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Labor Statistics

Long Island Region, January 2006

Firm Expansions and Contractions

Business Expansions

Company County # Jobs Article Date Comments
Blackstone Steakhouse Suffolk 01-25-2006 A new Blackstone Steakhouse has opened along the Route 110 corridor on the Farmingdale/Melville border in Suffolk County. The restaurant is expected to employ about 80. ( Newsday – January 25, 2006 )
Cerro Wire Site Nassau 01-19-2006 UPDATE: Oranizers announced the formation of the Cerro Wire Coalition, representing "about 40,000 residents 6,000 businesses" from the vicinity of the former Cerro Wire Company plant in Syosset (Nassau) who are opposed to the construction of a mall on site. The project has met opposition since 2001, when the Town of Oyster Bay turned down the Taubman Company’s proposal to build an 860,000 square foot mall on the site and has been tied up in a court battle between the developer and the town ever since. Other options for the site include: light manufacturing firms, a sports-oriented community and senior housing, assisted-living residences, and office and retail space. ( LI Business News – January 13, 2006 )
Citizens Bank Nassau 200(Est.) 01-18-2006 Providence, RI-based Citizens Bank plans to open 40 branches in Stop & Shop supermarkets on Long Island and eight in New York City over the next three years. It will be the bank’s first venture into the area. (Newsday – January 19, 2006)
Citizens Bank Suffolk 200(Est.) 01-18-2006 Providence, RI - based Citizens Bank plans to open 40 branches in Stop & Shop supermarkets on Long Island and eight in New York City over the next three years. It will be the bank’s first venture into the area. (Newsday – January 19, 2006)
Computer Associates International Suffolk 01-06-2006 Islandia (Suffolk)-based CA (formerly known as Computer Associates) has acquired its California-based rival software company Wily Technology Inc. for $375 million. The acquisition is expected to be completed within three months, pending regulatory approval. (Newsday – January 6, 2006)
Computer Associates (CA) Suffolk 01-12-2006 Computer Associates in Islandia (Suffolk) has acquired the Canadian tech-support automation firm Control-F1 Corp. for an undisclosed sum. Control-F1 develops software to automate tech-support functions. (Newsday – January 12, 2006)
Comtech Telecommunications Suffolk 01-04-2006 Melville (Suffolk) – based Comtech Telecommunications Corp., won a $3.6 million contract from an unnamed international buyer for equipment used to jam electronic signals. (Long Island Business News – January 4, 2006)
EDO Corporation Suffolk 02-01-2006 EDO Corp. has won a $30 million contract to provide sonar equipment to Lockhead Martin for four Spanish submarines. (Long Island Business News – February 1, 2006)
Four Food Studio Suffolk 80(Est.) 01-25-2006 The Four Food Studio restaurant has opened along the Route 110 corridor on the Farmingdale/Melville border in Suffolk County. The restaurant is expected to employ about 80. (Newsday – January 25, 2006)
GCG (Garden City Group) Suffolk 01-18-2006 The workforce at Melville (Suffolk)–based GCG Inc. (formerly known as The Garden City Group) has grown from 55 in 1996 to 400 workers today, in nine offices from New York to Washington state, half of them in Melville. GCG processes billions of dollars in settlements for claimants involved in class-action lawsuits. (Newsday – January 18, 2006)
Gentiva Health Services Inc. Suffolk 01-06-2006 Melville (Suffolk) – based Gentiva Health Services Inc. is acquiring Healthfield Group in Atlanta for $454 million. The acquisition would bring Gentiva into the hospice business and make it one of the country’s 10 largest providers of hospice care. (Newsday – January 6, 2006)
Hampton Inn Nassau 30(Est.) 01-23-2006 Four new hotels are slated to open soon and add a total of 525 beds on Long Island, among them a Hampton Inn in Garden City (Nassau), expected to open this spring. (Newsday – January 23, 2006)
Long Island Tech Zone Nassau 01-05-2006 Governor Pataki announced plans to create statewide “Tech Zones”, including one on Long Island. The zones will be affiliated with our Centers of Excellence and provide Empire Zone-like benefits that will ultimately "turn research and ideas into jobs and opportunity". In addition to Long Island, Tech Zones are proposed in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. (Long Island Business News – January 5, 2006)
Nassau County Living Wage Nassau 01-16-2006 (Update) Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi signed the county's living wage law, which, when it goes into effect in 2007, will require the payment of a "living wage," $9.50 per hour, with increases in 2008 to $10.50 per hour in 2009 and to $12.50 per hour in 2010, on any county contract worth more than $25,000. Nassau contracts about $200 million in work annually, according to Suozzi. The federal minimum wage is $5.15 per hour, while the state mandates $6.75 per hour. (Long Island Business News – January 16, 2006)
Nassau Empire Zone Nassau 01-04-2006 In a measure designed to stimulate job creation and economic growth in some of the most economically depressed communities in Nassau County Governor Pataki signed legislation creating a tax-free Empire Zone in Nassau that will straddle the all three of the county's towns. The targeted communities include the site of the former Grumman plant in Bethpage, Glen Cove, Elmont, Inwood, New Cassel, Roosevelt, Uniondale, West Hempstead and the villages of Freeport and Hempstead. ( Newsday – January 4, 2006 )
La Quinta Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Towne Place Suites Suffolk 100(Est.) 01-23-2006 Four new hotels are slated to open soon and add a total of 525 beds on Long Island: La Quinta Inn will open in March 2006 in Bohemia (Suffolk); a Hampton Inn will follow this spring in Garden City (Nassau). Developers of a Courtyard by Marriott and a Towne Place Suites by Marriott are aiming for a December 2006 opening in East Farmingdale (Suffolk). Regional tourism officials attribute the increase in construction to improving the lodging market for business clients. (Newsday – January 23, 2006)
Northrop Grumman Nassau 01-13-2006 Northrop Grumman Corp. said its facility in Bethpage (Nassau) has won a Navy contract worth $159 million to work on the LCS (littoral combat ship), a 21st century Navy vessel. Northrup Grumman will assign 90 people to the project in Bethpage, Washington and other parts of the country where the vessels are being constructed. (Newsday – January 13, 2006)
P&F Industries Suffolk 01-04-2006 Farmingdale (Suffolk) – based P&F Industries Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of air powered tools and hardware, announced the purchase of California-based Pacific Stair Products on Dec. 21, 2005. (Long Island Business News – January 4, 2006)
STIDD Systems Suffolk 01-05-2006 Greenport (Suffolk) – based STIDD Systems won a $12 million defense contract to build submersible systems for U.S. commandos. The 70-person company will get $7 million as an add-on order for diver-propulsion devices and $5 million for its surface-planing wet submersible. In 2005, STIDD almost doubled the size of its Greenport facility from 33,000 square feet to 62,000 square feet. STIDD also makes high-performance marine seats that absorb the shock of pounding seas for commercial and military markets. (Long Island Business News – December 30-January 5, 2006)
Seviroli Foods Nassau 01-06-2006 Seviroli Foods, a pasta factory in East Garden City (Nassau) that had planned to move to the South, has reason to stay on Long Island since the creation of Nassau County’s first tax-exempt Empire Zone. Seviroli plans to add up to 100 jobs and more than 60,000 square feet of space thanks to the Empire Zone program. (Newsday – January 6, 2006)
Ternhaven Cellars Suffolk 01-12-2006 Ternhaven Cellars, a Greenport (Suffolk) vintner, reached an agreement to sell its 5-acre Wesley Hall Vineyard in Cutchogue (Suffolk) for an undisclosed amount to an undisclosed buyer. The new owner of the vineyard plans to build a house on the property and continue to raise grapes on the balance of the land. (Newsday – January 12, 2006)
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Business Contractions

