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Hudson Valley Region, February 2014

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

February 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
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Nothing to report.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Jagdish and Monica Mitter recently purchased the historic Polish Community Center in Yonkers for $2.3 million and plan to spend an additional $1 million to renovate the facility and reopen it as the Castle Royale. The new facility will be operating as a catering hall with May 2014 as a possible opening date. Castle Royale will employ about 50 employees.

Construction has begun on the $25 million Hyatt Place Hotel at the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers. LodgeWorks Partners, L.P., will manage the Hyatt Place, and are partnering with Friend Development Group to develop it. The Hyatt Place is LodgeWorks’ third hotel under development in New York. The company is working on Archer, a boutique property in Manhattan, and a Hampton Inn in Brooklyn.

Life Time Fitness Inc. recently opened its first Westchester athletics and spa complex in Harrison. The 206,000 square-foot fitness center has health and nutrition professionals as well as services and programs catered to families. The facility is open seven days a week, from 4 a.m. to midnight.

Maplewood Senior Living L.L.C., a Fairfield-based company that owns and operates six assisted living and memory care services facilities, announced plans to expand into Westchester County. The company is looking to build 90 senior assisted living units in the village of Mount Kisco. No job numbers were announced.

Pace University was granted access to $98 million in tax exempt bond financing from the Westchester County Local Development Corp. for the renovation of its Pleasantville campus. The project, which begun in October 2013, aims to consolidate the school’s Briarcliff campus with its Pleasantville location. The plan calls for the construction of two four-story residence halls with 760 beds, renovation of the student center, and the expansion of the athletic facilities, and the relocation of the environmental center.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor in anticipation of a mass layoff in its soft drink distribution facility. The company will lay off about 35 employees over a 14-day period, starting May 1, 2014.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Pfizer Inc. filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor in anticipation of another round of layoffs. The pharmaceutical giant will lay off about 44 employees by June 17, 2014.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Ground Handling, Inc. filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company, which handles baggage handling at the Westchester County Airport, will lay off about 128 employees on May 27, 2014.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Employees working at the Rockland County Recycling Center in Hillburn have voted to strike, seeking higher wages and more days off from ReCommunity, the company that employs them. Teamsters Local 445, which represents all 18 employees at the recycling facility, has been in negotiations with their employers for the last nine months with no progress made. No official date has been set for the strike to begin.

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