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Business to close Amityville facility that employs 41

Employees in the warehouse of in Amityville.

Employees in the warehouse of in Amityville. May 20, 2016, . Credit: Heather Walsh, an envelope manufacturer in Amityville, plans to close a facility there that employs 41 at the end of the year, according to a state regulatory filing and a company official. 

The plant will close as the company consolidates warehouse-related functions into one facility near Syracuse, according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act filing with the state Labor Department dated Sept. 24.

The business' headquarters, with 35 employees, will remain on Long Island, a company official said. 

Layoffs will begin on December 24 and occur within a 14-day period. Employees interested in relocating with the company have 30 days to notify management. 

Founded as Action Envelopes in 1971, Bigname Commerce, parent company of, is a collection of e-commerce businesses specializing in custom products for businesses and consumers. Those products include envelopes, folders and bags for trade shows and other business events. 

Bigname is partially owned by private equity firm TZP Group and plans to grow through the acquisition of e-commerce brands, Seth Newman, CEO of Bigname, said Tuesday.

The business is "still largely family-owned," said Newman, whose father Ken founded the company.

Bigname's move to a 100,000-square-foot fulfillment distribution center in Onondaga County in East Syracuse was facilitated by Empire State Development, the state's primary business-aid agency. The project, estimated to cost about $1.4 million, is expected to create 24 new full-time jobs in the region. 

ESD supported the business with up to $425,000 through the Excelsior Tax Credit Program in exchange for job creation commitments, according to an ESD release. 

"The tax credit program surely helps but it wasn't a determining factor in the move," Newman said.

"Our facility will operate in the former Carrier campus. When that company left, many people lost their jobs. It's a depressed area and many people there are hurting for jobs so it definitely feels good to bring some jobs to the area." 

ESD president, CEO and commissioner Howard Zemsky, said in a release, "Bigname Commerce plans to fill jobs at its new center with candidates who are currently unemployed or underemployed. This is a great example of how the state and private sector are working together to foster real change."

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