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Advanced Manufacturing Center to Bow in Brooklyn

The New York City Economic Development Corporation is set to open TechShop Brooklyn, a 20,500-square-foot shared advanced manufacturing center at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park on Oct. 30.

TechShop Brooklyn is expected to create up to 500 jobs and support more than 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.

Meant to be a platform for innovation, TechShop Brooklyn will offer $1 million worth of high-tech manufacturing equipment and software at affordable rates. Members will receive access to 3-D printers, laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a textiles department, and machine, wood and metalworking shops.

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

“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 James Patchett, president and chief executive officer of NYCEDC. “TechShop Brooklyn will help seed our advanced manufacturing ecosystem, creating affordable access to equipment so that entrepreneurs can grow their companies.”

Managed by the NYCEDC, the Brooklyn Army Terminal is part of City Hall’s efforts to curate clusters of tenants in industries with high-growth potential.

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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 created 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.

Launched in May, 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 about 2,000 jobs across a multi-pronged effort that includes Futureworks Shops, activating a network of existing, state-of-the-art local prototyping facilities for individuals and firms across the city; 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, and Ops21, giving traditional manufacturers a tailored curriculum and mentorship in digital manufacturing, robotics and advanced materials to help them adopt new advanced manufacturing technologies.

NYCEDC’s Sunset Park District is a modern industrial park that offers best-in-class facilities and amenities for manufacturing firms and provides accessible, quality jobs across three campuses–The Brooklyn Army Terminal, The Made in NY Campus at Bush Terminal that also includes a Garment Manufacturing Hub, and the Brooklyn Wholesale Meat Market.