The New Jersey Business & Industry Association and New Jersey Business Magazine take pride in recognizing six manufacturers in the state for their contributions to the industry. These companies, like all other manufacturers in the state, were deemed essential during the early days of the pandemic, and they continue to be essential today as they strive to meet increasing demands from consumers and businesses in the ongoing economic recovery. Many of these manufacturers have also delivered life-saving products, as seen by innovations from the life sciences sector in developing vaccines and other medications to combat COVID-19. We hope you enjoy the following profiles of this year’s honorees.
Dr. John Young, President
Inteplast Group, headquartered in Livingston, is a leading North American plastics manufacturer serving various industries for more than 30 years. Its products support diverse markets including healthcare, foodservice, packaging, building products, grocery, retail, sanitation, industrial and the graphic arts industries. Inteplast prides itself on fostering leadership and innovation across more than 50 facilities, where 7,000+ professionals thrive in areas such as production, customer service, product development, sales and more. The company’s flagship plant is in Lolita, Texas, where it was founded in 1991. Whether it is BOPP film, reusable grocery bags, decking, industrial trash bags, or medical bedside products – Inteplast delivers value and quality without sacrificing integrity. The company’s community outreach and commitment to partnering with educational institutions have resulted in recruitment in the very neighborhoods where its facilities are located.
Joaquin Duato, CEO
For more than 135 years, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has aimed to keep people well at every stage of life, driven by a belief that good health is foundational to vibrant lives, thriving communities, and forward progress. J&J touches the lives of more than 1.2 billion people every day across more than 275 companies in 60-plus countries, making it the world’s largest, most broadly-based healthcare company. Based in New Brunswick, J&J is organized into three business segments: Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, and Consumer Health – with Pharmaceuticals responsible for the development and production of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine. Every day, the company’s more than 135,000 employees blend heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity. The company has been recognized by seven World Economic Forum Lighthouse designations, more than any other company, for its use of advanced manufacturing technologies across all three sectors.
Robert M. Davis, President & CEO
For more than 130 years, Merck 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. In December 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for molnupiravir, an investigational oral antiviral COVID-19 treatment. Based in Kenilworth, Merck has always been guided by the conviction that great medicines change the world.
Albert Bourla, Chairman & CEO
For more than 170 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for patients by applying its science and global resources to bring innovative medicines and vaccines to people that extend and significantly improve lives. The company is all about two things, science and patients. By uniting transformation of technology and cutting-edge science, Pfizer is pioneering pharmaceutical innovations. The company was the first to develop, deliver and accelerate production of a COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with BioNTech, of which more than 3 billion doses have been delivered to people around the world. Most recently, Pfizer introduced a therapy to treat COVID-19.
Pfizer is one of the life sciences industry’s largest manufacturers, employing more than 78,000 colleagues across the globe. In New Jersey, the company is proud to have more than 1,000 colleagues working at facilities, including Peapack and Parsippany, many of whom work for Pfizer Global Supply, Pfizer Regulatory Affairs, and other divisions that are central to COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts.
Taylor Saraceno, CEO
Family-owned and operated out of Irvington, Real Antique Wood Mill, LLC is New Jersey’s premier reclaimed wood manufacturer. The company was founded by Gary Horvath in 2011 with the intention of repurposing materials and being able to provide the history of where the wood came from and what its prior use was.
Handling everything from barn deconstruction to kiln drying to installation and everything in between, Real Antique Wood is dedicated to providing the best quality material and customer service. It specializes in manufacturing reclaimed wood wall cladding, hardwood flooring, beams, and custom fabrication such as tables and furniture. The company also carries live edge slabs, both domestic and exotic, in its showroom. Although its reclaimed wood passion started here in the US, Real Antique Wood has also reclaimed wood from different areas of Central America and Indonesia. Its customer base ranges from industry professionals, such as builders and architects, to homeowners and DIYers.
Christopher Drew, President www.robel.us
For more than 120 years, ROBEL ® has been developing, manufacturing and supplying track construction machines with a claim for safety, quality and usability. The company entered the American market in 2019, with significant investment demonstrating its commitment in contributing to the nation’s rail infrastructure. Based in Edison, ROBEL North America Corporation® is fully committed to supplying the safest, cleanest and most cost-effective track equipment within the USA and Canada, ranging from track measuring devices and a fleet of battery powered machines to rail-bound vehicles.
At the ROBEL facilities in Freilassing, Germany, some 500 employees produce hand operated machines and track vehicles for the construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure systems all over the world. With its team of qualified sales staff and field support ROBEL is right on track for the USA!
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