1Berkshire hosts “Good News Business Salute” at Country Curtains in Lee

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By Thursday, Feb 23 Trade and Commerce  4 Comments
Marcie Setlow
Country Curtains’ board chairwoman Nancy Fitzpatrick and chief operating officer and chief financial officer Bob Kliewe at the 1Berkshire Good News Business Salute.

Lee — As if to underscore the importance of manufacturing to the Berkshires economy, and also to treat its guests to an unusual party venue, 1Berkshire held its first Good News Business Salute of 2017 at the cavernous warehouses of Country Curtains on Wednesday, February 22. These Good News Business Salutes recognize major milestones in the Berkshires business community, including anniversaries, expansions and new product lines.

Stephen Boyd, CEO of Boyd Technologies whose company was honored, and Rich Aldrich of Stone House Properties. Photo; Marcie Setlow

Stephen Boyd, CEO of Boyd Technologies whose company was honored, and Rich Aldrich of Stone House Properties. Photo; Marcie Setlow

Wednesday’s reception was part of 1Berkshire’s Creative Economy Month celebration during the month of February. Four creative local businesses were honored: Annie Selke Companies, Pittsfield; Boyd Technologies, Lee; Big Elm Brewing, Sheffield; and Winstanley Partners, Lenox. Representatives of all four companies were present and were saluted.

Diane Pearlman, Executive Director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, gave the keynote speech. Photo: Marcie Setlow

Diane Pearlman, Executive Director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, gave the keynote speech. Photo: Marcie Setlow

Diane Pearlman, Executive Director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, gave the keynote speech. An independent film producer with a particular concentration on special effects (she first came to the Berkshires to work with the world-renowned special effects master Doug Trumbull, who continues to live and work here), Diane presented a quick history of the feature film special effects produced right here in this area, including work for The Matrix, What Dreams May Come, Blade Runner and the Back to the Future Ride at Universal Studios theme park. Pearlman emphasized the contribution that film production can make to the local economy: “Of every dollar spent locally for film production, a full 60 cents stays in the community.”

1Berkshire president and chief executive Jonathan Butler welcomes attendees.

1Berkshire president and chief executive Jonathan Butler welcomes attendees.

The facilities of Country Curtains were made available by its President and CEO Celia Clancy, and they turned out to be a surprisingly accommodating venue for a party. Surrounded by rows of shelving and packing crates, the some 100 guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, drinks and good old-fashioned networking.

 


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  1. Nancy F says:

    Do Country Curtains and Pine Cone Hill have ANY manufacturing left in the Berkshires?
    How much does a warehouse add to the local economy?

    1. Marcie Setlow says:

      I can’t speak for Pine Cone Hill, but I do know that Country Curtains manufactures in the Berkshires, in Housatonic.

    2. TH says:

      I work for them in Housatonic, active manufacturing is indeed in The Berkshire for Country Curtains,P.S. we also manufacture in West Hartford Conn. Thank-you. We pay taxes as A company,so yes it does impact the communities,when you lose a Paper Company such when Rising closes,what do you think happens? There is tax loss as well as jobs,without our jobs,we would have to seek other means to suffice our life styles.

  2. Laura Brennan says:

    Thank you for covering our first Good News Business Salute of the year! We look forward to honoring more Berkshire businesses and organizations throughout the year at these events. You can also nominate a business to be saluted at http://www.1berkshire.com.

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