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Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Visits SUNY Canton Alum’s ‘Gear Factory’ For New Web Series

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Television personality, author and famed chef Anthony Bourdain traveled to Syracuse in December to film a metal artisan company working in a studio owned by SUNY Canton alumnus Rick Destito for a web series titled “Raw Craft.”

Bourdain and his crew spent a day filming Destito’s tenants, John Truex and Liz Seru, who are the owners of Borough Furnace, a small cast-iron skillet manufacturing business. The skillets are handmade by Truex in a 2,000-square-foot studio in Destito’s building, named the Gear Factory.

“Raw Craft” is a project Bourdain has embarked upon with Scottish whiskey distillers The Balvenie and focuses on highlighting craftsmanship in a multitude of art forms. Borough Furnace is the first episode in the series.

Destito, who graduated from SUNY Canton in 1998, purchased the Gear Factory (located in the city’s Near West Side) in 2005 and began renting spaces out to local artists. He said he now has 20 tenants, which include musicians, painters, sculptors and graphic designers. Truex and Seru have been working in the building since 2012.

“John and Liz have been wonderful to work with and are dedicated to constantly growing and improving their business,” Destito said. “My philosophy when purchasing the building was to create a space for people to feel comfortable so they can be successful.”

Rick Destito

Destito returned to SUNY Canton in 2013 and 2014 to speak to students about his vision to sustainably renovate the Gear Factory and the lessons he learned during the ambitious project. He said he hopes his efforts will inspire others to invest in the future of downtown Syracuse.

To learn more about the Gear Factory, visit http://thegearfactorysyr.com.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Graduate to Discuss Urban Renewal During Sustainability Lecture Series

Monday, April 14th, 2014

SUNY Canton graduate Richard A. Destito will speak about how he has taken his skills and used them to improve one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse as part of the College’s Sustainability Lecture Series.

Destito will speak at 6 p.m. April 16 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Rick Destito

In 2005 Destito purchased an abandoned manufacturing building in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse and named it The Gear Factory. His dream was to refurbish the property and rent the spaces to artists and musicians.

Through hard work, dedication and perseverance, Destito has been able to sustainably rehabilitate portions of the building, most notably adding a green roof. His free-flowing spaces encourage interaction and are leased to musicians, screen printers, painters, sculptors, and graphic designers.

Along with his success at The Gear Factory, Destito is leading the crusade to revitalize one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse. He purchased a rundown house for a dollar and has completely remodeled it using the skills he learned while earning his associate degree in Construction Tech: Management at SUNY Canton.

Rick Destito

Destito’s efforts are not going unnoticed. They have caught the attention of many local legislators and the media. The New York Times ran a feature story applauding his dreams, and New York State awarded him $680,000 in grants for more improvements to The Gear Factory.

During his lecture, Destito will explain his entrepreneurial strategies and how the local economy is involved in the process. His story of never giving up, even when faced with tough challenges, is how he hopes to inspire others.

“The things we care about have to become more important than the things we’re afraid of,” he said.

The Sustainability Lecture Series was designed to accelerate awareness of environmental, economic and social concerns through presentations and interactive demonstrations. The series will continue with other environmental experts throughout the spring. For additional information, visit: http://www.canton.edu/sustainability/lecture.html

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.