2012

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ITHACA — MicroGen Systems, Inc. will use $2.6 million in new funding to launch production of its chip-sized power generator. The device can transform subtle vibrations into energy. MicroGen’s initial markets will include commercial and industrial monitoring. The company’s generator will power sensor networks used to watch manufacturing processes or the health of roads and bridges. Manufacturing will be under way by June 2013, MicroGen co-founder and CEO Robert Andosca says. The Ithaca–based company will have pre-production samples available by the first quarter of next year. XTRION N.V. of Belgium was the leader of the funding round, which also included some angel investors from New York state. MicroGen has also received support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Andosca says. XTRION has investments in semiconductor firms and companies specializing in tiny electrical and mechanical systems. XTRION Managing Director Rudi De Winter joined MicroGen’s board of directors after the funding round. The relationship with XTRION, which has strong ties to the semiconductor industry, will allow MicroGen to reach new markets more readily and provide resources for faster ramp up, the company says. The new funding round was MicroGen’s series A. The company, based at the Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility, received some angel investment and grant funding from MicroGen sources like NYSERDA in won the the past. One of XTRION’s busi$200,000 nesses will manufacture MicroGen’s power generator grand in Germany, Andosca says. prize in the MicroGen employees in New York state will then test, Creative Core assemble, and provide quality control for the company’s full Emerging device, which will include adBusiness ditional electronics and batto store energy created Competition teries by the generator, Andosca explains. The firm currently has earlier this fewer than 10 employees, but year. Andosca expects to have 30 to 40 in New York by 2016. MicroGen’s device also has potential applications in the transportation sector. Possible customers have expressed strong interest in using the generator to power tire-pressure sensors, a market which involves about 164 million units per year, Andosca says. The company has also explored the use of its device at vibrations of lower frequency. Such research could eventually lead to consumer applications, including allowing a user to charge a cell phone simply by walking. Andosca first began developing the MicroGen device while in graduate school at the University of Vermont. MicroGen won the $200,000 grand prize in the Creative Core Emerging Business Competition earlier this year. The firm had been a finalist in the competition for the past two years before winning. Past winners of the competition include Sound Reading Solutions, Widetronix, e2e Materials, and Mezmeriz, all based in Ithaca. The winner of the 2011 competition, BrandYourself.com, is based in Syracuse. q Contact Tampone at ktampone@cnybj.com

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Commerce Chenango updates economicdevelopment plan five years, it’s time to update, she says. Over the next severNORWICH — When Commerce Chenango al months, Commerce last drafted an economic-development plan, Chenango will work the economy was doing great and nobody with the community, local-government officials, nonprofit orgahad ever heard of Chobani yogurt. Obviously, a lot has changed over the nizations, and businesses to update the past several years, which means it’s time countywide economic-development strateto update the region’s economic-develop- gic plan. The county says the new five-year ment plan, says Jennifer Tavares, director plan will gauge its economic status and of economic development for Commerce help identify goals and strategies necessary to improve quality of life, increase Chenango. “We have a very good base of a plan that economic-development opportunities, and was done back in 2005 and 2006,� she says. achieve greater economic sustainability in That plan was always meant to be a five- the county. Chenango County Industrial year plan, and now that it’s been more than Development will use data collected during the process to update its own strategic and the plan will also supplement Looking back to when that plan, Commerce Chenango’s comprehensive economic-development plan update, Tavares says. Community members can participate plan was launched in 2006, in the planning process by attending one of several public meetings Commerce Tavares says the many Chenango will hold this month. The meetings include: changes in the region Sept. 20: Unadilla Valley Central School, show exactly why a new New Berlin, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 25: Moore Memorial Library, plan is necessary. Greene, 6-8 p.m. Sandler_Regionals_1-3PG.qxd 8/7/07 2:22During PM Pagethe 2 meetings, Commerce BY TRACI DELORE JOURNAL STAFF

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WELCH ALLYN: The future of Welch Allynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ireland operation has yet to be decided Continued from page 1

around this. There will be some [cuts] each of the next three years.â&#x20AC;? Manufacturing employees at the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headquarters are still in line for some changes. Welch Allyn plans to transfer thermometer-probe cover, lamp, and some blood-pressure cuff manufacturing from Skaneateles Falls to a plant it runs in Tijuana, Mexico. It will then move patient-monitoring systems and low-acuity vital-signs manufacturing to Skaneateles Falls. Those products are currently made at the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beaverton, Ore. facility. Welch Allyn will retrain manufacturing employees in Skaneateles to work in the relocated product lines, according to Meyer. It expects to cut 160 manufacturing jobs in Beaverton, where it employs nearly 300 people, he says. The company cited two reasons for the restructuring and job cuts: economic weak-

ness in Europe, and a 2.3 percent federal tax on the sale price of medical devices, which is scheduled to start in 2013 as part of the U.S. health-care reform law. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a changing business climate over the last two to three years,â&#x20AC;? Meyer says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;European markets have flattened out, and in some cases business there has gotten very difficult.â&#x20AC;? The U.S. market is shrouded in uncertainty, Meyer continues. As the nation restructures its health-care system under the health-care reform law, market demands are changing. And the device tax has a major impact on income, he adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Much of our business in the U.S. is under contract,â&#x20AC;? Meyer says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pressurized by the contract, unable to raise prices very much at all.â&#x20AC;? Welch Allyn does not disclose revenue or other financial information. Meyer would only say that between 35 percent and 40 percent of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sales take place

outside of the United States. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a positive impact of the international business,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made some investments there over the last several years, including opening a research-and-development center in Singapore. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to bring even more focus on that going forward â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the emerging market in Asia where almost two-thirds of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population is located.â&#x20AC;? The corporate restructuring will have Welch Allyn establishing three product-development and technology centers. They will be in its Skaneateles Falls headquarters, Beaverton, and Singapore. Details about the centersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roles have yet to be finalized, Meyer says. But the Skaneateles Falls center will likely emphasize mechanical and electrical engineering. Beaverton will probably focus on wireless technology and software. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Singapore location, which currently has about 30 employees in research and development, is set

to target emerging markets. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different from the manufacturerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research-and-development operations today, which span Skaneateles Falls, Beaverton, Singapore, and Ireland. The locationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roles are not currently clearly defined, Meyer says. The future of Welch Allynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ireland operation has yet to be decided. The company plans to spend 90 days evaluating all of its European functions, according to Meyer. It will also reorganize its business in Latin America. Welch Allyn will start its 10 percent job cut by searching for voluntary reductions, Meyer says. It will then move on to involuntary eliminations. The company will reimburse laid-off workers up to $4,000 each in educational costs and offer a â&#x20AC;&#x153;generous separation package,â&#x20AC;? Welch Allyn said in a news release. q Contact Seltzer at rseltzer@cnybj.com

BROOK ANCO: Purchasing the facility, renovating it, and stocking it with equipment required about $3M Continued from page 2

The Wright brothers compared the upcoming lab space to an Internet cafĂŠ â&#x20AC;&#x201D; only instead of buying web time in 15-minute chunks, users will be able to purchase time with complex microscope equipment. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;opticsâ&#x20AC;? cafĂŠ could be up and running by January, Bruce Wright says. It would give some clients access to equipment they only need on a short-term basis, he adds. And it would give others a

chance to zoom in on certain microscopes and evaluate them before buying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In our minds, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a powerful concept that would introduce our clients to new technology,â&#x20AC;? Bruce Wright says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you want to spend $200,000 on an instrument, you need a lot of justification.â&#x20AC;? Brook Anco closed on the facility at 7536 W. Murray Drive in March, according to Bruce Wright. It then spent several months performing renovations such as installing

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8 • The Central New York Business Journal

September 14, 2012

TOP RANKS: ENGINEERING FIRMS Ranked by No. of CNY Licensed Engineers

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. . 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. . .

