In an effort to boost the local food manufacturing economy, the NYCEDC has just announced that part of the Brooklyn Army Terminal will be converted into a major food manufacturing hub. After a $15 million renovation, the expansive 55,000 square foot space in the Terminal’s Annex building can now accommodate up to 10 emerging food manufacturing companies. The announcement was made at the grand opening of MOMO Dressing, the first small food manufacturer to set up shop in the hub.
Over the past year, over $15 million has been invested in the renovation of the 55,000-square-foot Annex Building. The new spaces are customizable in order to better serve growing small companies with a range of operations. In addition to providing a wide range of features such as adequate plumbing for industrial-sized sinks and kitchen appliances, tenants at the food manufacturing hub will be able to share ideas and resources with one another, hopefully creating a vibrant and prolific community. Additionally, occupants will be able to expand into retail if they so choose by taking advantage of the planned community spaces at Pier 4, the Atrium and renovated lobbies.
The first confirmed tenant, MOMO Dressing, is a family-owned Japanese salad dressing company that will use their new 2,400- square-space to produce, bottle and distribute their product. According to supporters, the Annex has endless opportunities for local companies like MOMO. “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, diversified talent and entrepreneurial zeal,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “By creating a hub for growing food companies at the Annex, we can build on the strengths of Sunset Park to foster one of the city’s fastest growing industries and create good jobs.”