GlobalFoundries has announced its expansion plans for its most advanced manufacturing facility in upstate New York over the coming years. The plans include immediate investments to address the global chip shortage at its existing Fab 8 facility in Malta, as well as construction of a new fab on the same campus that will double...
By Christine Graf
Arnoff Global Logistics is seeking approval to expand its 40-acre Malta headquarters, the former home of Racemark International.
The fifth-generation, family-owned moving, storage and logistics company has been in business for 97 years and has a satellite location in Duchess County. They relocated to Malta almost five years ago after outgrowing their Albany headquarters.
“We decided to buy the property and create what we call a logistics campus where companies can come to us with a logistics requirement or a logistics problem,” said company president Mike Arnoff.
Approximately 125 of Arnoff’s 200 employees are based in Malta where the company has invested more than $16 million during the past five years, he said.
“We renovated the existing 70,000-square-foot building on the site that was vacant and we’ve since expanded that building twice to about 175,000 square feet. We also built a truck garage on the property,” said Arnoff.
“Encompassing our campus, we also have office space for companies. We have warehouse space to rent, we have Arnoff-managed warehouse space to operate in, and we provide a multitude of different services for our clients in a campus setting.”
The proposed expansion has a price tag of $18.7 million and would include the construction of two buildings. If approved, an estimated 45 new jobs would be created over the course of the next three years. In order to offset the cost of the project, the company has applied for various tax incentives through the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency.
By Christine Graf
Spa City Motor Lodge, a 42-room motor inn located at 413 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs, opened in June after undergoing major renovations.
Formerly known as the Downtowner, the hotel was purchased in 2017 by Lark Hotels, a hotel management and development company located just outside of Boston. The company paid $4.55 million for the property and has invested an undisclosed amount in renovations.
“We love the idea of breathing new life into these great memory maker properties. I think that if you look at Spa City Motor Lodge, it’s really an iconic roadside motel that just happens to be in the best location in Saratoga Springs,” said Blood. “We’ve always been focused on amazing locations, and I can’t think of a more amazing location than downtown Saratoga Springs. You can walk out the door and do almost anything that you want to do.”
After Lark purchased the property in 2017, renovations to the interior of the hotel were made. The most recent renovation included upgrades to the HVAC system, a refresh of the interior, and an entire exterior renovation. The company worked with Phinney Design Group of Saratoga Springs and Sano Rubin Construction of Albany.
The hotel was closed during the six months that the renovations took place.
“Guests are responding very well, and we’ve been getting good feedback. And our neighbors are saying ‘thank you’ for the exterior renovation. That’s been the one missing piece that hasn’t had a refresh in a long time. The façade was not attractive and it had no curb appeal,” said Blood. “We’re so excited that we were able to do that and get it open for the summer.”
Blood described 2020 as a “terrible” year for the hotel industry as a whole but said his company’s properties are experiencing a huge surge in bookings for July and August.
The New York Racing Association, in conjunction with the Capital District Transportation, announced on July 6 the return of a summer tradition— breakfast at Saratoga Race Course.
In mid-June, with growing adult vaccinations among adult New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the removal of COVID-19 protocols and restrictions for nearly all activities and industries, including outdoor sports and entertainment venues. Accordingly, NYRA opened all sections at Saratoga Race Course at 100 percent capacity.
Breakfast at Saratoga welcomes guests to enjoy a morning meal on The Porch of the Clubhouse at Saratoga Race Course while the thoroughbreds train on the main track. Breakfast is held daily from 7-9:30 a.m. and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted.
There is no breakfast on Runhappy Travers Day, Saturday, Aug. 28 and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.
NYRA also announced a attractions, entertainment and events for the season.
“We are excited to welcome everyone back for the 2021 Saratoga racing season,” said Jonathan Scherzer, CDTA director of marketing. “We’re expecting full trolleys and a lot of excitement for the meet as the Capital Region resumes all the special events we have come to enjoy. There is so much history and tradition surrounding Saratoga Race Course. There just isn’t a better place to be this summer.”
After months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center opened July 8.
“We couldn’t be happier to reopen the Visitor Center,” said Darryl Leggieri, president of Discover Saratoga. “With summer travel heating up and COVID-19 restrictions lifted, it’s critical to have a place in our community where locals and visitors alike can go to gain important information about our city. We’d like to thank Mayor Meg Kelly, Commissioner Michele Madigan, and the entire City Council of Saratoga Springs for making this possible.”
The Heritage Area Visitor Center has adjusted its hours to Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Unvaccinated individuals are asked to maintain social distancing and wear a mask while inside the building.
“After more than a year of being closed, we are pleased to reopen the Heritage Area Visitor Center,” said Mayor Meg Kelly. “Welcoming all our visitors and community members is a true joy. Thank you to Discover Saratoga for their willingness to open and provide this important service.”
Discover Saratoga has plans to offer community programs at the Heritage Area Visitor Center throughout the summer, including the Summer Concert Series in historic Congress Park. This free, family-friendly event will take place Sundays in July through July 25 and Tuesdays in August (Aug. 3-24) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
First New York Federal Credit Union announced that Brandon Talar has joined its Lending Department as a mortgage loan originator
Talar is responsible for new residential mortgages and identifying, developing, and maintaining a network of business relationships for the credit union. He will meet with prospective borrowers, analyzing credit and financial data and determining borrower financing objectives and goals.
His work experience includes Lia CJDR as a finance manager; NorthStar Chevrolet as a finance director/sales manager; Goldstein Auto Group as a finance manager and Northeast Acura as a sales associate.
