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December 28, 2012

Local businesses endured ups, downs

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South Edmeston residents also voiced a series of complaints ranging from litter-spreading commuters to falling property values as a result of their proximity to the plant. In May, an ammonia leak caused an evacuation at the plant.

Adding to the trouble, Ulukaya’s ex-wife, Ayse Giray, filed a lawsuit claiming she is owed a 53 percent stake in the yogurt brand.

In Delaware County, the local economy took a hit in October when Countryside Care Center in Delhi closed, putting 200 employees out of work and dispersing 125 residents to other care facilities throughout the region. The county had operated the center until 2005, when it sold the facility and business to Leatherstocking Heathcare LLC, a company based in a Herkimer house. Leatherstocking left a trail of angry employees and unpaid vendors when it closed.

As the year ends, there is still hope that a buyer could be found, and that the center could reopen.

Elsewhere in the country, NorthEast Fabricators of Walton began rolling out a line of self-contained mobile medical units for use in third-world countries, with the first going to Ghana. In addition, Sportsfield Specialties Inc. of Delhi earned a contract to sell portable pitching mounds to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

In Oneonta, Drogen’s Home Furnishings sold its store on the Southside of Oneonta and exited the furniture business after 40 years. Owner Arnie Drogen said the company would concentrate on its core business of lighting and electrical supplies from its Main Street location.

The comings and goings on Main Street in Oneonta continued, as Sport Tech and Stevens Hardware, among others, left, and a long-vacant retail space at the corner of Ford Avenue and Main Street became the Shops at Ford and Main, housing the Oneonta Spice Co., a loan office for Delaware National Bank, Monkey Barrel Toys, Collage Food Boutique, Classic Style a bit of Whimsy, Hospice Thrift Shop and Half Pint Printing.

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