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Hudson Valley Region, September 2016

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

September 2016

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
Vassar Brothers Medical Center
, the flagship hospital of Health Quest is scheduled to break ground on September 13, 2016 on the construction of its new $466 million medical facility in the city of Poughkeepsie. Vassar Brothers will build a seven-level, 696,000 sq. ft. inpatient pavilion with 264 private rooms for medical and surgical patients, 30 intensive-care rooms and a rooftop helipad for medical transport. The construction phase of the project is expected to create about 300 to 400 jobs, with the pavilion opening by early 2019. In addition, Health Quest has about 300 open positions, many of which are located at Vassar Medical Center. These positions include: patient care technicians, patient registration, laboratory workers, entry level positions in environmental services, housekeeping, dietary and patient movers.

Orange County
Kolmar Laboratories
, a cosmetic manufacturer of skin care and personal care products is expanding its Port Jervis location with the acquisition of a 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse. The warehouse will allow the company about 40 percent more storage capacity for future growth while adding 10 jobs to its existing workforce of about 500 people.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Kingston Hospital
recently announced plans for a $133.6 million expansion that will include adding a four-story tower to the Mary’s Avenue campus of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, as well as some renovations to other existing structures and transform the hospital’s Broadway campus into a medical village. The Westchester Medical Center Health Network, parent company of HealthAlliance is assisting with the planning and financing while the state will provide about $88.8 million in funding. No job numbers were available.

Saugerties Pharmacy, a local drug store, recently opened shop at 250 Main Street in the Town of Saugerties. The new pharmacy offers a selection of home health care and medical equipment, as well as a gift shop. No job numbers were available.

Westchester County
Colony Grill
, a Connecticut-based pizza chain, plans to open its first Westchester County location in Port Chester. The owners are hoping to open the new location by the summer of 2017. No job numbers were available.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a leading biotechnology company with headquarters in Westchester County, announced plans to build a research and development campus on a vacant 100-acre parcel in the Town of Greenburgh. The undeveloped land, which adjoins the company’s headquarters at The Landmark at Eastview, was purchased last year for $73 million by Loop Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Regeneron. The pharmaceutical giant plans to build nine buildings totaling 1,016,100 sq. ft. of office space on the site, in addition to five parking structures, some of which will be underground. The building sizes will range from 40,000 sq. ft. to 280,000 sq. ft. The build-out is expected to be completed in phases over a 10-year period, with the construction timeline matching the company’s hiring needs. Regeneron employs about 2,500 employees at its Landmark at Eastview campus and expects to employ the same number of workers at its new site, according to Joanne Deyo, the company’s Vice-President of facilities.

RMS Companies, a Connecticut-based developer of luxury homes, plans to build a 74-unit apartment complex on a vacant land on Warburton Avenue in Yonkers. No job numbers were announced.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Nothing to report.

Orange County
The Gap Distribution Center
in Fishkill, which had been in the midst of a $96 million expansion, was ravaged by a massive fire on Monday, August 29, that immediately put hundreds of employees out of work. The warehouse, which operates 24 hours a day and serves as the hub for the retail giant’s Northeast operations, employs an estimated 1,300 workers and more during the holiday season. Building 100, a 990,000 sq. ft. warehouse, suffered extensive damage that halted the trucks streaming in and out of the facility. The site takes shipments of clothing and shoes from suppliers and loads trucks bound for stores in the Northeast. Most of the jobs at the distribution center are warehouse-type positions, but others are employed in truck unloading and loading, and some support jobs, including supervisory, security, maintenance and administrative support. The Governor’s office, Empire State Development and the NYS Department of Labor are coordinating with The Dutchess County Executive’s office to identify resources and offer assistance to meet the needs of the employees. DOL’s Rapid Response Staff has been communicating daily with company representatives offering a variety of assistance, including the benefits of the Shared Work program, to retain as many employees as possible. Approximately 700 employees returned to work in adjoining building 110 on Monday, September 5. Gap officials have assured the Governor’s office that there would be no layoffs and pay would continue for the 1,300 employees. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has determine that the fire was purposely set and the investigation into the circumstances of that are ongoing.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Wireless carrier Verizon plans to close call centers in five states, including New York, as the company consolidates its customer service operations across the U.S. A total of 3,200 jobs, including about 850 in New York State, are affected. Jobs will be lost at two New York locations, including 250 jobs at Orangeburg in Rockland County and 600-650 jobs at Henrietta in Monroe County. The job cuts in Rockland County represent about one-third of Verizon’s workforce at the call center. The job cuts in Orangeburg will take place by May 2017 and those in Henrietta by January 27, 2017. Employees who choose to relocate to another call center will be given relocation packages starting a $10,000, while those who choose to leave the company will be given severance, outplacement resources and other support.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
Nothing to report.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Nothing to report.

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