About Made in NYC
Made In NYC’s mission is to support a vibrant manufacturing sector in New York City. Local manufacturing encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, creates employment opportunities for New York’s extraordinarily diverse workforce and gives the city much of its character and soul.
New York City is home to almost 7,000 small manufacturers employing 65,000 people. They make everything from pianos (Steinway in Queens) and landing gear for spacecraft (Vahl in Brooklyn) to food, fashion, film and furnishings which are the largest sectors within manufacturing. What this incredibly diverse community has in common is a commitment to producing high-quality, high-value products, often customized to meet the needs of particular consumers.
Consumer can use Made in NYC to:
- Shop directly from local manufacturers;
- Find the latest in food, fashion, furnishings and other products from emerging designers;
- Reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable development by buying local; and
- Create jobs in your community.
Manufacturers can use Made In NYC to:
- Expand their markets and reach more consumers;
- Find local suppliers and contractors;
- Extend into new supply chains; and
- Use the Made In NYC logo to educate consumers about their products.
Manufacturing and a Sustainable City
Local manufacturing is essential to an environmentally sustainable city. Cities can either truck in all the products they need to survive and truck out their waste, or they can begin to “close the loop” by encouraging the recycling and re-use of products which have finished their original planned life. We need to phase out polluting and unproductive waste transfer stations by diverting hundreds of tons of glass, plastics, fabric, metals, cardboard, wood and building materials away from landfills and into supply chains for new industries.” In addition, because urban manufacturers are located near their markets, they can work with their customers and designers to develop new, environmentally responsible products, a trend particularly apparent in the development of green building materials, fashion and furnishings. Made in NYC highlights companies that are adopting sustainable business strategies to help consumers make environmentally responsible purchasing decisions.
Made in NYC is a project of the Pratt Center for Community Development, a part of Pratt Institute. For almost 50 years the Pratt Center has provided services, research and advocacy to help residents of low-income communities to build a more equitable and sustainable city. For further information, go to www.prattcenter.net.
Made In NYC is generously supported by its founding members. Founding members are Made In NYC manufacturers who believe in the ideals and vision of Made In NYC and urban manufacturing. They are leaders in their industries and contribute to the successes and achievements of the Made In NYC Program.
CarryHot USA, Nanette Lepore, IceStone, Hanky Panky, Steve’s Key Lime Pies, Brooklyn Brewery
Citi Community Development, New York City Council, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Zazzle