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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region July 2013

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Connecticut-based air conditioning giant Carrier Corp., has won a $2 million contract for service on a handful of power plants operated by New York State.  The company's Farmingdale (Suffolk) office will perform maintenance and repair on heating, cooling and ventilation systems at the plants, which are located in Holtsville, Brentwood (both Suffolk) and in New York City.  The five-year contract was awarded competitively by the state Power Authority, which operates the plants. The contract begins on Oct. 1.  The plants are fueled with natural gas.  (Newsday - July 31, 2013)

The Brookhaven Local Development Corp. has approved financing for a planned 28,400-square-foot expansion at John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson (Suffolk), which is expected to add a third story with 35 private rooms.  The project, the hospital's first major expansion in more than a decade, is expected to add 111 permanent jobs.  The project also would include a 3,600-square-foot expansion of the hospital's existing two floors for office and administration space, equipment purchases, and improvements to the hospital's heating, cooling and information technology systems.  (Newsday - July 31, 2013)

(Update) Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law on July 30 a bill that greatly expands casino gambling in New York -- including creating new video slot machine parlors in Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Each would have a maximum of 1,000 machines, which are known as video lottery terminals. Both counties had strongly backed a gambling bill as a way to boost county finances.  Neither county has designated a site preference yet, though Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. president Joseph Cairo said officials were discussing the OTB Race Palace in Plainview.  (Newsday - July 31, 2013)

The state Power Authority awarded 436 kilowatts of low-cost electricity to Autronic Plastics Inc. for consolidating operations in Central Islip (Suffolk). A kilowatt can power a single home.  The company, known as API, has outgrown its office and factory at 29 New York Ave. in Westbury (Nassau) and a small plant outside of Asheville, N.C. It makes LED portable lights used in construction, DVD security cases found in public libraries, and plastic components.  In return for reduced utility bills for seven years, API will maintain its workforce of 85 and add 21. It also will spend $4 million on a 100,000-square-foot facility at 1150 Motor Pkwy in Central Islip.  (Newsday - July 30, 2013)

Islandaire Manufacturing, a manufacturer of high quality, through-the-wall replacement air conditioners and heat pumps based in East Setauket (Suffolk), has entered into contract with Aquagem Holding Corp. to purchase four derelict buildings on 4.5 acres along North Belle Mead Road in East Setauket (Suffolk).  The firm will spend $1.5 million to raze the existing buildings and construct two new ones - 40,000 square feet and 12,000 square feet - to handle manufacturing, warehousing and administration operations.  The Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency is considering a package of tax breaks for Islandaire, likely sales tax, property tax and mortgage recording tax abatements, in exchange for a commitment by the manufacturer to add 42 new jobs over the next two years.  (LI Business News - July 29, 2013)

(Update) A new business accelerator and co-working space set to open in Huntington Village (Suffolk) this November will be named LaunchPad Huntington, in partnership with a similar operation in Mineola (Nassau).  The company will adopt a similar model of renting out desks to early venture companies and holding networking events and relevant lectures for startups.  LaunchPad Huntington was approved to receive more than $140,000 in tax breaks from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency last week. The space -- a second floor loft on Main Street -- is slated to open by November.  (Newsday - July 29, 2013)

(Update) Officials from the state health department and Long Beach Medical Center met on July 24 to discuss the future of the financially beleaguered hospital, shuttered since superstorm Sandy.   The health department has said it will not approve reopening the hospital, which has been losing money since 2007, unless it has a viable financial plan. At the state's urging, Long Beach has begun talks with South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside about a possible merger and has proposed setting up a freestanding emergency center.  Long Beach officials and residents have urged the hospital and state to provide emergency services on the barrier island.  (Newsday - July 27, 2013)

Canon Inc. wants to develop and manufacture products in the United States, possibly in New York State.  The company Friday officially opened its 668,296-square-foot headquarters for the Americas at 1 Canon Park, near Exit 49 of the Long Island Expressway in Melville (Suffolk). It has similar offices in Tokyo and London; the Melville facility replaces one in Lake Success (Nassau).  The local complex, costing $500 million, was 25 years in the making. Executives said they considered leaving Long Island for New Jersey or Connecticut but stayed because most employees did not want to relocate. Canon received about $100 million in government aid, including tax breaks from New York State and Suffolk County, and an extra lane on each of the expressway service roads. Former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, a Republican, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) were pivotal in removing roadblocks to the project's completion.  (Newsday - July 20, 2013)

