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GE Global Research Unit Creating Plant In Malta For Manufacturing Its Fuel Cells

August 7, 2014

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GE Fuel Cells General Manager Johanna Wellington and a team member inspect a test stand of fuel cell stacks like those that will be produced at a plant in Malta
Inspired by the advanced manufacturing coating breakthrough and system integration in the labs at GE's Global Research Center in Niskayuna, the company said in late July it is launching the GE Fuel Cells business as a separate start-up company, located in Malta.

Efforts are underway to ramp up an the facility with 17 full-time employees and pilot manufacturing capability, company officials said. The plant is located in the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park off Hermes Road. That park is operated by NYSERDA.

The fuel cell business grew out of GE Global Research, but it now operates as an independent unit with its own board of directors, the company said. The cells will be manufactured at the Malta plant. The pilot facility is already filling up with robotic thermal spray equipment, fuel cell test stations, screen printers and towering bulk gas storage tanks.
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Holiday Inn Of Saratoga Springs Prepares To Undergo A Major Renovation Project

August 7, 2014

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This rendition shows how the exterior of Holiday Inn of Saratoga Springs will look when the current entrance canopy is removed and 1,000 square feet of interior space is added
By Liz Witbeck

The Holiday Inn of Saratoga Springs is preparing for an extensive renovation and expansion process, spending $2.5 to $3 million on remodeling.

The Holiday Inn, at 232 Broadway, recently received an extension on its operating license through Intercontinental Hotels Group, owner of the Holiday Inn brand. The license will allow the Saratoga location to operate until 2024. "With that comes the obligation to renovate" said Cindy Hollowood, general manager of the hotel.

All hotels that qualify for an extended operating license are required to renovate their property, according to Intercontinental Hotels Group guidelines. Part of the motivation to renovate is a desire to modernize and keep up with customer needs, said Hollowood. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2016.
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Specialty Food Store, Savory Pantry, With Roots In Arkansas, Comes To Saratoga

August 7, 2014

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The Savory Pantry opened in late July on Broadway in Saratoga Springs
By Liz Witbeck

The Savory Pantry, a specialty food store and gift boutique, opened at 486 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, in late July. Keeley DeSalvo owns the business, which has an original location in Hot Springs, Ark.

The restaurant business is a family affair for the DeSalvo family. They started the Pancake Shop in Hot Springs, a known for their pancakes and hams. DeSalvo soon launched Pancake Shop -- TO GO, a mail order business so that customers around the country could purchase their famous items.

DeSalvo had been working in the White House administration under former President Bill Clinton. She was excited about all of the specialty items she found on the East Coast that she could not find back in Arkansas.
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T-Shirt Graphics, Ballston Spa, Continues In Former Railroad Depot After 30 Years

August 7, 2014

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Dennis and Eileen Albright run T-Shirt Graphics in Ballston Spa, a 30-year-old business that screen prints and embroiders T-shirts and clothing in groups of up to 3,000
By Jill Nagy

T-Shirt Graphics in Ballston Spa turns 30 this year. The company screen prints and embroiders T-shirts and just about any other item of clothing in lots from a dozen to 3,000. Recently, they also entered in to the business of making custom banners.

Dennis Albright owns the business with his wife, Eileen. The business was originally for offset printing. But Albright said he was looking for something more in the arts end of the printing business when he had the opportunity buy some screen printing equipment. The transition was made. Today, 10 employees, two of them part time, work at the company.

Albright said the business serves mainly corporate clients that are looking for staff shirts, or items to commemorate anniversaries and other special events. They also outfit athletic teams.
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New Bar/Restaurant, Barrel House, Opens On Beekman St. In Saratoga Arts District

August 7, 2014

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Barrel House owners Charles Usas, center, and Tyler Kelly, right, and cook Dan Passamonte stand in the new bar restaurant on Beekman Street in Saratoga Springs
By Jill Nagy

In a city known for its upscale gourmet restaurants, the Barrel House, newly opened at 68 Beekman St. in the Saratoga Springs Arts District, aims for a different vibe: A neighborhood feel, welcoming the "typical working man" to come in and relax, according to co-owner Tyler Kelly.

