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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region January 2017

Business Expansions and Openings

A $1.5 million bid to keep 142 jobs in Suffolk County received final approval from the county’s Industrial Development Agency. The agency’s board of directors voted unanimously for a package of tax breaks in hopes of convincing L3 Technologies Inc. to expand its rented plant at 435 Moreland Rd. in Hauppauge, rather than move the jobs to New Jersey. The Manhattan-based company changed its name on December 31 from L-3 Communications. Executives had told the IDA in early December that a decision about moving jobs from Suffolk would be made by the end of 2016. However, no decision has been announced according to state and county officials. Another 338 jobs at the division are not at risk of being lost for at least seven years because of a building lease, according to the company’s application for tax breaks. An L3 spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment. The company has said it is weighing New Jersey’s offer of $16 million in tax breaks. New York State’s primary business-aid agency, Empire State Development, has presented an incentive proposal.

Business Contractions and Closings

Promotional-advertising company Gordon Sinclair in New Hyde Park is relocating its production facility to Pennsylvania and eliminating 81 of 98 jobs in April. The company, which develops promotional products such as coolers, grocery bags, drinkware and gift sets, will keep its art, accounting and customer-service departments in New Hyde Park.

Meopta Optika, a Czech Republic company that makes optical products such as binoculars and riflescopes, plans to relocate the operations of Hauppauge-based Meopta U.S.A. Inc. to Florida in April, affecting 42 employees. The Long Island operation houses the sports optics and aerospace and general defense-contracting divisions of the corporation.

Connecticut-based PCX Aerostructures, which makes aircraft parts, plans to shift the operations at its Ronkonkoma facility to Mansfield, Texas, eliminating 45 jobs. The notice says that layoffs will occur between May 5 and December 29, with the site closing on the latter date.

Noodles & Company recently announced that two of its Nassau County restaurants closed down this month. The Farmingdale restaurant, previously located at 207 Airport Plaza Boulevard, shut down on January 21, while the Garden City Park location on 2340 Jericho Turnpike closed its doors on January 13. Two Nassau County restaurants remain at The Westbury Plaza in Garden City and the Broadway Mall in Hicksville. In Suffolk County, a Noodles & Company restaurant remains at the Waverly Plaza in Patchogue. According to the company, staff members have been given the opportunity to relocate to the other Noodles & Company locations on Long Island. Approximately 60 workers were affected by the closings.

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