Out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a Green Manufacturing Center Emerges
This summer in New York City, construction gets underway for the landmark Brooklyn Navy Yard’s new Green Manufacturing Center. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. will invest $46 million in the LEED Silver-certified Green Manufacturing Center, which will be constructed in 18 months. The project will convert three former Navy ship building machine shops into a 220,000-square-foot sustainable industrial complex and produce about 700 new jobs.
A lead tenant, Crye Precision, a maker of body armor and apparel for the military and state and federal law enforcement, will consolidate its multiple sites at the Navy Yard into one location in the Green Manufacturing Center and be able to expand, adding numerous jobs in the next several years. One of its product lines under development uses locally recycled materials that are converted into fabrics.
Macro Sea, another lead tenant, will lease over 50,000 square feet of space for New Lab, which will facilitate design and manufacturing innovation through eco-conscious processes and machinery and collaboration between designers, manufacturers, architects and graduate research facilities.
“This investment in green manufacturing is more great news for the Navy Yard and for New York City’s economy,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard has an extensive history in New York City, spanning back to its establishment in 1801. In later years the yard was used for ship construction and as a center for military manufacturing, expanding the mechanic and technical workforce during World War II. In recent years, “over $200 million in infrastructure investments by city, state and federal governments have leveraged over $500 million in private investment for new and renovated industrial buildings and hundreds of millions more in tenant machinery, equipment and fit-out,” according to a statement on NYC.gov.
Now a 300-acre industrial park, the Brooklyn Navy Yard currently houses more than 275-private sector firms that provide nearly 5,800 jobs. Among those firms, 30 are green manufacturers.
The creation of the Green Manufacturing Center is slated to add approximately 300 permanent jobs and about 400 construction jobs.