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    Chamber Unveils First Group of Products to be Certified "Brooklyn Made"
    Date:  8/19/2014
    ArticleType:  Press Release

    CHAMBER ANNOUNCES FIRST GROUP OF PRODUCTS TO BE CERTIFIED BROOKLYN MADE 

    41 Brooklyn Made Products Awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze Certifications

     

    Applications for 2nd Annual Brooklyn Made Awards Honoring Top Manufacturers Now Available Online

    The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce today announced the first wave of products that are made in Brooklyn that will carry the "Brooklyn Made" logo.  In all, 47 businesses submitted applications for Brooklyn Made certification in the opening weeks of the program. An independent advisory panel reviewed the applications and determine final certification levels. The Chamber also announced that applications are now online for the 2nd Annual 'Brooklyn Made' award presentation which will honor the top manufacturers in food and beverage, design, technology and innovation, and MWBE-owned businesses, at its annual meeting. The announcement was made in Carroll Gardens at By Brooklyn, the only store that exclusively sells products made in Brooklyn. Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura was joined by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Councilman Brad Lander, and EDC Director of Industrial Policy Miquela Craytor for the event. 

     

    The Chamber has developed a points-based scale system for certification of specific product lines. The Brooklyn Made certification will result in different levels of "Brooklyn-ness," from bronze certification, to silver or gold level depending on the level of operations taking place in the borough.

     

    “Brooklyn has become the hot word all across the world: China, Amsterdam, Italy, New Jersey, Queens. You name it everyone is interested in Brooklyn and using the name,” said Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “The Brooklyn Made Certification is meant to celebrate the companies that are actually in Brooklyn, building, manufacturing, creating jobs and paying taxes. These are the companies that are really “Brooklyn,” and we want to tell the whole world about it.” 

     

    "The Brooklyn Made program recognizes the responsibility we have to protect our businesses from imposters trying to capitalize on the honest efforts of those who have contributed to Brooklyn's culture and economy," said Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Denise Arbesu. "It's wonderful that Brooklyn has been recognized as such a leader in innovation and creativity. The Brooklyn Made label is a great way for our consumers to identify products that are made here and for all of Brooklyn to be proud of what we are producing." 

    "When consumers buy Brooklyn, they know they're getting more than high-quality goods and services; the appeal of the Brooklyn brand is a value-added bonus, recognizable to savvy shoppers from Manhattan to Malaysia,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.  “The Made in Brooklyn certification program is a smart way to celebrate this elite status, for businesses to capitalize further on their Brooklyn bona fides and for our borough to generate further economic development. I applaud the vision of Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura in launching this effort."

     

    “The extraordinary momentum of the borough's economy is built on the success of small businesses that produce goods that are deeply rooted in their local communities---companies that exemplify the creativity, hard work and pride that Brooklyn is known for across the world,” said Kyle Kimball, President, NYCEDC  “We congratulate the dozens of small businesses who have earned their Brooklyn Made certification and look forward to working with the BCC to ensure Brooklyn companies continue to launch, grow and thrive in the greatest City in the world to do business."

    Of the 47 applications, 25 products were awarded Gold Certification. They are:


    American Architectural Windows, Inc.

    301 Stagg Street

    Product: Aluminum child safety window guards


    Boundless Brooklyn

    20 Jay Street

    Product: Model Kits of Brooklyn Monuments


    Bread Love

    376 MacDonough Street

    Product: Baked Goods


     

    Brooklyn Soda Works

    630 Flushing Avenue

    Product: Sodas and sparkling juices

     


    Cecil and Merl

    150 St. Marks Avenue

    Product: Cheesecake

     


    Cool Tech Mechanical Corp

    630 Flushing Ave

    Product: Food processing equipment


    CounterEvolution

    43 Hall Street

    Product: Furniture from Reclaimed Bowling Lanes

     


    Cracked Candy

    110 Livingston Street

    Product: All Natural Candy


    DerDau Custom Made

    1885 McDonald Ave

    Product: Shoe Manufacturer


    EIR NYC

    270 Clinton Ave

    Product: Natural, handmade skincare

     


    Femenella Custom

    350 President Street

    Product: Custom Guitars

    Product: French Horn Bellrest

     