 

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GroupGifting.com, a mobile service to buy and send electronic gift cards, will receive $140,000 in tax breaks from Suffolk County.  The company will move its 11 employees from its current headquarters in Hauppauge (Suffolk) and hopes to grow to 32 employees within two years.  (Newsday - July 26, 2013) 

Peconic Recycling & Transfer Corp. wants to build a 34,200-square-foot recycling facility on three acres at 560 Commerce Dr. in Cutchogue (Suffolk) to process residential, commercial and construction waste, beginning next year.  The company received tax breaks from Suffolk County.  Peconic Recycling would rely on machinery and employees to sort plastics, metal, paper and other recyclables for resale.  The county's industrial development agency on July 25 backed the project with more than $348,000 in tax breaks, including a property-tax savings of $228,074 over 10 years.  The incentives are in return for Peconic Recycling's promise to create 12 jobs by 2016, with wages averaging $36,500 per year, records show. Executives said they hope to create up to 18 more jobs if the business prospers.  Peconic Recycling's workforce will be unionized.  (Newsday - July 26, 2013) 

The Long Island Power Authority will make a presentation to trustees on its preferred proposal for a new large power plant to be built by 2016 at a cost that could reach $3 billion. Trustees aren't expected to approve the contract for the plant, but LIPA staff has been expected for weeks to announce which of two finalists it deems the better proposal: Caithness II, a 707-megawatt Yaphank plant; or J-Power USA, a 377-megawatt plant in Shoreham (both Suffolk). Both would be highly efficient natural gas-powered plants. One megawatt provides power for around 800 homes.  Sources have said LIPA appears to be favoring the more expensive Caithness proposal. LIPA spokesman Mark Gross declined to comment on the topic.   (Newsday - July 25, 2013) 

The Farmingdale (Nassau) planning board has approved two major redevelopment projects considered vital components of the village's downtown revitalization program.   The board July 23 approved the projects proposed by Staller Associates Inc. and referred them back to the village board for final approval. The village board is expected to consider the projects, one that's a mix of residential and retail on Main Street and the other that is entirely residential on Eastern Parkway, Aug. 5. (Newsday - July 25, 2013) 

The roofers' union will begin accepting applications on July 30 for a minimum of five apprentices.  Applications can be obtained at the offices of Local 154 of the United Union of Roofers, Waterpoofers and Allied Workers, 370 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Suite 1 rear, in Hauppauge (Suffolk), from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 29, 2014.  Applicants must be 18 or older, live within the union local's jurisdiction which includes Long Island, provide proof of finishing high school or GED courses and be physically able to do roofing work.  The New York Labor Department oversees apprenticeship programs. For more information, contact the union at 631-435-0655.  (Newsday - July 22, 2013) 

Saber Real Estate Advisors, owner/developer of a new $25 million shopping center on the western end of Route 58 in Riverhead (Suffolk) is trying to get The Christmas Tree Shops, Dick's Sporting Goods and the other retail stores ready for opening by the end of the year.  So far, the center has not been named.  (Newsday - July 19, 2013)  

Islip (Suffolk) Town Supervisor Tom Croci, along with Town Board Members Steve Flotteron, Trish Bergin-Weichbrodt, and John Cochrane Jr., recently joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in breaking ground on a brand new regional headquarters for Allstate , at 898 Veterans Memorial Highway, in Hauppauge. The event was the result of inter-governmental cooperation, specifically between the Town and County in fast tracking permits and other approvals so that Allstate could remain in Hauppauge. This will keep high-paying jobs on Long Island, while creating hundreds of new industry-related jobs. The new headquarters will specialize in marketing, sales, distribution, compliance, human resources, claims, litigation, customer response, corporate relations and finance. ( http://www.townofislip-ny.gov/ - July 18, 2013) 

