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Hicksville optical lens firm to relocate to Central Islip


A Hicksville-based manufacturer of materials for specialty optical lenses is relocating to Central Islip after the town lured the company with financial incentives.
Universal Photonics Inc. is the latest company to benefit from the Islip Industrial Development Agency's aggressive pursuit of businesses to move into town, with jobs and funding in tow.
In 2013, the IDA brought 15 companies to the town that have invested a projected total of $179.8 million, retained 1,708 jobs and created 542 more, according to town officials.
The company now plans to spend about $3.8 million to buy, renovate and equip a 55,000-square-foot facility at 85 Jetson Lane in Central Islip. The company will also retain 60 high-tech jobs locally, according to town officials.
The IDA played a role in bringing Islip's biggest private employer to town. In the 1980s, vitamin manufacturer NBTY Vitamins, also known as Nature's Bounty, laid the groundwork for what would eventually become a multimillion-dollar business employing more than 2,000 people in the company's locations around Islip.
A more recent success story was BE Aerospace. Mannix said the aviation firm's lighting division was set to leave Long Island for Seattle before the IDA persuaded the company to stay in Bohemia, keeping 154 local jobs and growing another 30 jobs.