NJBIA/NJBM Annual Manufacturing Awards

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association and New Jersey Business Magazine take pride in recognizing seven manufacturers in the state with our 4th annual Manufacturing Awards. The selected companies run the gamut of small, mid-sized and large businesses throughout the state. More importantly, they represent a diversity of quality products that improve the lives of millions of people around the world. We congratulate this year’s winners, and hope our readers enjoy their profiles below.

Acme Rubber Stamp Works

Lori Bierman, President


Acme Rubber Stamp Works is a woman-owned business specializing in the manufacture of rubber stamps, self-inking stamps, custom daters, notary and engineer seals, signs and laser engraving. The company prides itself on supplying the proper type of stamp for its customers’ needs.

The family business dates back to 1923 and the city of Newark, when Arthur Bonner, then owner of Art Linotype Service, supplied most of the typesetting work for making rubber stamps. In 1973, he saw the opportunity to expand through the purchase of Acme, moving the operation to Maplewood. Lori Bierman, Bonner’s daughter, joined Acme in 1988. She explains her father was extremely proud to say the company was a father/daughter business. Acme ships its products all over the US. To keep up with changing times and processes, it has moved from using hand type, lead type, and rubber to polymer and laser engraving techniques to make its products.

Church & Dwight

Matthew T. Farrell, President and CEO


Headquartered in Ewing, Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (C&D) was founded in 1846 and is the leading US producer of sodium bicarbonate, popularly known as baking soda. The company employs 1,400 personnel across its various manufacturing, R&D and administrative sites here in New Jersey.

C&D manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household, and specialty products under recognized brand names such as ARM & HAMMER®, TROJAN®, OXICLEAN®, SPINBRUSH®, FIRST RESPONSE®, NAIR®, ORAJEL®, XTRA®, WATERPIK®, ZICAM®, and HERO®, among others.

In the early 1900s, C&D began using recycled paperboard for all packaging of household products. Today, virtually all of its paperboard packaging is from certified, sustainable sources. In 1970, the ARM & HAMMER brand introduced the first nationally distributed, phosphate-free detergent. That same year, C&D was honored to be the sole corporate sponsor of the first annual Earth Day. In 2023, C&D’s continued progress earned public recognition, including Newsweek magazine’s Americas Most Responsible Companies.

Clayton Companies

Douglas, William & Daniel Clayton, Owners


Since its inception in 1951, Wall-based Clayton Companies has become the largest ready-mix concrete supplier in New Jersey, with 416 employees, nine ready-mix plants and three sand plants servicing area operations. As a family-owned and operated business, the company is focused and dedicated to: its customers, through increased service capabilities; its employees, with emphasis on quality and safety; and the environment, through energy-efficient manufacturing and production facilities.

Clayton Concrete offers a full range of ready-mix products including high-strength concrete, flowable fill, and permeable and high-performance mixes. Clayton Sand Company meets the needs of the company’s ready-mix concrete plants and is known within the construction industry as a reliable supplier of high-quality sand and specialty products. Clayton Companies actively seeks out local charities to support, such as the Denise Marie Flaherty Memorial Foundation, Hope Sheds Light, and the New Jersey Former Troopers Assoc.


John Altmeyer, CEO


For more than 135 years, GAF, North America’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, has been trusted to protect what matters most for families, communities and business owners with its innovative solutions and strong focus on customer service. Headquartered in Parsippany, the company has 30 locations across the country. One in four homes in the US is protected by a GAF roof, and the company’s market leadership is strengthened by continuous investment in developing sustainable, high-quality solutions. To date, GAF has repaired more than 3,500 roofs, educated and prepared thousands of individuals for careers in roofing, and led initiatives designed to enhance environmental, economic and social health. As part of GAF’s sustainability promise, the company has made a commitment to improving its environmental footprint. Its 2030 Planet Goals focus on operational improvements, product transparency, waste diversion, and circularity across residential and commercial roofing materials to deliver a long-term positive impact on the health of the planet.


David Greenberg, CEO
Carlos Ruiz Rabago, Chief Operations Officer


For more than 110 years, L’Oréal has devoted itself to fulfilling the beauty aspirations of consumers around the world. With a broad portfolio of more than 35 international brands and ambitious sustainability commitments, the company offers the best in terms of quality, efficacy, safety, sincerity and responsibility. L’Oreal has 38 factories across the world and manufactures more than 6.5 billion products annually. With a global team of 4,000 scientists and 5,500 tech professionals, it is focused on becoming a beauty tech powerhouse.

Established in the US in 1953 with a continuous presence in New Jersey, L’Oréal has achieved a leading market position in the US through a balance of organic growth and strategic American brand acquisitions. New Jersey is home to two of the four factories the group owns in the US, three distribution centers, regional operations headquarters, as well as the largest research and innovation facility outside of Europe.

Mannington Mills

Tom Pendley, President & CEO


Mannington Mills is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fine flooring. Founded in Salem in 1915 by John Boston Campbell, the company is now in its 5th generation of Campbell family ownership. Mannington is committed to domestic manufacturing and is involved in the production and marketing of a wide variety of flooring types – residential and commercial carpet, sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl, laminate, resilient, and hardwood floors – as well as carpet yarns and commercial rubber under the Mannington Residential, Mannington Commercial, Amtico, Phenix, and Burke brands.

Mannington Mills has 3,500 associates worldwide, and more than 100 at its corporate headquarters and sheet vinyl manufacturing operation in Salem. The company operates under a set of values which includes “Care” and “Do the Right Thing” and has a national corporate philanthropic partnership with Feeding America. In addition, associates are active in many local charitable efforts in the communities where Mannington has operations.

PIM Brands

Michael G. Rosenberg,
President and CEO


Since 1979, PIM Brands has built a legacy of “Making the Brands You Love.” Headquartered in Park Ridge, PIM is the world’s largest maker of real fruit snacks, chocolate and non-chocolate confections, snacks and more. Millions worldwide enjoy its iconic brands daily, including Welch’s® Fruit Snacks, Juicefuls® Juicy Fruit Snacks, Fruit ‘n Yogurt™ Snacks, Sour Jacks®, and Sun-Maid® Chocolate Raisins. PIM Brands annually produces more than 300 million pounds of snacks and confections across four global facilities, employing nearly 1,000 in the US, primarily in New Jersey.

Committed to quality, the company uses advanced technology and robust R&D for innovation. Focused on consumer-centric improvement, PIM continually enhances its workforce, knowledge, and processes. Emphasizing sustainability, PIM has cut water use by more than 10 million gallons annually, recycles extensive paperboard amounts, and reclaims 50% of its starch, highlighting its commitment to making products better for people and the planet.

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