August 19, 2016
By Stephanie West
Brooklyn, NY – A food manufacturing hub has been established at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) Annex building. The New York City Economic Development Corporation has designated the entire 55,000 square foot space to serve up to 10 growing food manufacturing companies and expects four new companies to move into the Annex by the end of the year.
The full activation of the Annex building has the capacity to create over 100 new jobs in Sunset Park. “Just like farmers’ markets have expanded to nearly every neighborhood in our city, local food manufacturing is poised to take off,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen. “We have the most talented and diverse city in the world, and nobody is more passionate about food than New Yorkers. We are making targeted investments to spur this industry and grow good jobs in the food economy.”
The Brooklyn Army Terminal has grown into a hotbed for modern manufacturing. By creating a hub for growing food companies the city expects to build on the strengths of Sunset Park to foster one of the big apples fastest growing industries and create good jobs. The industrial space features centralized heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, as well as plumbing for industrial-sized sinks and kitchen appliances. The space also includes tenant spaces with double-door entrances, which allows for a seamless flow of raw and finished goods, preventing cross-contamination.
“Brooklyn’s growing food manufacturing sector will have another opportunity to savor the sweet flavors of success with the new hub at the Brooklyn Army Terminal,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “As the Brooklyn brand continues to grow around the world, aspiring entrepreneurs are providing the quality jobs we need to build and sustain shared prosperity.”