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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region May 2015

Business Expansions and Openings

Insurance giant Geico announced that it plans to add more than 300 people this year to its Woodbury office, where the insurer employs close to 3,000. The company is hiring for its management development program as well as for positions in liability and no-fault claims, sales, customer service and auto damage. It also plans to hire more than 40 people for its legal offices in Hicksville, Melville and Westbury.

 

Teq, a Huntington Station-based education technology company, announced a new agreement with Smart Technologies to sell its professional development software to kindergarten-12 schools across the United States. The deal is a factor behind the company's plans to hire 40 employees in sales, marketing and software development over the next four months. Over the past year, the company hired 75 employees, some of whom replaced existing workers. The company currently has 142 employees.

"Our challenge is really recruiting," said Chris Hickey, president of Teq.

 

Queens-based businesses Coline Cabinetry and the Home Tile Center of NY are coming to Islip after the Islip Industrial Development Agency offered sales tax exemptions and property tax savings. Coline Cabinetry is buying a 51,000-square-foot facility in Hauppauge to supplement its existing Flushing facility. The company will retain nine jobs and create 11 more. The Home Tile Center of NY is relocating to a 28,000-square-foot location in Islandia and will add 14 more jobs to their 6-person workforce.

 

Nassau County has given tax breaks to South Shore Honda in Valley Stream which wants to construct a showroom, office and car lot on three pieces of land along Sunrise Highway. The $4 million project will add 12 jobs by 2019 to South Shore Honda's payroll of 31. Its workers earn, on average, $60,300 per year, records show.

 

Islandia-based Gold Coast Bank plans to open a sixth branch, in Southampton. Gold Coast, a private bank with assets of $324 million on Dec. 31, has branches now in Mineola, Huntington, Farmingdale, East Setauket and at its headquarters in Islandia.

 

A new Nassau County group focused on growing the Island's technology industry, TCubed -- short for Tech Task Team -- plans to hold a tech-focused job fair on June 10.

 

In an effort to retain about 350 local jobs, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has granted tax breaks to two companies that previously announced plans to move substantial portions of their operations off Long Island. Festo Corp., a German seller of factory automation equipment, with U.S. headquarters in Hauppauge, and Voxx International, a maker of automotive audio electronics with facilities in Hauppauge, were granted the breaks Thursday for building renovation projects. Festo recently invested $50 million to buy 45 acres in Mason, Ohio, to build a new facility. Festo will take about 140 of the 270 jobs currently on Long Island to Ohio. It plans to add about 17 jobs to its remaining Island workforce. Voxx plans to retain some 218 jobs on the Island, including administrative, IT and engineering positions with average salaries of more than $75,000.

 

Rising Sun Woodworking Inc. of Mattituck plans to buy three buildings in Cutchogue using a $480,000 loan from New York State. The company has promised to add three people to its payroll of 19 in return for state help. Employees earn, on average, $57,000 per year.

 

Aladdin Packaging LLC., a fast-growing manufacturer of bags used to sell chips, nuts, candy and paper products, plans to purchase a building in Hauppauge for use as an additional factory and warehouse. The proposed $5.3 million expansion represents a tripling of the amount of space the company was using in 2005. The project will add 10 people to the current payroll of 105 over two years. Records show that workers earn, on average, $31,655 per year, excluding medical benefits.

 

Citation Clinical Labeling Systems, which makes labels used in drug trials by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, plans to rent a building in Hauppauge (Suffolk County) for its headquarters and plant. The $2 million project will add 12 jobs to Citation's payroll of 57 workers by 2018. Records show that employees earn, on average, $62,256 per year.

 

VetsBuild, a training program that prepares veterans for jobs in the green construction industry, broke ground on April 22, 2015, on a group home in Huntington Station that will be shared by veterans. The program is run by the United Way of Long Island and the United Veterans Beacon House in Bay Shore. The five-week program provides training for 10 veterans for “green” construction jobs.

 

Macy’s is launching four pilot discount stores this fall in the New York metropolitan region, including two on Long Island. The Long Island locations include the Lake Success Shopping Center in New Hyde Park, and Melville Mall in Huntington. Each Macy’s Backstage store is expected to hire about 30 associates.

 

Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's Cake Boss, is coming to Long Island. The ninth location of his Carlos Bakery is opened at the Gallery at Westbury Plaza in Garden City.

 

 

Business Contractions and Closings

 

More than 40 full-time and 2,500 part-time employees of Nassau Coliseum will be laid off this summer when the arena closes for renovations led by Brooklyn developer Bruce Ratner. The Coliseum notice was issued Thursday to union representatives and said employees will be laid off no later than July 31 -- when Pennsylvania-based Spectator Management Group's lease with Nassau County to run the Uniondale arena expires. About 2,000 Coliseum employees, including painters, electricians, carpenters, ushers and parking attendants, are members of 17 labor unions represented by the Long Island Federation of Labor, federation executive director Roger Clayman said.

 

First Data Corp., a credit-card processing company that employs several hundred people in Melville, plans to close that office within six months to a year and transfer many of the jobs to "a large new office east of Manhattan." First Data spokesman Mark Murphy declined to be more specific about the new location. Murphy said that many of the current Melville employees will remain with the company after the move. "Many of our people in Melville will remain with First Data at our new location, and we are offering commuter support, relocation assistance, retention and, if needed, outplacement support services," he said.

 

Kozy Shack Enterprises Inc., which makes rice pudding and other refrigerated desserts, will lay off 32 workers between Aug. 5 and Aug. 21 at its Hicksville operation as the business switches distributors.

 

Ronkonkoma-based vitamin and food supplement maker NBTY Inc. will close its Amityville manufacturing operation in October and outsource the work to a California company, a move that will eliminate 214 jobs. There are 120 open positions at five other NBTY manufacturing, packaging and warehousing facilities in Suffolk County that affected workers may apply for, NBTY spokeswoman Andrea Staub said. Layoffs will occur between July 31 and Oct. 2.

 

Mental health clinic and residential facility operator Pederson Krag Center is laying off at least 40 workers after losing contracts, but many are being rehired by new providers. Huntington-based Family Service League got the new contract from Suffolk County for the Huntington clinic, which Pederson Krag has operated. The West Babylon-based Federation of Organizations obtained the contract for the Wyandanch location, which Pederson Krag also has run for the county. In addition Huntington-based Pederson Krag is laying off 14 people as it ends its contract for the Wyandanch facility this week and another 26 by early May at its Smithtown location, where it also lost the contract.

 

Goya Foods Inc. will close its Bethpage distribution operation in July after 17 years on Long Island and move the jobs to New Jersey. The company said the plant's 57 workers can apply for jobs in New Jersey. Those who decide not to go will receive a severance package based on years of service. 

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