New York State Continues as a Top Destination for Company HQs

New York is the U.S. leader in Fortune 500 company HQs. And headquarters-related announcements over just the past five months – whether news of new or expanded facilities—reflect the mix of top industries and talent choosing New York State to both base and grow their businesses.

From auto retailing, to wireless communication, to security services, men’s grooming and more, here’s a look at some recent headquarters headlines (along with their respective announcement dates):

  • Aetna (June 29): The Fortune 50 health care benefits company will establish its corporate headquarters in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, adding 250 senior positions over the next five years – and investing $84 million in its 145,000-square-foot facility.  

  •  Bak USA (March 7):  Bak USA, one of the first American companies to produce its own-branded electronic tablets, has completed a 10,000-square-foot expansion of its global headquarters in Buffalo—growing from a staff of 15 in 2015 to an expected workforce of 100 by 2018.

  • Dealertrack (June 21): The leader in web-based solutions and services for automotive retailing opened its $100 million headquarters in North Hills, Long Island, with a commitment to retain 500 jobs and add more than 350 new jobs—the LEED-specified headquarters covers 10 acres.

  • Good Nature Farm Brewery (June 7): The brewery’s newly opened, 14,000-square-foot facility in Hamilton is a multitasker, home to: Good Nature’s headquarters; a farm-to-table restaurant and beer garden; and office, warehouse and production space. The homegrown, family-owned craft brewery, founded in 2010, has partnered with Morrisville State College in a food technology program.

  • Harry’s (June 5): The online men’s grooming brand, founded in 2013, will expand and relocate its headquarters to a 60,000-square-foot-space in New York City, creating 188 new jobs over the next five years in tech, software engineering, R&D and more.

  • JMA Wireless (July 12): This maker of wireless communication equipment is expanding its Central New York headquarters in Onondaga County, allowing an addition of 288 full-time jobs to its existing workforce of 319—the expansion involved moving the company’s Maryland-based antenna systems group operations to the Liverpool HQ, and renovations and new machinery and equipment to make that possible.

  • Nature’s Bounty (March 2): The leading global wellness company, operating on Long Island since 1971, is investing more than $142 million to modernize and expand its Long Island corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations – and to consolidate its China and California operations on Long Island.

  • Rapid Response Monitoring Services Inc. (April 10):  A major expansion project has nearly doubled the company’s Syracuse headquarters and is expected to add more than 125 jobs over the next year while retaining 325. The 24-hour service monitors homes and businesses around the country for events related to and including security, fire and personal emergencies.