- Mar 1, 2012: ADOPTED
- Mar 1, 2012: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
- Feb 24, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Mele Companies on April 21, 2012 WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize the achievements of those individuals and businesses which substantially contribute to the economic vitality of their communities and the entire Empire State; and WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem orate the 100th Anniversary of Mele Companies, to be celebrated on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Hampton Inn, Utica, New York; and WHEREAS, In 1896, at the age of 12, Emidio Mele immigrated to New York City from his small town of Volturara Irpina in Italy; and WHEREAS, Learning his craft from fine jewelry display case makers Wolfsam and Sachs, Emidio Mule soon had the skills he needed to make a name for himself; and WHEREAS, In 1912, Emidio Mele embarked upon a new venture focused on designing and building his own elegant jewelry displays for stores and eventually jewelry boxes for home storage; and WHEREAS, A true entrepreneur, Emidio Mele was the craftsman, salesman, and deliveryman for his jewelry boxes; and WHEREAS, With his attention to detail and design, it was not long before Emidio Mele began to attract high-end customers for his jewelry boxes from New York's historic Fifth Avenue; and WHEREAS, The 1940s and 1950s ushered in a new generation of Mele fami ly to the trade; three brothers, Edward, Raymond and Joseph joined the family business and brought new growth to Mele Companies; and WHEREAS, The mid-20th Century brought much excitement to Mele Compa nies and its jewelry box line; the company introduced a jewelry box with an automatic tray, a feature so successful that it is still offered today; and WHEREAS, In 1948, Macy's listed a Mele jewelry box as one of the "ten best-selling holiday gifts" in an article featured in Life magazine; and WHEREAS, In the mid 1950s Mele Companies introduced another new cate gory to its collection, musical jewelry boxes, with movement from Swit zerland; and WHEREAS, Shortly after, Mele Companies developed an entire category line with timeless popularity, children's musical jewelry boxes with a revolving ballerina; and WHEREAS, With an exquisite collection of wood jewelry boxes, musical girl's jewelry boxes, lacquer boxes, furniture miniatures, and more, Mele Companies came to be known as the foremost name in jewelry cases; and
WHEREAS, Mele Companies grew significantly in the late 1950s, and expanded to seven facilities throughout New York State; and WHEREAS, In order to be more efficient, Mele Companies later consol idated all of its operations to its upstate location in Utica, New York; and
WHEREAS, Currently operated by third generation President, Raymond Mele, Mele Companies continues to create beautiful jewelry boxes with the same love, passion and craftsmanship that has made the company the success it is today; and WHEREAS, Today, Mele Companies continues to be the most desired name in jewelry cases throughout the world, offering innovative and timeless designs for years of happiness and sentimental memories; and WHEREAS, It is with great pleasure that this Legislative Body acknowl edges this exceptional business and its contributions to the local and State economies, fully confident that it will continue to enjoy the sparkling successes it has experienced thus far; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Mele Companies on April 21, 2012; and be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran smitted to Raymond Mele, President, Mele Companies.