Bernier, Carr & Associates 327 Mullin St. Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 782-8130 www.thebcgroup.com Tetra Tech Architects & Engineers 10 Brown Road Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 277-7100 www.tetratechae.com Shumaker Consulting Engineering & Land Surveying, P.C. 143 Court Street Binghamton, NY 13901 (607) 798-8081 www.shumakerengineering.com John P. Stopen Engineering Partnership 450 S. Salina St., Suite 400 Syracuse, NY 13201 (315) 472-5238 www.jpsep.com Keystone Associates Architects, Engineers and Surveyors, LLC 58 Exchange St. Binghamton, NY 13901 (607) 722-1100 www.keyscomp.com Lochner Engineering, P.C. 181 Genesee St., Suite 300 Utica, NY 13501 (315) 793-9500 www.hwlochner.com RAM-TECH Engineers, P.C. 6100 Fairway Drive Syracuse, NY 13211 (315) 463-7716 www.ramtechengineers.com Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt 5710 Commons Park Drive East Syracuse, NY 13057 (315) 446-9201 www.khhpc.com Gomez and Sullivan Engineers 288 Genesee St. Utica, NY 13502 (315) 724-4860 www.gomezandsullivan.com

Gov't/Munic.

Other

Specialties engineering and project delivery

Institutional

1.

2011 Gross Engineering No. of LEED Billings Prof. ($ million) Concentrations1 40 $202.6 CH, CN, CV, EL, EN, GE, IN, ME, PB, PL, SA, ST

Industrial

Rank

Name Address Phone Website O'Brien & Gere 333 W. Washington St. Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 956-6100 www.obg.com C&S Companies 499 Col. Eileen Collins Blvd. Syracuse, NY 13212 (315) 455-2000 www.cscos.com Stantec 111 Grant Ave. Endicott, NY 13760 (607) 321-6100 www.stantec.com GHD One Remington Park Drive Cazenovia, NY 13035 (315) 679-5800 www.ghd.com Barton & Loguidice, P.C. 290 Elwood Davis Road Liverpool, NY 13088 (315) 457-5200 www.bartonandloguidice.com Delta Engineers, Architects, & Land Surveyors, P.C. 860 Hooper Road Endwell, NY 13760 (607) 231-6600 www.deltaengineers.com Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, PC 100 Hunt Center Horseheads, NY 14845 (607) 358-1000 www.hunt-eas.com Beardsley Design Associates 64 South St. Auburn, NY 13021 (315) 253-7301 www.beardsley.com CHA 441 S. Salina St. Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 471-3920 www.chacompanies.com McFarland-Johnson, Inc. 49 Court St., Metrocenter Binghamton, NY 13902 (607) 723-9421 www.mjinc.com

Commercial

% of Business: No. of CNY Licensed Engineers — Total CNY Employees 85 — 375

10

50

10

30

-

Year Estab. 1945

72 — 350

0

$80

AR, CN, CV, EL, EN, airports, sound attenuation, wireless communication, GE, IN, IS, ME, PB, construction management, life safety, technology PL, PR, SA, ST, SV, solutions, energy, facilities, environmental, highways, TR, OT bridges, traffic, planning

5

5

15

70

5

Orrin MacMurray, Chairman Ronald L. Peckham, President & CEO John Trimble, President & COO John Spina, SVP

1968

45 — 130

20

$17

AR, CH, CV, EL, EN, GE, IN, ME, PB, PL, PR, ST, SV, TR, OT

engineering, architecture, project management, commissioning, compliance

-

30

35

35

-

Robert Gomes, President & CEO Brian Larson, VP Thomas Walsh, Senior Principal Michael Heikkila, Senior Associate

1954

42 — 152

18

-

AR, CV, EL, EN, GE, IN, IS, ME, PB, PL, SA, ST

-

5

5

90

-

Gerald C. Hook, U.S. Operating Center Manager Mark Langevin, CFO Michael Tamblin, Operations Manager

1928

39 — 131

13

$2.5

CN, CV, EL, EN, GE, IN, IS, ME, PB, PL, PR, SA, ST, TR

6

9

5

80

-

Nicholas J. Pinto, President

1961

27 — 100

6

-

AR, CV, EL, EN, IS, ME, PB, PL, ST, SV, TR, OT

wastewater, water, infrastructure, municipal solid waste, asset management, industrial, energy management, environmental services, property & buildings, fire protection, electrical engineering, plumbing, HVAC, construction services water supply, wastewater, solid-waste mgmt., transportation planning & engineering, env. investigation & compliance, facilities, land planning & site design, landscape arch., asset management, dam safety engineering, municipal services facilities, transportation, specialty pre-cast concrete, surveying

8

1

25

56

10

Anthony R. Paniccia, President & CEO David J. Chambers, CFO James R. McDuffee, VP & COO Richard Sanguinto, VP Jeffrey L. Stafford, VP Joseph J. Mieczkowski, VP

1976

22 — 90

10

-

AR, CV, EN, ST, SV, TR

20

10

30

35

5

Daniel Bower, President & CEO John Cake, VP Charles Franzese, VP Christopher Bond, Corp. Secretary Charles Woodcock, Director of Architecture

1973

16 — 72

19

-

10

5

15

65

5

1

$8.1

20

20

10

50

-

Richard C. Elliott, President Raymond N. Cudney, Principal Steven F. Moolin, Principal Mark A. Rebich, Principal Barry Halperin, Principal Frank M. Mento, Executive Vice President

1898

16 — 58

AR, CV, EL, EN, IS, landscape architecture, interior design, sustainable ME, PB, PL, PR, and LEED design, structural, mechanical, security & SA, ST, OT force protection, plumbing & fire protection, civil, environmental & industrial hygiene design, registered communications distribution designer CN, CV, EL, EN, GE, municipal engineering & planning, land-development IN, IS, ME, PB, PL, design, sports facilities, highways, bridges, airports, PR, SA, ST, SV, TR, electric & gas utilities, building systems design, OT environmental, manufacturing, energy services

15 — 50

6

$18.7

CN, CV, EL, EN, GE, highway, bridge, and airport design, M/E/P systems IS, ME, PB, PL, SA, design, energy analysis, master planning, traffic ST, SV, TR studies, water/sewer systems, hydraulic/hydrologic analysis, and environmental impact assessments

15

15

20

48

2

1946

14 — 90

17

-

AR, CN, CV, EL, EN, water treatment, pumping & distribution, wastewater IN, IS, ME, PB, PL, treatment & collection, structural engineering, M/P/E SA, ST, SV, TR design

5

-

10

85

-

Richard Brauer, President & CEO Frank J. Greco, Senior VP & CFO James Festa, Senior VP & COO Robert Lambert, VP Frederick Mock, VP Chad Nixon, VP Bernard H. Brown, CEO