    Granola Lab

    185 33rd Street

    Product: Granola


    Hussar Metals

    995 Commercial Street

    Product: Knives

     


    Jomart Chocolates

    2917 Avenue R

    Product: Chocolates

     


    Liddabit Sweets

    220 36th Street

    Product: Candy

     


    Michael’s of Brooklyn

    2929 Avenue R

    Product: Pasta Sauces


    Paper Portrayals

    20 Terrace Place

    Product: Handmade Paper Flowers and Decorations


    People’s Pops

    630 Flushing Avenue

    Product: Fruit Pops


    Raaka Chocolates

    62-64 Seabring Street

    Product: Vegan Chocolate

     


    Reclaimed Home

    945-947 Carroll Street

    Product: Furniture from Reclaimed Wood

     


    Sahadi Fine Foods Inc

    4215 1st Ave

    Product: Packaged Nuts

    Product: Seeds Snacks


    Spoonable LLC

    345 Clinton Ave

    Product: Spoonable Confectionary Sauces

     


    Tumbador Chocolates

    34 34th Street

    Product: Chocolate


     

    15 products were awarded Silver certifications. They are:


    Alexandra Ferguson

    34 35th Street

    Product: Pillows and Travel Accessories

     

    Christophe Pourny Studio

    67 34th Street

    Product: Organic Furniture Polish and Wax

     

    FortuneKeeper, LLC

    442 78th Street

    Product: Lucite and Magnet Fashion Accessories

     

    Gauge, Inc.

    68 34th Street

    Product: Metal home goods

     

    Gillies Coffee Company

    150 19th Street

    Product: Coffee and Tea

     

    IceStone, LLC

    63 Flushing Avenue

    Product: Surface Manufacturer

     

    Loren Manufacturing

    80 Nassau Avenue

    Product: Denim Manufacturer

     

    MakerBot Industries

    1 Metrotech

    Product: Industrial and Personal 3D Printers

     

    Morris Kitchen

    174 Bogart Street

    Product: Syrup

     

    Perch Canteen

    201 Richards St.

    Product: Candles and Soaps

     

    Perch Design, Inc.

    201 Richards

    Product: Ceramics and Giftware

     

    Salt of the Earth Bakery

    630 Flushing Ave

    Product: Baked Goods

     

    Style Living Corp dba Celltei

    128 Waterbury Street

    Product: Pet Travel Products

     

    Urban Green Furniture

    140 58th Street

    Product: Eco-friendly wood furniture

     

    Wax Rax

    48 Prospect Park SW

    Product: Aluminium and Steel Vinyl Storage Furniture

     One product was awarded Bronze certification. It is:

     

    Sohha Savory Yogurt

    128 West 112th Street

    Product: Yogurt


     

    The Brooklyn Made program was made possible in large part to a team of NYU Wagner students as part of their capstone program. Their full report is available on the Chamber's website at www.ibrooklyn.com.

    As baseline criteria, only legal businesses headquartered in Brooklyn making one or more physical products will be considered. From there, the points-based system evaluates a range of manufacturing activities, taking into account criteria such as share of total employees located in Brooklyn, location of product assembly, where design and development takes place, and other important factors.

    Interested businesses can apply by completing an online application, which can be found online at www.ibrooklyn.com/brooklynmade. An independent advisory board, consisting of Brooklyn-based manufacturing stakeholders, reviews applications on a quarterly basis. There is a $50 one-time fee for non-members, and $25 fee for member businesses.

    The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce also announced that it will honor manufacturers who make products in the borough in the field of food and beverage, design and technology at its Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Applications are available on our website, www.ibrookly.com. The deadline for submissions is September 15 at 4 p.m. 

    The “Brooklyn Made” awards will allow us to highlight and celebrate the best of what Brooklyn has to offer," said Scissura. "Our industrial and manufacturing sectors are booming, reversing decades of declines to create good jobs and drive our economy. The Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting is the perfect opportunity to honor the top makers who are transforming Brooklyn into a modern global city." 

    The Chamber plans to honor makers from three sectors: food and beverage, design and technology and innovation. A fourth category is set aside for a maker in one of the three aforementioned categories that is a MWBE-owned business. 

    An independent jury will decide the winners of each category. Businesses can nominate themselves for awards. 

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