Brooklyn is building momentum.
The borough added 485 manufacturing jobs between 2011 and 2012, bringing the total to 19,910 and marking the first uptick in factory work in decades, according to a wide-ranging study of the Kings County economy released by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office this week. The pol said that the slight increase coincides with the massive growth of Brooklyn’s profile in recent years.
“Any business that can say ‘Made in Brooklyn’ knows that label carries enormous cachet and value, not just in New York but around the world,” DiNapoli said.
Food manufacturing positions account for more than a quarter of all the industrial Brooklyn gigs, the report said. Borough industry is concentrated in Sunset Park, where three-dimensional printing company MakerBot set up shop in 2013 and where the Brooklyn Army Terminal complex is poised to get $100 million in city money to add commercial space, according to the study.
DiNapoli marked the release of the findings with tours of the Brooklyn Brewery operation in Williamsburg, where half of the borough-branded beverage is made, according to New York Business Journal, and nearby winemaker Brooklyn Winery.