The $1.2 billion in the federal spending bill allocated for 62 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will boost employment at Hicksville Machine Works Corp. by as much as 29 percent and maintain the head count at several other Long Island companies, according to aerospace executives on Long Island. Hicksville Machine Works (Nassau County), which works on fuselage, tail rotor head and landing gear for the helicopters, plans to hire 15 to 20 people.
The low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines will become the fourth airline serving Long Island MacArthur Airport (Suffolk County), with a daily nonstop flight to Orlando International Airport beginning in mid-August. Frontier joins Southwest Airlines, which also has nonstop flights to Orlando, and American Airlines as the major national carriers flying out of the Islip airport. Islip-owned Long Island MacArthur Airport has an annual budget of $14.6 million, serves 1.2 million passengers a year and employs 6,000 people. The town estimates the airport generates an economic impact of $600 million for the region, though it has struggled to add new airlines and routes in recent years.
ShopRite will open a store in early 2018 in the former Waldbaum’s supermarket in Lake Ronkonkoma (Suffolk County). The Waldbaum’s space in Lake Ronkonkoma has remained vacant since the supermarket closed in 2012. The Lake Ronkonkoma store is expected to employ more than 200 full- and part-time workers.Specialty grocer North Shore Farms will open a store in a portion of the former Waldbaum’s supermarket in Hauppauge (Suffolk County). An opening date for the new store has not been set. The lease of the former Waldbaum’s store was turned over to Hauppauge-based First Development Corp. by the bankrupt Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., but has remained vacant since the supermarket closed in November 2015. First Development is negotiating with a fitness center to take over 16,000 square feet and is looking for a tenant for the remaining 11,000 square feet
ViaTech Publishing Solutions Inc., a Bay Shore (Suffolk County) publishing-products plant, is planning to close. Layoffs will begin on August 19 and “continue in stages” according to the WARN notice. The closing date is “to be determined.” The company’s products include training manuals and binders and digital materials.
Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource is seeking authority to close up to 408 more stores in a second round of closures, including 11 on Long Island. Payless plans to close two stores on Long Island, in Smithtown (Suffolk County) and Glen Cove (Nassau County). Nine other stores that could be closed pending negotiations with landlords are in Hempstead, New Hyde Park, Elmont, Massapequa, Franklin Square, Bellmore (Nassau County), Central Islip, Bridgehampton, and Bay Shore (Suffolk County). The initial Payless stores on Long Island that were already slated to close were in Patchogue (Suffolk County), Westbury and Garden City (Nassau County).
The Noodles & Company restaurant in Patchogue (Suffolk County) closed in early-May, the fourth of the struggling chain’s five Long Island locations to close in the last six months. A spokeswoman for Allendale, N.J.-based Doherty Enterprises, the area franchisee for Noodles & Company which owned and operated the Long Island locations, said employees of the closed restaurants were given the opportunity to relocate to other Doherty-owned concepts in the area. Each Noodles & Company location employed about 40 people.
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