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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region September 2016

Business Expansions and Openings

The Village of Islandia (Suffolk County) has voted to approve a planned Suffolk OTB slots parlor at the Islandia Marriott Hotel. Long Island’s first casino is to be developed by Buffalo-based Delaware North and is earmarked for 1,000 video lottery terminals. The long-awaited slots parlor is slated to add 350 permanent jobs and pour millions into the local economy, according to Suffolk OTB officials. The VLT facility is expected to be completed within a year.


A&Z Pharmaceutical Inc., a manufacturer of dietary supplements, is converting a warehouse in Hauppauge (Suffolk County) to production of generic prescription drugs. The fast-growing business has received a greater number of orders for prescription drugs than it had anticipated. This latest expansion would add an additional 15 to 20 people to the payroll, which already was expected to expand by 24 in the next two years. About 100 people already work at A&Z’s two facilities in Hauppauge. Records show employees earn, on average, $51,000 per year, excluding medical insurance and retirement benefits.


LBi Software, a software development firm specializing in human resources and sports management, plans to relocate from Woodbury (Nassau County) to Melville (Suffolk County) with help from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency in the form of tax breaks. The company currently employs 50, and records show that the average salary is $81,700. Ten of the company’s programmers are SUNY Stony Brook graduates. The company plans to hire 10 additional software programmers in the next two years. Starting salaries for a programmer is between $60,000 and $65,000.


Royal Apparel, a Hauppauge (Suffolk County)-based clothing manufacturers and distributor, aims to expand on Long Island with the help of tax breaks from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The company, which currently employs 34 in Suffolk County, plans to add another five jobs in the next year, and another five the year after that. Average salaries at the company are about $30,000. The company plans to work with the Department of Labor, Suffolk County Community College and other resources to train local workforce.


After several years in the planning stages, Kelly Builders and Development Group broke ground on September 1 on a $45 million project that will bring 126 condos in Selden (Suffolk County). Planned to be built in two phases, the first phase contains 38 condos, which residents can begin moving into in spring 2017. The Selden project will also offer 12 townhomes that have three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms with garages and basements. In addition, 32 of the condos in the project’s 88-residence second phase will be set aside as workforce housing and offered at around $250,000 apiece to buyers who earn at or below 120 percent of the area’s annual medium income of $106,000 for a family of four.


Beyer Graphics Inc. is purchasing a third facility in Commack (Suffolk County) supported by tax breaks from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The company produces 20 million colorful cartons per month for makers of drugs, cosmetics and clothing. The expansion will add five people to a payroll of 98. Records show employees earn, on average, $79,250 per year, excluding medical insurance and retirement benefits.


Asian-American supermarket chain Hmart opened a renovated store on August 25 at the former Waldbaum’s in Jericho (Nassau County), which it bought from the bankrupt Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. The store will employ 90-100 people, including many previous A&P employees.


Aldi opened a new store in Selden (Suffolk County) on September 1. The store will be Aldi’s sixth on Long Island, joining the chain’s other locations in Patchogue, Bay Shore, Lindenhurst, Lake Grove and Riverhead.


Food Bazaar opened its first Long Island supermarket in Brentwood (Suffolk County) on August 29 in the space formerly occupied by Pathmark.


Dairy Queen is planning to add up to 100 Dairy Queen Grill & Chill locations in New York, including about 20 on Long Island, over the next 10 years. There are three DQ Grill & Chill restaurants on Long Island, and two more are scheduled to open in Medford (Suffolk County) by December and East Northport (Suffolk County) next spring. Each Grill & Chill store will employ 50 to 100 people.


Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar opened its first Long Island location in Patchogue (Suffolk County) on August 21.


Business Contractions and Closings


Three bus companies, including one that carries riders to the Hamptons and another that takes Long Island commuters to Manhattan, are going out of business after a federal bankruptcy judge approved an auction to sell their vehicles. The bus lines suspended service after Labor Day, and 53 full-time and part-time employees in Bohemia (Suffolk County) were let go.


The Bevolution Group, a manufacturer of shelf-stable and frozen beverage products and cocktail mixes, will be closing their Huntington Station (Suffolk County) facility in December. The layoff of their 48 employees is scheduled for November 18, followed by the plant’s closing on December 30.


The Best Buy store in Lawrence (Suffolk County) is slated to close by November 12, resulting in 60 employees possibly facing layoffs. The affected workers are not represented by a union. The company will assist employees in finding positions at other Best Buy stores. Those employees that don’t get jobs at other stores will receive a severance package. Aside from the Lawrence store, there are 10 Best Buy stores on Long Island, excluding Best Buy Mobile stores.


Four Ruby Tuesday restaurants in Farmingdale (Nassau County), Commack (Suffolk County), Selden (Suffolk County) and Sayville (Suffolk County) closed in mid-August. Three other locations on Long Island — Deer Park (Suffolk County), Medford (Suffolk County) and Westbury (Nassau County) — will stay open.


Union News


The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the New York City District Council of Carpenters union began taking applications August 15 for 100 carpenter apprenticeships. Applicants can obtain a lottery card at the council’s training center, 395 Hudson St., in Manhattan, from 7 to 10 a.m. on weekdays. They must have a valid government-issued photo ID. Lottery cards must be filled out in person and placed in a locked box. They will be available through Aug. 26 or until 250 have been distributed, whichever comes first. Cards will be selected randomly and applicants will receive a letter inviting them to attend a required orientation program. They must arrive on time to the program and complete an application form. They then will be given information about a future interview and documents that must be provided. Applicants must be 17 or older, provide proof of completion of high school or GED courses, be physically able to do the work, pass a drug test, 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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