The Mayor of New York City, Mr. Michael Bloomberg visited Terrafina today as a recognition of its success and commitment to doing business in New York City.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference at Terrafina today, announcing 4 winners of grants from New York City for employee training that total more than $182,000.  Terrafina was one of the 4 companies awarded.  Mayor Bloomberg was joined by Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member Sara M. González and Terrafina CEO James Locke.

Terrafina CEO James Locke speaking to the Press

“Creating jobs is the primary goal of our economic development strategy, and the most effective way we’re doing it is creating conditions for growth and making it easier for businesses – large and small – to locate and expand in New York City,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “These workforce training grants give hundreds of small businesses like Terrafina the capacity to hire and train New Yorkers and increase their wages. It’s just one of the things we’re doing to help businesses and New York City’s economy grow, and it’s working.”

Mayor Bloomberg speaking to the Press

“Successful businesses invest in their people, and we want to make it as easy as possible for the small businesses to create dedicated training programs and to succeed and expand in New York City,” said Deputy Mayor Steel. “These training grants allow entry-level workers to get the skills they need to be promoted, which means better wages for those workers and more openings for new entry-level workers. This combination of public and private investment is a win-win-win for employees, businesses and the City.”

“Strong small businesses are critical to our City’s long-term economic strength,” said New York City Economic Development President Pinsky. “Whether it’s infusing capital during early growth stages, increasing training for our City’s already stellar entrepreneurs, or helping newly established and expanding businesses find affordable workspace, we are committed to providing resources to help these businesses succeed. I would like to thank Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Walsh, and all our partners in government for their efforts to ensure small businesses, as well as New York City’s economy, continue to grow and thrive.”

 “Bravo to Mayor Bloomberg, the New York City Department of Small Business Services and the employers themselves for recognizing the importance of job training to make us more competitive, and congratulations to Brooklyn's own Terrafina LLC." said Borough President Markowitz. “

“We have received considerable help from the City, particularly from the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, and also NYC Business Solutions with recruiting and general advice, and now these funds will allow us to better train our team, achieve greater efficiencies in systems and processes, and compete in a global marketplace,” said James Locke, CEO of Terrafina, LLC. “Terrafina will be moving to a new and much larger facility in New York City later this year. We plan on hiring at least 25 more employees over the next 18 months, and we are excited about our future plans.” 

Terrafina CFO, Kenan Izci, James Locke and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

Mayor Bloomberg and James Locke with some production staff

  It was a packed Press room!


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