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460 Jobs Saved as Purchase's Atlas Air Stays Put

A decision to keep its corporate headquarters in Purchase allowed Atlas Air Worldwide to preserve 460 jobs and create an additional 50 new full-time positions, according to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. The firm received offers from several other states but chose to remain in New York after working with Astorino and his team.

“Atlas Air is a top-notch global company that had a number of tempting proposals when it came to selecting a location for its corporate headquarters,” Astorino said. “The fact that the final choice was Westchester, and the firm decided to reinvest in New York State, says a lot about what we have to offer.”

The announcement ended years of speculation over future plans of the global airfreight company, which moved its corporate headquarters to the former Texaco building in Purchase in 2000.

“We are no longer just competing with Connecticut and New Jersey for business," said Laurence Gottlieb, county director of economic development. "Global companies such as Atlas, who can run their companies from literally anywhere in the world, must feel only Westchester has the unique ‘intellectual capital’ that will propel their businesses to the next level.”

The firm's president, William J. Flynn, said he was proud to preserve so many local jobs.

“Thanks to the economic and related assistance of New York State and Westchester County, we are delighted that we will be able to continue to operate from our current headquarters," he said. "This will allow us to maintain our valued employees, create new jobs and generate economic growth in the community.”

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