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Hudson Valley Region, September 2015

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

September 2015

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
Northern Dutchess Hospital
is constructing an 86,500 square-foot facility as part of its expansion plan. The new facility will include 40 new patient rooms and six new operating rooms with the latest technologies. No job numbers were announced.

Orange County
Jointa Lime Co.
announced plan to build a hot mix asphalt plant with space for recycled asphalt and a truck loading area in the Town of New Windsor. Jointa has been operating a temporary plant in New Windsor since July, 2013. No job numbers were announced.

United Natural Foods, Inc., a leading distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods is looking to fill 30 job openings at its facility in Montgomery. The company has current openings for 10 drivers with a pay rate of $21 per hour and 20 selectors with a pay rate of $14.50 per hour.

Zumtobel Lighting in Highland announced plans to invest $6.4 million to upgrade its manufacturing facilities and to boost research and development of the next generation of lighting fixtures, connected lighting solutions and employee training. The company will receive up to $1.9 million in performance-based grants and tax incentives from Empire State Development. The state incentives include a $900,000 capital grant from the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and $290,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program Tax Credits. In return, Zumtobel will maintain about 202 jobs through 2022.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
New Planet Energy,
along with local developer MBC Contractors, announced plans to build a waste-to-energy plant on Holt Drive in the Town of Stony Point. The project is expected to create about 400 to 500 temporary construction jobs and 100 to 125 permanent jobs when completed. While the project has been welcomed by Stony Point officials as a major addition to its tax base, neighboring town officials from Haverstraw and Clarkstown have expressed their concerns about traffic congestion and environmental issues such as air and noise pollution.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Selux Corporation,
a global company that manufactures a comprehensive range of high-quality architectural light fixtures, is expanding its facility in Highland. The custom lighting manufacturer, which grew by 35 percent last year, is adding 3,000 square-feet to the machine shop, 9,000 square-feet to the warehouse and a new showroom building. The company plans to add 10 additional factory workers, in addition to some electrical engineers.

Westchester County
Lennar Multifamily Communities L.L.C.
was recently approved for tax incentives for its $275 million mixed-use development project in downtown White Plains. The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency recently approved the national housing developer for approximately $14.5 million in tax exemptions for the project, which will include 95,600 square feet of retail space and 756,000 square feet of residential space with 707 rental apartments in two 24-story towers. Lennar has estimated that the project will create 2,895 temporary construction jobs and 72 permanent jobs.

Modell’s Sporting Goods, the New York City-based retail chain with five locations in Westchester County is expected to open a new store in Mount Kisco. No job numbers were available.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., the state’s largest biotechnology employer, has recently signed a 9-year lease expansion for 116,200 square feet of office and laboratory space at its headquarters at the Landmark at Eastview, in the Towns of Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant. The expansion deal is separate from the company’s $100 million construction project that will add more than 300,000 square feet of laboratory and office space in two buildings rising on the Mount Pleasant side of the campus, scheduled to be completed this year.

Robison Oil Corporation, a company that supplies natural gas and electricity, delivers clean-burning biofuel, and services and install, all types of heating and air-conditioning systems is looking to expand its workforce at its headquarters in Elmsford. The company is looking to hire customer/credit service representatives, mechanics, technicians and drivers.

RXR Real Estate Development Corporation, in a joint venture with Rising Development, announced plans to build a 442-unit high rise apartment building in downtown Yonkers. In addition to the apartments, the plan calls for 40,000 square foot of ground floor retail and restaurant space. The Yonkers Industrial Development Agency has approved an incentive plan for the project. The site was designated a priority project by the state’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and was awarded $1 million in assistance from the state’s Empire Development Corporation. RXR Real Estate Development will be the lead partner in the project in Larkin Plaza, which overlooks Van Der Donck Park and is within walking distance of the Yonkers train station. The multi-million dollar project is expected to create an estimated 250 permanent jobs when completed.

Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Center, a nursing facility that specializes in the care and treatment of medically complex children who require post acute rehabilitative care, announced plans to expand its facility in the Town of New Castle. The expansion plan, which was approved by the state Department of Health last year, will increase the size of the complex from 19,000 square feet to 146,000 square feet, while adding some new medical equipment and improvements to visitor rooms and classroom space for the facility’s on-site school. The $30 million project will allow the healthcare provider to add 92 employees to its existing workforce, increasing the center’s staff to 187.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
GlobalFoundries
is offering voluntary buyouts in order to reduce its U.S. workforce at its Fab 8 computer chip manufacturing plant in Malta and at recently acquired IBM semiconductor manufacturing plants in Dutchess County and in Vermont. This voluntary buyout is part of a cost-savings measure the company is taking in order to achieve a more competitive cost structure while the industry is in a downturn. According to anonymous sources within the organization, the buyouts are not expected to dramatically impact employment at the company’s Fab 8 chip plant in Malta. Rather, GlobalFoundries hopes the buyouts will reduce the number of legacy IBM employees. GlobalFoundries also recently announced plans to reduce its workforce at its plant in Germany by about 20 percent. The facility in Dresden, Germany has a workforce of about 3,700 employees.

Orange County
New York Military Academy
has closed its doors for good and is up for auction. The financially strapped private boarding school, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March 2015, will be auctioned off at the end of the month for a minimum bid of $9.5 million.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor on September 15, 2015 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company will lay off 54 employees at its facility in Suffern. The layoffs will occur over a 14-day period, commencing on December 31, 2015.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
AT&T
filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor on September 14, 2015 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The communication giant will lay off 42 employees on November 20 at its White Plains office.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Nothing to report.

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