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Long Island Region, March 2010

Firm Expansions and Contractions

Business Expansions

Company County # Jobs Article Date Comments
Brentwood Downtown Improvements Suffolk 100(Est.) 03-19-2010 Brentwood (Suffolk) has received a $2-million state grant for improvements to its "downtown business corridor" near the intersection of Brentwood Road and Suffolk Avenue and near the Brentwood Long Island Rail Road station. The grant, a Senate appropriation negotiated last year as part of the 2009 budget, includes $1 million for storefront facades, $750,000 for parking improvements and $250,000 for tree planting. (Newsday, March 19, 2010)
Brookhaven National Laboratory Suffolk 8(Est.) 03-30-2010 Brookhaven National Lab in Upton (Suffolk) will serve as the U.S. hub for data gathered by one of the biggest of six experiments at the huge Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Switzerland. The experiments are expected to produce 15 million gigabytes of data each year, which is transferred from Switzerland to BNL via fiber optic cable. Brookhaven is one of 11 "Tier 1" computing centers where most of that data will be stored. (Newsday, March 30, 2010)
Canon USA Suffolk 2000(Est.) 03-19-2010 One of the largest construction projects proposed for Long Island - a $636-million, 668,296-square-foot headquarters building for Canon U.S.A. Inc. - passed one of its final major hurdles Thursday when the Huntington Town planning board approved a site plan in Melville (Suffolk) for the imaging company. The project has been a cause of concern for several years among Long Island business and political leaders, who worried the company, whose North American headquarters are now in Lake Success (Nassau), would leave the Island altogether. The five-member planning board unanimously approved construction of the five-story office building at the southwest corner of the Long Island Expressway South Service Road and Walt Whitman Road. There are also to be two multilevel parking garages totaling 500,000 square feet. (Newsday, March 19, 2010)
Energy Efficiency Grants to LI Communities -Nassau Nassau, Suffolk 100(Est.) 03-01-2010 The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced a second round of energy efficiency grants based on Federal stimulus money. NYSERDA awarded a total of 30 grants worth $7.8M to nonprofits and municipalities on Long Island. Some of the most significant: NASSAU COUNTY • Kellenberg Memorial H.S. Solar thermal heating system • The Long Island Home 45-kilowatt photovoltaic system • East Meadow Public Library Energy management system • Village of East Rockaway National gas fueling station SUFFOLK COUNTY • William Floyd School District Geothermal heating/cooling project • Suffolk County Street lighting retrofit • Amagansett Fire District Photovoltaic systems; wind turbine • Suffolk County Comm. College High efficiency condensing boilers • Maria Regina Residence Insulation, high efficiency windows, etc. • Town of Huntington Solar-powered electric vehicle fueling station (Newsday, March 1, 2010)
First Trade Union Bank Nassau 10(Est.) 03-31-2010 Boston-based First Trade Union Bank has opened a second Long Island branch in New Hyde Park (Nassau) to go along with its first local branch in Hauppauge. The bank focuses on small and mid-market businesses, government entities, unions and personal banking clients. (LI Business News, March 31, 2010)
Francis S. Gabreski Airport Suffolk 50(Est.) 03-03-2010 Suffolk County-owned Gabreski Airport in Westhampton will undergo a $7.5-million renovation, its largest since it was built in the early 1940s. The project involves new office and hangar space, lighting and other improvements. The work, being performed by Rancanelli Construction Co. of Melville (Suffolk), should be finished by Memorial Day.
Glen Cove Ferry Terminal Nassau 60 03-26-2010 Thanks to $12.1 million in Federal stimulus money, the City of Glen Cove (Nassau) will be getting a new ferry dock and terminal which the city hopes will become part of a revitalized waterfront. Construction, to be done by Chesterfield Associates, a Westhampton Beach firm, will begin this spring and finish within 15 to 18 months. Starting in 2011, two 140-passenger ferries will carry passengers to Manhattan. (Newsday – March 26, 2010)
Long Island Spirits Suffolk 5(Est.) 03-09-2010 The Long Island Spirits distillery in Baiting Hollow (Suffolk) is expanding. The distillery has produced a new line of pricey fruit liquers called "Sorbetta" which has accounted for two-thirds of the 750 cases of liquor the company has sold so for this year. (Newsday, March 9, 2010)
Stony Brook University Suffolk 200(Est.) 03-12-2010 The Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University will look to open its doors as early as July, instead of this fall as had previously been expected. The new center will conduct research on developing new technologies for the new sources of energy, as wind and solar. (Newsday – March 12, 2010)
Whole Foods Market Suffolk 200(Est.) 03-16-2010 Austin, Texas-based natural foods supermarket chain Whole Foods Market opened its third store on the Island, opposite Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove (Suffolk). Besides bakery, meat counter and cheese displays and a full range of natural and organic products, the store has seating for 180 and a perimeter lined with prepared food stations, such as a fresh-squeezed-juice bar, a coffee and gelato counter, hot food and salad bars and a vegan-no-oil salad bar. In keeping with its environmentally friendly philosophy, the store uses energy-efficient refrigeration, and all its food waste will be composted. (Newsday, March 16, 2010)

