Business https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Business https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Tue, 18 Jun 2024 22:03:07 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Sun, 16 Jun 2024 15:49:00 -0400 Genesee County's oldest manufacturing company celebrates 140 years in business https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/genesee-countys-oldest-manufacturing-company-celebrates-140-years-in-business/639767
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Tim Onello, on TV screen, delivers opening remarks on Saturday during a 140th Anniversary Celebration for Chapin International at the company's headquarters at 400 Ellicott Street, Batavia.
Photo by Howard Owens.

One hundred and forty years ago, homes didn't have electricity, and there were no amateur photographers.

That's right. In 1884, neither General Electric nor Eastman Kodak's founders had launched their history-making companies, nor had Nabisco or Coca-Cola product their game-changing products to market yet.

But a pair of young businessmen in Oakfield, Ralph E. Chapin and brother-in-law Frank Harris, had devised an idea for a better container to store kerosene for lamps and Chapin Manufacturing was born.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/genesee-countys-oldest-manufacturing-company-celebrates-140-years-in-business/639767#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/genesee-countys-oldest-manufacturing-company-celebrates-140-years-in-business/639767 Jun 16, 2024, 3:49pm Business Genesee County's oldest manufacturing company celebrates 140 years in business Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="chapin 140th anniversary" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/chapin-140th-anniversary.jpg?itok=GG8NS0HE" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Tim Onello, on TV screen, delivers opening remarks on Saturday during a 140th Anniversary Celebration for Chapin International at the company's headquarters at 400 Ellicott Street, Batavia.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>One hundred and forty years ago, homes didn't have electricity, and there were no amateur photographers.</p><p>That's right. In 1884, neither General Electric nor Eastman Kodak's founders had launched their history-making companies, nor had Nabisco or Coca-Cola product their game-changing products to market yet.</p><p>But a pair of young businessmen in Oakfield, <span>Ralph E. Chapin and brother-in-law Frank Harris, </span>had devised an idea for a better container to store kerosene for lamps and Chapin Manufacturing was born.</p>
Tompkins introduces Joseph Fruscione as VP and commercial banking relationship manager https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/tompkins-introduces-joseph-fruscione-as-vp-and-commercial-banking-relationship Press Release:

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Demonstrating its commitment to strengthening commercial lending services, Tompkins Community Bank (Tompkins) has appointed Joseph Fruscione as vice president and commercial banking relationship manager.

Before joining Tompkins, Fruscione was a senior business banking relationship manager at Northwest Bank.

Bringing 25 years of banking and financial industry expertise to his new role, Fruscione will oversee an expanded commercial lending team responsible for business development across the Buffalo region while strategically fostering new business relationships, including lending and deposits.

“Joe’s extensive leadership capabilities, particularly cultivating employee engagement, will add another layer of depth to our commercial lending team,” said Sean Quinn, commercial banking regional manager at Tompkins. “We look forward to seeing him expand our impact across Tompkins’ Buffalo-based markets.” 

A graduate of Niagara University, Fruscione holds an Executive Leadership Professional Development Training Certification from Furman University. He resides in Orchard Park, New York, with his wife and two children.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/tompkins-introduces-joseph-fruscione-as-vp-and-commercial-banking-relationship#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/tompkins-introduces-joseph-fruscione-as-vp-and-commercial-banking-relationship Jun 14, 2024, 9:34am Business Tompkins introduces Joseph Fruscione as VP and commercial banking relationship manager Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-right"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="josephfruscione.jpg" class="image-style-large" height="449" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/josephfruscione.jpg?itok=WAV6lqUq" width="300"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Photo of Joseph Fruscione.<br>Courtesy of Tompkins Community Bank.</figcaption> </figure> <blockquote><p>Demonstrating its commitment to strengthening commercial lending services, Tompkins Community Bank (Tompkins) has appointed Joseph Fruscione as vice president and commercial banking relationship manager.</p><p>Before joining Tompkins, Fruscione was a senior business banking relationship manager at Northwest Bank.</p><p>Bringing 25 years of banking and financial industry expertise</p></blockquote>
Oxbo announces new blueberry harvester dealer, Sapelo Equipment Company https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/oxbo-announces-new-blueberry-harvester-dealer-sapelo-equipment-company/639742
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Press Release:

Oxbo is pleased to announce its newest dealer, Sapelo Equipment Company, in Georgia. The Sapleo team will be providing sales, parts, and service support for the full line of Oxbo blueberry harvesters.

