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Ferra Designs (Photo: Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.)

On Friday, October 10th, 2014, OHNY and the Pratt Center for Community Development present Factory Friday, a day of tours at eight factories across New York City in the lead-up to the 12th Annual OHNY Weekend. These tours will give participants access to eight factories within the Pratt Center’s Made in NYC network that are rarely—if ever—open to the general public to learn about how everything from silk flowers to vinyl records are manufactured right here in New York City.

The event is being organized as a companion program to Making it Here, a yearlong exploration of manufacturing spaces in the contemporary city organized by OHNY and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) over the course of 2014.

“In exploring an issue as important as manufacturing is for the future of the city, Making it Here has been a watershed series for Open House New York,” notes Gregory Wessner, director of OHNY. “By partnering with the Pratt Center and its Made in NYC initiative to open up factories during OHNY Weekend, our most important annual event, we’re thrilled to be able to expand the scope of the festival while giving people the chance to see for themselves how vital the city’s manufacturing sector is today.”

Factory Friday will not only provide opportunities for people to experience contemporary urban manufacturing first-hand, it will allow tour participants to hear, straight from the employees and proprietors of participating companies, about why manufacturing is still so important to New York City’s 21st century economy—a key objective of the Making it Here series.

“We at Worksman Cycles are proud to be a member and corporate advisor to MadeInNYC.org” says Bruce Weinreb, the Director of Marketing, Design, New Markets, and Strategic Partnerships at Worksman Cycles, one of the manufacturers that will participate in Factory Friday. “Made in NYC is quietly driving the reemergence of manufacturing in the five boroughs; it’s an invaluable resource for New York City-based manufacturers as well as a tireless advocate for this critical sector of the city’s economy. Factory Friday is a perfect example of the creative programming Made in NYC uses to connect various segments of NYC’s business community and foster new partnerships based on education, awareness and mutual benefit for both manufacturers and consumers.”

All Factory Friday tours will require advance reservations and tour times vary by site. Listings of all OHNY Weekend sites and tours including Factory Friday, will go live on to the public on ohny.org on September 30, and reservations can be made beginning at 11am on October 1, 2014. The following manufacturers will participate in the event by offering one or more tours on October 10th:

 

Adriatic Wood Products
East New York, Brooklyn
Custom moldings, trims, & woodwork

Brooklynphono
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Vinyl records

Ferra Designs
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Precision metal fabrication

Kirschner Brushes
Mott Haven, Bronx
Paint brushes

M & S Schmalberg
Garment District, Manhattan
Fabric flowers

MACHINEMADE
Long Island City, Queens
Custom design/production, rapid prototyping

Organic Food Incubator
Long Island City, Queens
Specialty food manufacturing

Worksman Cycles
Ozone Park, Queens
Industrial bicycles, tricycles, and mobile food vending systems

 

About Made in NYC

Made In NYC, an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, was founded in 2001 and since that time has helped to strengthen the manufacturing eco-system in New York City by linking businesses and consumers to local manufacturers. More than 1,200 manufacturers located throughout the five boroughs currently engage with the Made In NYC network to increase their sales, create jobs, and generate public support for a healthy manufacturing sector. Pratt Center works for a more sustainable and equitable New York City in partnership with community-based organizations, small businesses and policymakers.

Factory Friday is organized by Open House New York in partnership with:

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