14 — 76

11

$22.1

AR, CN, CV, EL, EN, GE, ME, PB, PL, ST, TR

architectural and engineering services

19.5

-

-

Brian Sullivan, President Scott Duell, VP, Education Services

1964

13 — 48

1

-

CV, EN, IS, PL, SA, ST, SV, TR, OT

engineering, environmental, geomatics, and construction observation

3

-

-

97

-

Linda M. Shumaker, President & Managing Principal Ammon A. Bush, Vice President & Senior Manager of Geomatics

1956

12 — 26

3

-

GE, ST

planning, design, and static/dynamic analyses of steel, precast and cast-in-place concrete, masonry and timber building structures, analysis/design of parking structures, foundation design, excavations, ground improvement, vibration control, forensic engineering, renovations and restorations

35

10

25

15

15

James F. Kaplan, Managing Partner James Stewart, Partner Kevin Place, Partner Robert Cosselman, Partner

1966

10 — 45

7

-

AR, CN, CV, EL, EN, architecture, engineering, surveying, environmental, GE, IN, IS, ME, PB, residential design, interior design, construction PL, SA, ST, SV, TR, management, geotechnical OT

35

10

30

20

5

Kenneth D. Ellsworth, Managing Member Paul L. Bedford, Member Rod Carey, Member Kordian Wichtowski, Member

1993

9 — 20

0

$4.5

CV, IS, SA, ST, TR highway & bridge engineering, environmental-impact studies, traffic studies & construction inspection, general civil-engineering design

-

10

-

90

-

James W. Bishop, President & CEO

1944

7 — 35

3

-

EL, IN, IS, ME, PB, PR, SA, OT

5

-

70

20

5

Ravi Raman, President & CEO Anthony J. Borick, Managing Partner

1989

7 — 30

3

-

AR, IS, ST, OT

25

10

45

15

5

Richard L. Applebaum, President Gordon P. Hyatt, VP James A. D'Aloisio, Secretary/Treasurer

1950

7 — 15

1

$10.5

CV, EN, OT

45

10

-

45

-

Jerry A. Gomez, President & Managing Partner Thomas J. Sullivan, VP & Managing Partner

1993

architecture, surveying, transportation, structural, environmental, civil, M/E/P

mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, electric, security, special-systems eng., commissioning services, tech services for hospitals & HC facilities, criminal justice facilities, education, institutional buildings landscape architecture; site/civil engineering; building envelope systems; roofing & facade assessment & rehabilitation for contemporary & historic buildings; parking garage condition assessment & repair; thermal imaging; forensics water resources, hydroelectric power, dams, flood control, stormwater, land development, licensing/ permitting, GIS, hydrologic/hydraulic studies

49.4 31.1

Information was provided by representatives of listed organizations and their websites. Other groups may have been eligible but did not respond to our requests for information. While The Business Journal strives to print accurate information, it is not possible to independently verify all data submitted. 1

Top Executives James A. Fox, CEO R. Leland Davis, President & COO Joseph M. McNulty, CFO

AR= architectural, CH= chemical, CV= civil, CN= construction, EL= electrical, EN= environmental, GE= geotechnical, IN= industrial, IS= inspection, ME= mechanical, PL= planning, PB= plumbing, PR= protection, SA= sanitary, ST= structural, SV= surveying, TR= transportation, OT= other

1992

1970

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The Central New York Business Journal • 9

September 14, 2012

Central New York hospitals are among those receiving Doctors Across New York grants BY JOURNAL STAFF

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he New York State Department of Health is giving grants to several hospitals and medical centers in Central New York to try to bring physicians to underserved regions. The grants are part of the state’s Doctors Across New York initiative. That program aims to help train and place physicians in underserved communities. Recipients of its loan-repayment awards can receive up to $150,000 each in exchange for five-year commitments to communities. The state made loan-repayment awards to physicians affiliated with E.J. Noble Hospital of Gouverneur, the State University of New York’s Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, and hospitals operated by Binghamton–based UHS. It also awarded practice support grants, which can total up to $100,000 for two-year commitments. The state made those grants to Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, Auburn Community Hospital, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital of Plattsburgh, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center of Ogdensburg, Geneva General Hospital, Oneida Healthcare, Oswego Health, and Samaritan Medical Center of Watertown. “Doctors Across New York is an innovative program that brings and keeps doctors in the communities that need them the most,” Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) President Daniel Sisto said in a news release. “We thank the Department of Health for their

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September 14, 2012

TOP RANKS: ENGINEERING FIRMS Ranked by No. of CNY Licensed Engineers

. 22. 23. . . .

Sack & Associates Consulting Engineers, PLLC 721 E. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210 (315) 471-4013 www.sack.pro SRC, Inc. 7502 Round Pond Road North Syracuse, NY 13212 (315) 452-8000 www.srcinc.com Bearsch Compeau Knudson Architects & Engineers 41 Chenango St. Binghamton, NY 13901 (607) 772-0007 www.bckpc.com Bergmann Associates, Inc. 224 Harrison St. Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 422-5200 www.bergmannpc.com Fisher Associates 120 E. Washington St. Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 422-4822 www.fisherassoc.com

Institutional

Gov't/Munic.

Other

20.

2011 Gross Engineering No. of LEED Billings Prof. ($ million) Concentrations1 Specialties 0 $2.8 CN, CV, EN, GE, IN, natural gas engineering-support services, municipal PL, SA, SV, TR environmental engineering (sanitary sewer, water, landfill), land development

Industrial

Rank

Name Address Phone Website Fagan Engineers 113 E. Chemung Place Elmira, NY 14904 (607) 734-2165 www.FaganEngineers.com Plumley Engineering, P.C. 8232 Loop Road Baldwinsville, NY 13027 (315) 638-8587 www.plumleyeng.com

Commercial

% of Business: No. of CNY Licensed Engineers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Total CNY Employees 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 23

25

25

-

50

-

6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 18

1

-

CN, CV, EN, GE, IN, IS, PL, SA, ST, TR

civil, environmental, geotechnical engineering

35

30

20

10

5

5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 33

4

-

EL, ME, PB, SA

energy conservation, building management, fire alarm, security, communications, HVAC, plumbing & medical gas systems, electrical lighting, power distribution, site lighting, fire protection

25

10

60

2

3

4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 815

1

-

CH, EL, EN, IN, ME, OT

radar, communications, subsystems, satellite, modeling & simulations, antennas, air & ground surveillance, systems & analysis, electronic warfare

0.7

-

-

99.3

4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 54

0

-

AR, CN, CV, EL, EN, ME, PB, PL, OT

architecture, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, environmental, interior design, landscape architecture, commissioning

3

2

10

4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 13

-

-

AR, CN, CV, EL, EN, commercial, retail & higher education/buildings, IN, IS, ME, PB, PL, energy services, transportation-highway, bridge, rail SA, ST, SV, TR

30

10

4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 5

2

$15.1

CV, EN, GE, IS, PL, PR, SA, ST, SV, TR, OT

5

5

cultural resources, geotechnical, wetlands, contaminated materials, non-destructive testing, visualization, construction scheduling

Top Executives Dennis Fagan, President James Gensel, Principal

Year Estab. 1985

Joel D. Plumley, President & CEO Frank A. Karboski, Director of Geology & Field Services Dale R. Vollmer, Director of Environmental Engineering Julian F. Clark, Director of Civil Engineering Paul C. Sack, Principal

1985

-

Paul G. Tremont, President, SRC, Inc. Drew James, President, SRCTec

1957

10

75

Lee P. Bearsch, CEO John S. Knudson, CFO

1976

10

45

5

Thomas C. Mitchell, President & CEO Charles Bertuch, Office Manager

1981

10

65

15

Claire Fisher, President & CEO Robert Goossen, VP & COO Joseph Logan, Principal Lorenzo Rotoli, Principal Steve Boddecker, Principal Christopher Smith, Vice President

1984

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Mythology. A fiction … especially one that forms part of an ideology.

