Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto chats with Eileen Giordano of International Vitamin Corporation of Freehold. (Photo Courtesy of Bill Blanchard Photography, South River)
Made in NJ Day Shows Manufacturing’s Impact
On May 18, 2015
From everyday items like hanging flower baskets and kitchen cabinets to hi-tech specialty products for the aerospace and other industries, manufacturers make a wide variety of products in New Jersey, and on March 26, they put their products on display for the whole state.
Twenty-five manufacturers displayed their New Jersey-manufactured goods in the halls of the State House as part of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s (NJBIA) Made in New Jersey Day. They helped educate legislators, policymakers and members of the media on what manufacturing means to New Jersey, how many people they employ, and the challenges they face.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and legislators from both parties stopped by to check out the displays. NJBIA also distributed “Sampler Bags” containing products manufactured by 17 New Jersey companies.
“Made in NJ Day was a great networking event,” said Kelly Svihla of Zodiac Aero Evacuation Systems, one of the exhibitors. “We were able to connect with key contacts and learn about state programs and international marketing opportunities.”
“Every day, manufacturers go up against competitors from across the United States and around the globe and still come out on top,” NJBIA President Michele Siekerka said. “Made in New Jersey Day is our chance to let them tell their stories.”
New Jersey manufacturers employ more than 240,000 workers who make an average of more than $90,000 per year. Manufacturers generated $45 billion in economic output in 2013 and exported $32 billion in goods.
The following companies exhibited their products and/or contributed to the Made in New Jersey Day sample products bag:
Accurate Box Company, Inc. – Paterson
Axeon Specialty Products – Paulsboro
Benedict Miller, LLC – Kenilworth
Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Inc. (BVS) – Metuchen
Design Line Kitchens – Sea Girt
Dranetz – Edison
Earth Friendly Products – Norwood
Eastern Millwork, Inc. (EMI) – Jersey City
Electro-Miniatures Corporation – Moonachie
International Products Corporation (IPC) – Burlington
International Vitamin Corporation (IVC) – Freehold
James Alexander Corporation – Blairstown
KOBA – Middlesex
LaMonica Fine Foods LLC – Millville
Melovino Meadery – Vauxhall
Morton Salt, Inc. – Perth Amboy
NJ Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. – Cedar Knolls
NJ County College Consortium for Workforce and Economic
Development / NJ Council of Vocational-Technical Schools
Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery – Linden
Premio Foods, Inc. – Hawthorne
Ronald Mark Associates – Hillside
Sea Breeze – Towaco
Sweet Potato Pie, Inc. – Paterson
TDK-Lambda Americas – Neptune
TFH Publications Inc./ Nylabone Products – Neptune City
Tektite Industries, Inc. – Trenton
Zodiac Aero Evacuation Systems – Wall
Sampler Bag Contributors
B & G Foods, Inc.
Earth Friendly Products
International Products Corporation
International Vitamin Corporation
James Alexander Corporation
LaMonica Fine Foods LLC
Shiseido America Inc.
Sweet Potato Pie, Inc.
TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products
The Promotion In Motion Companies, Inc.
Urner Barry Printing & Mailing
NJBIA thanks its Made in NJ Day Sponsors
NJM Insurance Group
Connell Foley LLP
IBEW Local 102
Earth Friendly Products
Emilcott Associates, Inc.
New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development
New Jersey Economic Development Authority
New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP)