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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region March 2017

Business Expansions and Openings

Luminati Aerospace, a maker of unmanned aircraft, plans to buy a 2,300-acre park at the Enterprise Park in Calverton (Suffolk County) in one of the largest commercial land deals in Long island history. The sale of the property, last used by the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman for testing F14s and other military aircraft, signals the site’s return to aviation and manufacturing. Luminati plans to expand its own operations and also provide a place for other avionics-related businesses to establish operations at the EPCAL property. The company’s acquisition of the remaining property will create largely manufacturing jobs within Luminati — including engineers, aviation technicians and other technical workers — with an emphasis on building drones and solar electric-powered aircraft capable of beaming internet service to underdeveloped countries. The company forecasts the addition of 2,000 jobs in the next five years.


Kiss Nail Products Inc., a Port-Washington-based (Nassau County) manufacturer and distributor of cosmetic, plans to purchase Pall Corp.’s headquarters, also in Port Washington with help from assistance from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. The cosmetics maker will move about 265 employees to the new location from its two facilities in Port Washington. As part of the project, Kiss would add about 40 full-time jobs. It said 50 full-time equivalent construction jobs would be created by the renovation.


H2M architects + engineers, based in Melville (Suffolk County), is hiring over 100 employees in positions ranging from architects to civil engineers, with about half of those ending up on Long Island. Last year, the company hired 96 people for its seven offices, with about half of those new hires based in the region. H2M currently has approximately 290 employees on Long Island. 

Vengo, a Queens-based software and media company that markets products through its “smart”vending machines, recently moved their headquarters to Bethpage Business Park (Nassau County) in December and is now adding 2,000 square feet of adjacent space. The company plans to add a mix of high-tech and manufacturing jobs, doubling their workforce to 30 people by year-end.


Aerospace technology developer Cox and Co. aims to expand its Plainview (Nassau County) operation, keeping 185 jobs in Nassau County and creating an additional 30 jobs, with help from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. With the IDA’s assistance in 2008, Cox moved to Plainview from Manhattan and has since increased its payroll from about 160 workers to 185. The company makes temperature control and de-icing equipment for every plane manufactured by The Boeing Co. and Airbus Industries along with airplanes manufactured by other companies. Employees earn, on average, $78,800 per year, excluding medical and retirement benefits, records show.


Burmax, a Holtsville-based (Suffolk County) supplier in the hair salons and barbershop industry, is expanding its facilities with help from the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency. The $2.5 million expansion is expected to be completed this spring. The company, which already employs 161, aims to hire an additional eight staffers.


Men on the Move, a moving and self-storage company, plans to expand its headquarters in Woodbury (Nassau County) instead of relocating to Queens. In return for aid from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, the company will preserve 72 jobs and create 11 jobs by 2021. Of these positions, 15 are independent contractors who work as sales people. Records show Men on the Move employees earn, on average, $150,000 for a manager and $25,500 for a laborer, excluding medical and retirement benefits. Independent sales people earn $209,500 on average. Esquire Bank is moving about 50 employees to its new office in Jericho (Nassau County) – 30 from Garden City (Nassau County) and 20 lending and sales division employees from Manhattan.  


A fifth Bristal Assisted Living facility In Jericho (Nassau County) is set to receive tax breaks from Nassau County. The 336,000-square-foot Bristal will employ 90 people after three years. They will earn $35,000 to $43,000 per year, on average, excluding medical and retirement benefits, records show. The other seven Bristals in Nassau have a combined workforce of more than 700 people. Four more facilities are in Suffolk.


California-based Round One USA, the American arm of a Japanese-based bowling and video arcade firm, is gearing up to open its first location in the Broadway Mall in Hicksville (Nassau County). Typical locations are 50,000 square feet and include bowling, arcade games, billiards, darts, ping pong, food and drinks.


Dick’s Sporting Goods is hiring to fill about 110 full-time and part-time positions for a new store opening in April in Bay Shore (Suffolk County). Dick’s other Long Island locations are in Riverhead, Patchogue, Commack, Garden City, Lake Grove and Valley Stream.


Home Depot plans to fill about 900 part-time and seasonal positions on Long Island, more than 1,400 in the metropolitan area and 80,000 nationwide, a company spokesman said. The home improvement retailer has 21 stores on the Island and is seeking new hires as it prepares for the company’s busiest selling season — spring. Openings include positions for cashiers, customer service and workers in the parking lot and garden departments, among a few others. Some of the jobs will be “permanent part-time,” meaning they will last beyond the end of the spring season. Home Depot said it offers part-time and full-time (nonseasonal) employees a 401(k), tuition assistance, a discounted stock purchase plan and profit-sharing.


Target anticipates opening doors to a new store in Port Washington North (Nassau County) this fall, after the village approved the retailer’s application for a small-format store. The Port Washington location would bring Target’s total number stores across Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens to 25. It is the third smaller-format store to arrive on Long Island, after openings last year in Freeport and Elmont.


Dairy Queen franchisee Laura Maier, who already has DQ locations in Huntington, Levittown and Massapequa, plans to open her fourth in East Northport (Suffolk County), with an expected opening in October.

Business Contractions and Closings

Allenair, a Mineola (Suffolk County) manufacturing facility that employs 69 people will close on September 19 and layoffs are scheduled to take place between June 21 and September 19. The company is a manufacturer of air and hydraulic cylinders, valves and pumps.


NRG Energy is laying off more than 80 workers on Long Island as it drastically alters its home solar business model, partnering with other firms on residential projects instead of installing panels itself. The company is laying off 81 workers in its home solar operations on Long Island between May 4 and June 23 as it closes its Bohemia (Suffolk County) office.


 After filing for bankruptcy protection for the second time in two years, RadioShack will close more stores, including 14 on Long Island. Among the Long Island stores slated to close are locations in Hampton Bays, Southampton, Brentwood, Selden, and Shirley in Suffolk County and Garden City Park, Glen Cove, Levittown, Merrick, New Hyde Park, North Baldwin, Oceanside, Plainview, and Wantagh in Nassau County. 

The JC Penney department store in the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa (Nassau County) will be closing as part of the flagging retailer’s most recent efforts to return to profitability. The affected stores will begin a liquidation process on April 17 and close in June.

Linden Care, a nationwide specialty pharmacy company based in Woodbury (Nassau County) which provides specialty pharmacy services to the pain management industry, is laying off 29 employees by June 15.


Bostwick Laboratories, a Uniondale (Nassau County) laboratory that specializes in cancer-detection tests, and whose former owner settled charges last year of improper Medicare and Medicaid billing, may be closing on May 1. Bostwick Laboratories employs 128 workers.


Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource will close three stores on Long Island, including one at Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City (Nassau County). The closing announcement comes after Payless filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The two other Payless stores on Long Island slated to close are in Patchogue (Suffolk County) and in Westbury (Nassau County). Each store’s closing date will be different.


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