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Hudson Valley Region, September 2017

FIRM EXPANSIONS AND CONTRACTIONS

Hudson Valley Region

September 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
Milo’s Cantina
, a new eatery on Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, is scheduled to open for business in October 2017. The menu will feature a variety of hybrid tacos and tequila cocktails. No job numbers were announced.

Orange County
Aurochemicals
, a Washingtonville-based global distributer and developer of natural fragrances and flavorings, recently opened its new $1.5 million, world headquarters expansion, which brings its space to 32,000sq. ft. The new facility is devoted to quality control and research and development and features glass-enclosed offices, labs and state-of-the-art conference rooms. The company expects to hire seven to ten more employees, in addition to its current workforce of 17 people. Aurochemicals is also planning a second expansion at the Washingtonville site in 2018.

Steris, an international contract sterilization company celebrated the opening of its new $26 million plant in Chester. Steris provides infection prevention and other procedural products and services to health care clients. The new 60,000sq. ft. facility is in the same industrial park where the company has operated a separate contract sterilization plant since 1992. The older plant has a workforce of about 110 employees, while the new facility is expected to hire between 25 and 30 new employees, depending upon the company’s workload. The yearlong construction project by V. Paulius & Associates employed 80 workers.

Waterstone Retail, the developer behind the massive 700,000sq. ft. Ridge Hudson Valley retail complex in Newburgh, is offering the school district a $3.5 million cash payment and other incentives as it seeks support for a tax-break deal in which the district and the Town of Newburgh would forgo millions in revenue. Plans for the $161.5 million Ridge Hudson Valley retail facility would include an 85,000sq. ft. BJs Wholesale Club, a 50,000sq. ft. Dick’s Sporting Goods, and a 78,000sq. ft. ShopRite, which would relocate from its South Plank Road location. The facility would also have restaurants, specialty shops, and an outdoor park for movies and public events.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Nothing to report.

Westchester County
AvalonBay
, one of the largest rental apartment builders in the country, has recently begun work on its massive waterfront residential project. The first phase of the project call for the construction of a five-story, 251-unit building over a parking garage with about 135 spaces. Two future phases on the east and west side of Alexander Street calls for an additional 338 apartments. The new housing is expected to attract residents with annual incomes of more than $150,000. When completed the project will bring an estimated 26 full-time jobs and additional sales and personal income tax revenues.

Hudson Park, the 16-acre development overlooking the Palisades along the Hudson River, has entered the final stages of construction with a 230,000sq. ft., 213-unit tower. The $85 million tower called Hudson Park River Club, will include studios and one- and two bedroom apartments. The facility is expected to be completed and ready for leasing by third quarter 2018. Strategic Capital LLC, the New Jersey-based real estate investment arm of China State Construction Engineering Corp., recently held a topping out ceremony for the final piece of its multi-million dollar development along the Hudson River waterfront in Yonkers.

Phoenix-based Alliance Residential Company, one of the largest real estate and development firms in the country, was recently granted final approval for the construction of a 15-story apartment tower at Mamaroneck Avenue and Post Road. Dubbed “The Broadstone White Plains”, the development will also feature a second 15-story tower on Mitchell Place connected to the first tower by a pedestrian bridge. The development will house 434 apartments, 7,800sq. ft. of ground floor retail space, a six-story parking garage and a small public park on Mitchell Place. No job numbers were announced.

PS&S, a New Jersey-based architecture firm, recently opened its first Westchester County office in Yonkers. The firm offers architecture, engineering, design and environmental consulting services from a 12-person, 5,400sq. ft. office at 1 Larkin Plaza. The company is headquartered in Warren, New Jersey and has another New York office in Lake Success.

San Chen Inc. recently signed a lease for 2,580sq. ft. of space at the Boyce Thompson Center building in Yonkers where it will open a new restaurant. The Japanese sushi restaurant will feature a sushi bar and have seating capacity for about 80 people.

Starbucks Coffee recently signed a lease for 2,049sq. ft. of space at the Boyce Thompson Center building in Yonkers. The Seattle-based coffee shop chain plans open the new store in January 2018. No job numbers were announced.

The Congress Cos., a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in developing senior living and health care facilities, recently started construction of a new $60 million, 160-bed skilled nursing facility. Dubbed “White Plains Institute for Rehabilitation and Healthcare”, the new 110,000sq. ft. facility will be built on Church Street in downtown White Plains and when opened, it will employ an estimated 160 to 200 full-time and part-time workers. Construction which will take between 20 and 22 months, will be managed by the joint venture Congress/Consigli JV. Congress Cos. is a second-generation family business that has developed more than 100 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout the eastern U.S., including Wingate at Dutchess in Fishkill and Wingate at Beacon. The White Plains facility will offer 76 specialized rehabilitation beds, 42 beds focused on Alzheimer’s care and 42 long-term care beds, each with specially designed nursing units. The property will be managed by Epic Healthcare Management, based in Croton-on-Hudson.

The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center recently celebrated the grand-opening of its 32-bed expansion for ventilator-dependent children in its residential center at 300 Corporate Blvd. South in Yonkers. The $24 million construction and renovation project started in fall 2015, added a three-story, 26,000sq. ft. building to the existing 5-year old facility, expanding its space to 201,000sq. ft. With the expansion, the center is able to care for 169 medically complex and technology-dependent children, making it the largest provider of children’s subacute care in the U.S. No job numbers were announced.

Westchester Medical Center recently marked the topping out of its $230 million ambulatory care pavilion on its Valhalla campus. The new 280,000sq. ft. medical facility next to the hospital will feature an advanced imaging center, ambulatory surgery center and heart and vascular institute, along with a 20,000sq. ft. expansion of private rooms for the medical center and 75,000sq. ft. for doctors’ offices. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2018. The new facility is expected to create 225 temporary construction jobs and 180 new full-time jobs when completed.

BUSINESS CONTRACTIONS FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY REGION

Dutchess County
Culinary Institute of America
plans to outsource some jobs at the school. CIA plans to subcontract grounds-keeping, recycling and painting work to LCS Facility Group, resulting in the layoffs of 17 employees. Negotiations are ongoing and the school has not yet announced a date as to when these changes will take effect. The Culinary Craft Association, the union that represents 45 CIA workers, including the 17 workers who would be affected, strongly opposed those plans and see it as an attempt at “union busting.”

Orange County
Nothing to report.

Putnam County
Nothing to report.

Rockland County
Nothing to report.

Sullivan County
Nothing to report.

Ulster County
Pinegrove Ranch and Family Resort
, a dude ranch in the hamlet of Kerhonkson, closed its facility on September 22, 2017. The ranch covers a total of 600 acres and was a year-round, all-inclusive resort, with a 126-room hotel. The closing is quite challenging for the town, since the resort is its second largest employer with workforce of about 100 employees. The resort had been owned and operated by David O’Halloran until his death in May 25, 2017. Several buyers have shown interest in purchasing the property, including Congregation Machneh Rav Tov, which owns a nearby religious retreat. The town would like to see the facility be sold to a business that can keep up on the property taxes.

Westchester County
DineEquity
, parent company to IHOP and Applebee’s restaurants announced plans to close 160 stores nationwide. DineEquity will shutter 105 to 135 Applebee’s locations and up to 25 IHOP locations. The listing of stores that are slated for closure has not yet been released.

STRIKES AND LABOR DISPUTES

Orange County and its Deputy Sheriffs’ PBA union have reached a new five-year contract. The new contract calls for a 1.95 percent wage increase in 2018 and 2.0 percent in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. All members will pay 16 percent of the healthcare premium for the duration of this contract not to exceed $1,000 more than the previous year.

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