Manufacturing

Promises made, promises kept in Brentwood

By GREGORY ZELLER // With new equipment and a pending real-estate deal, a Brentwood business is making good on its commitments to Empire State Development, Albany’s main economic-development engine. Nearly four years after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that manufacturer Thuro Metal Products Inc. would receive $200,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program performance-based tax credits, it’s payback time. The company said this week it has acquired two state-of-the-art Computer Numerical Controlled metal-fabrication machines that will help it…

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The Debrief: John Suozzi is breaking with suburbia

Who is John Suozzi? That’s a tough one, even for John Suozzi. Self-described as “someone who’s still being made,” he’s a 2011 Drexel University graduate with a degree in entrepreneurship and a businessman, having managed the Kickstarter campaign for his father’s homegrown gardening tool, The Ring Weeder. He’s also a champion of the maker community – Long Island’s only real economic hope, according to the Glen Cove resident and founding member of the Long Island Maker…


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…