BROOKLYN NAVY YARD — Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation President Andrew Kimball on Thursday announced new hiring commitments from Brooklyn Navy Yard tenants.
Over the coming year, tenants including Steiner Studios, Shiel Medical Laboratories, B&H Photo, Duggal Visual Solutions, Cumberland Packing, Ares Printing and Mercedes Distribution have agreed to work with the Navy Yard’s expanded employment program to place more than 300 local residents in new jobs.
To date, more than 1,000 local residents have been placed in jobs over the past 10 years.
The new program will also make a special effort to place veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in the new jobs. Mayor Bloomberg was also joined by City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, state Senator Daniel Squadron, City Councilman Stephen Levin, City Councilwoman Diana Reyna, Deputy Mayor Robert Steel, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation President Andrew Kimball and Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation Chair Alan Fishman.
“Brooklyn Navy Yard is our city’s flagship industrial park, and a true economic success story,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The Navy Yard has long been a major employer in our city. That’s still true today, with some 6,000 people working at the Navy Yard, and will still be true for many years to come, with the ongoing expansion and these new commitments expected to bring up to 2,000 more jobs here over the next two years.”
Brooklyn Navy Yard, the leading industrial park in New York City with 4 million square feet of leasable space, is 99 percent full and is undergoing its largest expansion since World War II. Approximately 1.6 million square feet of new space will be developed over the next two years.
This expansion has been driven in large measure by more than $200 million in basic infrastructure investments from the Bloomberg Administration and significant investment from the state and federal governments. Public investments have helped leverage over $500 million in private investment for new buildings in the Navy Yard.
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