The Development Corporation and Mountain Lake PBS Partner on “Made in Clinton County”
PLATTSBURGH, NY – AUGUST 28, 2012 – Mountain Lake PBS and The Development Corporation (TDC) have partnered together on a new initiative designed to highlight the businesses succeeding in Clinton County. This series of segments profiling local businesses, titled “Made in Clinton County”, will appear on Mountain Lake Journal, and will be paired with a roundtable interview by Thom Hallock. The series will premiere on August 30th.
“It’s so easy to forget about the amazing things happening in our backyard, and that’s one of the reasons I’m pleased to be part of this initiative. One of our strategic goals at the station is to convene organizations working to strengthen this community. Collaborating with TDC on ‘Made in Clinton County’ makes perfect sense,” said Alice Recore, President and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS.
TDC works diligently to strengthen Clinton County and its business development efforts by developing partnerships with companies, and showcasing the strategic advantages of expanding or relocating in Clinton County. Their new brand expression uses the headline ‘Come here and your business can go anywhere’. “That headline is not advertising-speak,” said TDC’s Economic Developer Erin Hynes, “we really believe that its true, and we think we can prove it by profiling the companies that are already here.”
Ms. Hynes added that the region ranks favorably even on a global stage and in fact last year fDi (Foreign Direct Investment) magazine, published by the Financial Times of London, named Plattsburgh the third-best micro city (cities with populations of less than 100,000) for economic potential in North and South America.
“At TDC, we think our success is defined by the successes of the companies that are here in our region, and that there is no better way to attract companies to Clinton County than to showcase the products, services, and workforce that are thriving here,” said Paul A. Grasso, Jr., President and CEO of TDC. “We are also amazed to find that many of our local companies appear to be ‘best kept secrets’ within our own community – and that is something that we hope the ‘Made in Clinton County’ series will help to rectify.”
The first organization to be highlighted in this series is Swarovski Lighting, which recently acquired Schonbek Worldwide Lighting. Since its beginning more than 117 years ago, Swarovski has grown to be a leading producer of high-quality precision-cut crystal. In 2007, Swarovski acquired Schonbek, expanding its position in the lighting industry. Founded in 1870 in Bohemia and a Plattsburgh-based manufacturer since 1972, Schonbek is known as a leading crystal chandelier brand. The global headquarters for this worldwide operation is in Plattsburgh, New York.
“Swarovski and Schonbek share a very unique history, one which together spans more than 250 years. We are proud to preserve the 142-year history of Schonbek as an innovative leader, while developing and investing in the future of Swarovski Lighting in Plattsburgh,” says David White, VP Global Sales and Marketing, Swarovski Lighting.
“Supporting the business community of Clinton County by providing career opportunities for local residents, and being a draw for national and international talent, is incredibly important to us,” explains John Simms, VP Global Business Operations, Swarovski Lighting. “We aim to always think globally, but act locally, in order to prosper and grow in the marketplace, offering a ‘best of both worlds’ workplace – one of sustainable success and diversity in a special place.”
“Made in Clinton County” will premiere on Thursday August 30th at 8pm on Mountain Lake Journal. The segment will be available online at video.mountainlake.org, and through the PBS iPad/iPhone app shortly after the broadcast premiere.