Regardless of challenges, these Lengthy Island corporations exude optimism


Although the remnants of the pandemic nonetheless hang-out some industries, most Lengthy Island corporations have remained resilient, and plenty of are thriving once more. And whereas obstacles like hiring and supply-chain points linger, the enterprise house owners and executives who LIBN spoke with finally week’s HIA-LI Commerce Present are optimistic concerning the future.

Right here’s what a few of them needed to say.

At Hauppauge-based Merch & Swag, enterprise is heating up. The maker of promotional merchandise and customized attire boasts a powerful consumer roster of corporations and organizations that features BodyArmor, Bobcat, Lengthy Island Geese, Blue Level Brewing Firm, Island Harvest and plenty of extra.

“Enterprise for us currently has been good,” mentioned Eric Limmer, Merch & Swag’s co-founder. “We’re booming. We’ve been just about rising each single 12 months for the previous 10 years.”


Like most Lengthy Island companies, Merch & Swag suffered losses via the pandemic however managed to hold on.

“COVID was a little bit of a success for us, however even via that we had some fantastic clientele that stored us busy and we had been capable of hold the doorways open,” Limmer says.

Although some fall-out from the pandemic stays, principally within the type of lingering provide chain struggles, Merch & Swag continues to persevere.

“I feel my largest impediment proper now remains to be a bit little bit of the provision chain, however it’s getting a lot better,” Limmer mentioned. “Numerous distributors in my business had been having stock points, however that’s just about solved.”

Beginning out with simply three workers, the corporate has grown to a employees of 23 and to date this 12 months, gross sales are up by not less than 25 p.c. Limmer says that is Merch & Swag’s busy season, supplying summer season camps and end-of-the-year faculty occasions.

“We’re actually beginning to ramp up manufacturing and we’re open seven days per week at this level and nonetheless can’t sustain,” he mentioned.

Wanting forward, the corporate is planning to open some satellite tv for pc places and retail showrooms, to behave as secondary enterprise workplaces and appeal to some walk-in site visitors.

“I’m optimistic for the quick time period in addition to the following 5 years,” Limmer mentioned.

For Thuro Metallic Merchandise, a Brentwood-based producer of precision components and parts for a number of industries, comparable to aerospace, protection, and automotive, enterprise is wholesome after recovering from the pandemic.

“We misplaced about 30 p.c of our enterprise due to COVID,” mentioned Sam Deal with, president of Thuro’s aerospace, protection and lighting divisions. “In 2021 we did about $7 million. In 2023, we’re on observe for about $16 million.”


Based within the Nineteen Sixties by Albert Thuro, a talented technician from Germany who immigrated to the U.S., the corporate quickly turned a significant provider of hydraulic fittings and parts for navy plane. Within the Nineteen Nineties, Thuro’s foremost shoppers had been within the automotive business, the place the corporate turned a Tier 1 provider to companies concerned in car manufacturing. Right this moment, a few of its main shoppers embody Normal Motors, Bendix and BAE Programs.

And currently, Thuro is rising, going from 50 workers in 2021 to 70 this 12 months. Whereas hiring expertise has been troublesome for a lot of Lengthy Island companies, Thuro is rising its personal.

“We rent interns and practice them,” Deal with mentioned. “We rent about 4 interns a 12 months and we promote from inside. We construct our firm organically.”

Enterprise has additionally been on the upswing for the legislation agency of Schroder & Strom, a Mineola-based actual property tax counsel.

“Enterprise has been fairly regular in comparison with previous to the pandemic, though clearly the true property panorama is altering with pandemic-related modifications about the place individuals are working,” mentioned Chris Byrnes, a Schroder & Strom companion. “Clearly the residential actual property market has had a a lot completely different expertise than industrial, significantly workplace house.”


Regardless of a current slow-down in some actual property sectors, taxes proceed to rise, and that’s been creating alternatives for tax-grieving legislation companies.

“The variety of individuals desirous to file tax grievances appears to extend yearly,” Byrnes says. “As taxes rise, which is nearly a given today, extra individuals need to see what they’ll do to get them in examine.”

Based in 2000, Schroder & Strom’s employees has grown to 30 at its 8,000-square-foot workplaces. Although hiring stays one of many agency’s largest obstacles, even that difficulty appears to be abating.

“We’re at all times wanting so as to add new expertise to the agency,” Byrnes mentioned. “And I feel hiring is beginning to enhance in comparison with the previous couple of years.”

Is he optimistic concerning the close to future?

“Sure, for positive,” Byrnes says. “I feel there’s extra enterprise available.”

For some corporations, the brand new hybrid work surroundings has been difficult. However for others, like IVCi, an audio/visible integration supplier, it has created alternatives for progress.

“We’ve been capable of supply extra companies that mix the hybrid and digital and in-office surroundings,” says Jodi Meagher, the Hauppauge-based agency’s senior director of operations. “So, due to our creativity, we’ve been capable of develop our companies and develop our enterprise.”


Based in 1997, IVCi makes a speciality of creating custom-made audio/visible options, that includes Cloud-based and managed video methods for quite a lot of industries that embody finance, healthcare, schooling, authorities, development and e-sports.

“We assist firms take their in-person occasions and assist them ship them in a totally digital capability, no matter the place their presenters are becoming a member of,” Meagher mentioned.

