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National Manufacturing Day


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Today is National Manufacturing Day!

National Manufacturing Day is about embracing the ingenuity of New York City’s manufacturers. From Williamsburg's iconic Brooklyn Brewery to Precision Metal Fabricators at Gowanus, to newer creators like Jacques Torres, making things has always been a main part of who we are as New Yorkers.

Meet the Makers

To celebrate, NYCEDC is excited to announce the launch of “Meet the Makers,” our newest podcast series. Each month, we will share stories of the next generation of manufacturers who live and work right here in New York City. Listen to this sneak preview of the first episode that will be released later in October.

Upcoming Events

We also invite you to join us at these upcoming events that highlight the accomplishments of our makers.

From October 11th-12th, Open House New York (OHNY), in partnership with NYCEDC, is opening a variety of makerspaces around the city to the public. Makerspaces are community working facilities that provide manufacturing equipment, community connections, and training to enable New Yorkers to design, prototype, and manufacture work that wouldn’t be possible to create alone. 

To start off the weekend festivities, OHNY is working with the Pratt Center for Community Development to launch Factory Friday Tours, where factories around the city open their doors for exclusive tours. See first-hand how your favorite locally-produced technologies are made right here in New York City. Factory Friday tours require advance reservations. To RSVP, please visit

For the rest of the weekend, you’ll be able to visit any of the participating spaces to learn about the growing impact that the “Maker Movement” is having on New York City. Learn more about this special series, Making it Here, at The full schedule and hours are available at

Can’t make it to the tours? Get a sneak peak of manufacturing in New York City right from your computer. Visit NYCrafted for an interactive tour of companies like Jacques Torres Chocolates, Kombucha Brooklyn, Martin Greenfield Clothiers, and RockPaperRobot

Next Top Makers

In honor of National Manufacturing Day, let's celebrate our makers! Last week, we awarded six winners with our Next Top Makers Fellowship, who will now take part in a 12-month incubation program to grow their businesses in New York City. Today, we honor all of our homegrown talent including women leaders such as Ayah Bdeir, Founder and CEO of LittleBits Electronics and Limor Fried, Founder of Adafruit, who were recently recognized by Glamour Magazine as two of 35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry for bringing manufacturing and hardware production to New York City. 

What will you make today?

To learn more about Manufacturing in New York City, read NYCEDC’s special report on the State of Local Manufacturing

To read more about the city’s efforts to support the industrial and manufacturing sector in New York City, please visit our website. To receive updates on all things industrial, please sign-up for our monthly newsletter on the right hand side of our homepage.



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