NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - A block from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, workers are polishing porcelain, pouring hot wax molds and carefully crafting packaging. Joya's products -- high-end candles, perfumes and air fresheners -- are sold all over the world but they're all made here in Brooklyn. And the people behind the company pride themselves on the fact that nearly all of the materials they use are sourced domestically.
Operations manager Mayra Miranda says customers are seeking out products made in the USA. Buying products made in America means supporting American jobs. Joya employs 15 people year round along with a number of part-time seasonal workers.
After years of steep decline, American manufacturing is finally seeing a bit of a resurgence. In New York City, 1,000 manufacturing jobs were added since 2011, according to the Center for an Urban Future.
Scott Paul is the president of the nonprofit Alliance for American Manufacturing. He says that in recent years, even mega retailers like Walmart have started highlighting products made in the USA.
One challenge for American manufactures is that labor costs are much higher here than in places like China and that means a higher price tag for products. But many people say they don't mind paying that premium.
Back in 2012, President Obama set a goal of creating 1 million manufacturing jobs by the end of his second term. But with just about a year to go, the goal is unlikely to be met. The Alliance for American Manufacturing says 629,000 jobs would need to be created by January 2017.