BROOKLYN Navy Yard Development Corporation President Andrew Kimball and I recently cut the ribbon on BLDG 92, a $25 million exhibition and visitors center that documents the historic significance of the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard, and announced new hiring commitments from Navy Yard tenants.

Over the coming year, tenants including Steiner Studios, Shiel Medical Laboratories, B&H Photo, Duggal Visual Solutions, Cumberland Packing, Ares Printing and Mercedes Distribution have agreed to work with the Navy Yard’s expanded employment program — to be housed in BLDG 92 — to place over 300 local residents in new jobs.

To date, more than 1,000 local residents have been placed in jobs over the past 10 years.

The new program will make a special effort to place veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in the new jobs.

Brooklyn Navy Yard is our city’s flagship industrial park, and a true economic success story.

As BLDG 92 shows, the Navy Yard has long been a major employer in our city.

That’s still true today, with some 6,000 people working at the Navy Yard, and will still be true for many years to come, with the ongoing expansion and these new commitments expected to bring up to 2,000 more jobs here over the next two years.

Brooklyn Navy Yard, the leading industrial park in New York City with four million square feet of leasable space, is 99 percent full and is undergoing its largest expansion since World War II.

Approximately 1.6 million square feet of new space, which will house up to 2,000 new jobs, will be developed over the next two years.

This expansion has been driven in large measure by over $200 million in basic infrastructure investments from the Bloomberg administration and significant investment from the state and federal governments.

Public investments have helped leverage over $500 million in private investment for new buildings in the Navy Yard.

On display at BLDG 92 is the story of the Yard’s rebirth as a national model of urban industrial job creation, particularly in green manufacturing.

The Yard has added jobs and businesses throughout the national recession and is currently home to 275 tenants employing nearly 6000 people, up from 220 tenants and 3,600 people in 2001.

Using cutting-edge technology, high-quality resources, and eco-friendly manufacturing practices today’s tenants create goods and offer services that impact and improve our daily lives.

In the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to see the diversity of these products and get a unique behind-the-scenes look at their production.

BLDG 92 tells the Yard’s story, from the time it was launched in 1801 as a Naval shipyard to its rebirth as a industrial center 165 years later.

BLDG 92 also highlights the Yard’s current use as the national model for urban green manufacturing.

Included is the comprehensive story of the Yard’s military history — launching such ships as the Maine, Monitor and Missouri, and chronicles the many important contributions to American industry, innovation, education and social progress, including:

• Oral histories from some of the original “Rosie the Riveters,” who advocated for equal pay for equal work and African Americans who broke the color barrier during WWII;

• Technological breakthroughs, including the first steam powered warship, use of the first pile-driver, the first singing voice broadcast wirelessly and the first transatlantic telegraph cable;

• The establishment of the Naval Yard Lyceum, a precursor of the US Naval Academy; and

• Medical advances such as the manufacture of pure ether for use as an anesthetic.

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