Founder/CEO of Packaging One Industries among six honorees at the Schenectady Business Awards

By Riley Hite
For the newspaper

Schenectady Founder and CEO David Dussault was honored with the 2022 Business Leader Award at this week’s Chamber of Schenectady County Annual Business Awards ceremony. This year’s award winners also included three other Schenectady companies; a transformative reclamation project on the banks of the Mohawk River; and the county tourism promotion organization.

Dussault is the head of Packaging One Industries, a contract manufacturing company that makes components and parts for some of the biggest names in manufacturing, including General Electric and Rolls Royce. He started his company in 2006 with a small office in the heart of Schenectady.

Since then, Packaging One Industries has grown to three locations across the city, and while P1 is a small company at heart, its impact doesn’t compare to its smaller size, Dussault said.

Packaging One Industries products are used in a variety of industries both locally and globally. The company is expanding rapidly and is now recognized as a vital part of Schenectady’s prosperity, according to local business leaders who selected Dussault for this year’s award.

Packaging One’s staff “help with design and delivery,” says Dussault.

Dussault attributes his motivation for starting the company to his desire to follow in his family’s footsteps and his love of the city. He values ​​the community and loyalty of his employees, both values ​​highlighted in his acceptance of the award on Wednesday.

For all his success, he says the most rewarding thing has been to see his employees “thrive and use their talents.”

Dussault’s greatest passion is learning from his people and seeing their development. He notes that while he is very honored and will always cherish this award, the most important part of receiving it is that it represents his hard-working employees and community more than anything else.

Other winners of this year’s Schenectady Business Awards were:

The Nest Restaurant & Bar – Riser/Award for Outstanding New Businesses

Located on State Street in the heart of downtown Schenectady, The Nest was recognized by the awards ceremony for its delicious food and rave reviews from guests.

The restaurant is located in a refurbished waiting room of the Schenectady Railway Co. While retaining aspects of the building’s earlier history, the restaurant exudes a modern and welcoming atmosphere, the explanatory statement reads.

Nest’s menu features classic Southern home cooking that, despite the restaurant’s presence in the Northeast, captures all the warm and homey sentiments of the South. “It is an expanding new company that has received this award for its growing influence and excellence within the community,” the statement said.

Ambition Coffee & Eatery – Award for Entrepreneurship

Located on Jay Street in downtown Schenectady, this bistro has been recognized for its outstanding contributions to the community and local business network. Ambition serves traditional American brunch and features a Hollywood-inspired theme.

Armory Studios, NY – Business Innovation Award

Located in the former state armory near SUNY Schenectady, Armory Studios has been recognized for being transformed into a venue and film studio that attracts a large number of visitors for a variety of reasons and events.

Discover Schenectady – Community Partner Award

This non-profit organization has been recognized for its work promoting tourism and for its commitment to the wider community. The group, led by Todd Garofano, is doing a great job not only increasing travel to Schenectady, but also promoting activities and businesses in the city.

Rivers Ledge Apartments – Renaissance Price

This 250+ unit apartment complex was recognized for the transformation of a former junkyard on the banks of the Mohawk River near Rexford Bridge. The property overlooks the river and includes extensive beautification and landscaping on the property, which also borders the Mohawk-Hudson bike path. The property was developed by the Luizzi Companies.

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