The need to train unskilled hires has led a local facilities management company to plan a $5 million move to a larger building in Hauppauge that can accommodate a training room and instructors, executives said Friday.
BOSS Facility Services Inc. wants to purchase and renovate 60 Adams Ave., which would more than double the company’s space to 16,000 square feet. It currently rents 7,500 square feet in Ronkonkoma.
“The company is growing, and we are very challenged with finding employees,” said BOSS controller Caryl Lipira. “We’re finding a lot of the educated people are leaving the Island.”
The company has raised starting salaries and improved employee benefits but still struggles to attract qualified job applicants.
“Our goal is to bring underprivileged people, people who would otherwise not have an opportunity at the white-collar positions that we have to offer, and set up a training facility…to get them to where they need to be,” she told a meeting of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency on Friday.
The IDA board voted unanimously to awarded BOSS $443,000 in tax breaks, including a $403,000 reduction in property taxes over 10 years.
In return, BOSS, which stands for Built On Superior Service, has promised to add six employees to its workforce of 59. Employees earn, on average, $58,000 per year, records show.
The company arranges for electricians, plumbers, painters, builders and janitors to maintain more than 21,000 locations of national retail, restaurant and financial services companies in the United States and Canada. These contractors employ more than 600 Long Islanders, according to IDA records.
BOSS was started by Keith Keingstein, company president, in 2001 when he was age 26. He was soon joined in the business by his sister Kerri, brother Kevin and their father, Robert.
After the IDA meeting, Keith Keingstein said, “Workforce development in our industry is a necessity.”
The current owner of the Adams Avenue building, Long Island Network of Community Services, will stay on as tenant for 10 years, along with the nonprofit Long Island for AIDS Care.
IDA executive director Anthony J. Catapano said it would connect BOSS to the county’s Department of Labor and other agencies. “We’re especially pleased to see them focus on providing skills and employment opportunities to veterans and those currently unemployed,” he said.