Brooklyn umbrella maker struggles to compete with foreign imports.
Custom metal fabricators rely on a niche market and skilled labor for
“Black and white” cookie bakers must find affordable rent or they’ll have to
set up shop outside the city.
As rising fuel prices increase the cost of shipping, local manufacturers become attractive to customers looking to save money on shipping fees. Because of their proximity to their clients, local manufacturers can also deliver products much faster than their foreign competitors.
Milgo/Bufkin, a custom metal fabricator located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, shapes metal into architectural components and fine sculpture. The majority of Milgo/Bufkin’s customers are located in New York City — an important reason the company continues to operate within city limits.
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For decades, developers have been finding new uses for old factories. In this slideshow, view manufacturing spaces before and after their conversions.
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Brad Lander, Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development, discusses the pros & cons of the Mayor’s Industrial Business Zone plan.
The transition from an industrial economy to a postindustrial economy, as Daniel L. Doctoroff, the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding in New York City put it, comes at the expense of high-paying working class jobs. Read More …