By Sourcing Journal
This article was published in Sourcing Journal March 22, 2022.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that New York Embroidery Studio (NYES) will be the newest tenant at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT), signing the largest new lease at the terminal in three years and filling one of the largest spaces at the site.
The new facility will create more than 500 on-site jobs, yielding an estimated $73 million in economic output for New York City, according to the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). The full-service design manufacturer will take over nearly 80,000 square feet to create a state-of-the-art facility where it will manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health-care workers across the country.
“The New York Embroidery Studio’s expansion at the Brooklyn Army Terminal will bring 500 jobs to Sunset Park and further advance New York’s economic recovery,” Deputy Mayor for economic and workforce development Maria Torres-Springer said. “As we continue to invest in the city’s garment manufacturing sector, this is a great opportunity to support an innovative, women-led business providing life-saving personal protective equipment to medical professionals across the country. New York Embroidery Studio embodies the spirit of reinvention will bring our economy back from the pandemic.”
NYCEDC president and CEO Andrew Kimball said the city must be forward thinking to address future pandemic preparedness.
“We commend New York Embroidery Studio for answering the call and pivoting from high fashion to sustainable PPE for our frontline workers,” Kimball said.
Michelle Feinberg, founder and owner of NYES, said the company has been manufacturing in the garment center for over 30 years.
“I am totally committed to growing the apparel industrial base here in NYC,” Feinberg said. “Additionally, we want to bring high fashion’s drive for innovation and quality to PPE manufacturing by developing novel and sustainable products for our clients.”
At the height of the pandemic, NYES pivoted from high fashion to making PPE. Feinberg and her team prototyped and made more than 590,000 hospital gowns in nine weeks, while also keeping hundreds of New Yorkers employed when the city’s economy was shut down. That pivot laid the foundation for the company’s expansion to NYCEDC’s BAT, where it will use state-of-the-art automated cutting and spreading machines and other advanced manufacturing techniques to produce biodegradable and sustainable PPE full-time, as part of an ongoing effort to restore the country’s national stockpile.
NYES prioritizes eco-friendly production methods to reduce waste and the city’s carbon footprint. While medical PPE is typically not biodegradable, NYES has developed an innovative biodegradable isolation gown.
In the coming months, NYES will be fitting out the large-scale operation center at BAT, and the company has committed to working with minority- and women-owned businesses as contractors and subcontractors to build out the space. In addition, NYES will utilize NYCEDC’s HireNYC program, which connects businesses with qualified job seekers in the local community.
Previously, NYCEDC supported NYES with grant funding through the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative from 2014 to 2018 to offset costs associated with purchasing new equipment, upgrading technologies and making improvements to the company’s Manhattan facility.