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April 18, 2012

Business Beat: Sporting goods manufacturer to donate welding equipment


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Sportsfield Specialties Inc. will donate welding equipment and instructional time to the local BOCES and a public college.

SSI will provide a Millermatic 350P aluminum mig welder and scrap aluminum to programs at the State University College of Technology at Delhi and at the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which serves area public school districts, a media release said. The welding machines are worth an estimated $6,000 each, officials said, and SSI operations manager Eric Hulbert and welding supervisor John Carr will conduct hands-on training for instructors and students.

As part of its initiative with DCMO-BOCES, which is closer to implementation, SSI also will provide three internships this spring, along with the opportunity for part-time employment during the summer.

"Partnerships such as these between SSI and local job-training programs are extremely important for expanding the work force in the area," SSI president Wayne Oliver said in the release. "Well-trained workers are essential for our continued growth, especially as we move into the indoor-sports equipment market."

SSI, which has added 56 jobs since it started manufacturing outdoor sports equipment in Delhi in 2004, entered the indoor-sports equipment market in January with a manufacturing and marketing agreement with Spalding.

Oliver said SSI is collaborating with the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce on producing a promotional video about jobs at SSI and other area manufacturers for trained factory workers

SSI, known for innovation in designing and building safer and more-versatile equipment for modern multi-use sports facilities, holds or has pending 12 patents, including one for its hydraulic Ultimate AdjustRight football goal post, the release said. SSI also manufactures soccer and lacrosse goals, steeplechase, high-jump and pole-vault pits for track and field, indoor basketball and volleyball apparatus and ball safety (netting) systems for baseball.

For more additional information, visit www.sportsfieldspecialties.com.

Business mixer set for Stamford

The Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce will have an "All Aboard For Business Networking Mixer" at the historic Stamford Railroad Station, 21 Railroad Ave., in Stamford, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26.

Chamber member The Coffee Pot of Hobart will cater the event, presenting items featured on menus of dining cars of America's railroads, a media release said.

The mixer is a chance for community members and business owners to meet and exchange brochures and business cards, organizers said, and explore the area's railroad history. The Catskill Scenic Trail, which lies on top of the former rail bed of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad, is next to the railroad station.

Admission is $20 at the door for members and non-members. For more information or to RSVP, email vkundzins@westerncatskills.org.

Engineering firm moves office

RETTEW, an engineering and consulting firm, recently relocated an office from Margaretville to Delhi, a media release said.

RETTEW Engineering and Surveying, P.C., is in the Clark Cos. building at 41153 State Highway 10 in Delhi.

RETTEW, an Engineering News-Record top-500 design firm providing engineering, transportation, environmental consulting, planning and surveying services, began in 1969 as a single-person office in Lancaster, Pa., the release said.

RETTEW Engineering and Surveying, P.C., in New York was established in 1997. The firm operates a second New York office in Liberty and has other offices in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and employs companywide more than 450 professionals.

For more information, call (800) 738-8395 or visit www.rettew.com.

Bassett gains quality designation

The Pediatric and Prime Care clinics at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown have received "medical home" recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

With the recognition, 25 health centers and clinics in the Bassett Healthcare Network now have been designated as Patient-Centered Medical Homes, a media release from Bassett said. The designation is valid for three years.

The NCQA's Physician Practice Connections Patient-Centered Medical Home identifies practices that promote partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians with clinician-led teams, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic visits.

Early evaluations of the approach have shown promising results in improving care quality and lowering costs by increasing access to more efficient, more coordinated care, the release said. Standards are aligned with principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

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