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Long Island Fireproof to expand in Nassau, add jobs

Long Island Fireproof, headquartered in Port Washington, plans

Long Island Fireproof, headquartered in Port Washington, plans to add 21 jobs within the next five years. Credit: Chris Ware

A manufacturer of fire doors has decided to expand in Nassau County rather than move more than 100 jobs to Pennsylvania, officials said.

Long Island Fireproof Door Inc., also known as LIF Industries Inc., will increase its space 25 percent by purchasing a 40,000-square-foot building in Port Washington, across the street from its headquarters and factory.

The $11 million project will add 21 jobs to the company’s payroll within five years. In return for the new positions and a promise to retain another 334 jobs for 10 years, Empire State Development has awarded the company up to $500,000 in state tax credits.

The company “has been producing goods on Long Island for the past 80 years, and we are pleased to see them remain and expand here,” Howard Zemsky, chief executive of Empire State Development, the state’s primary business-aid agency, said Monday.

Vincent Gallo, president of LIF, said, “There is a lot of competition in the metropolitan New York area, so it’s vital to the sustainability and growth of LIF that we constantly find ways to increase efficiency and capacity while effectively managing costs.”

The company had considered moving some manufacturing work, now done by 110 people, to Pennsylvania.

In December, Long Island Fireproof won 290 kilowatts of low-cost electricity from the state Power Authority for seven years. The company also has contacted the county’s Industrial Development Agency about tax breaks, according to Joseph J. Kearney, the agency’s executive director.

Long Island Fireproof began on the Island in the early 1930s as Long Island Kalamein Door Co. It was purchased in 1966 by Gallo and his late brother, Joseph.

Under the Gallos’ leadership, the company increased its annual sales from $75,000 to more than $50 million. It also handles wooden doors, door frames and architectural finish hardware.

In 1999, the Gallos purchased the Port Washington facility at 5 Harbor Park Dr. In addition to its Nassau operation, Long Island Fireproof has a warehouse in Whitestone, Queens.

The company’s products can be found at 7 World Trade Center in Manhattan, Terminal 4 at JFK Airport and Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, among others.

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