This shared workspace will provide makers and other small manufacturing firms with affordable access to 21st-century equipment, as well as access to a suite of support services. A TechShop spokesman said TechShop Brooklyn will have textiles and apparel manufacturing capabilities.
The advanced manufacturing center is the cornerstone of Futureworks NYC, a network of programs and resources to support the advanced manufacturing sector in New York, create high-skilled 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, attract $200 million in investment and help launch more than 200 new industrial businesses.
TechShop has helped launch hundreds of businesses responsible for thousands of jobs, with a combined worth more than $6 billion. TechShop operates in 12 cities worldwide. Many of TechShop’s locations include equipment used in textile manufacturing, an NYCEDC spokesman noted.
NYCEDC president Maria Torres-Springer said, “We are experiencing a manufacturing renaissance in New York that is driven by the talents of our creative entrepreneurs, makers and inventors. 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 at the forefront of advancing manufacturing.”
Carlo A. Scissura, president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, said, “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.”
In addition to the advanced manufacturing center, other components of Futureworks NYC include a “Virtual Incubator” to support the launch of product start-ups and encourage local production and supply chains, services to provide assistance helping traditional manufacturing firms learn about and adopt new technology, and grants that offset costs for advanced manufacturing startups establishing new operations.
Futureworks NYC was first announced in November 2015 as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council speaker Mark-Viverito’s 10-point action plan to grow industrial and manufacturing jobs.
In March, NYCEDC revealed the six winners of the Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative, each of which received $30,000 in funding over a two-year period to finance their growth in one of the city’s advanced manufacturing spaces.
Among the winners was Crated Inc., which develops textile wearable technology. The company plans to set up a small manufacturing facility for printing circuits onto textiles called Kontinuum Cloth.
The new and current investments are expected to generate more than 20,000 new jobs and support the city’s existing 530,000 manufacturing and industrial jobs that represent 15.4 percent of the city’s private sector workforce.
Sunset Park is also home to the NYCEDC-supported Manufacturing Innovation Hub for Apparel, Textiles & Wearable Tech.
TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio that provides access to a vibrant community of creative makers and more than $1 million worth of equipment, tools and software.