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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region June 2017

Business Expansions and Openings

East/West Industries, a designer and manufacturer of aircraft seats and other products related to crew safety and survival, recently opened a new facility in Ronkonkoma (Suffolk County) to accommodate growth. The firm plans to increase its 75-person workforce by 40 percent within three years. The new space provides room for a dedicated production line for each individual seat program, a 3-D printing lab, high-speed machining and other technology aimed at reducing the time for product development and production.

Southampton Hospital recently broke ground on the $24 million Phillips Family Cancer Center in Southampton Village (Suffolk County), and will partner with the Stony Brook Cancer Center to provide patients with additional medical expertise at the facility. The new cancer center, which is expected to be completed in 18 months, will provide all the services needed for cancer patients: treatment planning following diagnosis, radiation and chemo therapies, clinical trials through a partnership with Stony Brook University Hospital, along with education and supportive care.  A proposed assisted-living facility in Yaphank (Suffolk County) is to get a $27 million boost from the Brookhaven Town Industrial Development Agency. The facility would be built as part of The Boulevard housing and retail complex. The 118-bed care facility would include a 77-bed building for special needs and memory care patients, and a 41-bed supportive care building. It is expected to employ 40 full-time staff and 20 part-time workers. If approved by the town planning board, construction is scheduled to begin later this year. The project is expected to create 125 construction jobs. 

With help from tax breaks from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, Comtech Telecommunications Corp. will stay in Melville (Suffolk County) instead of moving out of state. The manufacturer of telecommunications equipment promises to maintain its local payroll of 114 employees and to add another 18 within two years. Records show Comtech’s local workers earn, on average, $102,983 per year, excluding medical and retirement benefits.

Round 1 Bowling & Amusement, a Japanese-owned bowling alley and arcade game company, opened its first New York location on July 1 in Hicksville (Nassau County). The two-story entertainment center, which will occupy about 50,000 square feet of space, features 16 bowling lanes, six karaoke rooms, six pool tables, three Ping-Pong tables and more than 250 “exclusive Japanese video games.”The bowling alley will employ about 70 full- and part-time employees. National arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby opened its first store on Long Island on June 26 in Commack (Suffolk County). The Hobby Lobby store is expected to create 35 to 50 jobs, paying $15.35 per hour for full-time and $10.23 per hour for part-time associates. Outdoor retailer L.L.Bean opened its first store on Long Island on June 23 in Lake Grove (Suffolk County). The store will employ about 70 people.



Business Contractions and Closings

L&R Distributors Inc., a Brooklyn-based distributor of cosmetics and other goods, will close its Deer Park (Suffolk County) warehouse on Oct. 30, laying off up to 48 employees, according to the WARN filing. A total of 70 employees work at the location. The company is constructing a new distribution and training facility in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

FalconStor Software Inc., a Melville (Suffolk County) data-storage company that is grappling with declining sales and a delisting notice from the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, plans to cut its global workforce to about 90 employees, saving about $10 million a year. The company had 166 full-time and part-time employees on Dec. 31. 35 jobs will remain in Melville after the layoffs.  

The Sears store and Auto Center in East Northport (Suffolk County) will be closing as part of another round of the flagging retail giant’s store closings. After the East Northport closure, Sears will have six department stores on Long Island, in Valley Stream, New Hyde Park, Lake Grove, Garden City, Massapequa and Hicksville.

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