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  • Hudson Valley Region, March 2013

    FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

     

    Hudson Valley Region

    March 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

    (Update) Almost six years after buying 52 acres in the Tetz Industrial Park, Coach USA has begun construction of a $16 million office and garage complex in the town of Chester. About 100 temporary construction jobs will be created during the construction phase of the new 192,000 square-foot facility. The company is relocating its operations from New Jersey to Orange County. Once completed, Coach USA will employ about 225 employees at the new facility.

     

    Eat Sweet Bakery opened a new facility on Railroad Avenue in Warwick. The new larger shop enables the bakery to bake on premises and serve coffee and baked goods, including breads. No job numbers were available. 

    Solar City, a private company plans to build the first large scale solar farm in Orange County. The company will construct the operation on 10 acres of city-owned land with incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency. No job numbers were available.

     

    United Natural Foods, a Providence, R.I.-based distributor of natural organic and specialty foods, announced plans to build a new 525,000 square-foot warehouse and distribution center in the Town of Montgomery in Orange County. Construction on the $55 million distribution center will begin July, with a scheduled opening by the fall of 2014. The company maintains 13 distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada. This will be UNF's first distribution center in New York. The sprawling complex will feature 49 truck bays and 650 parking spots and will employ more than 360 people. UNF will receive $3.6 million in tax credits through the State's Excelsior Jobs Program.

     

    Putnam County

    Nothing to report.

     

    Rockland County

    Nothing to report.

     

    Sullivan County

    Nothing to report.

     

    Ulster County

    Mid-Hudson Medical Group - The Ulster County Industrial Development Agency was awarded a 20 year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement and other tax breaks for its new office on Route 9W in the Town of Ulster. Kirchhoff Cos., the developer for the project expects to begin construction on the Medical Group's new office in April 2013. No job numbers were announced.

     

    Tractor Supply Co. announced plan to open a 20,000 square-foot store on Route 9W in the Town of Ulster. The agricultural superstore, which offers merchandise from livestock feed to toy tractors, submitted plans to the Town of Ulster for approval. The company already has a store in Highland. No job numbers were announced. 

     

    Westchester County

    Fast Linen Service, Inc., a Bronx-based linen service company, announced plans to purchase a 32,000 square-foot property on Nepperhan Avenue in Yonkers, as it relocates its operation to Westchester County. The company expects to spend $3.6 million to purchase and renovate the property with the help of tax incentives from the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency. Fast Linen expects to increase its payroll from 30 employees to about 42 full-timers once the move is completed.

    (Update) Legoland Discovery Center celebrated the grand-opening of its first Northeast location at the Ridge Hill complex in Yonkers. There are only 10 Legoland Discovery Centers in the world, with only five in the United States. The Legoland facility in Yonkers opened on March 27, and is expected to employ about 100 employees.

     

    MDxpress, an urgent care facility, recently opened an office on Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. The center will be open for patients seven days a week, including all holidays, offering a range of services, including pediatric and adult non-life and limb threatening injuries and illnesses. No job numbers were available.

     

    The New York Group for Plastic Surgery announced plans to open a new office at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt. The company has other locations in the region, including offices in Tarrytown and Goshen. No job numbers were available.

     

     

    BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

    Dutchess County

    Mill House Panda, a Chinese food restaurant that has operated in downtown Poughkeepsie for nearly 25 years, announced plans to close in the coming weeks. No job numbers were available.

     

    Orange County

    Acme Bus Corp. filed a WARN notice with the New York State Department of Labor on March 18, 2013 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company announced plans to lay off 165 employees at its Middletown facility when its contract with the Orange County Department of Health expires at the end of June. The layoffs are expected to occur between June 15 and June 30.

     

    Putnam County

    NYSARC, Inc., the Putnam County Chapter - PARC Program filed a WARN notice with the New York State Department of Labor in anticipation of a mass layoff. The Putnam County ARC's preschool program will close in August 2013 impacting all 47 staff members and enrolled children, ages three to five. The layoffs will commence on June 21, 2013 and continue through August 9, 2013.

     

    Rockland County

    Pfizer announced plans to lay off another 34 employees at its Pearl River facility in Rockland County. Pfizer filed a WARN notice with the Labor Department on March 26, 2013 in anticipation of its latest round of job cuts.  The layoffs began on December 28, 2012and continue through June 28, 2013. The company has laid off several hundred employees at the Rockland facility since it completed its acquisition of Wyeth Pharmaceutical in October 2009.

     

    Sullivan County

    Nothing to report.

     

    Ulster County

    The Daily Freeman whose parent company Journal Register Co. filed for bankruptcy last year, was acquired by Alden Capital 21st Century CMH. Daily Freeman's union members approved a deal with their prospective new owners that will hold wages steady, while eliminating 11 jobs. Four copy editors, four clerks, and three district circulation managers will lose their jobs when the deal takes effect.

     

    Westchester County

    Belmay Inc., a global manufacturer of fragrances, announced plans to close its Yonkers plant in June 2013. The company was recently acquired by German-based Symrise, a producer of flavors and fragrances. Belmay filed a WARN notice with the New York State Department of Labor on March 18, 2013 in anticipation of its plan to lay off 60 employees at the Yonkers facility.

     

     

    STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

     

    Nothing to report.

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