MAST Chocolate expands at Brooklyn Navy Yard, creating 100 jobs
BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Navy Yard announced today that Brooklyn-based chocolate maker MAST Chocolate, founded by brothers Rick and Michael Mast, will move into the third wing of the now fully-leased Green Manufacturing Center (GMC), a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified manufacturing facility and former ship building facility, which is expected to bring 800 jobs to the Yard.
With this expansion, MAST Chocolate will more than double their existing workforce of nearly 75 people, with a long-term plan to create 100 more jobs. The Navy Yard’s onsite Employment Center will assist MAST with their HR and recruitment, helping to place local residents into the jobs being created. For career info, click here.
The chocolate maker will increase production capabilities significantly with its new factory, where it will continue to innovate and produce its signature chocolate from bean to bar for retailers and chefs around the globe.
It will also be debuting the first-ever chocolate brewery where they will be brewing, bottling, kegging, and distributing its popular non-alcoholic chocolate beer. MAST joins a growing list of food and beverage manufacturers at the Yard including Russ & Daughters, Brooklyn Roasting Company, and Kings County Distillery.
The move will also mark the introduction of the MAST Chocolate community programming initiative called M.A.S.T. (Math, Art, Science, Technology), which will bring grade-school students from local Brooklyn public-schools into the production facility throughout the year and will offer programming in conjunction with BLDG 92, the Yard’s public exhibition center, to provide public tours and other programs.
Read more of this story at Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. Photo courtesy of MAST Chocolate.