The Manufacturing Report

From WWII to COVID-19, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Steps Up

Episode Summary

During WWII, the Brooklyn Navy Yard served as a sprawling wartime factory, employing a staggering 70,000 workers at the time. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept New York City, the Brooklyn Navy Yard once again stepped up to serve frontline heroes. Now a home for manufacturers rather than shipbuilders, the Yard's many companies teamed up, in often unlikely partnerships, to produce 25 percent of the city's PPE needs. In this episode, Scott Paul speaks with the Navy Yard's chief development officer, Johanna Greenbaum, about the incredible history of the Yard and the role it's playing today. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Navy Yard