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Supplier expands Brooklyn operation.

More than 500 community and business leaders, elected officials, and friends joined Gilbert Rivera, his family, and staff to celebrate the opening of a new $12 million building supply facility in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

The 132,000 s/f complex at 2120 Atlantic Avenue doubles the capacity of the two businesses Rivera founded, Park Avenue Building and Roofing Supplies and AM&G Waterproofing. It also gives a commercial boost to a stretch of Atlantic Avenue that connects Brooklyn and Queens, bringing more than 50 new jobs to the area and introducing a large new retail outlet to the neighborhood.

On hand to celebrate were numerous government officials, who at the ribbon cutting ceremony, spoke warmly of the Rivera family's accomplishments. Speakers included Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; Dan Doctoroff, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, and Rebuilding; New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson; U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez; and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Kenneth Adams.

"Gil Rivera and Park Avenue Building and Roofing Supplies are helping Ocean Hill-Brownsville and all of Brooklyn reap the benefits of our borough's ongoing renaissance," said Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz.

"So many prestigious projects--from the Time Warner Center to MoMA to Hearst Towers--are being built with supplies from Gil's operation, we might have to start labeling them "Made in Brooklyn!"
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Nov 1, 2006
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