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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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