Smith’s Gravel Pit fulfills dream of entrepreneurship for upstate businesswoman

June-17-0521by Jon M. Casey

For Kaye Stone-Gansz, owner of Smith’s Gravel Pit in Sodus, NY, a career as an senior executive for a large, well-known office business machine supplier in Rochester, NY, was only a stepping stone to what she really wanted to do in the business world; and that is to own her own business. When the opportunity presented itself in the form of an early retirement offer, she jumped at the offer and purchased a sand and gravel operation in 2011. From there, she acquired the necessary permitting and began operations in 2012. Since then, she hasn’t looked back. [Read more…]

Smith’s Heavy Equipment, Inc. is a busy place!

June-17-0051by Jon M. Casey

Earlier this year, Hard Hat News had the opportunity to tour Smith’s Heavy Equipment, Inc. in Geneva, NY. It didn’t take long to realize that there was a lot going on with a variety of heavy equipment pieces in the shop for repair and maintenance. Owner Rachel Smith and her husband David welcomed us for our visit with the kind of friendly hospitality you come to expect in a family-owned business in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. The growth of their business over the last ten years has been exciting. [Read more…]

Rebuild NY Now Statewide Campaign Stops in Albany

attachmentBroad Coalition Calls for Parity in Capital Region

Albany, NY  Rebuild NY Now, a broad-based coalition seeking to raise public awareness about the issues impacting New York State’s infrastructure, continued it campaign and call for parity today in Albany with local elected officials, members of organized labor, and private local businesses. This diverse coalition stood together at a press conference at the Albany County Executive Office Building to call on the Legislature and the Governor to include funding parity between the capital plans of the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation in the 2016-17 Executive Budget. [Read more…]