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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region April 2017

Business Expansions and Openings

Plainview (Nassau County)-based NeuLion Inc., a digital broadcasting firm which provides on-demand video streaming services, plans to relocate 142 full-time employees to a larger office in Melville (Suffolk County) with help from tax breaks by the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The company plans to invest more than $4.5 million in renovations at the site, including the purchase of rooftop satellite dishes and computers and other office equipment. The company plans to add 40 jobs over two years. The average salary for NeuLion’s current employees is $77,464, according to IDA documents. Westfield Green Selden plans to invest $31.4 million to construct 14 buildings on a former golf driving range for 126 rental units, 25 percent of which would be workforce housing for residents earning less than 120 percent of the area median income in Selden (Suffolk County). The company would receive total benefits of nearly $7.6 million over 15 years from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The project is expected to bring more than 200 construction jobs over the course of between 18 months and two years. It will also bring three onsite jobs paying about $50,000 each. Bellport (Suffolk County)-based McKeon Rolling Steel Door Co., a manufacturer of rolling door, grilles, fire doors and specialty closures, aims to expand with help from the Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency. Within two years of the project’s completion, the firm plans to add 10 new jobs. Japanese-owned Round 1 Bowling & Amusement will open its first New York bowling alley at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville (Nassau County). A company representative said about 70 full- and part-time employees will be hired. Marra and Glick Applied Behavior Analysts cut the ribbon on its new Center for Autism and Behavioral Services in Islandia (Suffolk County) on April 29. The center is geared towards individuals aged 5 to 21 who are often unable to thrive in schools or programs due to their advanced behavioral needs and challenges related to autism. A Costco wholesale club in Oceanside (Nassau County) that’s been in the works since 2014 has a targeted opening date of August 1. The Costco location, which is still under construction, will begin hiring employees and stocking shelves sometime this summer. The Oceanside location will be Costco’s eighth on Long Island. Costco plans to employ more than 200 people at this location. Stew Leonard’s, nicknamed the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores,” plans to open its second Long Island grocery store in August. The food retailer said it will hire 350 people to staff the 70,000-square-foot store in East Meadow (Nassau County). The company opened a hiring center next door to the store. Candidates will be interviewed for full-time and part-time positions ranging from sales to support operations.

Business Contractions and Closings


First Data Corp., a credit-card processing company, plans to close its Melville (Suffolk County) office this year. Last April, the company filed a WARN that they would be closing the office by the end of 2017. The Melville location employs 641 people and at that time they said that many of the employees would be able to transfer to a new location they plan to occupy, rumored to be in Long Island City.

Davis Vision began laying off 151 workers on May 8 at their Plainview (Nassau County) facility that develops and manufactures eyeglass lenses. They plan to close on May 21. The jobs are being eliminated and workers aren’t being offered employment at other locations. They will instead be offered severance packages based on years of service. The United Service Workers Union/International Union of Journeymen and Allied Trades Local 947 union represents some of the workers.

 A.K. Allen Co., a 72-year-old Mineola (Nassau County) manufacturing company, and its two subsidiaries, Allen Avionics Inc. and Allenair Corp., have been sold. Alkon Corp., the new parent company, will move most of the 69 jobs, except two or three sales positions, to facilities in Ohio and Illinois. The company offered transfers to most of the employees, but only about a half dozen accepted. The layoffs will begin June 21 and end Sept. 19. The company makes electronic components, air and hydraulic cylinders, valves and pumps, and filters and other products for electronic equipment. The Early Childhood Center at Mill Neck Manor (Suffolk County) which serves about 75 special-needs children announced on May 5 that the school will close Aug. 11, at the end of the summer session. The center, founded in 1991, provides intensive assistance to children ages 3 and 4 who may have deficits in speech, communication, cognitive development and gross and fine motor development. Clothing retailer, Bebe, is closing all three of its stores on Long Island by the end of May. The stores are located at the Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City (Nassau County), the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove and Westfield South Shore mall in Bay Shore (Suffolk County).  

The Fresh Market, an upscale food retailer, closed its store in Woodbury (Nassau County) on May 3. The layoffs of the 47 employees would occur by July 22.

The rue21 clothing store in Hicksville (Nassau County) is closing, as the youth-oriented retailer shuts down nearly 400 stores nationwide. The Hicksville store is the only Long Island location that is expected to close, according to rue21’s website. The chain also has locations in Deer Park, Massapequa and Bay Shore. No date was given for when the store in Hicksville would close. 



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