BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Navy Yard, site of last night’s democratic debate, announced that Brooklyn-based chocolate maker MAST CHOCOLATE will move into the third wing of the now fully-leased Green Manufacturing Center (GMC), a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified manufacturing facility and former ship building facility, which is expected to bring 800 jobs to the Yard.
With this expansion, MAST CHOCOLATE will more than double their existing workforce of nearly 75 people, with a long-term plan to create 100 more jobs. The Navy Yard’s onsite Employment Center will assist Mast with their HR and recruitment, helping to place local residents into the jobs being created. The chocolate maker will increase production capabilities significantly with its new factory, where it will continue to innovate and produce its signature chocolate from bean to bar for retailers and chefs around the globe. It will also be debuting the first-ever chocolate brewery where they will be brewing, bottling, kegging, and distributing its popular non-alcoholic chocolate beer. MAST joins a growing list of food and beverage manufacturers at the Yard including Russ & Daughters, Brooklyn Roasting Company, and Kings County Distillery.
The move will also mark the introduction of the MAST CHOCOLATE community programming initiative called M.A.S.T. (Math, Art, Science, Technology), which will bring grade-school students from local Brooklyn public-schools into the production facility throughout the year and will offer programming in conjunction with BLDG 92, the Yard’s public exhibition center, to provide public tours and other programs.
“When MAST CHOCOLATE moves to the Yard they will quickly double their existing workforce, creating good jobs for dozens of New Yorkers,” said Brooklyn Navy Yard President and CEO David Ehrenberg. “With nearly $700 million in development currently underway at the Yard, we’re thrilled to complete the first step of our larger redevelopment plan, which will add over 2.5 million square feet of space and more than 9,000 additional jobs on the Yard by 2020. Mast, and all the tenants at the fully-leased Green Manufacturing Center, will continue to boost the entire Brooklyn and New York City economy.”
The 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard is owned by the city and is a national model of a sustainable, urban manufacturing center with some 300+ businesses employing 7,000 people. Employment at the Yard is expected to more than double in the next few years, jumping from 7,000 to 16,000 by 2020.