Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00
After casting about for a new corporate home elsewhere, pharmaceutical manufacturer PL Developments has decided to remain in Westbury, spending $8.1 million to design and renovate a factory at 609-2 Cantiague Rock Road, which it plans to use as its headquarters and warehouse distribution space.
The company currently employs about 550 people in its New York office and expects to add 150 more with the expansion.
The current building at 200 Hicks St. in Westbury will continue to be used as a packaging center, as the company expands to keep up with increasing customer demand. And with the company’s expansion comes increased career opportunities for Long Islanders.
According to PL Developments’ Executive Vice President, Evan Singer, there are a wide variety of jobs available from positions in the warehouse, packaging, management, and more senior level positions.
“As our business continues to grow, we’re going to have to augment our staff to meet the expectations. We’re recruiting and hiring, and most jobs are filled locally. Eight out of ten jobs are coming from the community,” Singer said.
The pharmaceutical company makes over the counter drugs for retailers nationwide and considered moving to another locality. But after weighing several factors, including employee retention and training, they decided to stay in Westbury, as they have been for the past 7 years.
“Westbury’s where our home is. We’ve got a great facility with a great team of people. We’ve got a great relationship with the broader community and we were able to find a facility with economics that make Long Island profitable with us,” Singer said.
The new building and renovations, as well as renovations to its current building, will cost the company $8.1 million. The company has received some incentives from the town and local and state governments ,which provide tax credits, including an incentive package that was recently passed by Nassau County and the Industrial Developmental Agency (IDA).
“Without this project, hundreds of Nassau County residents would have faced the prospect of unemployment. I am pleased we were able to keep PL Developments and its workforce (here),” said Joseph Kearney, executive director of the Nassau County IDA.