AHRC, a Brookville (Nassau County) nonprofit that has three affiliates and about 3,000 local employees, plans to to hire about 500 people next year, mostly to fill vacancies in its day programs and group homes for people with disabilities. About 40 of the new hires will staff four new group homes the agency expects to open this year. The majority of the open positions are direct support professionals, but they are also hiring job coaches, employment training specialists, assistant managers, and program coordinators.
(UPDATE) Amneal Pharmaceuticals, with a local workforce of 900, plans to hire 400 more people over the next three years for its Suffolk County operations since investing about $100 million in a South Yaphank (Suffolk County) factory. The jobs will include research scientists, production workers, plant engineers and administrative staff.
Novaria Group, which produces aircraft engine fasteners, bolts, rivets, blade locks and other flight-critical hardware, is moving its Sky Aerospace Products subsidiary from Los Angeles to Westbury (Nassau County) with help from Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. The relocation will create 57 jobs at the company’s new home which Novaria bought from John Hassall in January 2015. There are currently 81 employees at the Westbury plant. It is unclear how many of the LA employees will be relocating to Long Island.
In exchange for $1.6 million from the 2015 Regional Economic Development Council, guitar string maker D’Addario & Co. in East Farmingdale (Suffolk County) plans to expand their wire mill and add 27 jobs to their local payroll of 865. North Harbor Trading Corp. received $1.25 million, the second-largest amount. The East Northport-based company plans to open a $10 million food processing facility in Riverhead (Suffolk County) that uses high pressure instead of heat to remove bacteria from food. The facility would be the first of its kind on the Island and would eventually have 46 workers.
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue (Suffolk County) expects to add about 50 clinical and other support staff in 2016 to a new cardiac care center. The first phase was completed in September, and the three-story, 60,000-square-foot facility should be opened in the fall. The hospital has 2,210 employees.
1-800-Flowers.com, a Carle Place (Nassau County)-based online floral and gift company, which has 500 employees, temporary workers and consultants on Long Island, expects to hire 40 full-time people for its headquarters, ranging from entry-level positions to senior vice president.
Certified Laboratories Inc., a Plainview (Nassau County)-based food-testing company, has been awarded low-cost electricity by New York State’s ReCharge NY program, in return for promising to create 32 jobs. It now employs 115 and plans to triple the size of its local operation by purchasing a former Northrop Grumman office in Melville (Suffolk County). Long Island Fireproof Door, has been awarded 290 kilowatts in Port Washington (Nassau County), where it plans to add 10 people to its workforce of 300.
NAPCO Security Technologies, an Amityville (Suffolk County) company that designs, manufactures and services high-tech security systems, plans to expand its 200-member staff by 20 to 40 people in 2016, including software engineers, technical-service, customer-service and shipping and receiving personnel.
Aircraft Lighting International Inc. (ALI), a manufacturer of lights used in the interiors of corporate and private jets, is planning an expansion in Hauppauge (Suffolk County) with help from tax breaks from New York State and Suffolk County. The company has promised to add 20 workers; the new hires will earn, on average, $80,000 per year, excluding benefits.
CPI Aerostructures Inc., an Edgewood (Suffolk County) aerospace manufacturer, expects to add about 20 jobs in 2016 to its workforce of 290, depending on market conditions. Three-quarters of the new jobs will be related to manufacturing aircraft structures.
Cino Ltd., a Coram (Suffolk County)-based risk-management and cybersecurity firm, plans to add 10 to 20 full- and part-time employees, mostly technicians and sales personnel, to its staff of 25.
Harvest Bakery, a wholesale bakery, plans to nearly double its size with the purchase of a building in Holtsville (Suffolk County) with help from tax breaks from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. Harvest makes crumb cake, muffins, cookies and other baked goods that are sold by local delis and bagel shops. It also supplies ShopRite supermarkets and food service giant Sysco. The $3-million project would add 10 employees to Harvest’s payroll of 23 by 2018. Records show that they earn, on average, $38,632 per year, excluding benefits.
Melville (Suffolk County)-based Falconstor Software Inc., plans to add up to 10 positions in 2016.
Visiontron, a Hauppauge (Suffolk County) maker of signs and crowd-control equipment such as posts and belts, hopes to add two workers to their staff of 50 for metal work and assembling.
New York's first branch of Maggiano's Little Italy, a national chain known for its Italian-American repertoire and family-style portions, opened a 280-seat branch in early December in Garden City (Nassau County).
Supermarket operator Stop & Shop plans to close its Freeport (Nassau County) store on February 11. All 91 employees working at the Freeport store will be reassigned to positions at other nearby Stop & Shop stores. Last year, Stop & Shop acquired nine Pathmark and Waldbaum’s stores on Long Island from A&P, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July and has been selling its store leases. Stop & Shop also hired about 1,100 former Pathmark and Waldbaum’s workers.
The Long Island Yacht Club in Babylon (Suffolk County) shut its doors on Dec. 16 after running out of cash. The club boasted tennis courts, restaurant fare, a swimming pool and slips for 74 vessels. Members came from across Long Island and paid about $10,000 a year. About eight employees are out of work and dozens of summer jobs will be lost.
(UPDATE) Former supermarket operator Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has agreed to sell back to its landlord the lease of its now-vacant Pathmark store in Dix Hills for more than $400,000. Also, the owners of Southdown Marketplace, are looking to open a “value-oriented” food market in about half of the space left vacant by Waldbaum’s in Greenlawn. An opening date has yet to be scheduled. A&P filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors in July. So far, 34 Long Island A&P-owned stores have been bought or bid on, five were closed in October, and 12 other stores remain unsold. All the stores ceased operation by A&P in November.
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