Assistant Editor..............Maria J. Carbonaro mcarbonaro@cnybj.com

  he presidential election is in a sprint   to the Nov. 6 deadline for voters   casting their ballots. Both candidates are deluging the swing states with personal appearances and a barrage of TV/radio advertisements. In their wake, an army of selfappointed fact-checkers is trying to verify the claims posited. But who is checking the myths surrounding the race to the White House? In an effort to debunk some of the more popular myths, let me interject some fact-checking based on from the Arthur Herman’s arpublisher ticle in the September issue of Commentary, Curtis Dubay’s brief from The Heritage Foundation (Sept. 5), and Holman Jenkins’ editorial in the The Wall Street Journal (Sept. 8). Myth #1: Those favoring the growth of government spending always point to World War II as an example of spending which ended the Great Depression. Here are a few inconvenient facts. While industrial production rose 26 percent in just the first half of the 1940s, it was just half of the increase in the 1920s when there was no massive government spending. Those touting the rapid drop in unemployment during the war ignore the 12 million, conscripted soldiers not counted in the work force. Further, output during World War II expanded less than the increase in military purchases, suggesting a slowdown in the growth of non-military purchases. Thus, the real, non-military gross-national-product slowed down in 1942 and 1943. The supposed Keynesian multiplier effect actually put the brakes on the domestic recovery. Myth #2: The post-war economic boom was fueled by pent-up consumer demand. For those of us who still remember the ration books of WWII, consumer options were limited in what and how much we could buy. However, the myth of total mobilization is just that, a myth. Even in WWII, the economy switched only 40 percent of its capacity to the war effort, allowing plenty of capacity

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for consumer demand. My old college economics book said that aggregate consumer demand simply replaced the government’s requirement for war matériel, which sparked the economic explosion from 1945-1947. Oh, really. So why was there no drop in total consumer savings during this period? In fact, savings increased 11.6 percent, which suggests that post-war consumers were unsure that the good times would last. Let’s add more forgotten facts: During this same period, business invested substantial private capital, spurred on by both corporate and personal tax cuts in 1945 and 1946 and by repealing wage and price controls. We didn’t call it supply-side economics then, but the resultant was a booming economy fueled by a four-fold increase in business investment between 1945 and 1948. Myth #3: The period of post-war prosperity (1945-1960) was driven by the cooperation of big government and big business, aided by deficit spending. Take a stroll down memory lane with me back to the 1950s. The U.S. was in the midst of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Our burgeoning electronics industry was responding to the needs of the defense sector, giving the Germans and Japanese an opening to focus on innovation for consumers. In America, innovation was coming not so much from big business or big government as it was from private entrepreneurs such as William Shockley who made the first semiconductor and Jack Kirby who developed the first integrated circuit. These men in high-tech, along with low-tech inventors like Ray Kroc, who created a fast-food industry by franchising McDonalds, were the catalysts for a consumer revolution we are enjoying today. Myth #4: President Clinton’s tax increase in the 1990s didn’t impede strong economic growth during his administration. In his first year in office, President William Jefferson Clinton raised the top, marginal personal-income-tax rates, repealed the cap on the Medicare tax, increased the gas tax, increased the taxable portion of Social Security benefits, and hiked the corporate income tax. His admirers claim the subsequent economic boom was not hindered by his tax policy. Hmm! A quick refresher course. The end of the Cold War brought growth not only to the U.S. but also to the global economy. Remember, too, that the price of oil was under $11 a barrel when he came into ofbenefits • Unions • Health-care reform and costs Have an opinion about any of these topics or others? Please send us your opinion in the form of a letter or opinion article to letters@cnybj.com. Here are some general guidelines for how to compose your opinion piece: • Length should be no more than 800 words. • It should be written for a business audience — specifically business owners and managers. The topic must affect and appeal to this audience. • Pick a theme or trend you want to focus on and then build your opinion around that, making your key points.

fice, and averaged $20 a barrel during his administration. The Federal Reserve kept inflation at only 2 percent and productivity exploded, fostered by the Internet. While President Clinton took office on the winds of an expanding economy, growth during his first administration averaged just 3.3 percent, respectable but not unusual. During this same period, real wages fell. Only after the tax cut passed in his second term, did the economy jump to a 4.4 percent growth rate. Real wages then reversed their downward spiral and grew at 1.7 percent per year. Myth #5: President Obama rescued the banking system. On the campaign trail, President Barack Obama claims that his administration prevented the collapse of the banking system, thus rescuing the economy from a total meltdown. Let’s review the banking crisis. Congress enacted the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in October 2008, at the end of the Bush Administration. The Federal Reserve then stepped in with TARP funds to rescue Citigroup, AIG, Wachovia, Morgan Stanley, American Express, Goldman Sachs, and others. That same month, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. raised the deposit insurance from $100,000 to $250,000 and provided protection for banks to raise new debt. The U.S. Treasury also guaranteed money-market funds and the Federal Reserve began buying commercial paper from industrial companies. All these events occurred before President Obama took office. He does get credit for not giving the banking investors a haircut the way he did with the Chrysler bondholders and second-tier lien holders. He also deserves credit for instituting his stress tests on the banks, which may have had a calming effect on the populace. Me thinks, however, that a little modesty from the president concerning his claim is in order. Myths are powerful stories, especially when attached to an ideology. The myth of modern-day liberalism, that higher taxes don’t matter and that government spending is a key driver of economic success, aren’t supported by the facts. Debunking mythology at election time is critical if voters are to have the facts before casting their ballots in November. q Norman Poltenson is publisher of The Central New York Business Journal. Contact him at npoltenson@cnybj.com We find that lists and bullet points work well to get your views across to the reader. • Include a tag line at the bottom that tells the reader who you are (name, hometown, organization) and how to contact you (e-mail address). For example: John Doe of Syracuse is managing partner at Doe Wood Smith LLC. Contact him at jdoe@dwsllc.com. • Article must be in Word format • The Business Journal will edit the article, including cutting out portions, to fit space as it sees fit. So whether you’re a conservative, progressive, or anything in between, please get your opinion seen and send it to: letters@cnybj.com


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september 18 n Pathways to Excellence Program and Recap of the Educational Forum and IAAP Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. at the VHA Empire – Metro, 5000 Campuswood Drive, East Syracuse. Presented by Angela A. Grabowski, IAAP NYS Division president. To RSVP, visit http://www.jotform.com/ form/12401111357. The program is free for members; $5 for students; $10 for non-Syracuse Chapter members. For dinner and program, the cost is $12 for members; $17 for students; $22 for non-Syracuse Chapter members. For more information, visit www.iaap-syracuse.org or contact Theresa at iaapsyrvicepres@gmail.com

