Business

125 years of Beech-Nut

AMSTERDAM - Beech-Nut Vice President of Manufacturing Jeff Heiser has only been an employee of the baby food maker for about 30 of the company's 125-year history, but it's fair to say he's almost seen it all.When Heiser started at Beech-Nut the company was located at it's original plant in ...

Positive about Fulton County

JOHNSTOWN - For the first time in its history, Fulton County has a mascot, and his name is "Plus."The mascot was born inside the mind of Fulton County Administrator Jon Stead. Stead, who's position includes duties as Fulton County's public relations director, said he got the idea for creating ...

Vitamin Blending

By JASON SUBIKThe Leader-HeraldAMSTERDAM - Freddy Luna has a dream: to provide custom blend vitamin supplementation to help fight malnutrition around the world."I have found my purpose in life and the mission behind this is to do God's will. I want to fight malnutrition around the world. We've ...

City National Commons

GLOVERSVILLE - Before Scott Hohenforst purchased the former City National Bank building in downtown in December, he and his property manager Brent Albers toured the 35,000 square foot property to see exactly what they would be in for if Hohenforst decided to take on the project of renovating ...

Cured meat

GLOVERSVILLE - Employment and sales are up at the Pata Negra plant on Harrison Street after its acquisition by Spanish cured ham company Espuna.Espuna officials conducted a tour for local economic development officials and for New York state Commissioner of Agriculture & Markets Richard ...

Job growth

The most recents jobs report from the New York State Department of Labor showed improvement in Montgomery County, but a slight decline in Fulton County.For June, Montgomery County added to its approximately 19,300 jobs with a 1.6 percent increase. Fulton County's 18,000 jobs declined a bit by ...

Chamber schedules business after hours

GLOVERSVILLE - The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours event on Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm at the new location for SW The Spa, a day spa at 23 Fremont in downtown Gloversville.SW The Spa offers aesthetic services, including facials, microdermabrasion ...

Flower Power

By JASON SUBIKThe Leader-HeraldFONDA - When Mackenzie Egelston arrives at the Jayflora Designs flower farm to pick up her bi-weekly bucket of fresh picked flowers, she tries to get there before most of the farm's Community Supported Agriculture members have arrived."If you get there earlier ...

Retail agriculture

RANDALL - In past decades, during the growth of the supermarket model of food distribution, a gap between agricultural producers and consumers slowly widened.Richard Ball, New York state's Agriculture Commissioner, and a farmer himself in the Scoharie Valley, said he was long frustrated with ...

Overtime Rules

For decades, Alpin Haus has used a salary plus incentives pay plan for many of its workers."We try to have very few positions that are straight salary or straight hourly. We try to figure out a mechanism to reward them for performance," Aplin Haus President Andy Heck said.Soon that may need to ...

Custom boat building

By JASON SUBIKThe Leader-HeraldMAYFIELD - Few people can say they've turned their passion into a profession, Adam Retersdorf is one of them.Retersdorf, a class of 2000 Gloversville High School graduate, built his first wooden boat with the help of grandfather in 1998, using a design he created ...

George Christman looking for Internet success with cardaddy.com

JOHNSTOWN - How difficult is it to make money with a website-based business? George Christman knows."A lot of people have a false-notion that you can just built a site with no revenue model and just offer everything for free, like Facebook and build a billion dollar company. The reality of that ...

Five and Dime Store

NORTHVILLE - When Dollar General made overtures to the village about possibly locating a store there, Brian Correll knew things were going to need to change at the Five and Dime."The village didn't really want it, they went to all of the meetings and they were able to keep it from happening in ...

Land banking

GLOVERSVILLE - Imagine a foreclosed home, with a bad roof. Its previous owners, whether a private individual or a bank, have stopped paying the taxes on it and given it up to a foreclosure entity.The house is then sold at tax auction for a low price, but, unfortunately, the story is often far ...

Open source sound

PERTH -They say necessity is the mother of invention. Luck can also play a role.When Tyler Chilton was a student in Fulton Montgomery Community College's electrical technology program he wanted an amplifier for his headphone system, but he didn't have much money for the kind of high-end, low ...

Minimum Increase

When Peaceful Valley Maple Farms manager Barbara Kirk first heard about the increase in the minimum wage for tipped workers it was on the news.Kirk said she immediately called her bookkeeper to find out if the increase applied to her business, which is open about 21 hours a week, serving ...

Better market?

The supply of homes for sale in Fulton County in March dropped to 395, an 18.4 percent drop from 478 in March 2015.But shrinking inventory seems to be the only positive statistic the local real estate market is participating in, as the median sales price for a home in Fulton County, $69,000, ...

Financial fraud

Fulton County Office for Aging Director Andrea Fettinger said she gets about three calls a month from area seniors who've fallen victim to financial scams."It's seasonal, it becomes a trend and then it happens in our area," she said. "I feel like these scammers know to go to certain regions of ...

Stewart’s renovation

JOHNSTOWN - With recent building projects in Northville, Palatine Bridge, Fort Plain, the town of Johnstown, a planned project in Broadalbin, and ongoing renovations at the company's East Main Street location - it has become apparent that Stewart's Shops has been revamping and expanding its ...

Next generation manufacturing

NORTHVILLE - When Electro-Metrics Corp. recently hosted a field trip from the Northville Central School District's Intro to CNC class Art Armstrong, a manager of the company's Fabricated Products Division, was pleasantly surprised to discover the class has access to a better 3D printer than his ...