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Hudson Valley Region, June 2013

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

June 2013

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
Nature's Pantry, a specialty market, which offers organic and natural foods, plans to relocate from Newburgh to a larger facility on Route 94 in New Windsor. The new 15,000-square-foot store will offer an expanded produce section, a deli and seating. The store will also offer more dairy products and dry grocery items. No job numbers were announced.

The Hamlet at Wallkill, a 200-bed assisted living facility, is under construction in the Town of Wallkill. The $45 million facility is the first project in the Mid-Hudson Valley for Westchester Developer FilBen Group. The facility is expected to be completed by fall, 2014. No job numbers were announced.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Baked by Angels, which specializes in custom-designed cakes, cupcakes and cookies celebrated its grand-opening on Saturday June 15, 2013. No job numbers were announced.

Stop & Shop recently opened a new store on Route 303 in Orangeburgh. Sixty full and part-time employees from the West Nyack location have been transferred to the Orangeburgh store, joining 90 new employees.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Kirkland's, a home decor store will open a new location on Route 9W, in the Town of Ulster. The new store is scheduled for a grand-opening on July 20, 2013. No job numbers were announced.

Westchester County
Douglas Elliman Real Estate recently opened a new office at 26 Popham Road in Scarsdale. The 2,200 square-foot office will serve as a strategic marketing hub for Scarsdale and the Long Island Sound communities of Rye, Larchmont, New Rochelle and Pelham. No job numbers were announced.

Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. announced plans to open an office at 30 Glenn Street in White Plains. The company also has offices throughout the country, including in New York City, and in New Haven, Connecticut. No job numbers were announced.

Tappan Zee Constructors L.L.C., the design team that will build the new Tappan Zee Bridge, is getting its sizeable workforce settled into the area as it prepares to start construction on the new bridge. TZ Constructors has leased space at 555 White Plains Road in Tarrytown. About 200 members of the project team have moved in and will work there during the five-year construction period. The company will also open a satellite office on the grounds of a waterfront condominium complex in Tarrytown and build a dock nearby where workers will take boats to job sites on the river. TZ Constructors is leasing a 30,000 square-foot building which it will use for 80 project engineers and managers.

VARTA Microbattery, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of retail and OEM batteries and energy storage systems, opened its new headquarters in Rye. The company recently unveiled an electric bicycle that is expected to begin selling in the U.S. in 2014. VARTA currently employs an estimated 21 employees and expects that number to grow over the next 12 to 24 months when they introduce a line of refrigerator-size home solar batteries. No final job numbers were announced.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION


Dutchess County
After reporting a disappointing first quarter earnings report, IBM announced plans to slash several hundred jobs across the country, including about 700+ employees in Dutchess and Westchester Counties. While the job cuts in Westchester have not been officially announced, Big Blue laid off 697 employees in Dutchess County – 328 in Poughkeepsie and 369 in East Fishkill. Big Blue has several facilities in the region, including the two chip processing plants in Dutchess County, as well as facilities in Westchester County – including Armonk, Somers, Hawthorne and Yorktown.

Orange County
Nothing to report.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
The Archdiocese of New York announced plans to close two schools in Rockland County: St. Augustine in New City, and St. Peter School in Haverstraw. No job numbers were available.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Nothing to report.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Nothing to report.

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