“We are excited to bring a more energized approach for sales and service to our blueberry farmers—offering competitive pricing and service plans that cater to the times of year we are harvesting fruit,” said Dave Baxter, owner of Sapelo. “This is an exciting time for us and for our customer base. We look forward to providing a level of service that decreases downtime and keeps our machines doing what they were made to do: harvesting blueberries.”  

Oxbo blueberry harvesters were designed to protect fruit quality and improve customer profitability. Technologies like Autosteer and EcoMode as well as Oxbo’s Orbirotor and Dynarotor picking heads were designed to help growers maximize their profit and to harvest Georgia blueberries at peak ripeness.

“Models like the Oxbo 7440 and 8040 are a great fit for Georgia blueberry growers,” commented Austin White, Sales Manager for Sapelo. “Our customers are able to pick fresh-market quality blueberries by machine, addressing the labor challenges during peak blueberry harvest. Machine harvest translates into profitability for farmers and fresh, Georgia fruit for customers.”

Oxbo blueberry harvesters have been hard at work in Georgia for decades, with new features and improvements year after year. As harvesting technology continues to improve and as growers face challenging market prices, more and more growers are turning to Oxbo harvesters.

The Oxbo 8040 and 8140 are single-drop harvester platforms designed for growers with lower tonnage varieties and for those with challenging field conditions, like mud and sand, where the traction package on the 8040 shines. The top-load 7440 and 7450 are the answer for growers with high tonnage varieties—with onboard fruit storage of up to 5,000 pounds.

With various decking, cleaning, and fruit-loading configurations, the 7440 is the best-fit harvester for many Georgia growers. Oxbo continues to work on new, integrated technologies designed to reduce labor costs and improve fruit quality for customers in the southeast.

In its fruit division, Oxbo supplies berry, coffee, grape, olive, pistachio, and tomato growers with harvesters and other specialty equipment.

For more information on the full line of Oxbo berry harvesters, please visit www.oxbo.com. 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/oxbo-announces-new-blueberry-harvester-dealer-sapelo-equipment-company/639742#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/oxbo-announces-new-blueberry-harvester-dealer-sapelo-equipment-company/639742 Jun 14, 2024, 9:22am Business Oxbo announces new blueberry harvester dealer, Sapelo Equipment Company Press Release <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/unnamed-1.jpg?itok=wbKjNMiN" width="658" height="536" alt="unnamed-1.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>Oxbo is pleased to announce its newest dealer, Sapelo Equipment Company, in Georgia. The Sapleo team will be providing sales, parts, and service support for the full line of Oxbo blueberry harvesters.</p><p>“We are excited to bring a more energized approach for sales and service to our</p></blockquote>
Graham Corporation reports expanded margins on sales growth https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/graham-corporation-reports-expanded-margins-on-sales-growth/639677 Press Release:

Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM) (“GHM” or the “Company”), a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission critical fluid, power, heat transfer and vacuum technologies for the defense, space, energy, and process industries, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31 (“fiscal 2024”).  Results for the fiscal year include approximately five months of operations from the P3 Technologies, LLC (“P3”) acquisition, which was completed on November 9, 2023.

“Steady execution on our plan set two years ago has brought significant progress,” commented Daniel J. Thoren, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Over the past year, we achieved record revenue and orders, and enhanced profitability and cash flow management.  This enabled continued investments in our operations and people, the acquisition of P3 Technologies, as well as the complete repayment of our debt.  However, our successes extend beyond these financial achievements.

