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Voxx says it will keep most LI jobs here after HQ move to Florida

Pat Lavelle, president and chief executive of Voxx

Pat Lavelle, president and chief executive of Voxx International, in 2010. Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Voxx International, which announced plans Monday to move its headquarters to Florida, says it will keep a majority of its 330 local jobs on Long Island.

A spokesman for the automotive electronics company declined to say exactly how many employees would remain here. But Voxx plans to keep several departments in Hauppauge after opening its $17 million headquarters in Orlando, including finance, human resources and technical support, according to the spokesman, Glenn Wiener.

"Voxx International intends to maintain a strong presence on Long Island," Wiener said.

Voxx chief executive Pat Lavelle announced the move in a joint statement with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, citing the state's "pro-business climate."

The company, founded in 1960 and formerly named Audiovox, plans to add 134 jobs in Orlando. Its new facility is scheduled to open by year-end.

The company did not ask New York officials for tax incentives to keep the headquarters here, Wiener said. Lavelle and Voxx founder and chair John Shalam have already moved to Orlando.

Voxx, which employs 2,100 people globally, sells products through a variety of brands including Audiovox, RCA, Jensen and Acoustic Research. It reported roughly $810 million in revenue during fiscal 2014.

The company's move to Florida adds to the scores of once-local business that have moved operations off Long Island or folded in recent years. They include pizza giant Sbarro, which in June announced it was moving its headquarters to Ohio, and Entenmann's, which closed its Bay Shore bakery in August.

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