Schenectady founder and CEO David Dussault was honored with the 2022 Business Leader Award at the Schenectady County Chamber’s Annual Business Awards this week. This year’s winners also included three other Schenectady companies; A transformative redevelopment project on the banks of the Mohawk River; The provincial tourism promotion organization.
Dussault is president of Packaging One Industries, a contract manufacturer that produces 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 expanded to three locations spread across the city, and while P1 is a small business at its core, its impact is unmatched by its smaller size, Dussault said.
Products made by Packaging One Industries are used in a wide range of industries both domestically and globally. The company is expanding rapidly and today it is known as a key component of Schenectady’s boom, according to the local business leaders who chose Dussault to honor this year.
Dussault says Packaging One employees “help with design and delivery.”
Dosso traces his motivations for creating the company to his desire to follow in his family’s footsteps and his love of the city. He values the community and the loyalty of his employees, both values highlighted in his acceptance of the Wednesday award.
Throughout all of his success, the most rewarding part in his eyes has been seeing his employees “thriving and using their talents,” he says.
Dassault’s greatest passion is learning from its employees and seeing them grow. He points out that while he is very honored and will forever cherish this award, the most important part of receiving it is that it represents his hardworking employees and his community more than anything else.
The other honorees at this year’s Schenectady Business Awards are:
The Nest Restaurant & Bar – Rising Star / Outstanding New Business Award
Located on State Street in the heart of downtown Schenectady, The Nest has been recognized for its delicious food and great reviews from pioneers, according to an award citation.
The restaurant is located in a renovated waiting room for Schenectady Railway Co. While it still retains aspects of the building’s previous history, the restaurant has a modern and welcoming atmosphere, as the quote says.
The Nest menu features classic Southern comfort food that, despite the restaurant being located in the Northeast, captures all the warm, homely vibes of the South. It is a new expanding company and this award has been awarded for its growing influence and distinction within the community, according to the quote.
Ambition Coffee & Eatery – Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
This bistro located on Jay Street in downtown Schenectady has been recognized for its outstanding contributions to the community and local corporate network. Ambition Restaurant serves a traditional American brunch and is defined by its Hollywood-inspired theme.
Armory Studios, New York – Business Innovation Award
Located in the former state armory near SUNY Schenectady, Armory Studios has been recognized for its reinvention into an event venue and film studio that attracts large numbers of visitors for various causes and events.
Discover Schenectady – Community Partner Award
This non-profit organization has been recognized for its work to promote tourism and participation throughout the community. The group, led by Todd Garofano, is doing an outstanding job of not only increasing travel to Schenectady but also promoting activities and businesses within the city.
Rivers Ledge Apartments – Renaissance Award
This 250-plus unit apartment complex has been recognized for a former junk yard on the banks of the Mohawk River near Rexford Bridge. The property overlooks the river and includes extensive facelifts and landscaping on the property that also borders the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway. The property was developed by Luizzi Companies.