Johnson & Hoffman LLC, a 70-year-old local manufacturer of parts for the automotive and defense industries, will close this fall, laying off 63 employees, according to state filings.
The Carle Place company, located at 40 Voice Rd., said it would close its plant on Nov. 4. Johnson & Hoffman, a precision metal-stamping business, cited “economic” reasons for the planned closure in its state WARN notice.
Officials with the company did not respond to repeated requests for comment, though a notice on its website confirmed the closure.
WARN, the state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, requires that companies with at least 50 full-time employees file a notice of a mass layoff or a closing 90 days in advance. The state posted Johnson & Hoffman’s notice on its website Friday.
“The company has been in Carle Place, NY since 1949 and valued its long relationship with and the support of New York State, Nassau County and its many dedicated employees,” the company said in a digital banner on its website.
The firm had previously been approved for a 10-year deal on taxes and tax-exempt bond financing from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency in 2007.
In 2015 the company had requested that the IDA transfer over the remainder of its tax breaks to its new parent company — two years’ worth at the time — as part of a sale to Anasco LLC of Manhattan and Maryland, a family-owned investment company. The issue facing IDA officials at that time was that Johnson & Hoffman had failed to create any of the 20 jobs it promised in exchange for the breaks and financing it had received approval for in 2007.
Because the company did not fulfill its job requirements, the IDA refused to transfer the remaining two years of property tax savings, and the 10-year deal was terminated. Johnson & Hoffman was required to pay the remaining two years of its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes payments in full, IDA chairman Richard Kessel said.
"You don’t want to see any layoffs or a business close,” said Kessel, who joined the agency last year.
The company also had received assistance from Empire State Development, the state’s primary business aid agency.
In 2007, the state awarded Johnson & Hoffman a $200,000 grant, but the company did not meet its full job commitments and only half of the funds were disbursed. In 2017, Empire State Development awarded the company up to $625,000 in tax credits to further incentivize a planned expansion of the company. Those credits would have been allotted for job creation in 2019. No credits have been dispursed and none will be, according to ESD.