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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region July 2017

Business Expansions and Openings

Saptalis Pharmaceuticals LLC plans to open its first plant in Hauppauge (Suffolk County) next year, where it will make generic prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The expansion plan, valued at nearly $2 million, was endorsed last month by the county’s Industrial Development Agency and awarded tax breaks. In return, the drugmaker pledged to add 24 jobs by 2020 to its payroll of 22. Records show employees earn, on average, $60,665 per year, excluding medical insurance and retirement benefits. 

Stony Brook University (Suffolk County) was awarded a $75 million state grant for a new institute where medical devices and treatments will be developed and commercialized. The 70,000-square-foot building, to be called I-DIME, for the Institute for Discovery and Innovation in Medicine & Engineering, will be built adjacent to university’s wireless technology and advanced energy centers. It is expected to open in 2021. Stony Brook expects to create more than the 150 jobs it promised in return for the I-DIME grant. Stony Brook has also planned a so-called Innovation and Discovery Center at the site, a $60 million, 200,000-square-foot facility that would provide room for companies that have outgrown their incubator digs but still cannot graduate to commercial space.  

Northwell Health’s Peconic Bay Medical Center (Suffolk County) broke ground on a $60 million critical care building expected to take two years to build. The centerpiece is the Kanas Regional Heart Center, a cardiac center that will feature catherization labs that the system calls the first such facilities of their kind on the East End with the potential to save hundreds of lives each year. Peconic Bay Medical Center in January, 2016 joined Northwell Health, which has been expanding beyond Nassau County and New York City. 

Northwell Health has opened a 14,000-square-foot multispecialty practice in Patchogue (Suffolk County). Northwell Health Physician Partners is an 11-doctor facility which opened informally in July. It will include suites for nuclear diagnostics, stress echocardiography, specialized ophthalmology and pulmonary function testing. There will be 33 support staffers on site. 

Family Service League Inc. plans to construct a building in Bay Shore (Suffolk County) where people being treated for mental illness or drug abuse can receive medical care for themselves and their children. The new Health and Wellness Center will be adjacent to the league’s Iovino Family Center, which offers social services to the homeless and those battling mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction. It also provides prekindergarten and other education services. The wellness center will add 25 people to the league’s payroll of 547 by 2020. Records show employees earn, on average, $49,360 per year, excluding medical insurance and retirement benefits. 

Northwell Health will open a new GoHealth Urgent Care clinic in Bridgehampton (Suffolk County) in mid-September. The new facility will offer patients a variety of services, including vaccinations, physicals and X-rays, and will be in network with most major insurance plans. Northwell Health opened a GoHealth Urgent Care center in Riverhead last month, which became its 18th clinic on Long Island. 

Flexible Business Systems, a provider of information technology services to businesses and hospitals, wants to triple its office space in Hauppauge (Suffolk County) by purchasing a second building. The project was endorsed by the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, which awarded the company tax breaks. The company expects to add 15 jobs to its payroll of 118 by 2020. Records show employees earn, on average, $71,216 per year excluding medical insurance and retirement benefits. Flexible Business sells computers and provides managed IT services, including help desk, cloud applications, digital marketing, cybersecurity and employee training. Its customers include NYU Winthrop Hospital and Catholic Health Services of Long Island. 

Two defense contractors plan to invest a total of $20.5 million in new equipment and other improvements to their Suffolk County factories. Edo Corp. and Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Corp. received allocations of low-cost electricity from the state Power Authority to support the plant upgrades. Edo Corp., located in North Amityville (Suffolk County) employs nearly 500 people making antennas for helicopters and advanced electronics used to release weapons carried by military aircraft. The company pledged to create 11 jobs. Curtiss-Wright Flow, based in East Farmingdale (Suffolk County), has a payroll of 338 people and specializes in valves and safety systems used by the U.S. Navy. The company pledged to create 10 jobs.  

NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola (Nassau County) is planning a $137 million expansion of its maternity and emergency departments. The hospital received the largest allocation of low-cost electricity in the region from the state Power Authority to support the expansion. They will add 120 jobs to a workforce of 2,350 people. 

