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First Data to eliminate 641 jobs in Melville

First Data Corp. has announced plans to close

First Data Corp. has announced plans to close its Melville facility, above. Credit: Howard Schnapp

First Data Corp., a credit-card processing company, plans to close its Melville office by the end of next year, according to a state regulatory filing posted Tuesday.

The office employs 641 people, the notice says.

First Data spokesman Mark Murphy declined on Tuesday to say how many of those employees will be able to transfer to a new location that the company plans to occupy. Murphy said the location is still undetermined. In an interview last year he said only that the new location would be “a large new office east of Manhattan.”

Several callers who alerted Newsday to the company’s plans last May said at the time that the Melville jobs would move to Long Island City, Queens.

“We have been working to match our people with opportunities at other First Data locations,” Murphy said in a statement Tuesday. “For those who are aren’t planning to relocate, we are working with other local employers, search firms and government officials to help them find jobs in the area.”

The Melville office employee count is included in the state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act filing, which companies with at least 50 full-time employees are required to submit 90 days ahead of a mass layoff or closing. The WARN filing said the Melville closing was for economic reasons. In 2007, when the private-equity firm KKR & Co. acquired Atlanta-based First Data, the company employed more than 700 people in the local office.

The WARN notice said the office would close on Dec. 31, 2017.

In 2003, First Data received Suffolk County Industrial Development Authority property tax breaks totaling $3.283 million over a 10-year period to help with the construction of its Melville facility.

First Data joins a growing list of companies that once received state, county or town tax breaks to expand here and later announced plans to leave or trim their operations.

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