September 19 n Inspiring Success, The Women TIES Retreat from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Lodge at Welch Allyn, Skaneateles. A post-event reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Skaneateles. Register by visiting www.womenties.com n National Grid’s Upstate New York Energy Efficiency Conference & Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. Business customers, partners, and trade allies are invited to attend. The event will feature more than a dozen educational sessions, a tradeshow with more than 75 exhibitors, and a continental breakfast and buffet luncheon. For more information, visit www.UNYEEexpo.com

SEPTEMBER 19, OCTOBER 17, NOVEMBER 14, DECEMBER 5 n Seminar Series: International Trade for Accounting Professionals from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Mohawk Global Logistics, 123 Air Cargo Road, Hancock Airport, North Syracuse. The cost is $60 per seminar or $180 for four-part series. Register by phone at (212) 719-8383 or (800) 537-3635. The event will be presented by Robert Stein and Jim Trubits of Mohawk Global Trade Advisors. For more information, contact Chuck Miller at cmiller@mohawkglobal.com

september 20 n CNY ASTD Member Orientation from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Sandler Training/DB&B Peak Performance Management, 443 N. Franklin St., Suite 100, Syracuse. CNY ASTD will discuss why and how to make the most of membership in CNY ASTD. Complimentary attendance. To register, visit www.cnyastd.org, call (315) 546-2783, or email: info@cnyastd.org n Navigating the Special HR Challenges for Family and Closely Held Businesses beginning with registration at 8 a.m. at 445 Electronics Parkway, Suite 206, Liverpool. The event will feature Kathy Barany, Strategic Management Solutions. Questions to be addressed include: What are some of the common pitfalls that family-owned businesses fall into that bring them out of compliance? How easy is it to be in compliance? NYFBC members are prepaid; nonmember fee is $25. To register, contact NYFBC at (315) 579-2871 or email: dherlihy@nyfbc.org n Maximize Your CenterState CEO Membership from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at 572 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Meet the staff, connect with other members, promote your business,

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obtain information about educational opportunities and programs and seminars. No cost to attend. Reservations are requested. Visit www.CenterStateCEO.com n CNY ASTD Happy Hour event from 5 to 7 p.m. at Coleman’s, 100 S. Lowell St., Syracuse. CNY ASTD will host informal networking for learning and performance professionals. Call (315) 546-2783 or email: info@cnyastd.org

University – Life Sciences Building, 107 College Place, Syracuse. This is an awardwinning oral history project documenting the stories of veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as they pursue post-secondary education in Kentucky. The interviews highlight the difficult transition from military to student life and the workplace. No cost to attend. For more information, visit www.Salute.syr.edu/seminars

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n The Central New York Chapter of SHRM September Breakfast Program, “Diversity: Recruitment & Retention of Veterans” from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Ramada Inn. The cost for SHRM members is $40. It’s $50 for nonmembers. More information on the program, including registration, will be available at www. CNYSHRHM.org

n CNY ASTD Breakfast Club from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Gem Diner, 832 Spencer St., Syracuse. CNY ASTD hosts an informal group for discussions on areas of expertise in learning and performance roles. Topic: Managing the learning function. Call (315) 546-2783 or email: info@cnyastd.org

n Measurement/Evaluation Roundtable from 8 to 9 a.m. at Panera Bread, 3409 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. CNY ASTD’s Measurement & Evaluation Special Interest Group will hold a roundtable discussing measurement and evaluation questions and problems. For more information, call (315) 546-2783 or email: info@cnyastd.org

n Employee Learning Week Information Session from 8 to 9 a.m. at AXA Equitable, 100 Madison St., Tower 1, Syracuse. CNY ASTD will hold a discussion on activities that organizations and individuals can engage in to celebrate their commitment to learning and development. Call (315) 5462783 or email: info@cnyastd.org

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n Networking Mixer from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Ruby Tuesday Restaurant located at 3220 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt. The event is free. Beer, wine, and food will be served. Please bring plenty of business cards to pass out and to win door prizes. Come network with other professionals from Central New York. Hosted by Gung Ho Referrals, CNY’s premier networking group since 1999. For additional information, contact Paul Ellis at (315) 475-0392 or Paul. Ellis@ComfortSystemsUSA.com

n Social Media for Training Workshop from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Aspen Dental Management, Inc., 281 Sanders Creek Parkway, DeWitt. CNY ASTD will host this workshop on social media as a tool to enhance and extend the learning experience led by Jane Bozarth, author of “Social Media for Trainers.” The cost is $79 for CNY ASTD members and $89 for nonmembers. To register, visit www.cnyastd.org, call (315) 546-2783, or email: info@cnyastd.org

n Veterans Seminar Series — Serving Those Who Serve: Insights and Innovative Ideas from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Syracuse University’s Life Science Building, 107 College Place. This is the first in a series of five seminars. No cost to attend. For more information, call the Syracuse University’s Veterans Resource Center at (315) 443-9297 or visit its website: www. Salute.syr.edu/seminars

september 27 n Growing Global Sales: Balancing Opportunities & Risks Conference from 7:30 a.m. to noon at The Crowne Plaza, Syracuse. This event is focused on helping area businesses expand their global sales. For details or to register, visit www. bizeventz.com

October 2 n From Combat to Kentucky, an oral history project from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Syracuse

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October 16 n “Mix ‘n’ Mingle” with Sales and Marketing Executives Event from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Main Banquet Room, 246 W. Willow St., Syracuse. Join CNY Sales & Marketing Executives (CNYSME) as well as several major companies for an evening of BBQ and networking. The event is free to CNYSME members and $12 for nonmembers. Please RSVP to info@cnysme.org

October 18 n Pass it On: Estate Planning to Preserve Family Wealth from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at 445 Electronics Parkway, Suite 206, Liverpool. NYFBC members are prepaid; nonmembers pay $25. To register, contact NYFBC at (315) 579-2871 or email: dherlihy@nyfbc.org

October 20 n Liverpool Leadership Seminar –

Developing Your Leadership Skills & Working in a Team Environment from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Are leaders born or made? Find out by attending this two-part seminar. This is a Toastmasters’ seminar and will be conducted by experienced Toastmasters. The fee is $25 and includes materials and refreshments. Register early as there is a maximum of 10 participants. For details, or to register, call (315) 457-2581 or (315) 271-5152 or email: cdchawan@syr.edu or DTMDanF@yahoo.com

October 25 n CenterState Business Showcase at the Oncenter in Syracuse. Build your B2B network, meet new customers, and connect with business leaders from across the entire 12-county region. To register for the showcase, visit www.CenterStateCEO.com/ Showcase. n Retirement Accounts: Planning Optimal Outcomes for Family, Charitable, and Tax Objectives from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Genesee Grand Hotel, 1060 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. This free workshop will be presented by Christopher R. Hoyt, J.D., a professor of law at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law. Hosted by the Central New York Community Foundation. To register and see more topic details, visit http:// hoyt.eventbrite.com or call (315) 422-9538.

