The Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) continues to expand its presence in both industry and the Sunset neighborhood.
Techshop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio, along with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), announced on Thursday, October 6 that the San Jose-based company will operate a more than 15,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing center at BAT.
The company was founded in 2006 and provides access to members to a vibrant community of creative makers and more than $1 million worth of equipment, tools and software. ‘
It is also a major component of Futureworks NYC, a network of programs and resources to support the advanced manufacturing sector in New York City, create production jobs, and increase competitiveness for existing manufacturing companies.
The new center is expected to create more than 500 jobs in the first five years, generate $200 million in investment, and help launch more than 200 new industrial businesses.
“We are experiencing a manufacturing renaissance in New York City that is driven by the talents of our creative entrepreneurs, makers and inventors,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “Our new partnership with Tech Shop will democratize access to the state of the art tools, equipment and workspaces necessary to not just support our city’s manufacturers but also position New York City at the forefront of advancing manufacturing.”
““I am proud Sunset Park’s Brooklyn Army Terminal is a cornerstone of New York City’s advanced manufacturing revolution,” added Councilmember Carlos Menchaca. “To succeed at BAT, the innovators who will build New York’s advanced manufacturing future need Sunset Park’s skilled labor. The FutureworksNYC initiative provides resources for a proven industry leader like TechShop to support growth and workforce development.”
CEO of TechShop Dan Woods also expressed his excitement about opening in the massive Sunset space. “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,” he said.
Techshop’s presence continues the growth of BAT’s presence this year. This past August, it was announced that the entire 55,000-square-foot space will serve up to 10 growing food manufacturing companies. Earlier in the year, it also celebrated the opening of the Workforce 1 Industrial and Transportation Career Center (ITC), to connect residents with high-quality jobs in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.
“Providing companies with space and access to the best equipment for a fraction of the cost will further enhance the environment of creativity and advanced manufacturing that is thriving in Sunset Park,” said Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.