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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region June 2015

Business Expansions and Openings

Ropack, a Montreal-based pharmaceutical company, could employ more than 100 people in Suffolk County by 2018 if plans to purchase two Forest Laboratories’ facilities on Long Island go through. The company wants to manufacture, package and test drugs at facilities in Commack and Hauppauge. Ropack's customers are large drug companies looking to outsource the production, packaging and testing of products. The Suffolk County IDA board has approved $3.1 million in tax breaks. In return, Ropack pledged to create 33 jobs in the first year and 70 the following year. The average salary for a Ropack employee in production is between $40,000 and $45,000; executive pay averages between $150,000 and $175,000.


Builders and public officials marked the start of construction June 25th on the $400 million Meadows at Yaphank (Suffolk County) residential and retail complex. The project’s first phase is a 240-residence rental complex called the Reserve at the Boulevard. Eventually, the development will include 850 housing units, 350,000-square-feet of retail, some office space and a 120-room hotel, all to be completed within its projected eight to 10-year build out. Located across from the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the project is aimed at providing housing for lab employees and researchers and is expected to create more than 2,600 permanent full-time jobs.


Publishers Clearing House received tax breaks from the Nassau County IDA to move the company's headquarters from its longtime home in Port Washington (Nassau County) to Jericho. The company has promised to add 66 jobs to its workforce of 444 in return for the aid. Employees earn an average compensation package of $90,000 per year.


Qosina Corp., an Edgewood (Suffolk County)-based distributor of disposable components for the medical device and cosmetics industries, is moving its headquarters to a new facility in Ronkonkoma as part of a $2.2 million relocation project. Qosina supplies disposable components like tubing, clamps and connectors to the medical device industry. Its Qosmedix division sells disposable cosmetic applicators, sampling jars and makeup brushes to the cosmetics industry. The company has about 102 employees and expects to add 10 more within two years of the site's outfitting and renovation.


The Hauppauge (Suffolk County)-based Health Level One, an analytics testing lab which mainly analyzes the ingredients in food supplements and vitamins, seeks a tax break as the company plans to move to a larger facility, also in Hauppauge. Health Level One has nine employees and must move to a larger space in order to hire more workers, owner Monica Bhasin said. With the move, she plans to add five jobs, preferably Stony Brook graduates. The average salary at the company is $40,000.


Construction has started on a $5 million medical research building in the Village of The Branch in Smithtown (Suffolk County), which will house a North Shore-LIJ Health System diagnostic imaging center and will be the new headquarters for MIDI, a Ronkonkoma-based health-care consulting firm. The one-story building is expected to be completed by December. MIDI -- short for Montalbano Innovation & Development Inc. -- provides product research and development services for early-stage health-care and biotech products. Clients include large companies such as GE Healthcare, Siemens and Johnson & Johnson. North Shore expects to move in sometime in January or February. The new location, which will provide MRI, CT scanning and ultrasound procedures, will be the eighth such location the health system has opened on Long Island.


Fast on the heels of building its first full-sized dairy/grocery store on Long Island in East Farmingdale (Suffolk County), Stew Leonard’s is planning another superstore in East Meadow (Nassau County). The Stew Leonard’s at Airport Plaza in East Farmingdale is slated to open early in 2016.


A new Pat’s Marketplace will open in the former Waldbaum’s supermarket space in East Islip (Suffolk County). The new store is expected to open by the third quarter of 2014. It will be the second Long Island location for Pat’s Marketplace, which already had a store in East Northport.


The new Noodles & Company restaurant at Airport Plaza in Farmingdale (Nassau County) opening on July 20 is the chain’s third on Long Island. The company is currently hiring the 40 or so employees that will staff the new 3,400-square-foot fast-casual restaurant. They are currently building two other locations in Hicksville and Garden City Park (Nassau County).


A $10 million expansion and renovation of the Sunrise Toyota dealership in Oakdale (Suffolk County) has just been completed. The family-owned dealership has added 20 employees, increasing its staff to 140.


A new Firehouse Subs, is the chain’s second on Long Island, recently opened in Centereach (Suffolk County).   

Business Contractions and Closings

Raytheon, a Westbury (Nassau County) company that trains air traffic controllers, will be laying off 33 employees in September due to the loss of their contract from the Federal Aviation Administration. It is likely that the employees will transition to Science Applications International Corp., which won the contract to continue training. They will continue to be based in Westbury.

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