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Hudson Valley Region, June 2017

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

June 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
Advance Power Company
celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for its $1.6 billion Cricket Valley Energy project. The 1,100-megawatt, gas-fired power plant will be built on a 193-acre site on Route 22, in the Town of Dover. Dubbed “The Cricket Valley Energy Center,” this state-of-the-art power plant will produce enough electricity to power more than one million homes in the Hudson Valley Region. The project, which has been nine years in the making, will create an estimated 1,100 jobs during peak construction, in addition to 80 permanent and indirect jobs once the plant is operational. Cricket Valley Energy is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2020. The economic impact of the project is substantial, with an annual estimated tax payment between $3.3 million and $7.5 million, to be distributed among the school district, town, county and state.

Orange County
Staten Island-based Alpine Natural Cheese L.L.C. plans to build a natural cheese factory off Dolson Avenue in Middletown. The company recently applied to the city Planning Board for a permit to build a manufacturing and storage plant at 66 Bennett Street. The plant could create 17 jobs in its first year and 50 jobs within five years.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s Advanced Physician Services (APS)
recently opened a new medical practice at 1561 Ulster Avenue, in Lake Katrine. WMCHealth Physicians specializes in surgical services, including general, vascular, thoracic, neurological and breast surgery, as well as abdominal surgical oncology. No job numbers were announced.

Westchester County
Annese & Associates Inc.
, an information technology services company headquartered in Clifton Park, has expanded and consolidated its downstate operation with the relocation of its Brewster and Warwick offices to a 3,800sq. ft. office space in White Plains. The new larger office will accommodate 26 employees and new staff members expected to be added over the next year.

BankUnited N.A., a Florida-based bank with a metropolitan New York presence, will expand its New York corporate banking division with the hiring of two senior vice presidents to head its new Westchester office which is expected to open in June. The new office will be at 5 International Drive in the Reckson Executive Park in Rye Brook.

The $100 million Rivertowns Square, a mixed-use development in Dobbs Ferry, will add a grocer to its list of tenants. Brooklyn Market will open an 18,000-sq. ft. store in a space that was originally designated for a Mrs. Green Natural Markets. The new market will feature butcher, seafood and gourmet counters that offer items from the store’s Brooklyn and on-site kitchens. Brooklyn Market will join other tenants at the complex including the luxury, eight-auditorium iPic Theater, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chop’t Creative Salads and Ulta Beauty & Cosmetics. Rivertowns Square will also feature a 138-room Hilton Garden Inn that is scheduled to open at the end of the year.

Country Realty Co., an affiliate of New Country Motor Car Group which sells Audis and other luxury import cars, recently purchased a Hawthorne property that is being redeveloped as an Audi dealership. The massive facility now under construction will include a full-service car wash and is expected to employ 60 employees.

Halpern Real Estate Ventures and Rosen Development Group broke ground on a $35 million, 100-unit apartment complex in Mamaroneck. The project is the first large-scale residential development, in about 20 years. No job numbers were announced.

Ginsburg Development Cos., a Valhalla-based development company, recently celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for its $64.5 million mixed-use development in Peekskill. The sprawling complex dubbed “Fort Hill,” is being built on the site of a former convent and Revolutionary War lookout. The project will include a 178-unit apartment complex, featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The development will also include the construction of 20 rental townhomes. In addition, the developer also plans to build the Abbey Inn, a 42-room hotel, event space and eatery on the site. Construction is expected to take about a year to complete, and the developer expects to begin leasing the Fort Hill apartments next spring.

Saber White Plains, L.L.C., and Chauncey WP, L.L.C. have asked the city of White Plains for zoning amendments that would allow them to combine two Westchester Avenue parcels totaling 3.1 acres for their proposed multi-million dollar mixed-use development project across the street from the Westchester Mall. Dubbed “The Collection,” the $120 million White Plains development would include retail, dining and residential space in a five story building along Westchester Avenue. On Franklin Avenue, the proposal calls for an 11-story building with four parking levels and seven floors of apartments.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Gander Mountain Co.
, the outdoor retailer which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March 2017, filed a WARN notice with the NYS Dept. of Labor on June 1, 2017 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The outdoor retailer plans to close seven New York State sites, totaling 264 employees. The Hudson Valley sites affected include the stores in the Town of Ulster (40 employees) and Wallkill (44 employees). Outside the region, the stores slated for closure includes the following: Tonawanda (31 employees), Johnson City (38 employees), Rochester (36 employees), Cicero (36 employees), and Watertown (39 employees). The layoffs are expected to occur on or between August 17 and August 31, 2017.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
See Gander Mountain entry under Orange County.

Westchester County
Elmwood Country Club, Inc.
filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor on June 27, 2017 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The member-owned country club that sits on a 100-acre parcel in Greenburgh will sell the property and lay off 76 employees. The layoffs are scheduled for September 30, 2017.

The College of New Rochelle recently laid off 32 members of its faculty and staff. Of the 32 employees affected, 10 were tenured faculty. The layoffs come as part of the college’s financial restructuring plan and it does not anticipate any further layoffs.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Nothing to report.

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