(Update) Officials broke ground for a new apartment building in Wyandanch (Suffolk), the first of two apartment buildings to be built in the hamlet. The buildings are considered a key part of Wyandanch Rising, Babylon Town's 40-acre, $500-million public/private redevelopment that has been in the works for more than a decade.  The redevelopment has received $6.6 million in federal funds and $44 million in state low-cost financing, tax credits and grants.   The buildings are being developed and financed by Albanese Organization Inc. of Garden City (Nassau).  (Newsday - July 17, 2013) 

Fast food restaurant Noodles & Company will open later this month in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza (Nassau), the first of an expected two-dozen locations locally.  The franchisee is currently looking at Port Jefferson, Smithtown or Huntington (all Suffolk) for the Island's second Noodles, with 20 to 25 more to come over the next five years.  (LI Business News - July 16, 2013) 

Consulting and design firm H2M announced it will move its headquarters in Melville (Suffolk) a few blocks north on Broad Hollow Road.   H2M's new space at 538 Broad Hollow Rd., which should be renovated by September, will consolidate the company's departments under one roof, rather than two. The 40,000-square-foot space will also accommodate an anticipated 8 percent to 10 percent growth in the workforce. H2M, which grossed $34.6 million in revenues last year, now employs 215 workers, including about 190 on Long Island.  (Newsday - July 12, 2013) 

The grand opening for the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown (Nassau) took place July 12.  The Levittown store, at 3335 Hemsptead Tpke., will be the Long Island debut of Walmart's Neighborhood Market format, which mirrors the traditional supermarket. The stores are half the size of Walmart's regular discount centers, which average 106,000 square feet of space.  (Newsday - July 12, 2013)  

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo plans to open its first Long Island store at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove (Suffokl) this fall.  Uniqlo is one of several "fast-fashion" retailers known for quickly bringing runway styles and fashion trends for men, women and children to its stores at affordable prices. The chain's primary target audience, according to its website, consists of male and female university students between the ages of 18 and 24. Its secondary audience is working men and women between the ages of 25 and 35.  Among the 10 new stores are locations planned for the Atlantic Terminal Mall in Brooklyn and the Staten Island Mall. The new stores will generate several hundred part-time and full-time jobs, the company said.  (Newsday - July 12, 2013) 

The former chief executive of natural snack company Pirate Brands LLC said July 11 that he wants to hire many of the employees who will be laid off after the business was sold to a larger food company.  Pirate Brands, which is known for its Pirate's Booty line of snacks, said in a filing with New York State on July 9 that it planned to lay off all 55 employees from its Sea Cliff (Nassau) headquarters. The notice came one day after its $195 million purchase by Parsippany, N.J.-based B&G Foods, Inc.  The CEO said he does not know how many Pirate Brands employees he will hire, but he said the beverage company he currently runs, which sells zero-calorie drinks under the label Rob's Really Good, is in a period of expansion and plans to double its employee numbers from 15 to 30.  (Newsday - July 12, 2013) 

 (Update) Several members of an angry crowd shouted "Go home" at executives of Liberty Natural Gas during a hearing on July 9 where they expressed their fears about a project to put a natural gas transfer station 19 miles south of Jones Beach (Nassau).   Up to 60 people signed up to speak at the hearing, which was run by federal officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Maritime Administration. Others expressed their outrage at a news conference before the hearing.  The U.S. Maritime Administration, the Coast Guard, and New York's and New Jersey's governors must approve the plan. (Newsday - July 10, 2013) 

(Update) Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano on July 9 named the Madison Square Garden Co. and Forest City Ratner Companies as finalists for a multimillion-dollar overhaul of Nassau Coliseum.  Mangano pushed back the deadline for a final decision until mid-August from July 15, giving the firms time to negotiate and execute contracts that will contain their final offers for the project.  Mangano did not provide contracts to the other bidders, developer Ed Blumenfeld and Bernard Shereck's New York Sports LLC.   (Newsday - July 10, 2013) 

Air Trampoline Sports will open Long Island's first indoor trampoline park in Ronkonkoma (Suffolk) early next month.  The facility at 1850 Lakeland Ave. features 16,000 square feet of trampolines, and includes foam pits and courts for freestyle, dodgeball, basketball slam dunk and a children's area.  The date of the grand opening has yet to be announced.  (LI Business News - July 9, 2013) 

