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Business Expansions and Contractions, March 2007

Long Island Region, March 2007

Firm Expansions and Contractions

Business Expansions

Company County # Jobs Article Date Comments
AriZona Beverage Co. Nassau 170(Est.) 03-15-2007 Nassau County’s Industrial Development Agency offered more than $3 million in tax incentives to help iced tea giant AriZona Beverage Co. relocate its headquarters from Lake Success to the former Cablevision HQ in Woodbury (both Nassau). The company employs about 120 in Lake Success and plans to add at least 50 more in the next few years. Arizona is still entertaining offers from Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and a trio of New Jersey towns. “The agreement (to move to Woodbury) is not yet finalized,” a spokesman said. “But we’re very, very, very close.” (Long Island Business News – March 15, 2007)
Bedell Cellars Winery Suffolk 03-28-2007 American Airlines announced it will serve a merlot made by Long Island's Bedell Cellars Winery in Cutchogue (Suffolk County) - as well as a Riesling from Vinifera Wine Cellars in the Finger Lakes region - on transcontinental flights, such as its New York to Los Angeles route. The airline says it is offering the wines as a way of showing its appreciation for New York customers. (http://libiz.blogspot.com/, March 28, 2007)
Black Course at Bethpage State Park Nassau 03-28-2007 The famous "Black Course" at Bethpage State Park was recently ranked 5th best golf course in the country by the Zagat Survey. Bethpage was also ranked the best course in the New York metropolitan area. The Black Course hosted the 2002 U.S. open. (http://libiz.blogspot.com/, March 28, 2007)
Carvel Ice Cream Suffolk 03-28-2007 Carvel Ice Cream plans to add three (franchise) ice cream parlors to its current 82 this year. (Newsday – March 28, 2007)
Comtech Telecommunications Suffolk 03-27-2007 Melville (Suffolk)-based Comtech Telecommunications Corp. received $2.8 million in orders for high-power amplifiers from an unnamed provider of aviation electronics and communications systems. (Long Island Business News – March 20, 2007) The company also received a $1.2 million contract for its satellite communications equipment from an unnamed government client. The order includes Comtech’s SLM-5650 Satellite Modem. Comtech posted second quarter earnings 37 percent higher than the prior-year quarter. (Long Island Business News – March 27, 2007)
Fantastic Sams Suffolk 250(Est.) 03-28-2007 Fantastic Sams, a chain of family-oriented haircut salons based in suburban Boston with 1,350 stores nationwide, wants to open 30 to 40 (franchise) stores on Long Island in the next three to five years. (Newsday – March 28, 2007)
Fatburger Suffolk 100(Est.) 03-28-2007 Restaurant franchiser Fatburger, which bills itself as "The Last Great Hamburger Stand", plans to open two Long Island restaurants this year and two a year for the foreseeable future. (Newsday – March 28, 2007)
Globecomm Systems Inc. Suffolk 03-14-2007 Globecomm Systems Inc. of Hauppauge (Suffolk) received two contracts worth a total of $5 million to design and install direct-to-home (DTH) video systems in Asia. (Long Island Business News – March 14, 2007)
Hailo Llc. Suffolk 03-09-2007 German aluminum products maker Hailo Llc. announced it will open a factory in Holbrook (Suffolk) to produce specialized aluminum ladder systems for wind turbines. Hailo plans to hire 50 people in the next five years and has applied for Empire Zone tax abatements for the plant. The company expects to begin production in August 2007. (Newsday – March 9, 2007)
Miss New York Pageant Suffolk 03-14-2007 The Miss New York pageant, which determines who will represent the state in the Miss America pageant, will be held from July 8 to July 14 at The Dix Hills (Suffolk County) Center for the Performing Arts at Five Towns College. The pageant has been held in Watertown in upstate in Jefferson County since 1982. (http://libiz.blogspot.com, March 14, 2007)
Nathan's Famous, Inc Suffolk 100(Est.) 03-28-2007 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs intends to add 8 (franchise) restaurants to its current 20 on Long Island. (Newsday – March 28, 2007)
Orbit International Corp. Suffolk 03-30-2007 Orbit International Corp. has signed a multi-year, $1 million contract with an unspecified defense electronics contractor in support of the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank upgrade and retrofit program. The company will design panels for armored tanks, which will be used by the U.S. Army and the marine Corps. (Long Island Business News – March 30, 2007)
Saladworks Suffolk 500(Est.) 03-28-2007 Saladworks, a Philadelphia restaurant franchiser specializing in "quick meals both nutritious and delicious", is in negotiations to open a restaurant in the Broadway Mall in Hicksville (Nassau) later this year and has a five-year plan to open about 30 locations on Long Island. (Newsday – March 28, 2007)
Seviroli Foods Nassau 100(Est.) 03-02-2007 Seviroli Foods of Garden City (Nassau), which describes itself as "the world’s largest fully automated tortellini manufacturer" and which in January 2006 came very close to leaving Long Island, now hopes to dramatically increase production thanks to a deal it recently signed with Sam’s Club to sell its pasta in Sam's Club stores under the company's own name. Seviroli already does business with 350 Costco Wholesale clubs and with the Campbell Soup’s Italian line, but under those companies' monikers. The company plans to increase its employee count by about 100 from the current 145 within three years. (Long Island Business News – March 2, 2007)
Verizon Wireless Suffolk 03-14-2007 Verizon Wireless has installed new cell phone transmitters on three towers in Suffolk County. The company said the three sites will improve service in Dix Hills, along the Long Island Expressway and the Northern State Parkway; in South Haven, along Sunrise Highway and the Montauk Highway; and in Orient Park, along Route 25. Employment is also up at Verizon; the wireless company held a job fair on March 21 at the Islandia Marriott Hotel in Hauppauge (Suffolk) (http://libiz.blogspot.com, March 14, 2007)
W. W. Grainger Suffolk 03-29-2007 W.W. Grainger Inc., a nationwide distributor of industrial supplies, expects to open six new stores in the New York area by the end of 2008. In July, Grainger will open a facility in Happauge (Suffolk). This will be in addition to current Long Island stores in Melville, Bohemia (both Suffolk) and New Hyde Park (Nassau). (Crain's NY Business, March 29, 2007)
Wal-Mart Suffolk 03-14-2007 Wal-Mart opened a 157,000 square-foot store on the former campus of Polytechnic University (off Route 110 near Republic Airport) in Farmingdale (Suffolk). Other shops under construction in the same plaza include Houlihan’s, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Sleepy’s and GameStop. (Long Island Business News – March 14, 2007)
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Business Contractions