Business Contractions

Company County # Jobs Article Date Comments
Canon USA Nassau 1200(Est.) 03-19-2010 One of the largest construction projects proposed for Long Island - a $636-million, 668,296-square-foot headquarters building for Canon U.S.A. Inc. - passed one of its final major hurdles Thursday when the Huntington Town planning board approved a site plan in Melville (Suffolk) for the imaging company. The project has been a cause of concern for several years among Long Island business and political leaders, who worried the company, whose North American headquarters are now in Lake Success (Nassau), would leave the Island altogether. The five-member planning board unanimously approved construction of the five-story office building at the southwest corner of the Long Island Expressway South Service Road and Walt Whitman Road. There are also to be two multilevel parking garages totaling 500,000 square feet. (Newsday, March 19, 2010)
Dri Mark Products, Inc. Nassau 45 03-03-2010 Port Washington (Nassau)-based Dri Mark Products, Inc., a manufacturer of highlighter markers, will lay of 45 of a total of 85 employees beginning September 4, 2009, as it moves portions of its business to Mexico. The affected workers are represented by Industrial Trade Local 528. (WARN, June 11, 2009) UPDATE 3/3/10: the final 23 layoffs will occur between 2/28 and 5/29/10.
MT Transportation & Logistics Suffolk 199 03-16-2010 MT Transportation and Logistics Services of Bay Shore (Suffolk) MAY lose its contracts with the U.S. Post Office, which would result in the company's laying off all 199 it employs on June 30, 2010. (WARN Notice, March 16, 2010)
Mortgage Lending Market Contraction Nassau, Suffolk 2000(Est.) 03-21-2010 Long Island has half the number of mortgage lending branches that it did in 2007, when the subprime market exploded, according to a recent report from the NY State Banking Department. In 2009 there were 93 state-approved lending branches here, down from 190 in 2007; 48 lenders had headquarters on the Island last year, an almost 40 percent drop from the 76 in 2007. The decline matches a statewide trend in an industry that had a huge part in bringing down the nation's economy, and Rholda Ricketts, deputy superintendent of banks, is concerned about whether consumers can now get the best loans possible, given the cuts. (Newsday – March 21, 2010)
Plum Island Animal Disease Center Suffolk 50(Est.) 03-20-2010 Congress has passed legislation calling for the transfer of operations of the Plum Island (Suffolk) Animal Disease Center to a new facility to be built in Kansas. The legislation requires the property to be sold to the highest bidder, whether governmental or private. The sale may be completed as early as this summer, although the Plum Island lab will remain open until 2015. (Newsday, March 20, 2010)
School District Layoffs Suffolk 450(Est.) 03-10-2010 The following Suffolk County school districts have announced a total of up to 450 layoffs for the upcoming school year for financial reasons: Brentwood: “as many as” 260 teachers; Lindenhurst: 59 teachers; Middle Country: 5 teachers and 23 teaching assistants Northport-East Northport: 40 teachers; Patchogue-Medford: the possibility of 50 to 70 layoffs. (Newsday, March 10, 2010)
Sports Publications Productions Nassau 66 03-05-2010 Port Washington (Nassau)-based Sports Publications Productions, a subsidiary of Daily Racing Form, Inc. announced plans on March 5 to close its facility by May 3, 2010 letting go 66 employees. Amalgamated Union Local #1, United Association of Workers of America Local #528 and Graphic Communications Conference International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 51-23M represent the workers. (WARN Notice, March 5, 2010)

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