October 30 n Excellence In Health Care Awards recognition event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Oncenter, Syracuse. Excellence in Health Care recognizes our region’s top healthcare industry leaders, innovators, and companies. Nominations are open. Visit www. bizeventz.com to view the categories and event details. Nomination deadline: Friday, Sept. 14.

november 8 n NEXT 2012 – The Event for Technology, Manufacturing & Innovation at the Holiday Inn Convention Center Syracuse-Liverpool. The keynote speakers are Robert Tucker, president, at the Innovation Resource, and Jeremy Rifkin, president, Foundation on Economic Trends. The event also offers education workshops in four concurrent tracks. To register, visit www.NXET-SYR.com

ONGOING EVENTS n Every Tuesday, Cayuga Club Toastmasters from 6 to 7 p.m. at Cornell University, Ithaca, Rhodes Hall, 6th Floor, Conference Room #655. Free and easy parking is available nearby at Peterson Lot. For more information, contact Julia Reich, (315) 364-7190 or email: juliareichdesign@ gmail.com n Every Tuesday, Gung Ho Networking Group from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, 3220 Erie Blvd E., DeWitt. Possible referrals for you; this is not a tip club. First visit free. Contact Paul Ellis at (315) 677-0015 or visit www. GungHoReferrals.com n Every Wednesday, Small Business Development Center at OCC from 4pm continued on the next page


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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE: new hires & promotions INSURANCE Stewart Title Insurance Company has added Rick Zimmer to its team as senior business development officer for the Syracuse region. He has more than 15 years experience in the abstract and title insurZimmer ance industry in Central New York. Zimmer is part of the team responsible for maintaining and developing the company’s abstract and title-insurance business throughout the Central New York region, including Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Seneca counties.

editor-in-chief for the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal. He has served as a legal intern in the office of the NYS Attorney General. Mitchell-Eaton is a 2007 graduate of Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in government.

MANUFACTURING The Eraser Company, Inc. has appointed Michael Murphy to its sales team. He most recently worked as an account manager at WW Grainger in Syracuse. Murphy attended Herkimer Community Murphy College and brings more than 12 years sales experience to his position.

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Aidan Mitchell-Eaton has joined the law firm of Bousquet Holstein PLLC as an associate attorney. In 2011, he served as an intern at the firm in its summer associate program. Mitchell-Eaton graduated from the State Mitchell-Eaton University of New York at Buffalo Law School, where he served as

The Syracuse Crunch has named Todd Cross as senior director of ticket sales and added Jonathan Smaldon and Brandon Wrobel to the front office as account executives. Cross, who previously Cross served as director of ticket operations, will oversee the Crunch ticketing department.

He is beginning his 10th season with the Crunch. Cross is a 2002 Ithaca College graduate. Smaldon will be responsible for personal season ticket and group sales. A 2011 graduate of Niagara University, he received a degree in sports management. Wrobel is a 2012 graduate of SUNY Cortland with a degree in sports management. Prior to joining the Crunch, Wrobel worked with IMG College and the Charlotte Bobcats as a sales intern.

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TESTING LABORATORIES The Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Limited (ATL) board of directors has appointed James J. Kuhn president of ATL. He began working with ATL in 1994 after obtaining his civil engineering degree from Clarkson University. He has since held positions as engiKuhn neer, assistant division manager, division man-

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ager, area manager, vice president, senior vice president, and executive vice president. Kuhn is very active in several engineering professional societies. q

business calendar (continued) to 6 p.m., Introduction to Business Start-up at H-1 Hall. For more information, please call 4986070 or visit www.onondagasbdc.org. n Every Wednesday, Syracuse Business Networking from 6 to 7 p.m. at Barbieri’s Restaurant (upstairs level) located on Main Street in the village of North Syracuse. For more information, call Kim Bachstein at (315) 414-8223 or email: info@ SyracuseBusinessNetworking.com n First Wednesday of each month, Business Innovation Days meetings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St., Syracuse. Entrepreneurs and small businesses can meet one-on-one with a counselor from the SBDC for advice and customized assistance opportunities. Scheduled by appointment, call (315) 474-0910 or email: info@thecleantechcenter.com

n Every Thursday, Empire Statesmen Toastmasters meet at 6:30 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt. For more information, visit http://estm.freetoasthost.info or email: president@estm.freetoasthost.info

n Every Friday, 40 Above: Workers in Transition from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Westcott Community Center, 817 Euclid Ave., Syracuse. Helping workers/job seekers aged 40 and above in search for work. Contact John A. Cruty at (315) 569-3964, or at crutij@yahoo.com

n Every second and fourth Friday of each month, The SUN Group (Sustainable Upstate Network) meets from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Tony’s Family Restaurant, 3004 Burnet Ave., Syracuse. For more information, contact Andy Picco at (315) 657-0135 or email: andrewpicco@gmail.com

n Every Thursday each month, Liverpool Linguists from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Liverpool First Methodist Church, 604 Oswego Road, Liverpool. For details, visit http://liverpool. toastmastersclubs.org or call (315) 884-2668 or 457-2581.

n Every Friday, Tip Club of Syracuse, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel, 801 University Ave., Syracuse, 8 to 9 a.m. Call Bernie Bregman at (315) 472-3104, ext. 103 or email: bbregman@cnybj.com

n Every week, Syracuse Networking Professionals. Five meetings to choose from. For details, call Kevin M. Crook at (315) 4391803, or email KevinSNP@twcny.rr.com or visit SyracuseNetworkingProfessionals.com

n First Friday of each month, Toolkit Day with SCORE by appointment at The Tech Garden. Counselors provide free, confidential, individual business mentoring to prospective or current business owners. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Lynn Hughes at (315) 579-2862 or email Lynn@ TheTechGarden.com

n CNY Connects is a networking organization offering 12 groups from which to choose. If you are interested in learning more, contact Amy Kaschel of AK Consulting at akconsult@twcny. rr.com or call (315) 882-6127 or visit www.cnyconnectsonline.com

n Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, The North Star Toastmasters from noon to 1 p.m. at C&S Companies, 499 Col. Eileen Collins Blvd., near Hancock Airport. For more information, contact Sandy Jurkiewicz at sjurkiewicz@centerstateceo.com or call (315) 470-1802.

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Lowville, Rome, Syracuse, Utica, and Watertown. Additional areas on tap for fiber expansion include Binghamton, Cortland, East Syracuse, Ithaca, Massena, Ogdensburg, Potsdam, and downtown Syracuse. Continued developments are projected in Cicero, Liverpool, Rome, and Utica, according to the company. The expansion is driven mainly by Time Warner’s business customers, Ferrell says. Companies are demanding more bandwidth. The access allows for applications that require more data. But bandwidth doesn’t

just mean more speed and new applications, Ferrell notes. More bandwidth will allow greater numbers of users access to high-speed networks, he says. The company is trying to give its customers what they need to expand and grow, Ferrell says. The current expansion began at the beginning of this year, he adds. Ferrell says he’s not sure yet what next year’s budget for network upgrades will be. “I think this will be an ongoing expansion,” he says. “This is a need that businesses have.” The work in Central New York is part of a larger $100 million expansion taking

place throughout Time Warner’s markets in the Northeast, New York City, and the Carolinas. Once completed, the expansion will provide 10,000 new areas with highspeed access. Time Warner Cable employs 1,800 people in Central New York and more than 51,000 people nationwide. The firm has more than 14 million customers. The company generated revenue of $5.4 billion in the second quarter, up 9.3 percent from the same period last year. Net income attributable to common shareholders totaled $452 million for the period, up from $420 million in the second quarter of 2011. Earnings per diluted share totaled $1.43,

up from $1.24. Time Warner Cable generated revenue of $19.7 billion in 2011, up 4.3 percent from 2010. Net income attributable to common shareholders totaled  $1.7 billion, or $4.97 per diluted share, compared with $1.3 billion, of $3.64 per diluted share, in 2010. Time Warner Cable Business Class services include data, video, phone, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers, and through its NaviSite subsidiary, hosting, managed application, messaging, and cloud services. q Contact Tampone at ktampone@cnybj.com


