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NYCEDC Celebrates the Opening of TechShop Brooklyn – 20,500-SF Advanced Manufacturing Center at the Brooklyn Army Terminal

Oct 20 2017

City Partnering with Industry Leader TechShop to Bring Affordable Access to High-Tech Manufacturing Equipment, Open Access Workshops, STEAM Programming, and Free Community Memberships to Sunset Park

TechShop Brooklyn Expected to Create up to 500 Jobs and Support Over 200 Companies Within First Five Years

Center is Cornerstone of the City’s Futureworks NYC Advanced Manufacturing Initiative and Mayor de Blasio’s Industrial Policy

BROOKLYN, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today will celebrate the opening of TechShop Brooklyn, a 20,500-square-foot shared advanced manufacturing center at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) in Sunset Park. The completed facility will be revealed for the first time at a public preview party starting at 5:30pm. TechShop Brooklyn will be open for business on October 30th.

TechShop Brooklyn is expected to create up to 500 jobs and support over 200 companies within the first five years. The facility is the cornerstone of NYCEDC’s Futureworks NYC initiative, aimed at growing the advanced manufacturing sector, and a major component of Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s 21st Century Industrial Action Plan. As the industry leader in DIY fabrication spaces, TechShop will join a growing cluster of tenants at BAT who are paving the way for modern manufacturing in New York City.

A platform for innovation, TechShop Brooklyn will offer over $1 million worth of high-tech manufacturing equipment and software at affordable rates. Members will receive access to 3D printers, laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a machine shop, a woodshop, a metalworking shop, a textiles department, welding stations, and more.

To make manufacturing more accessible, TechShop also provides open-access educational opportunities. This programming includes safety and basic-use training, artist workshops, advanced skill-building classes, and youth-focused STEAM education. TechShop Brooklyn will be providing 100 free memberships to community members each year.

Download photos of the space here.

“The Brooklyn Army Terminal is becoming a hub for modern manufacturing, and with 500,000 square feet of space coming on-line in the next few months, it has more room than ever to support new industrial businesses,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “TechShop Brooklyn will help seed our advanced manufacturing ecosystem, creating affordable access to equipment so that entrepreneurs can grow their companies.”

“TechShop’s vast experience in safely and effectively managing world-renowned makerspaces will enable Futureworks NYC to fuel the birth of new products, companies and jobs and to deliver transformational experiences to the people and communities of Brooklyn,” said TechShop CEO Dan Woods.

“Our borough is proud to now be home to our city’s largest advanced manufacturing center, affirming Brooklyn’s central role as a 21st century industrial hub. We are building high-quality jobs for today and tomorrow in Sunset Park, with a continued attentiveness to ensuring economic development is inclusive and supportive of the surrounding community who are this neighborhood’s foundation. I’m excited to see what TechShop Brooklyn rolls off its assembly lines in the months and years ahead,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.

"We welcome the NYCEDC's addition of TechShop Brooklyn to Sunset Park's manufacturing base. This fits in with our strong belief in responsible development that benefits and offers opportunities to the community at large. We have brought robust job growth of over 10% in my first term in office, and we have done so without compromising on my core belief that the members of the community need a seat at the table. Companies that demonstrate a sustainable business model, fair labor practices, and who hire from the local community are welcome to join our community here in Sunset Park," saidCouncil Member Carlos Menchaca.

“I congratulate TechShop on the opening of this first of a kind advanced manufacturing center in the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Access to low cost and high tech equipment will help small companies grow into bigger ones and I’m particularly excited to see that 100 free memberships will be given to Sunset Park residents. I thank NYCEDC, the De Blasio administration, and CM Menchaca for continuing to find ways to support our next generation of manufacturers and innovators and building on the industrial action plan we announced together three years ago,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

"TechShop Brooklyn has the potential to help train hundreds of new workers in modern technology. I welcome this effort and expect many Sunset Park residents to apply for positions that will help move us forward,” said Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz.

Managed by the NYCEDC, the Brooklyn Army Terminal operates on a double-bottom-line, deepening affordability for tenants who maximize the City’s economic development goals like job-quality and job-density. The City has curated a cluster of tenants in industries with high-growth potential, growing a modern and accessible industrial economy in New York City.

Earlier this year, NYCEDC announced the Brooklyn Army Terminal’s first advanced manufacturing start-up, Lowercase NYC, a company using 21st century techniques such as robotics to create high-end eyewear.

In late 2016, NYCEDC announced the creation of a food manufacturing hub at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex building, designating the entire 55,000-square-foot space to serve up growing food manufacturing companies. The space is home to the Konery, a hand-rolled waffle cone maker, MOMO Dressing, a family-owned Japanese salad dressing company, Salty Road, a salt water taffy company, and City Saucery, a family-owned sauce and condiment company inspired by the traditions of Calabria, Italy and co-owner Michael's mother, "Nonna.”

The de Blasio Administration has invested $115 million into the Brooklyn Army Terminal and will be bringing 500,000 square feet of new industrial space to market next year. The City has curated a selection of BAT tenants in industries with high-growth potential, furthering a modern and accessible industrial economy in New York City. The growing campus is already home to over 100 businesses and over 3,000 jobs.

Futureworks NYC

Officially launched in May 2017, Futureworks NYC activates a series of partner networks and programs to increase access to advanced manufacturing technology, support startups, and help traditional manufacturing companies implement new technologies to remain competitive and grow locally. TechShop Brooklyn is the cornerstone of the Futureworks NYC initiative, which expects to create over 2,000 jobs across a multi-pronged effort, including:

  • Futureworks Shops: Activating a network of existing, state-of-the-art local prototyping facilities for individuals and firms across the five boroughs.
  • Futureworks Incubator: Offering a series of workshops, summits, community showcases, and events for startups to support product launches and business development, and facilitate connections to local supply chains.
  • Ops21: Offering traditional manufacturers a tailored curriculum and mentorship in digital manufacturing, robotics, and advanced materials to help them learn about, access, and adopt new advanced manufacturing technologies, thereby increasing their competitiveness.

Futureworks NYC is a key component of Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Mark Viverito’s 21st Century Industrial Action Plan, which included hundreds of millions of dollars of investments in City-owned assets to support thousands of good-paying industrial jobs.

About NYCEDC
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