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Hudson Valley Region, November 2017

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

November 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
Construction is underway at the Cricket Valley Energy Center, a combined cycle, natural-gas-fired power, 1,100-megawatt plant in Dutchess County. The $1.584 billion plant is being built on a 193-acre property, formerly the site of the Mid-Hudson Recycling Center off Route 22 in the Town of Dover. The Cricket Valley Energy Center project was first proposed in 2009 and was approved by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation in 2012. CVEC is expected to bring a significant tax base to Dover, in addition to an estimated 1,100 construction jobs over a three-year period. More than $290 million will be invested in subcontractors in New York and Connecticut over the next two years. When operational, it will create 28 permanent jobs. The plant is scheduled to start selling electricity in the first quarter of 2020.

Orange County
Med Parc LLC, the developer behind a 93-room Holiday Inn Express hotel is seeking some financial assistance from the Orange County Industrial Development Agency. The company is seeking mortgage recording tax exemption and a sales tax exemption for the $14 million, 54,000sq. ft. hotel project. When in operation, the hotel will create about 28 full-time and part-time jobs.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Hudson Valley Kingston Development
, a company that is developing four boutique hotels in the City of Kingston, is seeking financial incentives from the Ulster IDA. The hotels will be in uptown Kingston at 41 Pearl Street, 270 Fair Street, 24 John Street, and 301 Wall Street. The company is asking for a 10-year payment-in-lieu of taxes and sales and mortgage tax exemption. No job numbers were announced.

SUNY New Paltz recently broke ground on the construction of its new $14 million engineering building. Dubbed “The Engineering Innovation Hub”, the new facility will address the critical shortage of engineers needed to serve advanced manufacturing interests in the Hudson Valley. The building is expected to be completed by the summer of 2019.

Westchester County
CAVA
, a new Mediterranean restaurant recently opened for business in Rye Brook. The Washington D.C.-based fast casual restaurant chain recently signed a long-term lease for about 3,200sq. ft. of space at the Rye Ridge Plaza. CAVA already has three locations in New York City. No job numbers were announced.

Century 21 Stores, a fashion retailer headquartered in Manhattan, recently opened a new store at the Cross-County Mall in Yonkers. The 70,000sq. ft. store located at 750 Central Park Avenue, is the retailer’s first location in the Hudson Valley Region. The new store marks the 13th location for the 56-year-old retailer. The company has stores in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, in addition to three New Jersey stores - in Paramus, Morristown and Elizabeth.

Oamic Ingredients L.L.C., a Hong Kong-based flavor chemical company recently purchased a $4.3 million warehouse building in Westchester County, as the company seeks to establish a regional distribution center in the area. The 23,500sq. ft. facility in the village of Armonk will be used as a warehouse and distribution center where the company will label, repack, store and provide quality control for its products. No job numbers were announced.

Regeneron’s site-plan expansion application was recently approved by the Greenburgh Town Board. A little more than a year ago, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a leading biotech company in Westchester County had announced plans for a 1-million-square-foot expansion on the western 30 acres of a 100-acre parcel on Saw Mill River Road, just south of the company’s campus at 777 Old Saw Mill River Road. The pharmaceutical giant had sought site-plan approval from the town to make the property “shovel ready.” Construction would be done in phases to meet the company’s growing needs.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Tops Markets, LLC
filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor on November 3, 2017 in anticipation of a mass layoff. The grocer will close its store at 1357 US Highway 9, in Wappinger Falls and lay off 83 employees. The layoffs will occur on February 1, 2018. Affected job titles includes the following: Clerk, General Merch Clerk, night Crew Clerk, Bakery Clerk, Cashier, Produce Manager, Customer Service, Manager, Stock Clerk, Receiver Security Union, Floral Lead Clerk, Dairy & Frozen Manager, Deli Clerk, Meat Clerk, Manager Pharmacy, Pharmacist, Pharmacist Clerk.

Orange County
Middletown Community Health Care, Inc.
filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor on November 27, 2017 in anticipation of a mass layoff. MCHC, is a non-profit federally qualified community health center which is in the process of a sale of substantially all its assets to Cornerstone Family Healthcare. MCHC is scheduled to close all its sites after the sale, resulting in the layoffs of about 124 employees on February 19, 2017. The company operates several facilities in Orange County, including three locations in Middletown – at 14 Grove Street, 27 North Street, and 21 Orchard Street, the Pine Bush facility at 99 Cameron Street and the Port Jervis facility at 140 Hammond Street. It was recently announced that 118 MCHC employees have already accepted job offers with Cornerstone.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Nothing to report.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

One-hundred nursing home workers at The Grand at Pawling, who are members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement since voting to join the union three years ago. The nursing home is part of The Grand Healthcare System. Negotiations for the Pawling facility centered on wages and benefits that impacted the nursing facility’s ability to recruit and retain workers and provide the quality care required to help its residents. The contract includes significant wage increases in the first year, for some as high as 11 percent, and takes experience into consideration. Another raise is set for 2018.

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