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Sun Environmental Corp. grows quickly over two years By Rick Seltzer Journal Staff

DeWITT — Sun Environmental Corp. wants to keep on trucking after two years of growth. The company, which industry veterans Matthew Notaro and James Hanmer founded in June 2010, specializes in environmental remediation like underground storage-tank removal, industrial cleaning, and contaminated-soil remediation. It also works in waste transportation and disposal as well as consulting. Sun Environmental added three employees in the last year, bringing its total work force to nine people. Notaro and Hanmer were the firm’s only employees when they founded it. “We’d like to expand more,” says Notaro, Sun Environmental’s president. “We’re growing fast, but we’d like to keep up a steady growth.” The corporation does not have any immediate plans to continue hiring, Notaro adds. In part, that’s because winter is approaching. The remediation business is tied to the construction industry, which slows down during the winter months, Notaro says. Sun Environmental leases a 5,000-squarefoot building at 6051 Galster Road in DeWitt. It leases that building from Eric F. Thresh, according to records from Onondaga County’s Office of Real Property Tax Services. Notaro and Hanmer decline to share revenue totals for Sun Environmental, but say it is on pace to grow revenue by 46 percent in 2012. Industry experience has helped the company expand quickly, says Notaro, who was a project manager at OP-TECH Environmental Services, Inc. before founding Sun Environmental, according to his LinkedIn résumé. He and Hanmer each have about 15 years of experience in the remediation industry, he says. “Because of our being in the business for years, we have strong vendors that we can rely on to support us with the disposal of material,” he says. “Where it can go really depends on what, specifically, it is.

Sun Environmental Corp. President Matthew Notaro, left, and CEO James Hanmer, right.

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If it’s oily water it will go one place. If it’s sludge it will go another.” Notaro declined to name any of the vendors Sun Environmental works with for waste disposal. But he says his connections have allowed him to set up green operations, such as trucking wastewater from one client and supplying it to a local company for reuse. That keeps the receiving company from tapping into the county’s supply of fresh water, he says. “It’s beneficial reuse,” Notaro says. “And it wasn’t like that before we took over.” Sun Environmental has not worked on large-scale construction projects to this

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point, although Notaro and Hanmer say they have the experience to handle remediation on brownfield sites. The company takes care of many smaller jobs, according to Notaro. Moving up to larger projects is one way he hopes to expand. The firm has no plans to grow to serve downstate New York. It will currently work on projects across Upstate, from Buffalo to New York’s eastern border and from the Canadian border to the Pennsylvania border, Notaro says. Running an environmental remediation company required a substantial investment in equipment, according to Hanmer, who

is Sun’s CEO. Sun’s equipment includes a liquid vacuum truck, a wet-dry vacuum truck, an 8,000-gallon transport trailer to haul waste, pickup trucks, box vans, a spill trailer, and a range of other small equipment. Hanmer says he does not have an estimate of the investment the business made in its equipment. “We slowly acquired it,” he says. “The startup cost was a little bit, and once we got started it grew.” M&T Bank provides Sun with a line of credit as well as equipment loans. q Contact Seltzer at rseltzer@cnybj.com

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Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Company launches in Rome BY TRACI DELORE JOURNAL STAFF

ROME — Five years after taking his electricpowered pontoon boat across New York on the Erie Canal, Montgomery Gisborne officially cut the ribbon on his new assembly plant Aug. 21 and launched the Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Company in New York. All told, it took about four years to pull everything together to make the Rome location work, Gisborne, a Canadian, says. That included finding a suitable location, obtaining funding, putting the finishing touches on prototypes, and lining up a network of suppliers. A $300,000 incentive package from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) helped make the move possible, Gisborne says. It was 2007 when Gisborne traveled the Erie Canal and met Rome’s former mayor James Brown, who immediately went to work to lure Gisborne to Rome. Gisborne was already looking for a U.S. location for his Ontario–based business, he says, because the majority of his potential market is in America. Ultimately, Gisborne and his business partner Ray Hirani settled on a 6,000square-foot space in a former warehouse at 530 Harbor Way in Rome. While it took a little longer than expected to get things up and running in Rome, Gisborne says the delays seem to have

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Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Company President Montgomery Gisborne poses with the company’s Loon — a solar-powered electric boat that can travel upwards of 50 miles at speeds of up to 8 knots. The Canadian company recently opened a new assembly plant in Rome to help capture the boating market in America. worked in the company’s favor. Buying a boat falls into the “discretionary spending”

category that many people cut back on during the recession, he says. But now, the

industry seems to be picking up again just in time for Tamarack’s New York launch. “Boat shows are starting to show some good, successful sales,” he says. The recovering economy, coupled with Tamarack’s environmentally friendly boat, should lead to strong sales, Gisborne says. His first-year goal is to sell 100 boats, which retail for about $35,000 each. Tamarack’s boat — the Loon — is a 22-foot-long, eight-passenger pontoon boat powered by a 1,000-watt solar array on the roof. The solar panels charge a battery large enough to give a range of more than 50 miles and a cruising speed of about eight knots (approximately 9.5 miles per hour), comparable to a typical gas-powered pontoon boat, Gisborne says. However, comparing the Loon to a gaspowered boat is really like comparing apples to oranges, Gisborne notes. “It doesn’t really have a competitor,” he says. “There’s nothing out there like it.” The Loon costs about $5,000 more than a similar-sized gas-powered boat, he says, but because it runs off the sun, the cost of operating the Loon is much lower than a gas-powered boat. “The break-even point is about five years,” he says of owning the Loon. “After that, it starts to pay you back.” On top of that, Gisborne says he’s researching a “boat-to-grid” option that would allow Loon owners to sell power generated See TAMARACK, page 6B

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MANLIUS — A local business with new technology for use in production of biogas from animal waste has closed its first two commercial sales. American Biogas Conditioning’s process removes a corrosive substance from the biogas produced by anaerobic digestion. The company installed its equipment at Twin Birch farm in the town of Skaneateles in June and plans to bring its system online at Roach Farm in Venice Center (Cayuga County) in September. Anaerobic digesters use bacteria to break down animal waste into a gas made mainly of methane. The gas is then burned for energy. The gas also contains hydrogen sulfide, which is highly corrosive if not removed, says Kamyar Zadeh, American Biogas president and CEO. Hydrogen sulfide is not normally removed from biogas before use, he adds. Over time, the gas can damage engine gaskets and seals, according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which has provided $470,000 in funding for American Biogas’ work. The company’s process uses bacteria to convert hydrogen sulfide to sulfuric acid. The acid is then mixed back into discharge from digesters, which actually creates a more useful fertilizer for farmers to apply to their fields, Zadeh contends. Other methods to remove the hydrogen sulfide exist, but they generally involve filters that must be replaced over time, Zadeh explains. That drives up costs. American Biogas is a subsidiary of Blue Electron, a Manlius–based company that works on digester projects. Blue Electron launched American Biogas as a joint venture with TS Umweltanlagenbau GmbH, a German manufacturer with additional expertise in the biogas field. Blue Electron had been working with the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District on a digester project. American Biogas, founded in 2009, and its system

