Founded in 2004 by Erik Johnson and Jen Johnson-Kuhn, Argosy Designs specializes in the design and fabrication of custom residential and commercial architectural metalwork, as well as hardware, lighting, and furniture. At Argosy’s Greenpoint, Brooklyn facility, a select staff executes product design and development, 3D drafting and modeling, extensive welding, fabrication, machining and specialty finishes. From project conception to completion, Argosy Designs delivers engaged personal service, strict attention to detail and unparalleled craftsmanship.
“From assistance with securing financing and utilizing government programs to helping us find and train new staff, Evergreen has proved to be an invaluable resource for the growth of our small business. The collective knowledge and expertise of the entire Evergreen team has been instrumental in helping us to move and expand our shop while still retaining our sanity.” – Jen Johnson-Kuhn, Business Manager / Principal
Argosy joined as a Member of Evergreen i n2013. In 2015, they contacted Evergreen staff with the exciting news of their expansion plans. As expanding their business and moving into a new space can be daunting, Erik and Jen remembered Evergreen could help assist with possible incentives that would support their business. Evergreen helped Erik and Jen apply for the NYC Economic Development Corporation’s Accelerated Sales Tax Exemption Program (A-Step) and the Commercial Expansion rent abatement Program (CEP). Evergreen also requested that the property owner apply for the Energy Cost Saving Program, enabling Argosy to take advantage of that program as well.
Additionally, Evergreen connected Argosy with a graduate from St. Nicks Alliance’s Workforce Development Skills Training Program who joined their team in early September. Evergreen worked with Jen and Erik to successfully apply for NYC Small Business Service’s On the Job Training (OJT) Grant Program, which offsets 70% of the first 280 hours of OJT for a qualifying new employee.