Webair Internet Development Co. Inc., a Garden City-based (Nassau County) provider of cloud computing, colocation and disaster recovery services, was awarded an allocation of low-cost electricity from the state Power Authority. Webair has hired five people in the past three years, bringing its payroll to 39. It now plans to hire 10 more as part of a $6 million project that calls for the purchase of generators and other equipment.

Broadway National Group, a Ronkonkoma-based (Suffolk County) company that helps Walmart, Staples, Macy’s and other retail chains maintain their stores, is planning to expand in Hauppauge (Suffolk County). The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has agreed to provide the company with a package of tax breaks. In return Broadway National pledged to add 50 people to the company’s workforce of 101 by 2020. Records show that employees earn, on average, $53,675 per year, excluding medical insurance and retirement benefits. Retailers, banks, fashion houses and others hire Broadway National to oversee building maintenance, including snow removal, landscaping, heating and air conditioning, plumbing and other repairs. Broadway National provides software to its clients so they can monitor repairs, improvements or other work on their properties.

Space/Craft Worldwide, a manufacturer of creative window displays for luxury brands, is planning to relocate to a larger facility in Hauppauge (Suffolk County) with help from tax breaks from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. Space/Craft’s expansion plan will add 10 people to its payroll of 104 by 2020. The company has created 29 jobs in the past two years. Records show employees earn, on average, $73,100 per year, excluding health insurance and retirement benefits. The added space enables the company to boost operations and provide more room for manufacturing, storage and staging displays. 

A new ShopRite opened in Plainview (Nassau County) serving as the supermarket anchor of a 750-unit housing development. The new store replaces the former location in Plainview and will employ about 350 full- and part-time employees. There are 13 ShopRites on Long Island. 

Long Island’s newest small-format Target location in Port Washington (Nassau County) is looking to hire around 100 employees in advance of the store’s Oct. 18 opening. The new store is Long Island’s 25th Target location and the national chain’s third small-format store locally. 

iFresh Inc., a Long Island City-based Asian-American supermarket chain, will open a grocery store in Carle Place (Nassau County), replacing a former Golfsmith store. The store is slated to open in the first quarter of 2018. It will employ about 30 people. The company is expanding on Long Island to meet the increasing demand for specialty Asian produce, seafood and other groceries that are not found in mainstream supermarkets.



Business Contractions and Closings

WestRock Co., a Richmond, Virginia-based packaging company, is closing its Wheatley Heights (Suffolk County) plant and laying off 152 employees, according to a WARN notice. The company said in the filing that the layoffs would take place by the end of October. WestRock will ship work to an existing company facility in nearby Deer Park (Suffolk County). The laid off employees could apply for positions in Deer Park and elsewhere at the company. United Steelworkers Local 381 and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 813 represent workers at the Wheatley Heights facility.  

Vaupell Inc., a maker of plastic and composite parts for the aerospace industry, is closing a Lindenhurst (Suffolk County) factory, its corporate parent said. The facility employed 89 people as of early 2016. Vaupell, a unit of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Bakelite Co. LTD, issued a letter to its customers in mid-July saying the Long Island facility would be shuttered and its production relocated to a facility in Everett, Washington. The facility, whose customers include Hauppauge defense contractor GSE Dynamics Inc., supplies composite parts and assemblies for UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters and other aircraft. 

Brookhaven National Laboratory plans to reduce its workforce by 6.5 percent, or 175 jobs, over the next few months, according to officials. The research institution in Upton (Suffolk County) will offer buyouts to about half the staff as part of what BNL called a “voluntary program”. The buyouts are being offered to support staff primarily. “This staff reduction offers an opportunity for the laboratory to reduce its costs and redirect funding toward growth areas,” BNL spokesman Peter A. Genzer said. Genzer also said layoffs are possible if not enough employees apply for buyouts. BNL has about 2,700 employees; 400 are represented by unions. There is a 60 percent/40 percent split between researchers and support staff. The workforce has been reduced a couple of times in recent years, including buyouts in 2015. The size of buyout packages is based on employees’ years of service.


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