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Hudson Valley Region, November 2013

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS 

Hudson Valley Region

 November 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 CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON

Dutchess County
Flavormatics Industries, Inc., a family owned and operated manufacturer of essential oils, flavors, and fragrances is currently looking to add three additional employees to its current staff of 18 working in Dutchess County. The company is looking to hire production workers at a starting pay of $11 per hour and some senior production staff at $23 per hour. Flavormatics plans to purchase some key new machinery which would allow it to further expand its workforce.

Friendly Honda recently opened a state-of-the-art detailing center with nine working bays. No job numbers were announced.

 

An air-supported sports dome, one of the largest ever to be constructed, is proposed for a piece of land owned by a unit of the Linuo Solar Group at the former IBM West Campus. Dan Fraioli of Hopewell Sports Dome Ventures confirmed his company is in contract to buy 25 to 30 acres of land adjacent to Route 52 from the Chinese solar company and invest between $25 million and $30 million, assuming current studies prove the idea will work.  The Town of East Fishkill’s Planning Board is working on review, according to board agendas. If approved, a nearly 8-acre dome would rise and house sports fields usable in all weather year-round. The tract of land being considered is the frontage along Route 52, within 100 feet of the old IBM buildings in the middle of the parcel. No final job numbers were announced.


Ocean State Job Lot
, a major discount retailer, offering quality products at discount prices, will open a new store at the Poughkeepsie Plaza in Dutchess County. The company has grown to 111 stores across the Northeast, since opening its first store in Rhode Island in 1977. The opening of the new store has created 60 new jobs, ranging from sales associates, and custodians, to managers and office positions.

 

Orange County

Continental Organics, an aquaponic and hydroponic facility in New Windsor that grows lettuce, herbs, kale and is raising tilapia and salmon, announced plans to build a total of 13 greenhouses at its current location in Orange County. Each greenhouse is 1/2 acre in size and requires 6 to 8 workers to regulate the water flow, set temperature and tend the crops. The starting pay for greenhouse jobs is $8 to $10 per hour, with an increase to $14 after the first year.


Crestmore Living
announced plans to build an assisted-living facility in the Town of New Windsor. The company has asked the Orange County Industrial Development Agency to provide relief from property, mortgage and sales taxes. Crestmore is also looking for the IDA to issue $2 million of tax-exempt bonds for the project which is intended for 190 residents. The 117,000 square-foot building will feature common dining rooms and a private dining area for family gatherings. It will also include: activity rooms, a library, computer dens and a salon. No job numbers were announced.

 

Crystal Run Healthcare plans to build a 65,250 square-foot facility on Route 300 in the Town of Newburgh. An application by CRH Realty, the medical-service provider's real estate arm, seeks relief from$801,208 of property taxes, $1 million of sales and use taxes and $186,027 of mortgage taxes. The company expects to create 237 jobs, paying between $40,000 and $150,000, with an additional 200 temporary jobs during the construction period, which is scheduled to begin in Spring, 2014.

 

Monroe Cable Co., Inc., a leading manufacturer in the electrical wire and cable field, announced plans to expand its current facility in Orange County by about 40,000 square feet. The expansion will allow for faster processing of materials and the ability to bring back work that has been farmed out. Twenty new jobs will be created once the additional space is completed.


New 4 Less
, a store that sells a variety of merchandise, from kitchen and housewares to camping equipment, recently opened shop at 63 Pike Street in Port Jervis.

 

Taco Bell will open a new 1,800 square foot restaurant at the corner of Route 17M and Bryle Place in Spring, 2014. No job numbers were announced.

 

Putnam County

Nothing to report.


Rockland County

Nothing to report.


Sullivan County

Nothing to report.


Ulster County

Nothing to report.


Westchester County

Gyu-Kaku, a Japanese barbecue franchise, recently opened its first Westchester location on Main Street in White Plains. Gyu-Kaku has three locations in Manhattan and more than 800 locations in Asia and the U.S. No job numbers were announced.


Purchase-based PepsiCo Inc. will receive an economic development grant of up to $4 million from Empire State Development. The company will apply the state grant toward renovation costs and machinery and equipment purchases as part of its $12.6 expansion project at its headquarters in Somers. No final job numbers were announced.


BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County

Nothing to report.

 

Orange County

Nothing to report.

 

Putnam County

Nothing to report.

 

Rockland County

Sterling National Bank filed a WARN notice with the New York State Department of Labor in anticipation of a mass layoff. The bank will lay off 14 employees at its Montebello office. Other layoffs are also scheduled throughout several offices in NYC and Long Island. The layoffs will occur between February 2nd and March 31st.


Sullivan County

Nothing to report.

 

Ulster County

Nothing to report.

 

Westchester County

Excelsior Packaging Group, Inc., a manufacturer of cellophane bags and wrappers, announced plans to close its packaging plant in Westchester County by early 2014, affecting about 112 employees. The company, which also offers seal printing and engraving services at its state of the art facility in Yonkers, will close by early February, 2014. The plant was heavily damaged during Hurricane Sandy, which eventually led to its closing.


STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES  

Nothing to report.

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