History of HIA-LI

In 1978, a blackout affecting the Hauppauge Industrial Park left tenants without power for three days. Since there was no one to speak on behalf of the tenants in this time of crisis, The Hauppauge Industrial Association was formed. In the three decades since, HIA-LI has become the recognized voice for business on Long Island and a powerful force and economic engine for regional development. Today our member companies represent tens of thousands of business professionals. We’re headquartered in and support the Hauppauge Industrial Park, one of the largest industrial parks in the United States.

We provide a forum for business leaders to network, problem solve and obtain advice on critical issues facing their businesses. Our programs and events promote strategic partnerships, targeted networking, information sharing and business advocacy. HIA-LI is building and growing the organization for continued success in years to come. We have developed a series of initiatives and programs to support future growth of the organization and Long Island businesses, including Manufacturing, Workforce Development, Healthcare, Clean Technology, and many more.

HIA-LI 40th Anniversary Annual Report

As we approached the HIA-LI’s 40th Anniversary in 2018, it was appropriate to reflect on the organization’s accomplishments, initiatives and future goals.  Please click this link to review the HIA-LI 40th Anniversary Report.

HIA-LI Milestones and Achievements

  • Spearheaded effort to construct exit into the Hauppauge Industrial Park from Northern State Parkway, today used daily by hundreds of business people.
  • Established working relationships and partnerships with local, state and federal government officials, as well as with other business organizations on Long Island
  • Applied for, and received, state and federal grants for several initiatives, events and programs
  • Worked with local department of transportation to obtain needed traffic lights, walking lanes, stop signs, street lights and bus shelters in Hauppauge Industrial Park
  • Created fuel oil buying co-op for HIA-LI member companies
  • Started Annual Scholarship Program to help keep kids on Long Island
  • Established September 11th Donation Fund for victims’ families
  • Raised funds for Suffolk County Police Department COPE medical emergency vehicle for Hauppauge Industrial Park
  • Hosts Annual Business Achievement Awards Program & Gala Luncheon
  • Established and maintains security patrol in the Industrial Park
  • Obtained inexpensive electric power for manufacturers through NYPA (New York Power Authority)
  • Hosts trade missions for manufacturers to Mexico, China and Brazil
  • Received New York State Export Achievement Award from Governor Cuomo (the only Long Island organization to receive this)
  • Partnered with LIFT to give HIA-LI manufacturers state grants for technology support
  • Established Front Line Team to help direct companies to public and private sector resources to help companies grow
  • Developed Export Resource Guide and Road Warrior Guide for International Travelers
  • Created nation’s first Intergenerational Day Care Center in an Industrial Park
  • Opposed LIPA takeover of LILCO
  • Met with FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) in Washington, DC regarding electric power issues
  • Increased HIA-LI membership from 300 companies to more than 1,000 companies
  • Expanded Trade Show from approximately 75 exhibitors to over 350 exhibitors and thousands of attendees
  • Introduced additional HIA-LI Committees, going from 3 to 18, and held
  • Committee Appreciation Events
  • Conducted the largest food drive on Long Island
  • Held annual fishing trips, ski trips, bowling events and other sports-related activities
  • Hosted two Disney Symposiums and Annual Human Resources Symposiums
  • Developed and hosted Environmental Expos
  • Arranged internships for high school and college students
  • Arranged summer placement and hiring of students at HIA-LI member companies
  • Created Human Resources Committee email listserv for them to communicate with their peers
  • Established HIA-LI Lending Library (books, tapes and CDs)
  • Partnered with Middle Country Public Library to provide business research and resources
  • Conducted seminars, executive roundtables and annual Economic Forum
  • Worked with local department of transportation to obtain signs on LIE denoting Hauppauge Industrial Park exit
  • Partnered with Brookhaven National Lab to provide business opportunities for HIA-LI members
  • Partnered with Smithtown, Islip, Suffolk County, NYS and federal government to receive a transportation grant for improving the road infrastructure of the Park
  • Partnered with towns and local ambulance districts to improve emergency response time
  • Partnered with towns and Suffolk County to expand sewer facilities in the Industrial Park
  • Partnered with towns, Suffolk County, Stony Brook University and local technology companies to better prepare for continued future growth of internet connectivity and wireless capabilities in the Park
  • Improvements to the electrical and utility systems in the Park