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Hudson Valley Region, April 2014

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

April 2014

New York State Department of Labor
Division of Research and Statistics
120 Bloomingdale Road, Room 218
White Plains, NY 10605
914-997-8798

This briefing provides information on firm-specific hiring and layoff announcements in the Hudson Valley. The information in this report is derived from press releases, newspapers, business journals, newsletters and other public sources. It does not include all expansions and contractions in the region – only those for which public information has been obtained. An attempt is made to present only current information – events that have recently occurred or will occur in the near future.

BUSINESS EXPANSIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Spectral Systems, a company that manufactures infrared optics for use in spectroscopy and other analytical equipment is partnering with a business in Kentucky to design and develop an adaptable, generic instrument using their optics that will be sold to small manufacturers. The new equipment will be assembled in New York. This expansion into assembly and design will allow the company to growth its workforce by one new person for every $300,000 in sales.

Orange County
Fastrax Raceway Indoor Karting Center will open a quarter-mile indoor karting track at the Galleria at Crystal Run in the fall. The new 20,000 square-foot facility will have 30 adult and 10 junior carts that run on electricity and can go as fast as 50 miles per hour. No job numbers were announced.

Fuddruckers opened a new restaurant on Route 211, in the Town of Wallkill. The new eatery will be the company’s first location in New York. Fuddruckers operates about 100 locations nationwide. No job numbers were announced.

Hardee’s, a fast food chain known for its biscuits and thick burgers, announced plans to open a 3,000 square-foot eatery at the former Caldor Plaza, on Route 211, in the Town of Wallkill. No job numbers were announced.

Gold’s Gym announced plans to open a gym in the Town of Wallkill at the end of May. The new 30,000 square-foot gym will offer spinning, massages, facials and an on-site nutritionist and group classes. Rosetta Fitness L.L.C. will own and operate the new facility. No job numbers were announced.

ManaFoods of New York, formerly called Valley Fresh Direct, has reaffirmed an interest in locating to the Warwick Valley Office and Technology Corporate Park (formerly the Mid-Orange Correctional facility) in the Town of Warwick. ManaFoods wants to establish an agricultural education and exchange project, focusing on a mutually beneficial exchange of agricultural information and farming techniques between the U.S. and Chinese farmers. The company hopes to provide university-level education to farmers from China that are seeking ways to enhance their farming output and improve farming and food safety. No job numbers were announced.

Runway repaving work at Stewart International Airport is about to resume as part of a $71.7 million rehabilitation project. Runways 9-27 and 16-34, along with taxiways, are undergoing a complete restoration. In addition to the resurfacing work, the airfield’s electrical system will also be upgraded.

Putnam County
Fryer, a machine tool builder, continues to expand in Putnam County. The company completed an 8,000 square-foot expansion of its manufacturing space and plans to add an additional 4,000 square feet of space in 2014. Fryer currently employs an estimated 50 employees and plans to hire 10 additional people in 2014.

Rockland County
Nothing to Report

Sullivan County
Nothing to Report

Ulster County
NotSono Tek Corporation, a company that manufactures spray systems for the electronic, solar and food industries has embarked on a program to train key employees in Lean Six Sigma methods. This training will result in new efficiencies that will lower costs and shorten lead times for customers. Lean training, combined with internal development and continuing innovations in products, will allow the company to remain competitive and to grow. The company acknowledges some opportunities for growth in the food and textile industry. If the systems currently under development for the food industry are successful, the company could double the size of its current workforce of 55 employees.

Westchester County
Forme Urgent Care and Wellness Center recently celebrated the grand opening of its facility on South Broadway in White Plains. The medical center offers a number of special services, including pulmonology, urology and pain management. Forme accepts all health insurance plans and will be open seven days a week.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Nothing to report.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Teva Pharmaceuticals recently announced another round of layoffs at its Pomona manufacturing plant in Rockland County. The company filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor on April 1, 2014 as they anticipate laying off about 41 employees.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nistel Inc., a surgical services staffing provider, plans to close its office in Lake Katrine in August when its contract with Kingston Hospital expires. The company employs an estimated 80 workers. The hospital will absorb all of the Nistel employees.

Westchester County
Stanley Black and Decker’s Powers Business recently filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company will lay off 35 employees between July 18 and August 2014.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Nothing to report.

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