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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region July 2016

Business Expansions and Openings

Comtech Telecommunications, with headquarters in Melville (Suffolk County), aims to expand on Long Island. The company designs, manufactures and markets communications products, systems and services. Comtech currently employs 2,000, with 114 on Long Island, and plans to add up to as many as 25 jobs, which an average salary of $80,000, over the next five years, officials said. The company received tax breaks from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency and is also seeking support from the Empire State Development Corp.


Keystone Electronics Corp., a Queens-based maker of electronic components for original equipment manufacturers and computer hardware, is moving from Astoria (Queens County) to New Hyde Park (Nassau County) as part of an $8.6 million project. The company, which has 128 full-time employees, was approved this week by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency for tax benefits. The company had said it was also considering a move to South Carolina. The company intends to relocate all of its employees to the new sites within its first year on Long Island. Keystone did not say how many new employees it was planning to add after completing the move, but said that it expects to grow its workforce, and that estimated average wages for employees would be $58,600 annually.


Freeport Paper/Avco Industries Inc., a Central Islip-based (Suffolk County) manufacturer of pizza boxes is expanding in Islip, with help from the town’s Industrial Development Agency. The company employs 120 people and would be looking to create an additional 30 full-time positions.


EastWest Industries, an Islip-based (Suffolk County) manufacturer of aerospace products including aircraft seating and life support products, is expanding in North Ronkonkoma (Suffolk County). The company employs 60 people and is looking to create 23 new full-time-equivalent positions upon expansion.


Cassone Leasing Inc., a Ronkonkoma (Suffolk County) company that leases storage and construction site trailers is planning to move from Ronkonkoma to Yaphank (Suffolk County), with help from the Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency. The company plans to add eight employees to its current staff of 70 full-time workers.


PricewaterhouseCoopers has moved nearly 50 accountants and staff from its asset management practice in Manhattan to Melville (Suffolk County) as part of an expansion beyond New York City in a move designed to let people work closer to home and to save time and money. PwC’s asset management practice does audit and tax work for mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, investment advisors, employee benefit plans and others. The company expects to hire 18 to 20 people for its private company practice and asset management on Long Island this fall, roughly three times the usual six.


Suffolk Federal Credit Union recently opened a branch office in Sayville (Suffolk County), its ninth location.


MasTec is hiring 75 full-time satellite TV services installers at their Plainview (Nassau County) location. Satellite installation techs install service and upgrade DIRECTV satellite systems.


Utopia Home Care is hiring for 75 full-time positions, including occupational therapists (10), homemakers/companions (5), speech language pathologists (10), licensed practical nurses (10), certified nurse assistants (10), personal care aides (10), and home health aides (10). The jobs are located at their Patchogue location (Suffolk County).


The SCO Family of Services is hiring 25 waiver service providers at their Dix Hills location (Suffolk County). Primary job duties include providing individual/group services consisting of skill building, planned respite, day habilitation, pre-vocational, crisis avoidance, special needs community advocacy, family caregiver supports and supportive employment.


The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Suffolk County is hiring 25 part-time direct support professionals at 7 of their locations in Suffolk County. The job responsibilities include physically assisting, training and supervising individuals with developmental disabilities in self-care, grooming, cleaning, shopping, food preparation, household maintenance, eating, bathing and toileting, accompanying individuals on medical appointments, and advocating on behalf of the individuals.


Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace is hiring for 41 positions at their Smithtown and Port Jefferson locations in Suffolk County. They are hiring part-time dishwashers (5), a catering manager, part-time cashiers (10), butchers (2), kitchen prep clerks (5), seafood clerks (5), an assistant store manager, meat clerks (5), deli clerks (2), and bakery clerks (5).


With Jiffy Lube’s acquisition of 12 locations on Long Island, they are hiring for 20 positions including lube technicians, assistant managers, and general managers, at their various locations.


Dick’s Sporting Goods opened a new 70,000-square-foot store on July 8 near Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream (Nassau County). The store employs about 100 full-time and part-time employees. Dick’s also recently announced that they are opening two new stores in Massapequa and Bay Shore (Suffolk County) next April.


Elevation Burger, the largest organic burger chain in the country, will open its first Long Island restaurant in Plainview (Nassau County) on September 1. The Plainview restaurant is the first of three Elevation Burger restaurants planned for Long Island.


Fast-food chain Sonic Drive-In will open its first Nassau County location this fall at an outdoor shopping center near Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream. This location will employ 75 people. Sonic is also opening locations in Nesconset, Riverhead (Suffolk County), and East Meadow (Nassau County).


Business Contractions and Closings


Barnes & Noble is laying off 65 workers at its Westbury office (Nassau County). Ten artists and graphic artists were separated on July 1 and 50 information technology workers will be released on July 29.


Fairway Markets will close its Lake Grove (Suffolk County) store on July 15, as the grocery chain emerges from bankruptcy with new owners. They are offering transfers to all employees to other Fairway locations in Plainview and Westbury with no reduction in pay, benefits, or seniority. 62 of 107 workers have accepted the transfer.


Old Country Buffet, a chain family restaurant, has announced plans to close their Bay Shore (Suffolk County) location on September 12 and separating all 42 employees.


Union News


The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Local 12A of the Abatement Workers union began taking applications June 16 for 50 hazardous-materials-removal-worker apprenticeships. Applications can be obtained at the Local 12A office, 15-32 127th St. in College Point, Queens, from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday and Friday, and on Sept. 15-16, Dec. 15-16, and in 2017 on March 16-17 and June 15-16. Applications must be received by June 16, 2017. Applicants must be 18 or older, have at least an eighth-grade education, pass a state and New York City asbestos exam and have reliable transportation. More information is available by calling 718-886-7226.


The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Local 197 of the derrickmen and riggers union began taking applications June 20 for 30 stone derrickman and rigger apprenticeships. Applications can be obtained at the Local 197 office, 35-53 24th St. in Long Island City, Queens, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on weekdays, excluding holidays, until July 1 or until 300 forms are distributed, whichever comes first. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 8. A $25 testing fee will be charged. Applicants must be 18 or older, provide proof of completion of high school or GED courses, be physically able to do the work, participate in an interview, and pass aptitude, physical and drug tests. More information is available by calling 718-361-6534.


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