New Jersey Business magazine and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association take pleasure in recognizing 10 manufacturers in the state for their longevity and contributions to the industry – not just in the Garden State, but globally. What follows are profiles on these businesses, revealing their leading-edge products, markets served and proud history in the Garden State. At NJBIA’s “Made in NJ Day” celebration on March 26, we will honor these businesses at the State House in Trenton with our inaugural Manufacturing Awards.
James Flaherty, President & CEO
Adsorptech is a manufacturer of industrial scale new adsorption-based oxygen production equipment. It is also a global service provider for troubleshooting, upgrading and re-lifing existing adsorption-based industrial gas equipment, and is a consulting engineer for any gas separation technology from simple feasibility studies to fabrication and installation services. In 2014, Middlesex-based Adsorptech decided to reinvent itself from an engineering consulting company by expanding into manufacturing and selling proprietary equipment both locally and around the globe. The company’s patented new oxygen generator represents the most energy efficient source of oxygen in the world. Using an EcoGenTM oxygen VPSA (vacuum pressure swing adsorption) improves the consuming industry production costs with a bonus of reducing pollution. Since its first commercial introduction in 2015, additional sales have taken place in Alaska, Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Rim, and Australia. Industries served to date include gold mining, land-based fish farms, oil refineries, wastewater treatment, and lead recycling.
Gary DuBoff, CEO
Located in Saddle Brook, Arrow Fastener Company, LLC is a US based manufacturer of staple guns, glue guns, and rivet tools. For more than 90 years, Arrow has been a leader in fastening solutions in the big box home improvement and traditional hardware retail channels.
Arrow Fastener’s T50® staple gun is the world’s best-selling staple gun with over 50 million units sold. This iconic hand tool is made in Saddle Brook with a proud Bergen County workforce of over 300 employees. Each year, the Arrow factory manufactures more than 2.5 million tools and processes over 600 million meters of steel wire into nearly 35 billion staples – enough to wrap around the earth 15 times with wire to spare. Today, Arrow Fastener is a trusted supplier of reliable, innovative and affordable products for the building trade professional and do-it-yourselfer, with sales in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Tom Polen, CEO & President
BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of healthcare by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for healthcare providers. BD and its 65,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians’ care delivery processes, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect diseases and advance researchers’ capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD, with headquarters in Franklin Lakes, has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to healthcare.
Clifford Lindholm, III, President & CEO
Falstrom Company is a contract manufacturer of custom electronic enclosures, electronic assemblies, weldments and precision machined parts for the aerospace and defense industry. Falstrom Company products are found on US Navy submarines, destroyers, aircraft carriers, fighter jet engines, and commercial space lift vehicles.
Precision machining, welding complex structures and intricate electronic assembly of components for a variety of military applications are the core competencies of Falstrom Company along with painting, finishing and assembly of mechanical parts; all delivered to most of the global tier 1 defense and aerospace companies.
Based in Passaic, Falstrom Company was founded 150 years ago by Gustav Falstrom, who emigrated from Sweden and set up a business in Passaic. Falstrom supported the military during World War II and began to exclusively focus on defense and aerospace applications in the 1980s.
Amy Eskilson, President & CEO
Inrad Optics improves the world’s safety, security and scientific understanding by transforming challenging requirements into optical realities. Originally known as one of the first commercial producers of novel laser crystals, the company is now a vertically integrated, broad capability optics manufacturer.
Founded and based in Northvale in 1973, the company grows exceptional quality crystalline materials, manufactures high precision glass and metal optical components, and builds devices used in lasers and other light-based systems. Products include unique scintillator crystals for nuclear threat detection, crystalline devices for ophthalmic laser surgery, and precision optics that help keep US military pilots safe. Customers in the defense, aerospace, medical, semiconductor, and metrology markets rely on Inrad Optics.
All R&D, engineering and manufacturing operations are undertaken at the New Jersey facility. Inrad Optics is ISO 9001:2015 certified and US State Department ITAR registered.
Anton Vincent, Mars Wrigley North America President
Mars Wrigley is the world’s leading manufacturer of chocolate, chewing gum, mints and fruity confections. With beloved global brands like M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, ORBIT®, DOUBLEMINT®, SKITTLES® and STARBURST®, Mars Wrigley brings smiles to faces around the world. Globally, the business employs more than 30,000 associates, operates in about 70 countries and distributes its brands in more than 180 countries.
Mars has a long history in New Jersey – it opened its first New Jersey location in Newark over 78 years ago, where M&M’S® candies were born for military rations. In 1958, it moved the factory to Hackettstown, where it still is today. Mars Wrigley will open its new US headquarters in Newark this year. Along with Mars Wrigley, Mars Incorporated has a large footprint in the state with more than 2,900 associates. Mars Global Services is headquartered in Mount Olive and the Mars Retail Group headquarters is in Mount Arlington. It also has more than 50 Banfield pet hospitals throughout the state.
Ken Frazier, Chairman & CEO
For more than 125 years, Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in pursuit of its mission to save and improve lives. The company demonstrates its commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, Merck continues to be at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten people and animals – including cancer, infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, and emerging animal diseases – as it aspires to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world. Based in Kenilworth, Merck has always been guided by the conviction that great medicines change the world. As Merck changes the world, it realizes it is important to also change with the world.
Robert J. Staudinger,
President & CEO
National Manufacturing Co., Inc., founded in 1944, is a contract manufacturer of high precision metal-formed components primarily for the medical device, aerospace, defense and industrial control industries. Examples of applications include pacemakers, defibrillators, neuro-stimulation devices, components for aircraft and defense systems.
National deploys advanced manufacturing practices throughout its business, with sophisticated process controls systems and contemporary philosophies including Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma process control. The company holds industry certifications of ISO 9001, ISO 13485, AS9100 and ITAR.
National employs 200+ highly skilled associates, including production operators, tool and die makers, machinists, quality technicians and engineers, and design engineers. The company recently relocated its headquarters from Chatham to Piscataway.
Yvonne Cangelosi, President
SPEX CertiPrep has been servicing the scientific community since 1954. The company, located in Metuchen, is a leading manufacturer of Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) and Calibration Standards for Analytical Spectroscopy and Chromatography. It offers an unparalleled selection of Inorganic Certified Reference Materials for AA, ICP, ICP/MS and LC-ICP/MS; and Organic Certified Reference Materials for GC, GC/MS, LC and LC/MS. It also manufactures custom products to meet customers’ specific requirements. SPEX CertiPrep is certified by DQS to ISO 9001:2015 and is proud to be accredited by A2LA to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 17034:2016.
The scope of the accreditation is the most comprehensive in the industry and encompasses all of the company’s manufactured products. One of the key elements to SPEX CertiPrep’s success has been its commitment to total customer satisfaction. It provides customers with not only superior products and expertise, but also unmatched customer service.
Brian C. Neuwirth, President
Founded in 1964, Lakewood-based UNEX Manufacturing is the trusted industry leader in providing engineered-to-order space optimization solutions that transform the supply chain.
The family-owned business specializes in engineering space solutions to achieve storage, picking and packing optimization to help a variety of types of operations achieve and surpass their efficiency goals. No matter what type of operation a company runs, UNEX can engineer a space-saving solution.
Working with clients in industries such as manufacturing, distribution, retail and logistics, UNEX offers several applications to meet a company’s needs: SpanTrack carton flow rollers and Keg Flow, FlowCell modular workstations, SpeedCell high-density storage, Gravity Conveyor, Roller Rack, Pick Shelves, and Pallet Track are offered in a variety of configurations.
UNEX is an ISO-certified company.
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