New manufacturing facility

By 1979, IBM Brooklyn -- then managed by Henry Bing, Jr. -- had evolved from scrubbing and refurbishing computer cable to an increasingly complex set of products. In addition to internal and external cables and power supplies, the plant was now also working on the IBM 3270 information display system, including the 3277 Display Station, and the 3284, 3286 and 3288 printers. Business had grown to the point that, in 1979, the plant's 400 employees moved out of their 70-year-old converted warehouse to a new 168,000 square-foot manufacturing facility nearby at Nostrand and DeKalb Avenues. The following year, the newly-announced IBM 3814 Switching Management System, which had been developed at an IBM plant in France, was added to Brooklyn's product mission.

Exterior of new Brooklyn plant

Exterior of new Brooklyn plant

Exterior of new Brooklyn plant
Exterior of new Brooklyn plant
IBM's Brooklyn manufacturing facility at 585 DeKalb Avenue in 1980.

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