In the spring of 2012, Pratt Center’s Made In NYC initiative released a company profile of Carry Hot, a thermal delivery bag manufacturer based in NYC. The company profile brought attention to Carry Hot’s innovative products, and helped the Manhattan-based company win a sizable contract with the New York City Department of Education. And they are very close to winning several other contracts with other U.S. cities. We’re pleased to report that these new contracts will create over a dozen quality manufacturing jobs for New Yorkers. At the same time, Carry Hot’s thermal delivery bags will now keep more public school lunches hot and fresh. The Pratt Center is proud to support local manufacturers like Carry Hot through our Made In NYC initiative. The original company profile is below.
On November 12, Pratt Center Director Adam Friedman participated in a webinar panel on engaging members of Generation Z (young people born between 1990-2002) in the field of sustainable manufacturing. The panel took the following questions as a catalyst for discussion: what makes manufacturing cool? How do we get today’s youth excited about new opportunities in manufacturing? The discussion was led by Anita Brown-Graham, director of the Institute for Emerging Issues.
Manufacturers and allied organizations are concerned that young people come to the workforce armed with a variety of stereotypes and other assumptions that make them less inspired to take on careers in manufacturing. They worry that manufacturing is not in-keeping with the values of sustainability and environmental protection and preservation. Manufacturing portends a lack of job-security as evidenced by massive layoffs and the closing of plants and production facilities in decades past. But as Mr. Friedman pointed out, manufacturing now seeks to merge environmental and economic concerns. Manufacturers are at the forefront of green infrastructure and design, creating sustainable products for a variety of uses while facilities are complying with new environmental standards aimed at increasing productivity and efficiency while protecting and improving the natural environment. The entire webnar is featured below.
While we have seen a robust and inspiring recovery effort from Superstorm Sandy, many of New York City’s communities remain without shelter, heat, electricity, and food. We urge you to donate or volunteer here to help address the most urgent needs. But you can also help rebuild the city by doing your holiday shopping throughMade In NYC.
The city’s small manufacturers are critical to a healthy diverse economy with good jobs for New Yorkers, and to the character and soul of our neighborhoods. Yet Sandy threatened many of these businesses’ ability to operate, and in some cases, to survive. Many lost all their inventory, supplies and equipment at what is often their busiest season.