Why the supply chain crisis is not affecting these companies
Local businesses rely on each other more now, Ms. Reynolds said. For example, accessories companies in the clothing district use a neighboring company to print their labels and packaging. âIt’s a very nice network that our companies are building,â she said.
Supply chain issues have given local manufacturers a competitive advantage. âI would say that once a week we are offered various projects that other manufacturers cannot do because they cannot get their components,â said Shakil Ahmad, vice president of LED crown, a lighting company based in Totowa, NJ, which has a showroom in Manhattan. âThey come to us and say, ‘They can’t deliver for 16 weeks. Can you guys do it? “
Coronet LED’s paint supplier is down the street in Totowa; its lens manufacturer is a short drive away. âOur claim to fame is that we have always kept everything as close to ourselves as possible,â Mr. Ahmad said. âWe didn’t know this pandemic would happen, but it worked incredibly well. This shows how important it is to manufacture locally.
Now Mr. Ahmad, who lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, walks around his neighborhood and imagines what all empty factory buildings can be like. âIf you go to McGuinness Boulevard you see all these empty warehouses,â he said. âA lot of them are being converted to high-end residential properties, but they are taking away opportunities for more manufacturing. “
Gregg Thompson, Executive Director of Crying Precision, a Brooklyn Navy Yard company that makes uniforms, body armor, helmets and other military gear, was surprised by some of the companies that have placed recent orders.
âThe strangest thing we’ve seen is the CrossFit market,â he said. “The people who do CrossFit buy stuff that looks like military gear, and they couldn’t get their gear anywhere else, so they started calling us.”