Hertz flees Bergen , 550 from Park Ridge to Florida
TUESDAY MAY 7, 2013, 11:51 AM
BY HUGH R. MORLEY
Hertz will move 550 jobs to Florida from its corporate headquarters in Park Ridge where it has been for 25 years and sell the building, leaving about 150 jobs in the area as it cuts costs following its buyout of one-time rival Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.
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Hertz is leaving New Jersey and moving to Florida.
The company said it will shift the jobs to a new headquarters in Estero, Fla., on the Gulf Coast, over the next two years, with the help of $85 million in incentives from state and county government.
“Florida is the center of the U.S. travel and tourism industry,” Hertz chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark P. Frissora said. “This move enables us to be closer to leisure and business customers, as well as many travel and association partners.”
Having own utility helps Park Ridge get power back quickly
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012 LAST UPDATED: MONDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2012, 8:06 AM
BY TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG
PARK RIDGE — The day after superstorm Sandy, while much of Bergen County was sitting in the dark, Park Ridge had turned most of the lights back on. Four days later, the whole town was electrified.
Park Ridge is one of nine municipalities in New Jersey that run their own non-profit electricity companies. Park Ridge purchases its power wholesale in bulk from a few different suppliers, and has already bought its power through 2016, said William Beattie, the Board of Public Works’ director of operations.
While the town does buy some of its electricity from PSE&G or other area suppliers, once PSE&G’s power is transferred to Park Ridge substations, it is owned by the borough, which manages, meters and distributes the power.
That also means that the borough employs its own line workers, who were out in force after Hurricane Sandy. Beattie also brought back two retired lineman for extra help. Beattie himself was also trained as a lineman, and he helped make some repairs as well.
Eighty percent of Park Ridge had power the day after Sandy hit.