COMPANY PROFILE: NICHE MODERN

From Brooklyn, to Beacon. How one manufacturer found success in a weekend escape.

When Jeremy Pyles accidentally backed his company van into a brand-new Mercedes in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, he knew it was time for a change. Frustrated with the challenges of working and living in New York City―expensive rent, lack of available space, congested streets and a lifestyle constrained by urban confines―Jeremy began actively seeking new opportunities. After renting out a Hudson Valley home with his wife and young children as their “weekend escape,” he found Dutchess County.

Niche Modern in Beacon 2008

Jeremy is the co-founder and CEO of Niche Modern, a luxury lighting company which handcrafts stunning glass fixtures at their headquarters in Beacon, NY. Founded in 2003 as a retail store in New York City’s East Village, the company spent its formative years hopping around the city, including a stint at a warehouse in Brooklyn. After realizing that Niche couldn’t scale up successfully due to Brooklyn’s pricey location and poor logistics infrastructure, Jeremy and company relocated to Dutchess County in 2006.

Celebrating their 15th anniversary— with 10 of those being in Dutchess County—Niche produces their signature modern lighting in a 20,000 sq. ft. former bronze foundry in Beacon―a creative city where craft manufacturers are flourishing. Due to a growing number of employees, friends and neighbors also relocating from Brooklyn, Jeremy even jokes that Beacon is now nicknamed “NoBro”: the newest New York City neighborhood, just north of Brooklyn.

From chandeliers to pendants to table lamps, Niche Modern products are sold around the globe, with approximately 20 percent directly shipping to international markets. Niche’s work has been featured in top publications like The New York Times, ELLE Décor, Better Homes & Gardens and Dwell.

Niche_Modern_1Regardless of success, the company is still authentically dedicated to the Dutchess community. With a passionate motto of “made, not manufactured,” Niche proudly states that 100 percent of their products are handmade in Beacon, New York.

For more information on expanding or relocating your business to Dutchess County, please contact Chris Glancy, Director of Business Attraction, 845.463.5404.

Think Dutchess Wins Three NYSEDC Awards!

Think Dutchess Alliance For Business

Winner of Three NYSEDC Marketing Awards

 

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – May 24, 2017 – Think Dutchess Alliance for Business announced today that it has been named a winner for in multiple categories of the New York State Economic Development Council marketing awards. The awards include wins for: Best in Class Website, Best In Class Multi-Media Advertising Video, and a Certificate of Excellence for the Think Dutchess Magazine Development Brochure.

 

NYSEDC has been the state’s principle organization representing economic development professionals, businesses, and colleges and universities for more than 40 years. The annual marketing awards are open to economic development organizations throughout the state in two budget categories and recognizes excellence in economic development marketing while encouraging creativity to impact community and business outlook.

 

“It is a great honor to receive these awards. Our goal at Think Dutchess is to advocate the existing assets of the business community and raise awareness to the endless possibility that Dutchess County holds” says Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “Creating these pieces serves as testament to the distinguished community we serve and the positive impact we create.”

 

 

About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, N.Y. A business-led, nationally recognized organization, its mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy.

To learn more, visit www.thinkdutchess.com

COMPANY PROFILE: 4th State Metals

While space and strategic location brought them here, quality of life makes these manufacturers stay. 

What happens when two guys in Brooklyn – one an artist, the other an engineer – get together around some serious heavy machinery? 4th State Metals. And what happens when the original Brooklyn shop is rezoned and rents are raised? You open your next facility in Dutchess County, N.Y.

4th state metals

Dave Markusen-Weiss and Isaac Sprachmen are co-founders of 4th State Metals, an award-winning creative design and machinery firm with industrial, artistic and private clients looking to make a statement through engineering and design. After needing more production room beyond their Brooklyn footprint, 4th State Metals opened a second location in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. in 2016.

Searching for space to design and create their larger pieces of art, they found a building that worked for their immediate production needs, with room to expand and grow their business. Choosing warehouse space along the Cottage Street Industrial District in Poughkeepsie allowed them to operate “in three times as much space at ten percent less of what they paid in Brooklyn.”

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With strong connections and customers in New York City and surrounding areas, 4th State Metals chose Dutchess County not only for the business-friendly costs, but also for the location. With Metro-North and Amtrak trains available for their customers and employees, as well as access to interstate highways like I-87, I-84 and I-95 for the logistics and distribution of materials and installments, the City of Poughkeepsie proved the ideal spot to take their business to the next level.

Partnering with other creatives and sharing resources with local partners like Hatfield Metals and Rush Designs created the ideal environment to attract employees who love the work as much as they do. Ask Weiss about what makes them stay, and he’ll tout the quality of life throughout the region and the building energy in the City of Poughkeepsie that make it exciting to be a part of a growing community and attract young professionals and talented individuals.

For more information on locating your business in Dutchess County, N.Y., contact Chris Glancy, Director of Business Attraction, 845.463.5404, chris@thinkdutchess.com

ONE UNIFIED VISION

A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 11 agency partners creating a one-stop shop for your site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking needs.