OHA’s Our Glorious Workplaces event showcases and honors how organizations create and deliver their products or services while emphasizing their historic impact upon the larger community. We collaborate with a new company each year and a celebration is held right at their place of business. Proceeds from the cocktail reception and elegant dinner support all of OHA’s endeavors and ensures its ability to continue to play a role in creating pride in our community.
In 2021, we celebrated Hueber-Breuer Construction Company’s sesquicentennial. Our black tie masquerade gala was held on stage at the newly renovated Landmark Theater, one of the many projects Hueber-Breuer has contributed to in its 150-year history. Pictures from the event can be viewed here.
Tickets for Our Glorious Workplaces 2022 are available now, and this year, we’re celebrating the many lives of the Merrell-Soule building! The event will be held at 600 N. Franklin Street on Saturday, October 22nd, starting at 6:00 p.m. Our evening begins with a cocktail hour including a sake and whiskey tasting and tours of the building, followed by dinner catered by Ginger + Jones – a new Franklin Square restaurant concept by Original Grain and XO Taco founder Chris Bily. OHA’s Curator of History Robert Searing and Executive Director Gregg Tripoli close the evening with a tribute to the companies that called the Merrell-Soule building home.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Merrell-Soule building holds many stories. Merrell-Soule, founded in 1888, was an innovator in food production and distribution. The company created national brands – None Such Mincemeat and Klim (a powdered milk product that became a critical staple for soldiers, relief workers, scientific explorers and geologists needing lightweight, long-lasting rations). The Borden Company bought the Merrell Soule facilities and brands in 1928, operating a research and development facility until the building was sold to Dupli Envelope & Graphics in 1997. Dupli moved to Dewitt in 2015 to accommodate their expansion into digital printing and direct mail. The street neighboring the park continues to be known as Dupli Park Drive.
Merrell-Soule’s newest iteration is a multi-use development of the building and neighboring structures by the Lahinch Group and William Lane Construction. New apartments, commercial and retail space, a café, and the Central Rock Gym add to the ongoing revitalization of the Franklin Square neighborhood.
Celebrating a big company anniversary or project and want to host Our Glorious Workplaces? Contact Director of Development, Lisa Romano Moore, for details.
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Past Glorious Workplaces hosts include:
- M&T Bank (formerly known as OnBank)
- Niagara Mohawk/ National Grid
- Onondaga County Courthouse
- The Post-Standard
- Key Bank
- Time Warner Cable
- Crucible Specialty Metals
- Clinton Exchange at Clinton Square
- Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors
- Syracuse China
- Anheuser Busch, Baldwinsville
- Centro/Central NY Regional Transportation Authority
- King & King Architects
- The Stickley Audi Company
- Syracuse University
- Chuck Hafner’s Farmers Market
- Crouse Hospital and Health Center
- Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards
- The Dietz Lantern Factory
- Hofmann Sausage Company
- Hueber-Breuer Construction Company