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Operation Oswego County held its 69th annual meeting online on Wednesday, July 14. Ellen Holst, president of the OOC board of directors,

It received the Award of Excellence in Overall Tourism Marketing by a Private Sector Entity.

I felt very comfortable handing the reins to him, I’ll tell you that, Theresa (Bosco)


It really came down to our inability to safely have Harborfest, the executive director explained By

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Production line at Novelis. Photo Provided.

Despite challenges, industry’s future in the region remains bright, expert says By Ken Sturtz Central New York’s identity has been inextricably linked to manufacturing for nearly two centuries. Buoyed by

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North dock being repaired.

No other port is going through as much investment and expansion as Oswego, according to

Opposite Top row: Grant Williams, Joe Murphy, Christian McKay, Cooper Dawson, Austin Schouten Bottom row: Laurrie Starbird, Principal Brian Heffron, Sadie Lurcock, Faith Johnson

It’s not an educational initiative, it is an economic initiative where students can get a


CEO of Train Develop Optimize (TDO) and director of Manufacturing Extension Partner (MEP) center discusses

Production line at Novelis. Photo Provided.

Despite challenges, industry’s future in the region remains bright, expert says By Ken Sturtz Central

Jeff Rea, author of “The Shineman Legacy: The Founder Speaks,” Barbara Shineman, co-founder of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation (center), and Kathy Fenlon, the foundation’s chairwoman.

By Payne Horning Everyone in Oswego County and the broader Central New York community knows

Eviction notice

Eviction moratorium has placed hardships on many landlords during pandemic By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant Mom-and

An instructor working with a student driver at National Tractor Trailer School (NTTS) in Liverpool. Since 1971, the school has trained and placed thousands of people into professional driving careers.

It’s predicted that the industry will soon need to fill more than a million jobs

Norman Dann of Palermo is ready for his shift at Damiano’s Eatery in Mexico. The 80-year-old stepped back into the workforce after his stepdaughter had problems finding drivers to deliver pizza.

No Workers? No Problem!

Facing shortage of drivers, Mexico pizzeria owner reaches out to her 80-year-old stepdad, who gladly

Hiring Shortage

CNY employers having a hard time hiring new workers, despite high unemployment rates By Deborah

New York Census

By Bruce Frassinelli The results of the much troubled 2020 decennial census are in, and,

Mark LaFountain, assistant superintendent for personnel at the CiTi BOCES in Mexico, shaking hands with a student at a recent LPN graduation ceremony. Photo provided.

After 39 years in the education system, Mark LaFountain says it’s time to let a

Peter Myles holds a poster commemorating 30 years of Harborfest, in 2017.

Director Peter Myles discusses the decision to cancel festival for the second year in a

endowment chart

This marks the for 14th consecutive year the college surpasses the performance of other college


New owner of grocery store in Oswego aims to continue Bosco’s family tradition By Steve

Bunch of dogs

Expert: Man’s best friend needs to get accustomed to some ‘alone time’ to curb separation

Jeff Weigand

Jeff Weigand

New publisher of The Palladium-Times and The Valley News plans to beef up advertising sales,

Feature Stories

Missing puzzle

Officials are increasingly focusing on sewer infrastructure as crucial to economic growth By Ken Sturtz In

Tim McKernan is facility manager for the EJ USA plant in Schroeppel.

EJ USA is gearing up for major contracts as  started production January 2019 at the

Novelis is a leading producer of flat-rolled aluminum products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum.

By Ken Sturtz In this issue of Oswego County Business, Randy Wolken, president of the

Advanced Manufacturing Institute

By Ken Sturtz A new Advanced Manufacturing Institute to be opened at Cayuga Community College’s


By Ken Sturtz Growing up in West Point, a small farming community in northeast Nebraska,

Production line at Novelis. Photo Provided.

Despite challenges, industry’s future in the region remains bright, expert says By Ken Sturtz Central


Be prepared before you seek assistance for your business By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant Interest rates


Some of the changes banks have instituted are likely to continue post-pandemic By Deborah Jeanne

Real estate

Value of homes in CNY the highest ever seen, according to real estate agents By

Success Story

Greg Owens and Matt Roberts, the owners of Sherrill Manufacturing.

Sherrill Manufacturing

America’s last flatware maker defies the odds, experiences solid growth during pandemic By Ken Sturtz Matthew Roberts sat in his office at Oneida Ltd.’s sprawling factory in Sherrill, Oneida County,

Dining Out

The po’boy at Southern Fare comes with crispy salt-and-pepper-seasoned fries and pickled veggies.

Southern Fare simmers into Oswego’s culinary scene By Christopher Malone Never judge a wine based on its label, nor a book by its cover. But what can be said about


Holly Caplan is a confidence and workplace coach and author of “Surviving the Dick Clique: A Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Male Dominated Corporate World.” For more information visit

Career Need a Re-do?

Here are five tips to turn your life experience into your full-time career By Holly

New life in the old Nestle site in Fulton. The County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency is one step closer to implementing the development of a manufacturing startup facility on the former Nestle site. The 4.3 million project will include the development of a 30,000-square-foot, modern, flexible industrial space on a 3-acre parcel.

They address economic advancement plan objectives L. Michael Treadwell ‘In addition to marketing properties,


As a society we need to realize that this is a time when we must

Labor law

US labor law may be changed significantly in ways that will benefit unions greatly and

A boat race competition is one of the many events that take place annually in Macau.

Macau: Vegas of the East

City is an intriguing and unique blend of Europe and Asia By Sandra Scott A

We’re absolutely thrilled with the new edition of the Summer Guide — The Best of

Barry Thompson

Barry Thompson

Left banking industry to start consulting company, Thompson Consulting Group By Steve Yablonski ‘I’d traveled


Interviews by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant “Hard work. I have a lot of hard workers, that’s