The Barrel House opened July 11, following three months of decorating and furnishing the former Groggery. The previous tenants removed just about everything except the bar and the hand-carved, circa 1860, statues behind the bar, Kelly said.

Decor includes horse racing-related items and Kelly's father's collection of old beer cans. There are several television sets to watch sports. Other TVs are used as digital signs showing menu specials. There is also a barrel-top checkerboard.
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Former New York City Policeman Starts Lawn Maintenance Business In Saratoga

August 7, 2014

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Richard Kessinger's services include mowing, edging, treatment of insect infestation, weed control, aeration and fertilization of residential and small commercial property lawns
By Barbara Brewer La Mere

Prior to his career as a member of the New York City Police Department, Richard Kessinger worked for a time for the city's Department of Parks and Recreation.

He had enjoyed his work with the parks department and decided this year, now that he has been upstate for most of 14 years, to start a lawn care business, called Saratoga Lawn Maintenance.

Kessinger's business, a sole proprietorship, is available for work on residential and small commercial properties in Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, and Malta. Saratoga Lawn Maintenance will mow, edge, provide treatment of insect infestation, and control weeds, Kessinger said. Lawn aeration and fertilization can also be done.
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Saratoga Cycling Studio Offers Strength, Endurance Training Thru Its Spin Classes

August 7, 2014

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Angela Amedio runs Saratoga Cycling Studio in the Washington Building at 422 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. She says spin classes are growing in popularity
By Dave Windsheimer

Area residents looking to get in shape have a new option in Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Cycling Studio opened an expanded facility at 422 Broadway. The studio offers an indoor cycling program that can be tailored to the individual rider's needs.

"(Spinning) is the highest quality cycling experience you can get in Saratoga," said Angela Amedio, the studio's founder. "We offer individualized bike setup and have custom class rides for specific purposes, whether it's strength, endurance or just for fun."

Amedio said the bikes used for spinning, a program created and licensed by Mad Dogg Athletics, are designed to emulate outdoor riding.
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Founder Of Munter Enterprises Receives Golden Knight Award From Clarkson U.

August 7, 2014

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John Munter, center, receives an award from Clarkson University, flanked by college President Tony Collins, left, and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky
John Munter of Middle Grove was honored recently with the Golden Knight Award by his alma mater, Clarkson University.

Presented each year during Reunion Weekend, Clarkson's most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.

Munter received his bachelor of science degree in physics from Clarkson in 1962. He earned a master's degree in management from RPI in 1967. He began his career with General Electric in 1959. He was a test engineer for the rocket engine design testing program for Malta Test Division in Malta. He continued to work in various engineering and management positions at GE for the next 13 years. In 1972, he left GE to form Munter Enterprises, a general contracting construction operation.
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New Website Provides Place For People To Go For Area Restaurant Daily Specials

August 7, 2014

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Zack Vogel developed RoamPlate, a website that allows diners to view, all in one place, what specialty items many local restaurants are serving on a particular day
By Liz Witbeck

RoamPlate is a new website that allows diners to view the daily specials of Saratoga Springs restaurants, launched in June.

The creator, Zack Vogel, is an engineer who moved to Saratoga Springs from Manhattan with his family in 2008. That was during the economic recession, and although Saratoga Springs was better off than many areas, Vogel said he worried about the restaurant scene within the city. This was coupled with his dismay with how restaurants marketed their business.

Some restaurants do not post their dinner specials on their website. Many will post them on social network sites such as Facebook, but this requires "liking" those pages and allowing them to post information to the Facebook news feed. Vogel said after "liking" three or four restaurants, he was quickly inundated with information in his news feed.
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Saratoga National Bank Opens Branch In Colonie, It's First Outside Saratoga County

August 7, 2014

Saratoga National Bank and Trust Co. is now open for business in Colonie with the company's first branch outside of Saratoga County. The new location at 501 New Karner Road in the Rosewood Plaza is its first in Albany County and eighth overall.

The full-service banking office features a lobby, drive-in lane and ATM. The staff includes branch manager Jeffrey Trudeau, corporate banking officer John Wyatt, and two customer service representatives.

Bank President and CEO David S. DeMarco said the Colonie location opens the door to new banking relationships south of Saratoga County.
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