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Covanta Energy continues pumping out power from waste BY RICK SELTZER JOURNAL STAFF

ONONDAGA — After more than 17 years, Covanta Energy is still turning Onondaga County’s trash into the electricity grid’s power. Morristown, N.J.–based Covanta (NYSE: CVA) operates the energy-from-waste Onondaga County Resource Recovery Facility at 5801 Rock Cut Road in the town of Onondaga through its Covanta Onondaga, LP subsidiary. The 39,000-square-foot facility takes the nonhazardous trash from nearly all of Onondaga County and burns it to generate electricity. Covanta uses some of that electricity to run the facility, while selling the rest to the power company National Grid (NYSE: NGG). “Anything that doesn’t go in the blue bin goes here,” says Kathleen Carroll, Covanta Onondaga business manager. “About 90 percent of our power goes to the grid, and we power about 32,000 homes in Onondaga County.” The Onondaga facility generates up to 39.5 MW of power. It can burn up to 361,350 tons of waste a year — 990 tons per day. Covanta estimates its power production over the last 10 years has prevented 5.5 million barrels of oil from needing to be burned to produce electricity. However, amid the difficult economy, the energy-from-waste plant is currently operating at about 20 percent below capacity. It hasn’t burned near capacity levels

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Donnelly, OCRRA’s executive director. The two entities share its revenue. OCRRA generated just under $7.6 million in revenue in 2011 from electricity sales, according to its 2011 annual report. It budgeted for energy-from-waste sale revenue of slightly under $8.1 million in 2012, its 2012 annual operating budget summary shows. Covanta operates 44 energy-fromwaste facilities worldwide and 40 in North America. The company does not break down revenue generation between its different locations, but it generated a total of $400 million from electricity and steam sales in 2011, according to that year’s annual report. That’s down from $420 million in 2010. Donnelly doesn’t expect the Onondaga waste-from-energy plant’s capacity to stay low forever. If consumers pick up their rate of purchasing consumer goods, the county will start generating more trash, he says. “Right now we’re not at full capacity,” Donnelly says. “And that’s because of the economic downturn. With consumption low, tonnage is low.” In addition to generating energy, burning trash keeps material out of landfills, according to Covanta. Burned trash is reduced in volume by about 90 percent, the company says. The remaining 10 percent is ash that landfills can use as daily cover in place of See COVANTA, page 6B

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ESF, ReEnergy collaborating on willow project By Journal Staff

SYRACUSE — A collaboration between the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and ReEnergy Holdings, LLC aims to encourage the growth of shrub willow in Central and Northern New York as a renewable-fuel source. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is backing the effort with $4.3 million in funding. The willow will be grown on farmland throughout the region and used as fuel for biomass-powered energy producing facilities in the area owned by ReEnergy, according to ESF. ESF and the company will work together to educate local-government officials, agricultural leaders, farmers, and landowners about the opportunity to grow willow. The money is available through a USDA program designed to help renewable-energy companies and farmers manage the risk of developing crops that can be used for power, heat, and fuel, according to ESF. The main goal of the project is to demonstrate a full willow biomass-production system on a commercial scale. “ESF scientists have invested 25 years of research in the development of shrub willow as a sustainable resource for bioenergy and other bioproducts,” ESF President Cornelius Murphy said in a news release.

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“We’re now bringing that research to fruition as we increase our energy independence, reduce our carbon footprint and provide an opportunity for jobs for the people of Central and Northern New York.” ReEnergy owns facilities that use biomass to produce renewable thermal and electric energy. The company employs 260 people in New York, Maine, Connecticut, and New Hampshire and generates 240 megawatts of energy. The firm owns facilities in Lyons Falls, Chateaugay, and Fort Drum. “This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate fast growing wood biomass cultivation on a commercial scale,” Charlie

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Niebling, general manager of New England Wood Pellet and president of the New York Biomass Energy Alliance, a statewide trade organization, said in the release. “New York has an abundance of marginal farmlands that can be put to productive use helping America produce homegrown and renewable energy, while helping to restore our rural economy.” Through the program, interested farmers and landowners will get access to funding to help plant the willow, technical advice from experts, and a guaranteed buyer for the crop in ReEnergy. The project involves planting 3,500 acres throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties, according to ESF. The 11-year project is expected to produce almost 400,000 green tons of biomass for use in ReEnergy facilities. The willow can be harvested every three years and will have the potential to continue producing biomass for at least another 10 years after the program ends, ESF said. “Through this kind of collaboration, the new technology that has been developed can be utilized here locally, and we get the benefit of broadening the availability of additional renewable fuels while also creating jobs and improving the regional economy by supporting local farmers and landowners,” ReEnergy CEO Larry Richardson said in the release. q

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COVANTA: Employs 46 people at the Onondaga facility, which won the 2012 Gold Excellence Award Continued from page 4B

other covers like soil, says Stan Longo, facility manager of the Onondaga plant. The facility also pulls metal out of the ash before sending it to landfills, he says. “We’ll do roughly 8,000 tons of ferrous and 450 tons of nonferrous recovery annually,” he says. “The ferrous metal is recovered by a big drum magnet. The non-

ferrous, we have an eddy-current system that captures mainly aluminum.” Recovered metal is sold to processing facilities for recycling and use in new products, Longo adds. The energy-from-waste plant uses a continuous monitoring system to make sure it remains within emissions standards, according to Longo. The facility uses acid and gas scrubbers, a bag house, and clean-

ing technologies to prevent contaminants like hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, sulfur dioxide, and mercury from making it into the air, he says. Covanta employs 46 people at the Onondaga facility, which won the 2012 Gold Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America for environmentally and economically sound waste management. It has operated the

plant almost every day of each year since it opened for commercial operation in February 1995. “Twice a year you have boiler outages on each of the three units,” Longo says. “And then every two to three years you have a total plant [shutdown] just to do work on steam systems that you can’t do online.”  Contact Seltzer at rseltzer@cnybj.com

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by the boat — say when it’s stored for the off season — back to the grid. All of that, combined with a boat that’s environmentally friendly and super quiet to operate should appeal to a number of boaters out there, Gisborne contends. The Loon has already generated interest and orders have been coming in, he says. Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Co. even received an order for 10 boats from a customer in Egypt. Gisborne and Hirani have already hired

two employees in Rome — a sales and marketing manager along with an office manager — and are looking to hire a production manger and assembly workers. By the end of Tamarack’s second year in New York, Gisborne expects to have 20 employees and expand his space to 10,000 square feet. In the meantime, the company is working to get its name out there, bring the Loon to boat dealers for demonstrations, and attend boat shows along the East Coast. “We need to cover a lot of territory,” Gisborne says. Along with the new Rome facility, Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Co. (www.

tamarackelectricboats.com) also maintains a smaller facility in Ontario, but Gisborne predicts that site will eventually fold into the Rome location. Tamarack’s move to Rome is part of a citywide revitalization that has seen more than $10 million in public and private funds invested in more than a dozen projects. The boat company is located at Rod Mill, which has seen $1.3 million in state funding to convert the old mill into modern industrial space. Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Co. is also working with New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. and New York State Canals

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