KINGSTON, NY – A Saugerties-based construction company that has worked with hundreds of organizations across the Hudson Valley and state has been named Business of the Year, the County Chamber of Commerce announced. ‘Ulster.
J. Mullen and Sons Inc. will be celebrated at the annual Ulster County Business Recognition Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 27, along with seven other winners nominated by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance, according to a news release. The awards recognize Ulster County businesses that are leaders in their industries, have achieved outstanding results, or have demonstrated dedication and commitment to advancing business and the quality of life in the community .
Other winners are: Charles Blaichman of CB Developers as Businessman of the Year; Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room at Big Indian as Small Business of the Year; Rail Explorers of Phenicia as Tourism Business of the Year; Scanlon’s Dry Cleaners of Kingston for the Heritage Award; Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties for the Commitment to the Community Award; and Taylor Bruck as an emerging young leader. The Len Cane Heart of Ulster County Award will be presented to Thomas Struzzieri, owner of HITS in Saugerties.
John Mullen started his business in 1982 with a small team, the statement said. Since then, the company has over 100 employees working in areas such as commercial demolition, new construction, construction management, excavation, site utilities, site concrete, site masonry, structural concrete, architectural masonry and finishes, interior framing, drywall and construction, and foundations for the public, private, industrial and institutional sectors.
J. Mullen and Sons has worked for hundreds of organizations ranging from shopping malls and hospitals to churches and schools, according to the release. The company works alongside Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. as a construction partner in a five-year project to install new natural gas distribution lines and services in the utility company’s multiple counties.
Blaichman has been developing, building and managing real estate for more than 30 years, according to the release. It is locally known for its Kinsley Hotel, a campus of four 19th-century boutique buildings with 42 rooms, two restaurants and a bar in Kingston’s historic Stockade district. The project was the first destination hotel to open in Uptown in 2019.
Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room is known for its New American cuisine, award-winning drinks and casual atmosphere, according to the release. Owned by Devin and Marybeth Mills, the restaurant is a destination and community hub for locals, weekenders and tourists, and is known for its seasonal farm-to-table menu. The restaurant operates in an old farmhouse, employs 32 people and regularly donates to community causes and events.
Rail Explorers offers pedal bikes that ride the tracks of the historic Ulster and Delaware Railway, according to the release. The tourist attraction, which launched in 2018, takes passengers on an eight-mile round trip that runs along Esopus Creek and through the woods of the Catskill Mountains.
Scanlon’s Dry Cleaners is a three-generation family business that has been serving Kingston and the surrounding area for more than 60 years, the statement said. Bob Scanlon founded the company in 1956 and today operates out of four locations, two in Kingston, one in Rhinebeck and one in Red Hook. The company is a full-service company that offers dry cleaning, washing and folding services, window treatment and on-site carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning.
Catholic charities in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties have had a presence in Ulster for 40 years and serve thousands of residents each year, regardless of religion or ability to pay, the statement said. The agency offers a variety of bilingual services to individuals and families, including case management, information and referral, as well as emergency assistance with rent, utilities, transportation, food , clothing and advocacy. Catholic Charities also helps those struggling with drug addiction, as well as immigrants navigating the path to citizenship.
Bruck, the Ulster County Archivist, became Kingston’s city historian in 2018 when Ed Ford retired, the statement said. Bruck, 32, grew up in Kingston and studied under Ford for years. He has been involved in several groundbreaking initiatives in Kingston, including recreating two missing spectacles in the Common Council Chambers of City Hall, working with the History Alliance of Kingston to create a Black History Database and planning for Kingston’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The New York State Association of Public Historians will also hold its three-day conference in Kingston in September for the first time thanks to Bruck’s efforts.
Struzzieri is known throughout the region as the businessman with big vision and an equally big heart, according to the statement. Known for his equestrian company HITS, Struzzieri has helped transform Saugerties into a vibrant destination. The horse shows, which take place from May to September, attract thousands of riders, spectators and tourists each year, stimulating the local economy. Struzzieri is also known for his philanthropy which includes funding a feeding program for frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and other causes across Ulster County.
The awards dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 27 at the Wiltwyck Golf Club, 404 Steward Lane, Kingston. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities and tickets, contact the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce at (845) 338-5100 or online at www.ulsterchamber.org.