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Hudson Valley Region, August 2017

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

August 2017

New York State Department of Labor
Division of Research and Statistics
120 Bloomingdale Road, Room 218
White Plains, NY 10605
914-997-8798

This briefing provides information on firm-specific hiring and layoff announcements in the Hudson Valley. The information in this report is derived from press releases, newspapers, business journals, newsletters and other public sources. It does not include all expansions and contractions in the region – only those for which public information has been obtained. An attempt is made to present only current information – events that have recently occurred or will occur in the near future.

BUSINESS EXPANSIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Save-A-Lot Supermarket
signed a lease to open a new store at Pike Plaza in Port Jervis. No job numbers were announced.

Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets have expanded the number of stores at its complex, with the addition of 10 new stores, including Zadig & Voltaire, a high-end French ready-to-wear brand.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Megalith Capital Management
and partner East & Hudson recently broke ground on a six-story, 71-unit apartment complex in downtown New Rochelle. The building dubbed “The Printhouse” will be built on Huguenot Street, and it will feature studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, with seven units priced below market rates. The ground floor will have retail space. No job numbers were announced.

Orange Bank & Trust Co. recently opened a new branch office in Mount Vernon. The new office is the bank’s fourth full-service branch in Westchester County. Since the 2015, the bank has opened several branches in the lower Hudson Valley area, including offices in Hawthorne, Mamaroneck and White Plains in Westchester county and a New City office in Rockland county.

Paulaner USA, a German beer company has moved its U.S. headquarters from Denver to an office complex on Westchester Park Drive in Harrison. The 12 staffers who will work at the new office are not from the Denver office. The decision to move to the office comes as a strategic plan to grow the brand because the New York region has more potential customers.

Rye King Associates , a Port Chester-based plans to build over 250 units of senior housing on the site of a sprawling office complex on Kings Street in Rye Brook. The developer has applied for a zoning change with the village Board of Trustees to pave the way to raze the mostly empty vacant 215,000sq. ft. building and build a 17-acre senior-care facility in its place. The proposed complex would offer a mix of age-restricted residential uses, including 24 two and three-bedroom townhouses, 160 two-bedroom apartments and an 85-unit memory care facility.

The Granola Bar, an all-day breakfast and lunch café and catering business which was launched four years ago, in Fairfield county recently opened its first Westchester county location in the Town of Armonk. The company plans to open another café this fall on Purchase Street in Rye. No job numbers were announced.

The Yonkers Police Department is currently recruiting new police officers with starting annual salaries of $72,233. The Police Department is accepting applications through October 2, 2017 for new police recruits, who are expected to take the police officer exam on December 2, 2017. Candidate must meet residency requirements, which means that they must live in Westchester, Nassau, Putnam, Rockland or Bronx counties for a least three months immediately preceding the date of the written examination and continuously up to and including the date of the appointment. There’s a non-refundable $100 application fee and candidates must be at least 18 years old and under 35 on the date of the written test. Eligibility for employment begins when a candidate reaches their 20th birthday.

Toll Brothers, a national luxury home builder based in Pennsylvania celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for its 421-unit apartment complex in the Town of Harrison. The plan calls for a five-story luxury rental community, featuring retail shops, a club room, pool, bike lounge and a pet spa. The multi-million project branded as “Carraway”, will be the first multifamily housing unit built in the so-called teardrop section of the town, an area bounded by I-287, the Hutchinson River Parkway and Interstate 684. The area is commonly referred to as the Platinum Mile. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-2020, and pricing for the apartments have not yet been finalized. Nevertheless, it’s estimated that one-bedroom could run up to $1,800 a month and a two-bedroom could go for $2,500. No job numbers were announced.

Tompkins Mahopac Bank, a full-service community bank with 16 locations in Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its newest branch at the Boyce Thompson Center in Yonkers. No job numbers were announced.

Wegmans Family Markets Inc., a Rochester-based family grocery chain was recently granted a special use exemption permit to build a 125,000sq. ft. store in Westchester County. The grocer is in contract to buy three office buildings, 106, 108, and 110 Corporate Drive in the Town of Harrison. The plan calls for the company to demolish the office buildings and build a two-story grocery store with a café and 736 parking spaces, plus an additional 8,000sq. ft. separate building on the 2-acre site. The town has promoted the project as the latest step, in efforts to retool older, underused office buildings along the I-287 corridor, often referred to as the Platinum Mile. Wegmans plans to invest more than $20 million into the project, and the store plans to hire between 400 and 500 new employees, including 180 full-timers.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Hudson Valley Snacks and Soda, LLC
, filed a WARN notice the NYS Department of Labor in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company will begin to terminate its workforce of 38 employees on October 31, 2017 or within the 14-day period thereafter. The facility will be closed on November 14, 2017.

Sears Holdings, parent company to Kmart, announced plans to close an additional 28 stores by the end of the year, including the Vails Gate store on route 32. The latest round of closings follows Sears’ decision earlier this year to shut down 180 Sears and Kmart stores, as sales and store traffic continue to decline.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Met Fresh Supermarket
closed its doors for good on August 15, 2017. The closing came as a surprise as Met Fresh opened the Rockland store less than a year ago, at the former Stop & Shop location in Central Nyack. The supermarket featured a large produce section and deli, as well as organic and specialty items. The store employed an estimated 50 employees. The store owner Rudy Nunez, also owns Associated and Food Choice Supermarkets in the Bronx and a Food Compare store in Queens.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Arroway Chevrolet, Inc.
filed a WARN notice with the NYS Dept. of Labor in anticipation of a mass layoff. The company will close its car dealer in Mount Kisco on November 7, 2017 and lay off 80 employees.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Orange County and its Deputy Sheriffs’ PBA union have reached a new five-year contract. The new contract calls for a 1.95 percent wage increase in 2018 and 2.0 percent in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. All members will pay 16 percent of the healthcare premium for the duration of this contract not to exceed $1,000 more than the previous year.

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