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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region January 2014

Business Expansions and Openings

Stew Leonard’s has signed a long-term lease for the 60,000-square-foot space now occupied by Dave & Buster’s in the Airport Plaza shopping center in East Farmingdale (Suffolk County).  The Dave & Buster’s lease expires in February 2015, but it’s possible the restaurant/entertainment center could vacate sooner to make room for Stew Leonard’s, according to an industry source.


Wild by Nature, a natural food marketplace, will open a new store in West Islip (Suffolk County) by late summer or early fall, according to a company statement.


MTC Industries Inc., an Edgewood-based (Suffolk County) pharmaceutical supplier and manufacturer has plans to move its manufacturing operations from China to Hauppauge (Suffolk County).  The Suffolk County IDA awarded the manufacturer $223,290 in tax breaks over 12 years.  In exchange, MTC has committed to grow its 11-employee local operations to 51 employees within three years.  MTC, short for Molecular Technology Corp., manufactures the active ingredients used in joint, brain, skin, heart, energy and muscle enhancement, and weight-loss control nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products. Roughly 75 percent of MTC’s products are exported to China.


Supreme Screw Products, a Bronx-based manufacturer of precision component parts, has signed on to move its facility from New York City to Mineola (Nassau County).  The company will be bringing 36 jobs to Nassau, while creating another 30 positions at the soon-to-be state-of-the-art, high-tech manufacturing facility.


After buying 10 acres in Ronkonkoma (Suffolk County) five years ago, Perfume Centers of America, one of the largest perfume distributors in the country, is moving ahead with a long-planned expansion on the property.  The Town of Islip Industrial Development Agency approved tax breaks to assist the project, which the company said will bring 120 full-time and 50 seasonal jobs to the town.  The company will consolidate its Nassau and Suffolk County operations into its new complex.


West Babylon-based (Suffolk County) Visual Citi, a full-service signage, printing and fabrication company, is in the process of acquiring a 142,000-square-foot building in Lindenhurst it currently occupies as a partial tenant.  Visual Citi, which currently employs 85 full-time and 30 seasonal/part-time workers, needs the expanded space as it increases its manufacturing and distributing operations. The company plans to hire an additional 20 full-time employees during the next two years to accommodate that growth.  The Babylon IDA approved a package of tax breaks for the company in January.


The Long Island Forum for Technology has finished building a 25,000-square-foot high-tech Composite Prototyping Center in Plainview that it hopes to give the region an edge in a growing manufacturing sector.  The state provided $15 million to fund a cutting edge center that would help develop a wide range of new products related to a high-tech manufacturing sector that is only now developing.  LIFT’s new site will give firms access to wide range of devices such as 3-D printers and machines that use lasers to measure and cut and autoclaves.


The first of nine buildings that will become the Hampton Business District at Gabreski Airport — a new industrial center for Southampton Town (Suffolk County) — will be going up later this year, with a formal groundbreaking next month, the developer said.  Town officials have said the project could create 600 to 900 new jobs when completed.  The first building, a 60,000-square-foot industrial structure, will be followed by two office and medical buildings, which will add 60,000 square feet of space.  A 145-room hotel will become the "signature project" of the business district.


The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute opened a $47 million, 30,000-square-feet facility in Lake Success (Nassau County) offering outpatient radiation therapy for a wide range of cancers.


As part of a transformation of health care on Long Island, an urgent care center provider is opening in Huntington (Suffolk County) with plans for additional sites in the region.  Cure Urgent Care hopes to roll out at least five and up to eight additional centers in New York City over the next two years with up to two more in Nassau this year and two in Suffolk.


Bethpage Federal Credit Union opened its 27th branch on January 23rd and first in a hospital in Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.  This is Bethpage’s 15th branch in Nassau, where it plans to open three more this year as part of a rapid expansion.


Work Market Inc., a fast-growing technology startup, is expanding in Huntington Village (Suffolk County).  The company has a workforce of 43; 20 in Huntington and the rest in Manhattan. He plans to add 17 locally over the next two years.  Records show that employees earn, on average, $83,720 per year, and in Huntington, $140,000.  Work Market has developed an online tool for businesses to manage freelancers and contract workers and for those people to find work. Aiding the company will be the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, which agreed to provide the software development company with $55,998 in tax breaks.


SolarCity, a San Mateo, Calif., company that specializes in leased sun-power systems for residential homes, opened a vastly expanded Long Island operations center that officials say marks the growth and potential of the local market.  The firm, which employs more than 140 statewide, has more than tripled its Long Island staff to 47 and has 15 open positions.


A new Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza restaurant opened January 20 in Bohemia (Suffolk County).  Restaurant chain Bahama Breeze Island Grille opened its first New York State location at the Smith Haven Mall (Suffolk County) on February 3. 


Business Contractions and Closings


Clearwater Paper, a Washington State-based tissue manufacturing company, has announced that it is closing their tissue converting facility in Central Islip (Suffolk County), resulting in the layoffs of 153 workers.  The Long Island layoffs are scheduled to start February 23 and end May 18.  Clearwater said employees can apply for jobs at the other plants.  The Long Island plant converted large rolls of paper into private-label products such as bathroom tissue, paper towels and napkins.


Long Beach Medical Center (Nassau County) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on February 19 with a package deal to sell its assets to South Nassau Communities Hospital for $21 million. Battered by Superstorm Sandy, the hospital had invested millions of dollars on repairs but never reopened as a full-service hospital since it was damaged in October 2012.  South Nassau officials plan to open a freestanding, 24-hour emergency department that would receive 911 calls later this year in Long Beach. An urgent-care facility could open as soon as May, South Nassau spokesman Damian Becker said.  Long Beach Medical Center has signed an agreement with South Nassau that allows the Oceanside hospital to acquire the assets of the Long Beach facility and Komanoff Center for Geriatric and Rehabilitative Medicine, the statement said.  Long Beach and its nursing home have about 285 employees.  About 85 of them work at the hospital, which had 700 employees before Sandy struck.


Four locations, including two on Long Island, in the St. Mary’s Health Care System for Children will see layoffs beginning this May, as the health system readies to close its early intervention program.  The early intervention program, helps children become school-ready by “investing a little in them now to save a lot more in the long run,” a company spokeswoman said.  On Long Island, 32 employees will be laid off at St. Mary’s New Hyde Park (Nassau County) hospital, which employs about 300, while staff at the Roslyn Heights location will be transferred to other programs, as they were already working in other departments as well.


Transamerica Financial Life Insurance has announced it will be closing its Edgewood (Suffolk County) location, resulting in the layoffs of 79 employees.  The Edgewood office is a processing center that provides back-office administrative support.


A Holbrook (Suffolk County) Waldbaum’s will close in mid-April, affecting 71 employees, according to a notice on the New York State Department of Labor’s website.  The Waldbaum’s workers are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 342.


Apparel retailer Loehmann’s closed two stores on Long Island in Hewlett and New Hyde Park (Nassau County) affecting 48 employees.


Sbarro, the Italian food chain, has shut outlets at mall food courts in Valley Stream, Hicksville and Massapequa (Nassau County).


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