The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has created a "Brooklyn Made" designation available to businesses located in Kings County, NY.
With the boost in popularity of the "Brooklyn" brand, this marking is in its most simplest form a protectionist measure against non-Brooklyn based companies seeking to capitalize on the borough’s growing popularity.
As discussed in this week's AM New York (photo above), factors for attaining one of the three levels of the "Made in Brooklyn" insignia offered by the Chamber are, not surprisingly, akin to some of those same considerations US Customs looks at when it analyzes country of origin marking and value claims on imported products. Factors include the amount of raw materials obtained within the territory (i.e. originating materials), level of manufacturing (think: substantial formation) and, the local labor used (i.e., overhead and labor, in value considerations).
More on the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce can be found here.
As an aside, manufacturing in Brooklyn has been on an upward swing with the neighborhood Sunset Park rapidly emerging as a manufacturing, artist and fashion destination as the waterfront warehouses are being converted into mixed-use spaces that are supporting more than just manufacturing.
We will be watching closely as the development of this cool Brooklyn neighborhood continues!
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