From the Daily News:
Manufacturing, long since declared dead here, is in fact alive and well. It's just smaller, lighter and more varied.
There are 7,020 manufacturing companies here with 82,200 jobs - down 70% since 1990.
Heavy manufacturing is gone from the city. Giants like Swingline Staples with a big factory in Long Island City, Queens, and Faberware, the cookware concern with more than 700 employees at a facility in the South Bronx, moved out more than 15 years ago.
Now the average number of employees per company is 14, but they make a wide variety of products.
Some of the products are unusual.
Other products are high-tech, made for U.S. aerospace and the military, and cannot be duplicated by other companies.