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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region August 2016

Business Expansions and Openings

Evaric, a new company that aims to produce generic drugs for sale to U.S. government programs, is purchasing a building in Hauppauge (Suffolk County) with the aid of tax breaks from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. Evaric said it would have 108 workers in five years — once the 107,000-square-foot plant receives U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. Records show the employees, on average, will earn about $42,600 per year.


Best Market, a regional chain of supermarkets, is opening a 200,000-square-foot headquarters in the former Entenmann’s factory in Bay Shore (Suffolk County). There, it will also house a distribution center and production facility, an incubator for emerging food companies, and a new store. As part of the expansion, Best Market will consolidate the operations of its Bethpage (Nassau County) headquarters and Farmingdale (Nassau County) distribution center. The company said the expansion will enable it to add 125 employees over the next five years as well as to retain 2,077 jobs. The distribution center would open by the end of this year, the headquarters by spring 2017 and the new store shortly after. Empire State Development is providing the company with up to $1 million in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits.


MindSHIFT Technologies, a cloud computing provider, decided to expand a data center in Commack (Suffolk County) instead of moving it elsewhere in the metropolitan area after being awarded 3,700 kilowatts of reduced-cost electricity, the largest allocation for any business in Nassau and Suffolk counties. MindSHIFT’s expansion, on which it is spending more than $21 million, will add 30 jobs to a payroll of 80.


Field & Stream, an outdoor and hunting equipment store owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods, is scheduled to open in September in Melville (Suffolk County), according to Dick’s Sporting Goods. Field & Stream is hiring to fill about 90 full-time and part-time positions for the new store. Dick’s Sporting Goods is also hiring for its existing store at the mall, which is undergoing remodeling. Applicants can go to and Field & Stream will join other retailers arriving at the Melville Mall such as Macy’s Backstage, which opened last year, and Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, expected to open by summer 2017.


Breakfast and lunch chain Famous Toastery will open its first Long Island location in Commack (Suffolk County) this fall.


PizzaRev, the build-your-own pizza chain, is opening its newest location in Hauppauge (Suffolk County) on August 11. This restaurant will be PizzaRev’s fourth on Long Island, following others in Syosset, Valley Stream and Deer Park.


Business Contractions and Closings


Veeco Instruments Inc., which makes tools to manufacture light-emitting diodes, hard drives and chips for wireless devices, is relocating about 65 New York State manufacturing jobs, including 18 on Long Island, to a facility in Somerset, New Jersey. Veeco’s headquarters and nonmanufacturing jobs related to marketing, engineering, finance and sales in its advanced deposition and etch (AD&E) unit would remain in Plainview (Nassau County). The company plans to move most of the 18 AD&E manufacturing jobs from Plainview to Somerset by the end of the first quarter of 2017.


A Hauppauge (Suffolk County) office of Samson Technologies Corp., a distribution unit of Hicksville-based Sam Ash Music Corp., is slated to close in October. The division, which distributes audio and musical electronic equipment such as microphones and bass amplifiers, will lay off 26 workers. The remaining 55 employees will be transferred to Hicksville (Nassau County). The affected employees work in the warehouse or in quality control and product assembly.


Union News


The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the New York City District Council of the Carpenters Union will begin taking applications July 13 for 75 apprenticeships. The union is seeking 40 piledriver/dockbuilder apprentices; 25 linoleum, resilient tile and carpet-layer apprentices; and 10 cabinetmaker apprentices. Applications can be obtained in person at the council’s Labor Technical College, 395 Hudson St. in Manhattan, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month through June 2017, excluding December 2016 and January 2017. Applicants must present a government-issued picture ID to receive a form. The forms should be mailed to JATC Apprentice Applications, 395 Hudson St., Second Floor, New York, NY 10014 with a postmark that is no later than five business days from the date that the form was given out. Note on the envelope which type of apprenticeship is being sought. Applicants are required to attend a four-hour orientation and to submit to an interview. Latecomers will be disqualified. Applicants must be 17 or older, provide proof of completion of high school or GED courses, pass physical and drug tests, be legally able to work in the United States and have reliable transportation. More information is available by calling 212-727-2224.


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