Manufacturing

With help, East/West lands in Ronkonkoma (again)

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Space for lease” can be a tricky proposition, depending on the space you need to lease. Just ask East/West Industries President Teresa Ferraro, who in February led her certified woman-owned small business through an intra-Ronkonkoma move to its new 50,000-square-foot home – but only after a lengthy search for just the right fit. The pilgrimage was “a long time in the making,” according to Ferraro, who noted several relocation roadblocks. Chief…

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Designs from the cutting edge of innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mark and Linda Nuccio hung out the Design Edge shingle on their Merrick garage in 1987, offering you-name-it design and product development services to comers of all size. Mark’s expertise was from the toy industry, including stints at Ideal, Aura and Long Beach’s HG Toys, where he rose to be vice president of design and marketing. Linda, an illustrator and art teacher, had her own finely tuned eye. But the couple…


Gillibrand signs on to build-it-here bill

New federal legislation aims to keep high-pay, high-skill manufacturing jobs in the United States by brushing up a 50-year-old small-business law. Introduced by New Jersey Democrat Corey Booker and cosponsored by a quartet of U.S. senators including Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the Scale-Up Manufacturing Investment Company Act of 2015 would help fund entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to commercialize or otherwise advance their manufacturing operations. The idea, according to Gillibrand, who discussed the proposed legislation during…