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Hudson Valley Region, July2014

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

July 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
Continental Organics, the New Windsor aquaponic grower of fish and greens, announced plans for its second expansion within two years. The company is seeking a $10 million federal loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will allow it to nearly double the size of its current facility to 225,000 square feet. The expansion would include building three greenhouses, installing a geothermal cooling system for the salmon house and expanding the compost plant and the raised-bed outdoor garden. The project is expected to start and finish in 2015. The company expects to hire 26 full-time workers and some part-time workers after the expansion.

Flaming Grill and Buffet, a new dining option at the Newburgh Mall, offers more than 250 items prepared in Chinese, Japanese and American styles. The new eatery also offers specialty items such as sushi and hibachi. No job numbers were available.

Rite Aid Pharmacy opened a new store on Pike Street in Port Jervis. The new store offers organic foods and multiple drive-thru pharmacy lanes. No job numbers were available.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
H&V Collision Center is expanding into the Hudson Valley Region. The family-owned company, which operates four locations in the Capital Region, announced plans to open a new location on Ulster Avenue in the Town of Ulster. No job numbers were announced.

The Hudson Valley Wine Village, a $273 million mixed-use development, is moving one step closer to reality after it passed a crucial point in its environmental review. The Lloyd Town Board unanimously accepted the Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement for the $273 million project. The mixed-use development will be situated on 440 acres on the riverfront side of a former winery, between the Hudson River and Route 9W in the Southeastern part of the town. This project, which was first proposed more than three years ago, calls for various commercial developers to construct and operate, the site’s various businesses, on a phased-in basis. The center piece of the project will be a 103-room, conference center, spa and restaurant. Plans for the Wine Village also calls for 450,000 square feet of industrial buildings for manufacturing, 155,000 square feet of office and commercial space and 800 residential units.

Westchester County
Family Services of Westchester Inc. recently began construction on its generation-bridging center at 106 North Broadway in White Plains. The 18,000 square-foot Lanza Family Center for All Ages will house an early-childhood wing, a youth center and an older adult wing. The $4.9 million construction project is scheduled to continue through this fall and programming will begin in January. No job numbers were announced.

Kawasaki Rail Car received a $500,000 grant from Empire State Development Corp that it will use towards the $25 million purchase of its Yonkers facility. The company has been leasing its manufacturing facility since it set-up shop in 1987 in the former Otis Elevator Company factory. Since Kawasaki began operations in Yonkers, it has manufactured over 2,700 train cars for mass transit, including for New York City, PATH, Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road, and for systems in Boston, Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. The company, with an estimated workforce of 400, is a major employer in Westchester County. In October 2010, the company considered moving from New York to its other facility in Nebraska, but with the financial assistance of New York State, it decided to stay put.

Palombo Bakery recently opened a new store at 168 Martine Avenue in White Plains. The bakery sells pastries, coffee and gelato, among other treats. No job numbers were announced.

The Goren Group, which purchased the historic Adler Manor on North Broadway in Yonkers, plans to preserve and use it as an expanded venue for weddings, retreats, film shoots and other events. The company, headed by developer Lela Goren, plans to spend $3.5 million to renovate and furnish the facility while respecting its historic status, since it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, qualifying it for historic preservation tax credits. The Yonkers Industrial Development Agency Board granted the Goren Group an estimated $167,500 in sales tax exemptions on construction materials, as well as a temporary property tax abatement. No job numbers were announced.

Yonkers Brewing Co. plans to open a microbrewery and tasting room in an historic building on the waterfront in downtown Yonkers. The company recently signed a lease for 4,700 square feet of space at 92 Main Street. No job numbers were available.

Wells Fargo & Co. recently celebrated the grand-opening of its newest branch at 2290 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers. The new branch, with 18 bankers, replaces two older facilities at 598 Tuckahoe Road and at 157 Lockwood Avenue. No job numbers were announced.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Nothing to report.

Putnam County
Questar Assessment Inc., a manufacturer of educational testing materials for schools, and provider of test scoring and data reporting and analysis, has recently filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company will close its facility in Brewster facility on or before November 30, 2014 and lay off 39 employees.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Nothing to report.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Workers at the Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, represented by CSEA, ratified their first contract with the new private owners. The estimated 215 employees at the nursing home overwhelmingly approved a three-year bargaining agreement that formalizes salary structures, insurances, discipline procedures and seniority. The employees had been working without a contract since the county sold the facility to a private operator last year.

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