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Long Island, November 2010

Business Expansions

Company County # Jobs Article Date Comments
ALDI (Albrecht Discount) Suffolk 12(Est.) 11-17-2010 German discount supermarket chain ALDI plans 80-100 new stores in the US in the coming year, including one on Long Island. The local store will open next summer in a former Office Depot building in Bay Shore (Suffolk). ALDI stores tend to be smaller than traditional supermarkets and to carry mainly their own, cheaper brand in a no frills format. (Newsday, November 17, 2010)
ATK-GASL Nassau 5 11-03-2010 Ronkonkoma (Suffolk)-based aerospace company ATK-GASL has secured 1,100 square-feet of space at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage (Nassau). The company's venture at Morrelly will focus on the development of sensors to be used by first responders, such as police officers or firefighters, to gather data at the scene of disasters without putting themselves at risk. The ATK will base 5 of its 65 employees at the facility. (Newsday, November 3, 2010)
Bartone Properties LLC: Hilton Home2Suites Hotel Nassau 200(Est.) 11-26-2010 Farmingdale (Nassau) – based Bartone Properties and the John Danzi Hotel Group of Hauppauge (Suffolk) plan to build an 85-room Hilton Home2Suites hotel next to the Long Island Rail Road station in Farmingdale. Subject to approval by the Village Zoning Board, the partners also plan a $57 million development that will include a 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 story mixed-use building with 102 condominiums and retail space on the ground level. The developers plan to begin construction on the hotel - to take nine months and employ 118 - in April 2011. They also project 82 permanent jobs once the site is complete. (LI Business News, November 26, 2010)
Four Seasons Solar Suffolk 100(Est.) 11-29-2010 Hauppauge (Suffolk)-based Four Seasons Solar, a manufacturer and installer of and sun rooms and thermal windows, says it will hire over 1,000 people country-wide - including about 100 on Long Island (factory workers, sales designers, marketers, and customer service people), mainly at its Holbrook (Suffolk) factory - within the next 24 months. The business benefits from tax credits for energy-efficient products. (Newsday, November 29, 2010)
Hawkeye Construction: Solar Panels, Brookhaven Lab Suffolk 200(Est.) 11-30-2010 Employees for Patchogue (Suffolk)-based Hawkeye Construction, hired by energy giant BP, began the work of clearing an estimated 42,000 tress on land at the Brookhaven (Suffolk) National Laboratory in preparation for building a $300 million solar energy farm on the site. The solar farm is expected to provide 32 megawatts of electricity - enough to supply about 4,500 homes - to the LIPA grid. The project, to employ about 200 construction workers, should be completed by next fall. (Newsday, November 30, 2010)
Long Island Power Authority Nassau 11-24-2010 The US Department of Energy approved a request from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to use $8.3 million in federal stimulus funds to restart a popular consumer solar-panel rebate program. The program, which pays about 1/3 of the cost of a solar system, will start accepting applications again on Dec. 1. This year alone 1,100 customers have signed up for the program. (Newsday, November 24, 2010)
North Shore - Long Island Jewish Medical Office Nassau 11-12-2010 North Shore LIJ Health Systems opened a 6,000 square-foot medical office in Garden City (Nassau), part of primary care network connected with the hospital. Staff at the clinic are on the hospital payroll and deliver the same type of care as a private doctor's practice, but benefit from greater access to information and support from the hospital. The system has opened 150 similar offices throughout NYC. (LI Business News, November 12, 2010)
SRI North America Corp. Suffolk 100(Est.) 11-30-2010 In January 2011 German electonics manufacturer SRI Holding AG plans to open a US subsidiary in the Heartland Industrial Park in Edgewood (Suffolk). SRI North America Corp., which will manufacture components for the renewable energy industry, plans to hire 30-35 workers - machine feeders, warehouse workers, production and purchasing managers - immediately and perhaps as many as 100 over the coming year. (Newsday, November 30, 2010)
VTS Medical Systems LLC Suffolk 11-08-2010 Melville (Suffolk)-based VTS Medical Systems LLC, recently finished installing a new electronic medical record system called “SAFE: Situational Awareness For Everyone” at the Stony Brook (Suffolk) Medical Center. The system allows doctors and nurses to view a patient’s case history, procedures, and vital data in real time, which improves efficiency and provides an additional barrier to error. (LI Business News Blog – November 8, 2010)

Business Contractions

Company County # Jobs Article Date Comments
Bank of Smithtown Suffolk 11-30-2010 People’s United Financial Inc. has bought Bank of Smithtown for $60M. Spiraling commercial loans gone bad, eroding capital, and mismanagement all contributed to the decision to sell. People’s United will keep Smithtown’s 31 Long Island branches open, but the bank's name will change to People's United. (Newsday, November 30, 2010)
Exxon Mobil Chemical Co. Nassau 34 11-29-2010 Exxon Mobil Oil Corporation has sold a service station it owns in Inwood (Nassau) to Cumberland Farms. The new owner will take on half of Exxon Mobil's former employees; 34 workers will lose their jobs in mid-January 2011. (WARN notice, November 29, 2010)
Goldman Brothers Nassau 30 11-13-2010 Thanks to the recession, landmark Hicksville (Nassau) clothing retailer Goldman Bros. is closing after 71 years in business. The store, which employed 30, specialized in athletic gear, shoes, and uniforms. (Newsday, November 13, 2010)
Nycomed US Inc. Suffolk 40(Est.) 11-10-2010 Melville (Suffolk)-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Nycomed US Inc, which specializes in dermatology products, plans to lay off 100 workers nationwide by the end of this year. It was not clear how the layoffs would affect the company's 580 workers in its Melville and Hicksville (Nassau) plants. (Newsday, November 10, 2010)

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