Islandia (Suffolk)-based Heatherwood Communities within weeks plans to demolish a one-story building between 32 and 42 Gerard St. in Huntington (Suffolk) and replace it with a 23,244-square-foot building with 7,000 square feet for retail on the first floor and 15,384 square feet for 12 apartments on the second and third floors.  Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce co-chairman Robert Bontempi described the renovation that Partrick's company did on the adjacent building on Gerard Street as "a great addition to the village" for its smart-growth principles for a "walkable" downtown.  (Newsday - July 8, 2013) 

Employment in Long Island's solar industry may be a bit behind the national growth curve, but leaders of local solar companies report smart, steady growth, along with cautious excitement as competition in the region heats up.  New York State, which currently ranks 12th in the country for total installed solar capacity, employs 3,300 individuals in its growing solar industry.  In 2010, the New York State Department of Labor conducted a New York State Green Jobs Survey for the Long Island region, finding there are about 2,430 firms with one or more employees primarily engaged in producing goods or delivering services that increase energy efficiency or generate renewable energy. Long Island's construction trades sector has the largest share of firms - 1,520 - with green workers.

The New York Legislature this year passed the New York Solar Bill, which enacts a 10-year extension of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NY-Sun Initiative, a public-private incentive program designed to drive growth in the state's solar industry while lowering solar costs for homes, businesses, schools and other energy users.  Among Long Island businesses with green jobs, 31 percent of component manufacturing firms predict a growth in green employment in the next year, along with 13 percent of building services firms and 28 percent of professional services and construction firms.  (LI Business News - July 3, 2013) 

The proposed 136-acre mixed-use Islip Pines development slated for Holbrook (Suffolk) cleared a major hurdle this week when the Suffolk County Planning Commission signed off on a change of zone for the project. The project includes 350 units of housing, 339,000 square feet of retail, 818,000 square feet of industrial space, a great lawn and six ballfields.  The commission effectively recommended that the Islip Town Board pass the zone change with two modifications: that the project's approval include a phasing schedule and requirement to maintain a ratio of mixed uses for the development -- and if possible, acceleration of the residential aspect of the project -- and that the town board should review the retail uses allowed in the zoning to determine whether they would create serious competition for nearby downtown businesses.  Next, the proposal is expected to go before the Islip Town planning board for a recommendation, before it is eventually voted on by the town board.  (Newsday - July 3, 2013) 

 

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The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System has confirmed it plans to convert Glen Cove Hospital in Glen Cove (Nassau) to an ambulatory care center next year, although the facility would still house an emergency room.  North Shore-LIJ still needs state approval for the transformation, although it doesn't anticipate any objections.  The hospital, which employs about 1,200, will continue to employ several hundred of the existing staff. Others will be relocated to other North Shore-LIJ facilities.  "We hire about 1,000 people a week. We'll do everything possible to find them other positions in the health system," a spokesperson said.  The system plans to begin phasing out inpatient beds at Glen Cove Hospital in January.  (LI Business News - July 30, 2013)

 

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Bethpage (Nassau)-based MSG Varsity, Cablevision's network dedicated primarily to high school sports, has restructured in a move resulting in about 15 layoffs.  The layoffs took place last week, company officials said.   (LI Business News - July 25, 2013) 

(Update) The New York Health Department says Long Beach Medical Center (Nassau) has been bleeding money for years and should merge with its closest competitor.  Hospital officials say they're open to discussing a merger but insist any agreement would require that an emergency room be allowed to operate on the barrier island outside New York City.  State officials say Long Beach can't accommodate the necessary services to support an emergency room. They say a fully functioning lab, radiology, pharmacy and intensive care unit are needed.  Residents have collected 11,000 petition signatures demanding a resolution. Hospital officials plan to meet with state Health Department officials July 26 to try to reach a solution. (LI Business News - July 25, 2013) 

Hauppauge (Suffolk)-based Quantum Instruments has been sold to Promark International in a move that will send all of the company's operations to Bartlett, Ill.  The sale, which closed on July 1, will affect all of Quantum Instruments' employees.  The company's website said Quantum Instruments has 75 employees, consisting mostly of electrical engineers, mechanical designers, manufacturing supervisors and assemblers, sales, marketing, quality control, customer support and IT people.  (LI Business News - July 23, 2013) 

 

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