Company County # Jobs Article Date Comments
Atkins International Suffolk 100(Est.) 01-11-2006 Atkins Nutritional Inc. emerged from bankruptcy on January 10th with a new business strategy. The company, which filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2005, plans to switch its focus from a low carb products to a nutritional ones, embarking on a $40 million campaign to refashion its image. The company received $110 million in financing from a syndicate led by UBS. It has relocated its offices from Ronkonkoma to Melville (both Suffolk), where it employs 70 people, down from the 370 workers who were once on the payroll. (Newsday – January 11, 2006)
Micron Suffolk 01-20-2006 Electronics firm Micron will lay off 67 employees on April 3, 2006 and close its Ronkonkoma (Suffolk) plant on June 30, 2006 . Micron is relocating to Amherst (Erie), New York. (WARN Notice, 1/20/2006)
Toys R US Suffolk 70(Est.) 01-07-2006 Toys “R” Us will close its Commack (Suffolk) store this spring, along with an additional 70 stores around the country, as part of an effort to streamline the company which is facing stiff competition from Wal-Mart, Target and other retailers. (January 7, 2006)
Toys R Us Nassau 82(Est.) 01-07-2006 Toys “R” Us will close its Levittown (Nassau) store this spring, along with an additional 70 stores around the country, as part of an effort to streamline the company which is facing stiff competition from Wal-Mart, Target and other retailers. (January 7, 2006)
Toys R Us Nassau 54 01-07-2006 Toys “R” Us said it will close its Freeport (Nassau) store this spring, along with an additional 70 stores around the country, as part of an effort to streamline the company which is facing stiff competition from Wal-Mart, Target and other retailers. (January 7, 2006)
Treasure Island Nassau 22 02-01-2006 Furniture store Treasure Island will close its Carle Place (Nassau) store along with 15 others in March 2006 due to competition. (Long Island Business News – February 1, 2006)
Treasure Island Suffolk 9 02-01-2006 Furniture store Treasure Island will close its Huntington Station (Suffolk) store along with 15 others in March 2006 due to competition. (Long Island Business News – February 1, 2006)
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Run Date: 02-06-2006

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