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Manufacturer of the Year Finalists – Large

(125 employees or more)

hs-astrolab-company-frontHUBER+SUHNER Astrolab

Warren-based HUBER+SUHNER Astrolab develops and produces cutting-edge radio frequency interconnect products for global industry innovators in the industrial, communications and transportation sectors. Its parent company, Swiss-based HUBER+SUHNER AG, has deemed the New Jersey operation the global center of excellence for all cutting-edge, tape-wrapped RF/microwave cable production as well as space product development and manufacture. The Swiss parent has approved more than $2.5 million of new equipment purchases for the New Jersey company to support research and development and satisfy the stringent quality standards of aerospace and defense applications worldwide. The company has seen a head count growth of more than 45 percent in the past 24 months, from 118 to 151 employees. It plans to grow to 170 employees in the next 12 months. Jobs have also moved to New Jersey from Switzerland and Vermont.

building-shot-v2IDL TechniEdge

IDL TechniEdge, based in Kenilworth, is a manufacturer of blades for the hardware, electronics, fiber, food, medical and packaging and plastics industries. The company’s corporate priorities are: employee safety; product quality; on-time delivery; and improving productivity. Regarding the latter, the company invests in upgrading technology, developing internal processes, equipment and techniques. The outcome has been a consistent increase in quality, capacity and efficiency. IDL TechniEdge employs more than 125 full-time employees at its facility. All new employees are trained by existing, experienced staff with an emphasis on workplace safety. Inventory is comprised of more than 3,000 SKUs. Approximately 1,000 are finished goods. The company has earned the reputation, “The Blade America Buys.”

lpsbuilding2LPS Industries

LPS Industries is a second-generation family business that specializes in innovative, flexible packaging products for a wide array of markets, including medical, food, transportation, electronics and agriculture. Based in Moonachie, where it employs 180 full-time workers, the company prides itself in collaborating with clients to identify optimum product solutions. The company was the first to utilize cutting-edge zipper closure technology before any of its competitors. It was also the first to: put a zipper on a foil laminated pouch that would maintain a hermetic seal; create a laminated medical mailer in tandem with USPS and a major pharmaceutical company; and create the Department of Transportation 8249 exemption package for the safe and secure transport of toxic and corrosive chemicals via a common carrier. The company has always been on the path of producing award-winning packaging, literally thinking “outside of the box!”

seabox-front-entranceSea Box

Sea Box, Inc., based in Cinnaminson, designs, manufactures and modifies shipping and storage containers for the government that are used to transport essential supplies from military depots to their theater of operation. The company’s containers are built to meet all military specifications and international shipping standards. Products are certified to ISO Standards for Freight Containers. In addition to standard 20 foot ISO containers, Sea Box manufacturers smaller Bicons, Tricons and Quadcons containers, which couple together during transport to form Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs). These TEUs can be easily transported via land, sea or air. With 239 full-time employees, the company has produced tens of thousands of containers used throughout the world. Sea Box’s Quality Management System is ISO-certified to 9001:2008 standards, and it has a full-time Quality Assurance department and a team of inspectors that monitor all aspects of the manufacturing process.


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