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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region September 2015

Business Expansions and Openings

Bactolac Pharmaceutical Inc., a fast-growing manufacturer of vitamins and nutritional supplements, along with their sister company, Sciegen Pharmaceuticals Inc., that produces generic drugs, will together create 150 jobs in Hauppauge (Suffolk County) as part of a $17.5 million expansion. Most of the new jobs -- 100 -- will be at Bactolac, which currently employs 355. Sciegen, which now has 113 employees, plans to hire 50 more. Records show that employees of the two companies earn, on average, $43,804 per year.

 

Life Time Fitness Inc. will hire 275 full- and part-time workers for its new Garden City (Nassau County) location which is scheduled to open by the end of the year. The company will hold four hiring fairs in October to fill positions in the Kids Academy, member services, aquatics, facility operations and personal-training departments. Life Time said 70 percent of the positions will be full-time.

 

UPS said it will hire about 2,800 people on Long Island for the holiday season, part of a plan to hire 90,000 to 95,000 employees nationally to help handle shipping and deliveries during the holiday season.

UPS said seasonal jobs can become permanent jobs in some cases. On Long Island, jobs will pay from $10.10 to $18.75 an hour, UPS said. The company said applications must be submitted online at Upsjobs.com. The seasonal jobs will last from November to January.

 

Macy's is planning to hire about 1,900 seasonal workers on Long Island, before the biggest shopping season of the year. Hiring for store sales positions will begin in mid-October. Separately, Walmart said it plans to hire more than 60,000 seasonal associates nationwide with a starting rate of at least $9 an hour. The Bentonville, Arkansas-headquartered retailer will hire more than 1,470 seasonal holiday workers throughout New York State; it has 12 stores on Long Island. Last year more than half of Walmart's seasonal associates stayed with the company in permanent roles after the holidays, company officials said. Interested applicants can apply at: macysJOBS.com, bloomingdalesJOBS.com and careers.walmart.com.

 

Kohl's and Toys R Us will hire more than 700 seasonal workers on Long Island in the coming weeks as the holiday hiring season kicks off before the biggest shopping season of the year. Kohl's Corp. expects to hire an average of 50 associates per store for its five locations on Long Island. Typical seasonal jobs include freight processing and customer service. Some seasonal store associates will help fulfill Kohls.com orders. Toys R Us plans to hire an average of 60 associates per store for its eight stores on Long Island. Seasonal store employees will average 18 to 20 hours per week, and up to 30 hours during peak season. Last year, 20 percent of the chain's holiday hires retained positions after Christmas, the company said. Interested applicants can submit their information at KohlsCareers.com and Toysrusinc.com/careers/holiday.

 

Video game retailer GameStop will hire up to 450 seasonal workers on Long Island in the coming weeks as the chain prepares for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The retailer expects to hire about 12 to 20 associates per store at those located inside malls. For stores in strip shopping centers, it plans to hire about six to 10 associates per store. There are 46 GameStop stores on Long Island. The seasonal, part-time jobs will begin Oct. 18 and run through Jan. 8, with schedules ranging from 10 to 25 hours a week.

 

National apparel and home decor retailer Stein Mart opened its first store on Long Island in Commack (Suffolk County) on September 24. Stein Mart's stores, on average, employ 42 associates.

 

Shake Shack opened its second restaurant on Long Island in New Hyde Park (Nassau County) on September 17. They are planning a third restaurant in Melville (Suffolk County). A new Dairy Queen restaurant is planned for Medford (Suffolk County). Construction should begin within the next two months. 

 

Business Contractions and Closings

 

JPMorgan Chase plans to close its offices in Garden City (Nassau County) in December and lay off 195 employees. A number of other workers, who are involved in activities including mortgages, are being transferred to other Chase locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and elsewhere in the country. Chase has been trying to reduce its physical space to reduce its costs. In May 2014, Chase announced the layoffs of 155 employees in the same Garden City operation.

 

Festo Corporation, a robotics and pneumatics manufacturer based in Germany, will layoff 75 of its employees in Hauppauge (Suffolk County) by next April. Festo is relocating its manufacturing and warehouse operations to Mason, OH. Festo first announced the relocation in 2013 and said it would shed more than half of its 250 Long Island employees there once the Ohio plant was completed. A company spokesman said 43 current Long Island employees are relocating to Ohio, while 77 current employees here declined to apply for Ohio jobs. About 135 professional positions in engineering, IT, administration and sales will remain on Long Island, the spokesman said. The layoffs are scheduled between Dec. 31, 2015 and April 29, 2016.

 

(UPDATE) Supermarket operator Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) is in the process of selling several stores through bankruptcy court. Stop & Shop has agreed to acquire Waldbaum's locations in East Hampton, Southampton, Baldwin, Massapequa, Long Beach and Huntington; and Pathmarks in Greenvale, Seaford and Franklin Square. Four locations have been bought by a variety of other grocery chains, while 3 other locations have been bid on by Wakefern, the parent company of Shoprite. Five A&P locations have been bid on by other enterprises. A&P also plans to close five supermarkets on Long Island: Pathmark stores in Centereach and on Grand Avenue in Baldwin, and Waldbaum's in Carle Place, Oceanside and Riverhead. The fate of another 22 Waldbaum’s and Pathmarks on Long Island is still up in the air.

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