Advanced manufacturing center opens at Brooklyn Army Terminal
by Benjamin Fang
Oct 27, 2017 | 487 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last Thursday, officials from the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) celebrated the opening of TechShop Brooklyn, a 20,500-square-foot shared advanced manufacturing facility at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

The Sunset Park facility will be open for business on October 30, officials said. It’s expected to create up to 500 jobs and support more than 200 companies within the first five years.

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

TechShop Brooklyn will offer more than $1 million worth of high-tech equipment and software, such as 3D printers, laser cutters and a plastic and electronics lab. The facility will include a machine and metalworking shop, woodshop, textiles department and more.

“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,” said TechShop CEO Dan Woods, “and deliver transformational experiences to the people and communities of Brooklyn.”

In addition, the facility is also providing “open-access educational opportunities,” including programs on safety and basic training, artist workshops and youth-focused STEM education.

TechShop Brooklyn will provide 100 free memberships to community members each year, officials said.

Councilman Carlos Menchaca said this addition fits with the “robust job growth” the area has seen over the last few years.

“This fits in with our strong belief in responsible development that benefits and offers opportunities to the community at large,” he said. “Companies that demonstrate a sustainable business model, fair labor practices, and hire from the local community are welcome to join our community here in Sunset Park.”
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