A look inside Brooklyn’s new chocolate factory ‘Jacques Torres Chocolates’

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SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn -- There's reason to celebrate at Jacques Torres Chocolates.

Friday is the biggest day of the year for sales as forgetful partners purchase last minute Valentine's Day gifts on their way home from work.

This year, it also marked the grand opening of a new 40,000-square foot manufacturing facility at the Brooklyn Army Terminal for the chocolatier.

Jacque Torres, "Mr. Chocolate" himself took us on a behind the scenes tour of the new facility right before one of the biggest holiday's of the year for the business.

For Valentine's Day, Torres says the company sells almost 300 tons of the sweet treats. About 10 percent of that is made in the Sunset Park facility.

"What's the name of the lady that puts all of the chocolates down here shirt?" Torres asked.

"Lucille Ball?" someone answered from the crowd.

"Lucy! Lucy works with us. She's fast!" said Torres.

City Councilman Carlos Menchaca represents the neighborhood which will not only benefit from the delicious chocolates, but also from the jobs coming into the community.

"I'm infected by your love and passion for chocolate, for manufacturing," said Menchaca. "This is something beyond the sum of its parts and you are bringing that to Sunset Park and we are lucky to have you."

Torres, who started his business in DUMBO more than 50 years ago, says he's committed to hiring locally.

"Everybody that built this place from our contractor Dominic, to the electrician, to the plumber, everybody is from the neighborhood."

This is just the beginning for new manufacturing at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The Economic Development Corporation has invested more than $100-million to transform the industrial complex which is expected to bring almost 2,000 jobs to the area.

"What Sunset Park is becoming is really the epicenter of New York City's manufacturing renaissance," said EDC President Maria Torres-Springer.

And, oh, how sweet it is.

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