Company County # Jobs Article Date Comments
AriZona Beverage Co. Nassau 120(Est.) 03-15-2007 Nassau County’s Industrial Development Agency offered more than $3 million in tax incentives to help iced tea giant AriZona Beverage Co. relocate its headquarters from Lake Success to the former Cablevision HQ in Woodbury (both Nassau). The company employs about 120 in Lake Success and plans to add at least 50 more in the next few years. Arizona is still entertaining offers from Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and a trio of New Jersey towns. “The agreement (to move to Woodbury) is not yet finalized,” a spokesman said. “But we’re very, very, very close.” (Long Island Business News – March 15, 2007)
Citigroup, Inc. Suffolk 03-07-2007 Banking giant Citigroup Inc. plans to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide in the coming months. It is not clear what impact this might have on Long Island. According to published reports, Citigroup employs 2,406 people in branches and other operations on Long Island. (Newsday – March 27, 2007)
CompUSA Nassau 03-03-2007 Computer retailer CompUSA is leaving Long Island, closing its store in Garden City (Nassau). (Newsday – March 3, 2007)
CompUSA Suffolk 03-03-2007 Computer retailer CompUSA is leaving Long Island, closing its store in Farmingdale and Hauppauge (both Suffolk). (Newsday – March 3, 2007)
Konica Minolta Graphic Nassau 135 03-06-2007 UPDATE: The Konica Minolta closing has been delayed until June 30, 2007. The 135 remaining employees will be let go on May 4. (WARN, March 6, 2007) Konica Minolta Graphic Imaging USA Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of graphic arts supplies originally known as Chemco, will close its Glen Cove (Nassau) plant by the end of this November, bringing to an end a business that has operated in the city since 1899. The company plans to lay off 145 of its 180 employees; the other 35 will be relocated to other Konica Minolta plants. (Newsday – June 14, 2006)
Northrop Grumman Nassau 100(Est.) 03-01-2007 Northrop Grumman Corp. is cutting 200 to 300 jobs within the next few months mostly at its facilities on Long Island and Florida. The cuts are the result of a consolidation of business units and the windup of Navy aircraft engineering work. Job cuts on Long Island are the second in a year; the company eliminated 100 positions last May. Gerard A. Dufresne, vice president said the job cuts on Long Island were not permanent; the company hopes to be hiring again next year and the year after. (Newsday – March 1, 2007)
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Run Date: 04-06-2007

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