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Hudson Valley Region, September 2014

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

September 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
Vassar Brothers Medical Center
has spent another $2 million to expand its emergency room department. Fifteen new bays will be added to the existing 57 bays, with larger rooms and state-of-the-art medical equipment, including computer terminals hooked up to the Health Quest medical information system. No job numbers were announced.

Orange County
Café Spice,
a family-owned business that specializes in the production of pre-cooked, convenient and authentic Indian cuisine, announced plans to expand their production line. The product line will now include Ethiopian and Mexican food items. Café Spice received a $750,000 grant from the Regional Economic Development Council that it will use towards its product line expansion and to enhance its overall production. The company has several job openings in the food prep area and for local drivers.

The founder of Frozen Ropes Training Centers recently purchased 36 acres of the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility from the Town of Warwick. Tony Abbatine, who also owns a sports complex in Chester, plans to use the space to create “The Yard”, a venue that would host a variety of athletic events including soccer, lacrosse, football, and baseball. No job numbers were announced.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Kohl’s Department Stores
announced plans to hire 200 people to fill seasonal positions at its distribution center on Route 209in the Town of Mamakating. The seasonal workers will be immediately eligible for employee discounts and shift pay premiums.

Ulster County
California-based Niagara Bottling has expressed interest in building a sprawling bottling and shipping facility on a 57-acre parcel in the Town of Ulster. The Town Planning Board began reviewing a site plan application for the proposed 414,800 square-foot bottling plant. At full capacity, the plant would use up to 1.75 million gallons of city of Kingston water each day. The water would be piped from Cooper Lake using a water main that once serviced the massive now largely vacant IBM building. The company is prepared to construct a second water line running parallel to the existing system using existing easements in Kingston and the Town of Ulster. The $53 million project would initially create 41 jobs with a single production line and up to 120 jobs with four production lines.

Construction recently began on SUNY New Paltz’s new 77,000 square-foot science building. The $48 million (LEED) complex will house the physics, astronomy, geology, geography, mathematics and computer science schools in its two wings. No job numbers were announced.

Westchester County
A merger between Montefiore Hospital and White Plains Hospital was recently approved by the Public Health and Health Planning Council, allowing Bronx Health System, the parent company of Montefiore to continue its expansion into the lower Hudson Valley area. The deal gives Bronx Health System broad power over White Plains Hospital; a community hospital and one of Westchester County’s largest employers with an estimated workforce of about 2,000 people. The deal will not result in any job losses according to hospital officials.

Saks Fifth Avenue, the luxury department store owned by Canadian retailer- Hudson Bay Co., announced plans to open a Saks Fifth discount outlet store at the former Loehman’s site on Tarrytown Road, in Greenburgh. Saks is in the midst of a $1 billion make over, including a large investment in its flagship store in New York City. Hudson Bay also owns Lord & Taylor, which has several stores throughout the region.

The JCC on the Hudson has raised $6.4 million for its new 6.6 acre campus in Tarrytown. The community center’s expansion at 371 S. Broadway will quadruple the center’s space by adding the former GM training center to its existing space. Plans for the new JCC will include a five-lane pool, a 200-seat auditorium and a full-size gym. No job numbers were announced.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Office Depot
is closing its doors on November 15, 2014. Staffs will be offered transfer opportunities to other nearby stores. The store is closing because the current location is larger than what is needed for efficient operations. The company has not announced whether it will consider relocating the store to a smaller facility in the Poughkeepsie area.

Orange County
Nothing to report.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
filed a WARN notice on September 16, 2014 in anticipation of a mass layoff. About 83 people will be laid off in phases during a 14-day period beginning on December 31, 2014 and running through the closing date in 2016.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Convent of Mary the Queen
filed a WARN notice on September 22, 2014 in anticipation of a mass layoff. Layoffs will occur between December 31, 2014 and June 30, 2015, as the convent is scheduled to close at the end June 2015.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Tappan Zee Constructors, the builder of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, is accusing leaders of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and its two affiliates, Dockbuilders Local 1556 and Carpenters Local 279, of concocting a “back-room” deal to squeeze an extra $7 million out the project for their members. The ongoing legal battle stems over which trade has jurisdiction over certain work on the bridge’s foundation. Under the union’s plan, costs would be $7.3 million higher because workers would earn the Dockbuilders’ hourly wage and benefit rate of $92.47, which is $22 per hour more that the carpenters’ compensation.

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