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Hudson Valley Region, July 2013

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

July 2013

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
Gap Inc.'s distribution center in Fishkill recently won an award of low-cost power from the New York Power Authority as part of the ReCharge NY program. The program awards low-cost power allotments from the agency's generating and power-purchasing programs to aid in economic development. Gap has committed to keeping an estimated 500 or more jobs at its distribution center, while also investing $2 million in the plant.

Orange County
Advance Auto Parts will open a new store on August 9 on Route 208 in Montgomery. The store will offer several free services, including windshield wiper installation and battery installations. It will also provide complimentary checks on electrical systems.

Mediacom Communications recently moved to its new 110,000 square-foot home in Blooming Grove and created 40 new jobs. The completion of the $43.0 million project enabled the company to receive a $1 million grant from Empire State Development Corp. In early 2011, Mediacom threatened to relocate from the Town of Wallkill to New Jersey, prompting New York State to shower the nation’s eighth largest cable company with $7.5 million in incentives. The remaining $6.5 million of tax credits will be paid if Mediacom increases the size of its staff from 250 employees in 2011, to 390 employees in ten years. The company currently has an estimated workforce of 290 employees, according to ESD.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, better known as the Jehovah's Witnesses, are relocating from Brooklyn to upstate New York. The Witnesses recently won Planning Board approval for a new world headquarters in the Town of Warwick. Construction on the new 250-acres mega complex began on July 29th, and is expected to be completed in 4 years. No job numbers were announced.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Monster Mini Golf opened a new facility on Route 304 in Nanuet. The facility features 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark indoor mini golf as well as a DJ who plays music and gives prizes. No job numbers were announced.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Famous Footwear, a St. Louis-based shoe store, will open a new location in downtown White Plains at the end of July. The 4,500 square-foot store in the Galleria Mall will be the company's 57th location in the New York Market. The footwear chain will also open in Selden on Long Island and another one in Fordham Plaza in the Bronx.

New York Gastroenterology, a Manhattan-based medical practice, recently opened a new office in Scarsdale. No job numbers were announced.

Pace University will embarked on a 5-year, multi-phase project that will enable the school to consolidate functions that are now split between campuses in Pleasantville and Briarcliff. The town of Mount Pleasant voted recently to approve the site plan for the Pace's $100 million construction project. No job numbers were announced.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Acme Bus Corp. will lay off about 165 people in its Middletown office in August 2013, after losing its bid to renew its contract with Orange County to bus children with special needs to pre-school. The Acme workers may be able to apply for similar jobs at VW Trans and Quality Bus Service, which won the bid. The two companies are hiring to fill out the contracts.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
DeCicco Family Markets announced plans to close the store in the Chester Heights section of Eastchester by the end of July. DeCicco will continue to run its other stores in Brewster, Armonk, Harrison and Ardsley. It was announced that the employees at the Eastchester store would find employment at the other nearby DeCicco stores.

FSC Inc. is moving its headquarters and its 50 employee workforce from White Plains to Greenwich, Connecticut where it plans to add another 40 employees to its workforce over the next 10 years. Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development will provide the company with a 10-year, $4 million loan, a $500,000 grant to fund job training and a $500,000 grant for the installation of a fuel cell, wind or solar-powered energy system at the new Greenwich office. Up to $3 million of the loan could be forgiven if the company meets the hiring goals.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Nothing to report.

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