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Hudson Valley Region, January 2017

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

January 2017

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
Gap Inc.
was recently granted a sales tax exemption on approximately $110 million worth of new equipment it will purchase in the wake of the August fire that burned most of its distribution center in Fishkill. The company is scheduled to receive a final approval in February, after which the exemption will become active.

Golden Corral recently celebrated the grand-opening of its newest store in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The new eatery will employ about 140 hourly workers and five managers. The restaurant chain is most prominent in the South, but the company has recently focused on expanding to other areas.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen plans to open a new restaurant in February 2017 in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The fast-food chain offers a variety of chicken and seafood meals. The 46-seat restaurant is scheduled to open at the former Nellie Kelly’s facility on Haight Avenue. No job numbers were announced.

Orange County
Amy’s Kitchen
, a California-based, family-owned organic and natural food distribution company was recently granted the necessary permit by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build its new manufacturing food plant. The $95 million, 369,000 sq. ft. food manufacturing plant will be built in the Town of Goshen (Orange County). Amy’s is estimating an 18-month construction period, with an anticipated opening in late 2018. Once in operation, the plant is expected to employ about 680 people.

Needham, Mass.-based Waterstone Retail unveils its plan for the Newburgh retail center. The developer closed on the Newburgh property that was once slated for the $200 LOOP development project. The project, dubbed “Ridge-Hudson Valley,” a 530,000 sq. ft. facility slated for the 130-acre property on Route 300, is a scale-down version of the LOOP, with the same mix of big-box retailers, like BJs Wholesale Club, a new ShopRite, restaurants and specialty shops. The retail complex will be anchored by a Dick’s Sporting Goods store. Construction is scheduled to begin this year and finish by late 2018.

The Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, the maker of the iconic Oscar award statuettes announced plans to expand its operation in the Town of Montgomery and add about 13 new full-time jobs to its existing total of 80 full-time employees. The company has an agreement to purchase the former Big Apple Circus building on Edmunds Lane and move its operation from its current facility in Rock Tavern. Tallix is seeking tax breaks for building renovations from the Town’s Industrial Development Agency.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Catskill Regional Medical Group
, part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, will open a new 11,500 sq. ft. in the Town of Thompson. CRMG already has offices in Harris, Livingston Manor and Callicoon. The new facility, which is expected to employ 30 to 40 medical professionals and support staff, is scheduled to open by the summer of 2018. The $10 million project is expected to create a slew of construction jobs as well.

Montreign Resort Casino recently closed on a construction loan that secured the final piece of financing needed for the casino. Montreign owner and operator Empire Resort had put more than $400 million in equity into the project to start construction. This loan will provide up to $500 million to complete the casino financing. The 1.5 million sq. ft. casino will include an 18-story luxury hotel and is expected to create 1,400 jobs. The casino will be part of the greater Adelaar Entertainment complex which is scheduled to be completed in 2018, featuring shops and restaurants, a water park, two more hotels and a golf course.

Ulster County
United Healthcare
announced plans to hire about 110 full-time customer service and claims representatives for its office in the Town of Ulster. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply online, 24-hours a day, starting February 6, 2017. New employees will be offered the flexibility to work any eight-hour shift during the facility’s business hours (7a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week). United Healthcare currently employs an estimated 615 employees in its facility at 505 Boices Lane.

Westchester County
Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market
, a high-end grocery chain opened its second Westchester location on January 27, 2017. The new 18,000 sq. ft. store in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center in Rye Brook offers a wide range of rare fruits and vegetables, imported pastas and organic meats and seafood. Balducci’s is targeting Westchester food connoisseurs willing to spend a little more each week for their groceries. The store expects to employ about 100 employees, including full-time department heads for every section of the store.

Cava Grill, a Washington D.C.-based Mediterranean, fast-casual restaurant, signed a long-term lease for nearly 3,200 square feet of space at Ridge Plaza in Rye Brook. The restaurant is scheduled to open in spring, 2017. No job numbers were announced.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Coyote Grill
, a restaurant in the Town of Poughkeepsie, officially closed its doors after an electrical fire damaged the property. The restaurant property, at 2629 South Road on Route 9, is currently listed for sale. No job numbers were announced.

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
Samuel Aaron, Inc.,
a company that makes simulated gem stone jewelry filed a WARN notice on January 11, 2017 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The jewelry manufacturer will close its Mt. Vernon facility and lay off 42 employees.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Westchester Medical Center and 1,500 nurses from the NYS Nurses Association recently reached an agreement on an 11-year contract. The deal impacts registered nurses at the Valhalla-based medical campus, which is part of WMC Health – a 10-member hospital system, with more than 12,000 employees, covering Westchester, Rockland and Dutchess counties, along with surround communities. The contract is retroactive and spans from April 1, 2011 through December 31, 2021.

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