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Hudson Valley Region, May 2015

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

May 2015

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
Sol-Lite,
a family-owned manufacturer of portable solar panels, is exploring the possibility of opening a manufacturing facility in either Newburgh or Texas. The recent increase in important tariffs to 200% on Chinese solar panels is creating a problem for Sol-Lite customers in the United States. Sixty five percent of the company’s customers are located in the U.S. and twenty five percent are in Germany. The project could potentially create about 16 new jobs.

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, a not-for-profit community health system with more than 1,300 employees, will expand its Case Management Department. The office will grow from 23 case managers to 40 positions, the majority registered nurses. The additional positions will be filled by a combination of internal promotion and new hires. The average salary is about $41.36 per hour.

USAI, L.L.C. plans a $6.5 million expansion project at its New Windsor facility where it manufactures LED lighting. Once completed, the company plans on hiring 100 new employees, while retaining 134 existing ones.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
1547 Critical Systems Reality,
a national data center developer, recently opened its new 232,000 square-foot facility in Orangeburgh. No job numbers were announced.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Construction begins on a new 66-unit rental complex called “The Loft at Saw Mill.” The $34 million project sits on 7.45 acres off of the Saw Mill River Parkway on Saw Mill River Road. The project received $679,780 in financial incentives from the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency. It is expected to create 100 construction jobs over an 18-month period.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
Nothing to report.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
A’Mangiare,
an Italian trattoria and pizzeria at 121 E. Main Street in Elmsford, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize its finances. The Italian eatery is a chain of three restaurants with locations in Bronxville and Pleasantville.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

A group affiliated with a labor union on the New NY Bridge (Tappan Zee Bridge) project has filed a complaint against Tappan Zee Constructors, accusing it of failing to make obligated contributions to multiple worker benefits funds.

The federal complaint, filed on May 7, is the second labor-related lawsuit the bridge builder is facing. Last month, TZC prevailed in a $7.4 million wage dispute against the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. In the latest civil action, officials for five funds tied to the carpenter union claim TZC owes $187,186.37, plus interest and other fees, from April 8, 2013, through August 10, 2014. The money is used to fund pensions, annuities, journeyman retraining and charitable causes, among others.

The lawsuit claims TZC was required to make contributions to the funds, even though the union couldn’t provide qualified workers for certain types of work on the project. In this case, TZC used union iron workers. TZC also would have been obligated to pay the fund if it brought in non-union workers.

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