NBT Bancorp Inc. announced that Scott A. Kingsley has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Kingsley will join NBT’s executive management team and be based at the company’s headquarters in Norwich, NY.
He brings 35 years of experience to his new role, including 16 years as a member of the leadership team at Community Bank System, Inc. where he served as chief operating officer and prior to that as chief financial officer.
Kingsley started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and was employed there for eight years before joining the Carlisle Companies, Inc., a large publicly traded manufacturer and distributor, where he served first as corporate controller and then as chief financial officer of its Carlisle Engineered Products operating division.
A Certified Public Accountant, Kingsley earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Clarkson University. He is a community leader and volunteer, serving on the Crouse Health Foundation Board of Trustees and on the Audit and Finance Committee for the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse. He also volunteers with OnMyTeam16, a nonprofit organization supporting children in the fight against cancer, and is currently training for the 2021 Boston Marathon as part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute team.
By Jennifer Farnsworth
For Rosemary Keville, candy is more than a sweet treat.
As owner of Keville Handcrafted Chocolates, a state-certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise, Keville specializes in making bonbons, caramels and buttercrunch, all of which hold a special meaning for her.
She said her affection for the candies comes from visits she once took with her parents to Ireland, where they were originally from. She remembers her mom’s love of black licorice and the caramels that her dad looked forward to.
Keville said her father was a master carpenter who taught her how to pay attention to details. As he was starting to find chewing more difficult, she decided to learn how to make the candy in a fashion that he could enjoy.
“I learned to make a soft version for my dad, and I also started making buttercrunch for my mom, something that she loved,” she said.
She is also the owner of Keville Insurance, another Certified Women Owned Business Enterprise. She has been involved in insurance and risk management for over 20 years. At one point, she started bringing the homemade candies to her clients and from there the interest in her handmade treats started to spiral.
Keville Handcrafted Chocolates is located at 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard, Suite 42, in Malta. Opening in that space was over a year in the making.
By Lisa Balschunat
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga will move into a portion of the Lincoln Baths in the Saratoga Spa State Park this fall.
The museum is located at 69 Caroline St., in Saratoga Springs which has been its home for about the last two decades.
It serves 30,000-40,000 visitors annually and has reached its capacity of 8,000 square feet, said museum Executive Director Sarah Smith.
“With the move to the Lincoln Baths, the museum will be doubling its space to 16,000 square feet. We will be turning a fabulous building in the New York State Park back to public use,.”
It has been unoccupied for several years.
“We are so thankful to the community for supporting The Children’s Museum over the years,” Smith said, “and, we are so excited to grow again.”
Months prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the museum board of directors underwent a strategic plan initiative that included taking another look at an old idea to have the museum inhabit the Lincoln Baths. After a lengthy study, the board agreed the timing was right.
The new location will have ample parking and easier access off Northway Exit 13.
Envision Architects PC of Albany and Bonacio Construction of Saratoga Springs will design and renovate the space, respectively.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and FOX Sports have announced the return of Saratoga Live, the critically-acclaimed and award-winning television show providing in-depth coverage and analysis of the 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course.
Presented by America’s Best Racing and Claiborne Farm, Saratoga Live will provide full card coverage of nearly every race day to a national audience on the FOX Sports family of networks.
The 2021 summer meet, which will mark the return of fans to Saratoga following the lifting of COVID-19 protocols in New York state, will feature 76 stakes worth $21.5 million in total purses highlighted by the 152nd renewal of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on Saturday, Aug. 28, NYRA said.
Season six of Saratoga Live will offer fans the most extensive and comprehensive coverage yet with more than 220 hours of live programming during the 2021 summer meet, which runs from Thursday, July 15 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. With the exception of Whitney Day, Travers Day and Labor Day weekend, which feature a first post time of 12:30 p.m., Saratoga Live will begin at 1 p.m.
FOX broadcast network (FOX) will present a special opening weekend show on July 17 highlighted by the 83rd running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana. For the third consecutive year, FOX will air the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on Saturday, Aug. 28 as part of 6.5 hours of Travers Day coverage on FOX and FOX Sports.
“Nothing tops a summer day at Saratoga,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports executive vice president, head of strategy and analytics. “With the world’s greatest racing meet back in front of full crowds, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate with an opening weekend special on FOX featuring the Diana Stakes. Our expanded coverage across FS1 and FS2, bookended with the Runhappy Travers in August, gives horseplayers a full summer of action and highlights our unique partnership with NYRA.”
By Christine Graf
Shelby Schneider, president and CEO of Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, has resigned from that organization, accepting a position as deputy director of New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC).
It is not known what the group will do regarding Schneider, who began her career at SCPP as the director of business retention and expansion.
Her economic development resume also includes 13 years spent working at Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). She took the helm at SCPP in January 2020 following the departure of Marty Vanags. Vanags resigned after facing criticism for his high travel expenses as well as what some supervisors considered a lack of accomplishments.
During her tenure as CEO, Schneider was involved in ongoing discussions related to a merger between SCPP and SEDC. These discussion came to an abrupt halt in September after SEDC publicly expressed concerns that the partnership had illegally accessed and shared confidential SEDC Zoom meetings.
Prosperity Partnership board member Kevin Hedley issued a statement stating that claims that SCPP had acted improperly were baseless and unsubstantiated. He also said SEDC was not “acting in the best interest of Saratoga County Economic Development.” After realizing that his goal of merging the two organizations was not possible, Hedley resigned from the board.
Four members of the SEDC board also resigned as a result of the controversy. They were Saratoga Hospital President and CEO Angelo Calbone, land-use attorney Matt Jones, Adirondack Trust Executive Vice President Michael O’Connell and Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus.