New Yorkers got an up close look at (and taste of) New York City manufacturing during the inaugural Made In NYC Week, a new lineup of events in early October showcasing locally made products and the rarely seen spaces where they’re produced. The week offered opportunities to interact with over 83 manufacturers and makers in all five boroughs of NYC, from the Bronx Brewery in Port Morris to sign producer Tech Products on Staten Island’s North Shore.
The launch of Made In NYC Week coincided with National Manufacturing Day on October 5, a nationwide campaign to refresh manufacturing’s perception among younger generations, and educate students about the well-paying jobs that are available in the sector along with the types of skills they demand. In NYC, Wafels and Dinges and Ferra Designs both opened their Brooklyn-based facilities to the public for free tours, while Tech Products hosted a morning tour coupled with an afternoon career fair. In Long Island City, ITAC, in partnership with LIC Partnership and NYC Small Business Services, sponsored a panel discussing “What One Should Know About Apprenticeships”, hosted by Boyce Technologies.
On Saturday, October 6th, over 25 NYC breweries set up shop at The Well in Bushwick for the NYC Brewers Guild’s annual Blocktoberfest, offering a rare opportunity for New Yorkers to celebrate and sample beers from every borough.
“Many folks may not know that we’re seeing a resurgence of craft brewing here in the city. The Guild has been doing an amazing job of bringing the industry together and providing venues for them to gain wider exposure and attract new customers,” said Joanna Reynolds, Made In NYC’s Community Manager.
The following Wednesday, October 10th, manufacturers from across the City came together at Kickstarter headquarters in Greenpoint for our Made Here/Meet Here-Brooklyn fall networking event. Members of the Made in NYC manufacturing community got to know other business owners and learned about Kickstarter’s funding opportunities while enjoying local beer from Threes Brewing.
Made In NYC Week 2018 culminated in another round of sold out factory tours through Open House New York Weekend’s Factory Friday, which brought the public to factories in 15 locations around the city. Attendees learned about Tri-lox’s sustainable wood working practices, Stitch Luxe’s apparel development for luxury brands, and the process behind This Chick Bakes’ delicious cookies.
To close out the week, Made In NYC assembled 15 companies to form the Made In NYC Marketplace at the October 13th Hester Street Fair in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Some highlights included new Made in NYC members Clockworks Press and Kolii selling unique denim accessories and small nylon pouches. Made in NYC business members got to know each other, connect with their customers, and make connections with their fellow vendors.