“During fiscal 2024, we completed and shipped the remaining two first article units for the Columbia Class submarine and Ford Class carrier programs.  The Navy expansion at Barber-Nichols has been successful, resulting in a significant follow-on order to support the MK48 Mod 7 Heavyweight Torpedo program. Additionally, we received a $13.5 million strategic investment from a major defense customer to expand and enhance our Batavia, N.Y. production capabilities.  Furthermore, we acquired P3 Technologies and successfully integrated it with our Barber-Nichols team.

“Looking ahead, our nearly $400 million of backlog and the increasing demand from the Navy for accelerated work and expanded scope make this an exciting time for GHM.  We will continue to strive to engage all partners in improving our business and are confident in our future growth prospects.  Our fiscal 2025 guidance reflects continued growth and enhancements in margin and profitability and keeps us on track to hit our fiscal 2027 targets.”

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GCEDC advances $43. 6 million Apple Tree Acres project in Bergen https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/gcedc-advances-43-6-million-apple-tree-acres-project-in-bergen/639678 Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors advanced an initial resolution for GE Bergen Owner, LLC’s proposed 196,000 square-foot facility at Apple Tree Acres in the town of Bergen at its board meeting on Thursday, June 6.

The proposed facility would be leased to an end user and would create 60 new full-time jobs and generate $38 million in wages and benefits as well as revenues for local governments over ten years.

The project is pending, subject to receiving incentives from the Empire State Development Corporation.

GE Bergen Owner LLC is requesting sales tax exemptions estimated at approximately $1.75 million, a property tax abatement of approximately $2.15 million a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT), and a mortgage tax exemption of $366,000.

The project would generate a $13 fiscal impact for every $1 of proposed incentives. A public hearing for the proposed project agreements will be scheduled in the town of Bergen. 

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Graham Corp. to present at the Sidoti small-cap virtual conference https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/graham-corp-to-present-at-the-sidoti-small-cap-virtual-conference/639667 Press Release:

Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM) (“GHM” or “the Company”), a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission-critical fluid, power, heat transfer and vacuum technologies for the defense, space, energy and process industries, announced that Daniel J. Thoren, President and Chief Executive Officer and Christopher J. Thome, Vice President – Finance and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Sidoti Small-Cap Virtual Conference on Thursday, June 13.

The Graham presentation is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. A live audio webcast of the event with accompanying slides will be available at GHM Investor Relations.  An archive of the presentation will be available at the same link following the conference.

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Graham Corp. receives $17M in orders, supports 2 expansion projects https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/graham-corp-receives-17m-in-orders-supports-2-expansion-projects/639629 Press Release:

Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM) (“GHM” or “the Company”), a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission critical fluid, power, heat transfer, and vacuum technologies for the defense, space, energy, and process industries, today announced that it has received approximately $17 million of orders for two expansion projects in the energy and petrochemical markets.

Daniel J. Thoren, President and CEO, commented, “We are excited to work with our North American customer as they aim to create the world's first net-zero carbon emissions integrated ethylene cracker and derivatives site. Graham’s surface condensers with custom venting package allow the turbine drives to operate at peak efficiency and are considered state of the art in our industry.  Additionally, we received a notable order to support an expansion project in the Middle East, which we attribute to our strong relationship and our customer’s preference for our high-performance steam jet ejectors.”

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Local Ameriprise Financial office promotes Mindy Kilby https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/local-ameriprise-financial-office-promotes-mindy-kilby/639596 Press Release:

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Mindy Kilby
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Milenda Kilby, CRPC TM, APMA TM is part of the Batavia office of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. as an associate financial advisor. She practices with Fieldstone Private Wealth, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Their office is located at 219 East Main Street, Batavia.

“Mindy’s passion for helping clients address their financial concerns and delivering personalized investment, retirement, and estate planning makes her a wonderful team player,” said Mark Woodward, CFP ®, CLTC ®, APMA TM, owner of Fieldstone Private Wealth.

“I am thrilled to be a part of Fieldstone Private Wealth because of our strong, positive reputation in the community and the way we provide exemplary service to clients,” said Kilby.