Her colleague Keith Moehringer, who works on enterprise growth and strategic partnerships for IVCi, mentioned that the agency has “principally recovered” from the pandemic.

“Enterprise is nice,” mentioned Moehringer, “however it may at all times be higher. There are nonetheless challenges that we’re going through.”

Nonetheless, each Meagher and Moehringer see extra progress forward for IVCi and are optimistic concerning the future.

One other agency that gives company expertise is Bohemia-based Brothers II Enterprise Machines, an organization owned by brothers John and Invoice Cavallo, the place enterprise is again to the place it was earlier than the pandemic.

John Cavallo says the corporate’s largest challenges are discovering certified assist and getting new shoppers.


A paperwork administration specialist for over 40 years, Brothers II’s hottest merchandise are multi-function printers and copiers. And currently, the agency, which operates out of its personal 7,000-square-foot constructing on McCormick Drive, has branched out with new choices.

“We’re additionally offering mail achievement companies, which is a rising division inside the firm,” Cavallo mentioned.

And whereas Brothers II has put the issues of the pandemic in its rear-view mirror, it has created a workaround for one lingering impediment.

“Provide chain points have just about abated, however there are nonetheless some lagging points in that regard, and we’ve needed to adapt,” Cavallo mentioned. “We used to order on demand however now we order in bulk and prematurely and work off of our stock to verify we have now product for our shoppers.”

Not like most corporations, Dave Muller’s agency Constructing Constructions Limitless was swamped with enterprise in the course of the pandemic, as residence gross sales boomed.


“The final two years have been bonkers with tons of calls coming in,” Muller says. I get most of my calls from homebuyers and over the pandemic, we acquired loads of basis inspections.”

Based in 1999, Constructing Constructions Limitless makes a speciality of fixing cracked and damaged foundations, bowing partitions, sinking slabs, sagging flooring, and basement waterproofing. The corporate employs a crew of six development specialists.

Now that residence gross sales have slowed considerably, Muller acknowledges that “it’s been a bit bit quieter currently,” however there’s nonetheless loads of enterprise available and he stays optimistic concerning the 12 months forward.

“I deal loads with residence inspectors, in order that they advocate me,” Muller mentioned. “That’s persevering with to climb.”

Mike Santiago, one of many companions of The Board Room Café & Eatery in Hauppauge, is inspired by the brand new firm’s progress.


Opened contained in the workplace constructing at 100 Motor Parkway since solely final November, Santiago has already seen some optimistic indicators.

“We’ve seen a slight improve in enterprise because the constructing occupancy rises,” Santiago informed LIBN. “We’re the one café within the constructing and we’re positively seeing an upward trajectory, with individuals coming again after COVID.”

Santiago runs The Board Room together with his brother Marc and his dad George, who has a background in catering and likewise owns Little Porky’s Marinades. The household is engaged on increasing The Board Room’s catering enterprise to serve corporations within the surrounding Hauppauge space.

“We’re in an incredible constructing and an incredible space,” Santiago mentioned. “The economic park is the second largest within the nation. So we’re very optimistic.”

For Billy Hatzichristos, founder and managing director of Holbrook-based Native Ceuticals, the HIA-LI Commerce Present was a chance to introduce extra individuals to his firm’s hemp-based merchandise.


Whereas some companies cited hiring or lingering supply-chain points as their foremost challenges, Hatzichristos says model consciousness and product schooling are his agency’s largest hills to climb.

“We’re doing completely different campaigns on social media, which is big,” he mentioned. “We maintain instructional seminars in-store. I’m right here on the HIA occasion to get out in the neighborhood, educate those who there’s a substitute for getting excessive.”

Native Ceuticals operates a hemp farm and processing heart in North Carolina, the place it makes a variety of hemp-based CBD merchandise.

“Enterprise goes very properly,” Hatzichristos says. “In the event you take a look at year-over-year in gross sales, we’re up about 30 p.c this 12 months as in comparison with 2022. And the longer term is tremendous vivid. Hemp is really the way forward for healthcare.”

In the meantime, the wrestle to search out employees amid Lengthy Island’s traditionally low unemployment charge is a boon for staffing companies like Nesco Useful resource. Tom Roach, market supervisor for the nationwide agency’s Hauppauge workplace, says enterprise is nice. In reality, he mentioned 2022 was most likely the corporate’s finest 12 months but.


“We’re fairly busy proper now,” Roach mentioned. “We do contract hiring, short-term and full-time hiring, we’re seeing a really sturdy demand on the full-time, everlasting facet. It’s nonetheless a provide/demand difficulty. There’s extra demand than there’s provide and that’s not letting up.”

And naturally, discovering expertise is Nesco’s primary problem and its foremost objective.

“We’re very properly networked,” Roach says. “We work with loads of the native schools and commerce colleges to tug expertise.”

Based in 1956, Nesco Useful resource has grown to greater than 100 workplaces nationwide and is without doubt one of the largest staffing and HR companies companies within the nation.

And although Roach says they’ve skilled some nervousness from a number of company shoppers about the way forward for the general financial system, it hasn’t resulted in a lot of a retreat.

“I feel there’s some trepidation a couple of potential recession, however we’re not seeing shoppers let up with necessities,” he mentioned. We’re getting orders for high-end sources, mid-level and a few lower-level sources as properly. Within the areas we’re in, manufacturing, aerospace and media, we’re very busy.”

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