Touring Boyce, New York’s most innovative advanced manufacturer
Tucked away in the manufacturing hub of Long Island City is Boyce Technologies, New York City’s most dynamic company. With back-to-back rankings on the Inc 5000 list, Boyce is good as building products as it is at turning down buyout offers. Founded in 2007, Boyce is riding 905% growth over the past three years, generates $29M in yearly revenue and is #6 on Inc’s list for national manufacturers. Their success is one of the reasons Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand paid a visit during her recent Manufacturing Communities Act tour.
Boyce’s rise is well known in New York’s manufacturing community. They won city contracts to build not just subway Help Points but the entire infrastructure to initiate, connect and monitor underground-to-above-ground communications. Up next is a mission to bring reliable high-speed internet to Amtrak’s East Coast trains.
While the story is increasingly well-known, the Boyce advanced manufacturing headquarters aren’t. We joined Founder Charles Boyce and Head of Business Development Tom Powell for a tour of Boyce’s assembly lab, machine shop and the new 100,000 square-foot integrated facility that launches in 2017.
Boyce’s Assembly Lab
Old-school green wire on the left. New-school green wire on the right. The difference is that the new-school wire is coated in silicon so that the wires can bend and re-bend and re-bend and re-bend without falling apart.
Boyce’s Machine Shop
Indianapolis-based Hurco’s 5-axis CNC mills are fully automated machines that spin and flip parts and then use a robotic hand to replace drills bits depending on the hole-size needed. They interface with AutoCAD.
Boyce’s New Home
Down the street in Long Island City, Carmine, left, and Frank look over plans for the corporate and visitor sections of the new Boyce facility. The advanced manufacturing factory will have an open kitchen-style row of windows so visitors can take a look at the machine and assembly work going on inside.
Charles Boyce, left, takes us through what will be Boyce’s R&D lab within the advanced manufacturing facility. The company will have one of each machine here to test new ideas and prototype products. The extra machinery is a significant investment, but Boyce considers it an essential strategy and smarter than disrupting production in the big house.