She has 17 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial. Fieldstone Private Wealth has served the Western New York area for 30-plus years. Kilby graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in Business Administration.

As a private wealth advisory practice, Fieldstone Private Wealth provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations and provided in one-on-one relationships with their clients. For more information, please contact Mark Woodward at 585-344-1262, visit the Ameriprise office at 219 East Main Street, Batavia or visit their website www.fieldstoneprivatewealth.com.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/local-ameriprise-financial-office-promotes-mindy-kilby/639596#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/local-ameriprise-financial-office-promotes-mindy-kilby/639596 May 31, 2024, 8:09am Business Local Ameriprise Financial office promotes Mindy Kilby Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-right"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="0142-mindy.jpg" class="image-style-large" height="409" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/0142-mindy.jpg?itok=_pZ4qpXs" width="298"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Mindy Kilby<br>Submitted photo.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Milenda Kilby, CRPC TM,&nbsp;APMA TM is part of the Batavia office of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. as an associate financial advisor. She practices with Fieldstone Private Wealth, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Their office is located at 219 East Main Street, Batavia</p></blockquote>
Monroe County Water Authority ranked #1 in customer satisfaction https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/monroe-county-water-authority-ranked-1-in-customer-satisfaction/639594  

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MCWA Board Chairman Scott Nasca and MCWA Executive Director Nick Noce.
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Press Release:

Monroe County Water Authority won the J.D. Power Award for ranking the highest in customer satisfaction with midsize water utilities in the northeast region. 

The award is based on the J.D. Power 2024 U.S. Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, which measured satisfaction among residential customers of 92 water utilities that deliver water to at least 400,000 customers. 

This year’s study is based on the responses of 32,833 residential water utility customers and was conducted from June 2023 through March 2024. Results are reported for eight geographic regions in two size categories, of which Monroe County Water Authority falls under northeast midsize. 

The study measured overall satisfaction in eight core dimensions. Monroe County Water Authority ranked number one in six of those categories, including: 

  • Quality and reliability
  • Trust
  • Ease of doing business
  • Total monthly cost
  • People
  • Resolving problems or complaints

“Water is so often taken for granted,” said Monroe County Water Authority Executive Director Nick Noce. “We are honored and humbled to know our customers appreciate the hard work and dedication that our team continuously puts into delivering quality, affordable water to the communities we serve.”

Monroe County Water Authority Board Chairman Scott Nasca added, “Maintaining customer trust is paramount in an industry that is essential for providing the basic necessity of life. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we commend the MCWA team for excelling in every aspect of superior customer satisfaction.”

For more information, visit jdpower.com/awards.

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Graham Corporation announces fourth quarter and fiscal year 2024 financial results conference call https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/graham-corporation-announces-fourth-quarter-and-fiscal-year-2024-financial-results Press Release:

Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM), a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission-critical fluid, power, heat transfer and vacuum technologies for the defense, space, energy and process industries, announced that it will release its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2024 financial results before financial markets open on Friday, June 7.

The Company will host a conference call and webcast to review its financial and operating results, strategy, and outlook. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2024 Financial Results Conference Call is Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m. Call 201-689-8560 for more information. Internet webcast link and accompanying slide presentation can be found at ir.grahamcorp.com. 

A telephonic replay will be available from 3 p.m. ET on the day of the teleconference through Friday, June 14. To listen to the archived call, dial 412-317-6671 and enter conference ID number 13745902 or access the webcast replay via the Company’s website at ir.grahamcorp.com, where a transcript will also be posted once available.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/graham-corporation-announces-fourth-quarter-and-fiscal-year-2024-financial-results#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/graham-corporation-announces-fourth-quarter-and-fiscal-year-2024-financial-results May 30, 2024, 1:23pm Business Graham Corporation announces fourth quarter and fiscal year 2024 financial results conference call Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM), a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission-critical fluid, power, heat transfer and vacuum technologies for the defense, space, energy and process industries, announced that it will release its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2024 financial results before financial markets open on</p></blockquote>