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April 12, 2014

Area auto dealer wins award for 11th time

The Daily Star

---- — Smith-Cooperstown Inc. is among Ford and Lincoln dealerships to be recognized with the 2013 President’s Award by Ford Motor Co., a media release said. 

“Earning this award is a reflection of our entire staff’s commitment to delivering the best customer experience possible” said Smith-Cooperstown owner Edward C. Smith in the release. “I couldn’t be more proud to receive this recognition, especially since it comes from the people we value most — our customers. They’re the reason we were able to achieve this award.”

The President’s Award was established in 1998. Dealers become eligible through survey responses from customers related to their sales and service satisfaction. 

Smith-Cooperstown, Inc. has received the President’s Award for the 11th time, in addition to being recognized with the North American Customer Excellence Awards and Distinguished Achievement Awards, previous awards for customer satisfaction.

“The pursuit of excellence is not for the faint of heart — it requires passion, tenacity and, of course, hard work,” Jim Splendore, regional sales manager, Ford Motor Co., said.

Animal hospital to offer tours

Oneonta Veterinary Hospital, which recently expanded, will have an open house next week.

Tours will be given during the event, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

The hospital is at 525 Main St. To RSVP, call The Chamber at 432-4500, ext. 207. 


Elizabeth Callahan, executive director of Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, Delaware County, was awarded a certificate of commendation at the Museum Association of New York annual conference recently held in Albany.

“Hanford Mills Museum serves as an exemplary model of what a small institution can accomplish under the stewardship of a gifted, visionary and committed leader,” according to the judging panel quoted in a media release. Collaboration between the museum’s trustees and professional staff also was noted for success offering the public a vision of the future of sustainable energy based on a view of the past.

Hanford Mills Museum, at 51 County Highway 12, presents historic mill operations.

“Liz’s achievements at Hanford Mills Museum stand out, to me, as an educator, as an outstanding example of how a small museum can really thrive, not just survive today,” Marsha S. Stock, president of the Hanford Mills Museum Board of Trustees, said in the release.

Callahan has served as executive director of Hanford Mills Museum since 2001. Before that, she was director of the Delaware County Historical Association.


A Sharon Springs manufacturer has won a grant to help buy equipment to boost competitiveness and jobs, a media release said.

AMT Inc. was awarded $100,000 in a funding round to projects in the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, which represents Schoharie and Otsego counties, a media release said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced approval April 1 of $6.2 million to support seven economic development projects that will retain almost 1,600 jobs in five regions.  

The funding, approved by Empire State Development’s Board of Directors, will leverage more than $51 million in private and additional public investments, the release said.

AMT Inc., a manufacturer of metal precision investment castings, will use the grant of up to $100,000 toward buying machinery and equipment. The firm, which operates a facility of more than 21,500 square-feet in Schoharie County, serves a small market of about 100 international customers in aerospace, aviation, medical and other industries, the release said.

AMT’s project, which retained 29 and created 10 jobs, couldn’t have happened locally without ESD’s support, the release said. 


Delaware Bancshares Inc. announced April 1 that its subsidiary, the National Bank of Delaware County, will buy six branch locations in Sullivan County from Bank of America.

The branch locations being purchased by NBDC Bank are in Callicoon, Liberty, Monticello, Narrowsburg, Roscoe and Wurtsboro.

The transaction, which is expected to be finalized during the third quarter of this year, would make NBDC Bank one of the top three deposit market share leaders in the region, a media release said, and NBDC Bank would have about $340 million in total deposits.

NBDC Bank, an independent community bank with more than $260 million in assets, offers wealth management, trust and estate services through six offices located in Delaware County.

Originally chartered in 1890 and opened in 1891 as the First National Bank of Walton, it subsequently acquired the Bank of Andes in 1958, a branch office in Hamden in 1997, and the National Bank of Stamford in 2007.

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, email details to or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.