BIG NEWS! Adafruit is manufacturing Arduino for in New York, New York, USA @arduino #TeamArduinoCC


This is our super big news folks! Today, May 16th, 2015 Massimo Banzi, CEO and co-founder of Arduino, announced at Maker Faire during the “State of Arduino” keynote that Adafruit is manufacturing Arduino’s for in New York, New York, USA! We will have more details to share soon, for now – here’s a quote from our Ladyada and some about text for the press folks. Update: Here’s a post on

“Adafruit and have been working together on open-source software and hardware for almost 10 years in a variety of ways, this is expanded partnership and manufacturing is part of our collective goal to make the world a better place through the sharing of ideas, code and hardware with our communities. We’re currently manufacturing the ARDUINO GEMMA with right here in New York City at the Adafruit factory, it instantly became a top seller and we’re looking forward to bringing our manufacturing expertise and processes to start shipping more versions and types of Arduinos right here from the USA as soon as possible!” – Limor “Ladyada” Fried.

Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Adafruit has grown to over 50 employees in the heart of NYC with a 50,000+ sq ft. factory. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests and approves before going in to the Adafruit store. Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine and was awarded Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the year. Ladyada was a founding member of the NYC Industrial Business Advisory Council and in 2014 Adafruit was ranked #11 in the top 20 USA manufacturing companies and #1 in New York City by Inc. Magazine’s “fastest growing private companies”.

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Ladyada and the entire Adafruit team would like to thanks Massimo, Pietro, Katia, Zoe and everyone on the Arduino team that have helped make this happen, it’s been a long process over the last few months to get this going and we’re looking forward to shipping great hardware right here in the USA for

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  1. Janus Jørgensen

    Congrats guys!

  2. This is great news for everyone. 🙂

    One question though, will this put the price of the various arduino units up in the UK?

  3. @kai – the goal would be to have a UK/european maker using the GENUINO brand (or arduino, once things are resolved) and there would be cost savings from a closer provider.

  4. Congradulations!!!!!!!!

  5. This is great news! Congratulations Adafruit!

  6. Yes ! Great news. Well done Adafruit &

  7. Congrats to everyone at Adafruit! Sounds like you’ll need a few more pick and place machines though 🙂

  8. Great News Indeed, but what does this mean for the future of the Metro?

  9. Topher Campbell

    OMG – That is great news, congratulations Adafruit!

  10. This makes me so happy. I am thrilled this type of manufacturing is going to be done in the USA. By the way if a Tee shirt was made with the about graphic I will be the first to purchase it. Congratulations!.

  11. Anthony Ethridge

    Awesome news!

  12. I saw this one coming…the Ask An Engineer show danced around it, but it was an obvious choice for everyone (even us end consumers). I look forward to the new boards! I hope R4 for the AdaUno will have the Metro LED layout! 🙂

  13. Awesome news! Well done to everyone at Adafruit and for making this happen. The good guys do sometimes win ^.^

  14. !!! Awesome !!!

  15. Congrats! Will this also mean Adafruit will be involved in future Arduino developments, or will this just be production/logistics? After all Adafruit has its designers…

    (If Adafruit will be involved in the development and updates of Arduino products, then please, please can you get rid of that dreadful AVR? Seriously, it’s expensive and has limited performance. Read more on

  16. Very awesome!

  17. First: congratulations, and I mean it.

    I posted this before and noticed it had been censored away. Of course because I made a critical note on the AVR. But what is this? North Korea?

    (I don’t expect this comment to be long on the site either)

  18. Please delete this comment and my North Korea comment. 12 hours after I posted my first comment I didn’t see it anymore after refreshing the page, it was visible before. But it turned up again after my second comment. [embarrassed]

  19. Robert L. Pendergast,

    Congratulations on your partnership with Arduino. I wish you great success.

  20. Jeremy Kudlick

    Awesome news! Congratulations to Adafruit and to Arduino.

  21. I normally go to the arduino. cc website for information. I was unaware of the problems with the arduino rights until I read the 2 star review on Amazon. In fact I was about to order a ONE board from a seller on eBay at $54.99 because it looked official. (There as also another seller on eBay with a price of over $90 for what seems to be the same board. That is just a total rip off. ST Microelectronics sells an Arduino pin out compatible, Cortex M3 board for $12.00. It is supported by the free EMBED compiler) I paused, downloaded the latest IDE only to find that ONE is not in the list of platforms. I’m thinking there are other just like me. That may be purchasing hardware that doesn’t support the open source aurduno. cc foundation (meaning the upkeep of the website and software development).
    Maybe the royalties should be removed from the hardware???
    I’d rather make the donation when I download the IDE using Paypal.

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