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CLYMER – The former Countertop Solutions Inc., located at 593 Maple Ave., in Clymer, has recently been purchased by Cherrie Lictus, owner of East Main Elite Designs, who is a longtime resident of Clymer. Lictus has operated her interior design business for the past 10 years, and has collaborated with builders and Countertop Solutions on several projects. As the new owner, she will join the team as president of CounterAct Inc.

Over the past 14 years, Dan McAfoose built Countertop Solutions as a company based on quality and customer service with a solid base of kitchen/bath designers, dealers and builders. He has maintained a group of 18 highly skilled employees, who will continue their current positions with CounterAct Inc. McAfoose feels that he is turning this business over to capable hands that will continue and build on past success.

“I look forward to continued growth, based on these fundamentals and dedication to the craft,” Lictus said. “I’m gratified that the core of this business has highly skilled employees, and excited to continue offering high quality surfaces, while maintaining the business in my hometown community. I would like to thank the Small Business Development Center at JCC, Five Star Bank and Chautauqua County IDA for their assistance in making this happen.”

“I’m very pleased to see a talented buyer step forward and acquire the business formerly known as Countertop Solutions in Clymer,” said Beth Reed, advanced certified adviser of New York State Small Business Development Center at JCC. “Cherrie has a unique mix of design skills, pragmatism, and energy that should help grow the business and provide important manufacturing jobs in a small town. Kudos goes to the Chautauqua County IDA and Five Star Bank for recognizing and supporting the opportunity to keep this company in New York state.”

“Cherrie’s managerial skills and her experience at designing interiors and exteriors make her a perfect fit to continue the success of this company,” said County Executive Vince Horrigan. “Business retention and growth are a top priority. I applaud all involved in keeping good jobs right her in Chautauqua County.”

“Great teamwork to help good local people keep a company in Chautauqua County and New York state is what it is all about,” said Steve Swanson, vice president of Five Star Bank.

CounterAct Inc. is a stone fabricating company that produces a wide variety of functional surfaces from countertops and shower walls to conference tables in both commercial and residential structures throughout Western New York and northern Pennsylvania. It fabricates tops for 216 commercial dealers, builders, and kitchen/bathroom showrooms throughout both regions. They use the latest computer-aided programs and water jet state-of-the art equipment. From start to finish, they fabricate and install stone counter tops/surrounds. They have the opportunity to bid on commercial and residential projects in and out of the immediate area with local companies and they also welcome walk-in retail customers.