Photo by Ken Gabrielsen
The facility Domino Sugar operates out of has been making sugar on the Hudson Riverfront for more than 100 years. Barges bring 460,000 tons of raw sugar to the Yonkers refinery each year that is processed into 4.2 million pounds of Domino Sugar products each day. The sugars are packaged and shipped out via 25,000 truckloads per year. So, next time you hesitate before baking cookies or adding that extra teaspoon to your coffee, don’t: You’re supporting a rich tradition of industry in Yonkers.
Did you know that the second-largest manufacturing plant for Coca-Cola in the US is located in Elmsford? The bottling facility, where many Coca-Cola favorites are made, including Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper, operates via five production lines — three that fill plastic bottles and two that fill cans. The Elmsford location is owned and operated by Liberty Coca-Cola, a 4,600-employee private company that took over manufacturing, sales, and distribution of Coca-Cola for some Northeast regions in October.
Before Tiffany jewelry can be worn in glamorous places the world over, pieces from the renowned luxury brand first pass through a low-key office building by the Hutch in Pelham. At the Tiffany Gemological Laboratory, skilled jewelers finalize inscriptions and grade diamonds on that tennis bracelet or diamond ring destined for a little blue box.
Massive oceangoing barges travel up the Hudson River to deliver the raw materials needed at the Continental Building Products plant in Buchanan that result in 650 million sq. ft. of wallboard each year. The factory, built in 1968 by Georgia-Pacific, is the only wallboard manufacturer left in New York State.
Photo courtesy of LiteMirror
LiteMirror Glassless Mirror Manufacturers in Irvington is changing an industry. The company makes mirrors out of highly metalized polyester film wrapped around an aluminum frame with foam-board insulation. Much lighter than traditional mirrors, LiteMirrors are easy to install, don’t shatter when dropped, and act as sound-absorbing acoustical tile, making them a smart choice for noisy gyms, dance studios, stores, and stages. Customers like Beyoncé, Shakira, and Lady Gaga think so, too.
County Fabricators, a Pleasantville-based steel-fabrication firm supplies components for tristate area projects, making things such as electrical-conduit supports, catwalks, and internal-access ladders for the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Other projects using its components include Manhattan’s Moynihan Train Hall, and the Croton Water Filtration Plant in the Bronx, according to 29-year-old president/CEO Kristina Benza.
NYC straphangers have reason to rejoice — the MTA has awarded Kawasaki Rail Car a $1.4 billion contract to manufacture some 535 new subway cars (and potentially many more). The updated, comfortable cars will have wider doors, better public-information systems (hooray!), and 20 of the cars will be “open gangway,” allowing passengers to easily pass from one car to another. While much of the production will occur at a Kawasaki plant in Nebraska, final assembly and testing will take place in Yonkers, at the 225,000 sq. ft. Kawasaki facility here that employs roughly 500 workers.
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Robots are, of course, machines, but their appearance affects how human beings react to them. International Robotics has been assembling people-pleasing robots in Larchmont for decades (from components made in Michigan). These carefully designed “social robots” are used as marketing tools by scores of companies around the world, including Walmart, British Airways, Vogue, and Mercedes-Benz. In addition, International Robotics arranges for its charming robots to visit, free of charge, many hospitals and schools.