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Hudson Valley Region, October 2016

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

October 2016

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
Aurora Innovations, Inc.
, a Eugene, Oregon-based national manufacturer and distributor of organic garden products, will open a mid-Hudson manufacturing and distribution plant. Aurora, in connection with SUNY Orange, is participating in the Start-up NY program that creates tax-free zones at or near colleges to benefit participating companies. The company will invest nearly $5 million and create 53 jobs.

Round One, an entertainment provider from Japan, plans to open a 45,000 sq. ft. multi-entertainment center at the Galleria Mall at Crystal Run. The center will feature a host of activities including ping pong, pool, karaoke and bowling. The company occupies 14 centers across the country. No job numbers were available.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Catskill Regional Medical Group
, a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, will build a new medical office in the Town of Thompson. The new facility located at the corner of Route 42 and Concord Road in Kiamesha, will offer urgent care and primary care. No job numbers were announced.

Ellenville Regional Hospital plans to build a new $50 million facility on either side of the current hospital and then demolish the old building and fill in the area with parking for the new hospital. The new hospital is expected to be nearly 25 percent larger than the current facility, with more space for outpatient care, including outpatient surgery, rehabilitation, radiology, and other services. No job numbers were announced.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Balducci’s
, an upscale grocery market, will open a new store at the Rye Ridge Shopping Center in Rye Brook. The store will be a full-service grocery store with a butcher, fishmonger, cheese counter and produce department. No job numbers were announced.

Dannon Co. Inc., subsidiary of the French company Danone, is considering moving its headquarters to downtown White Plains, along with its 300 employee workforce. The company recently applied to the White Plains Common Council for a zoning change that would allow it to operate at The Source at White Plains building at 100 Bloomingdale Road.

Hampton Inn recently opened a $15 million, 150-room hotel on Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers. The new 5-story, 180,000 sq. ft. building is the newest hotel in the southern Westchester market. In 2014, the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency approved $923,000 in mortgage and sales tax exemptions and property tax abatement for the development. No job numbers were announced.

Lowe’s plans to open a new store in Yorktown. JAZ L.L.C., a subsidiary of Garden City-based Breslin Realty Development Corp., will build the new 120,663 sq. ft. store on a vacant site on Crompond Road. The development replaces a previously approved plan for a 151,092 sq. ft. Costco and a members-only gas fueling station on the site. Costco pulled out of the plan development earlier this year. The Yorktown planning board will decide whether a supplemental environmental impact study is required for the amended project. No job numbers were announced.

Million Air a Houston-based fixed base operator chain, which provides aircraft services from fuel sales to aircraft storage and maintenance, recently broke ground on the construction of an $88 million-plus hangar and terminal facility on a 23-acre parcel at the Westchester County Airport. The project received financing through the county Industrial Development Authority using tax-exempt bonds.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
A & P Coat, Apron & Linen Supply, Inc.,
doing business as Unitex Textile Rental Services, filed a WARN notice with the NYS Dept. of Labor on October 7, 2016 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company, which offers healthcare laundry and linen services, will close its facility on January 7, 2017 and lay off 65 employees.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Verizon
recently announced plans to close call centers in five states, including New York, as the company attempts to reorganize its operations in a saturated market. An estimated 3,200 workers will be affected as the wireless carrier consolidates its customer service operations across the United States. Job cuts will impact workers at two call centers in New York (Orangeburg and Henrietta), as well as employees at call centers in Bangor, Maine; Lincoln, Nebraska; Wallingford and Meridan, Connecticut; and Rancho Cordoba, California. A total of 850 jobs will be lost at the two New York locations, including 250 jobs at the Orangeburg facility in Rockland County and 600 jobs at the Henrietta facility in Monroe County. The job cuts in Rockland represent about one third of the Verizon’s workforce at the call center. The company will move jobs in the telesales department to existing Verizon facilities in other states. The affected employees will be given a chance to transfer to Greenville, South Carolina; Irving, Texas; or Tampa, Florida. The job cuts in Orangeburg will take place by May, 2017 and those in Henrietta by January 27, 2017. Employees who choose to relocate to another call center will be given relocation packages starting a $10,000 while those who choose to leave the company will be given a severance package, outplacement resources and other support.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Vecco Instruments Inc.
, a semi-conductor machinery manufacturer, filed a WARN notice with the NYS Dept. of Labor in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company will lay off 18 employees at its facility in Kingston. It will lay off 5 employees on December 31, 2016 and 13 more employees on March 31, 2017. Vecco will also lay off 12 employees at its other facility in Poughkeepsie.

Westchester County
Gannett Co.
recently announced plans to cut two percent of its workforce nationwide. The company will lay off five employees at its Journal News office in White Plains.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Nothing to report.

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