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Manufacturer of the Year Finalists – Best Start-up/Young Manufacturing Company


Searching for 3DMonstr? Princeton Junction is its home. Since 2013, and with only three full-time employees, 3DMonstr has been designing and manufacturing industrial grade, large format, water-cooled, quad-extruder 3D printers in its New Jersey facility. With up to four water-cooled extruders, 3DMonstr’s line of two T-Rex and three Super-Rex printer models provides the power and flexibility for small and mid-sized businesses to create and build things as never before. Unlike other similar printers, 3DMonstr combines the complete mix of essential features needed for this market. Further, the printers are engineered with the future in mind and are upgradable so they can grow with the customer.

3DMonstr serves an international roster of customers, from the US and Europe to Canada and Australia, with applications from industrial to municipal to the fine arts.

Jersey Girl Brewing Co.

Chugging a beer doesn’t take long, but developing a craft beer does. It takes beer recipe development, equipment installation and start-up, building market awareness, self-distribution and employee management. Jersey Girl Brewing, based in Hackettstown, was founded in 2014, but it didn’t open to the public until 2016. Since then, it has exceeded its growth plans, hopes to be in all 21 counties by year-end, has partnered with Applebee’s to put a Jersey Girl Brewing and Applebee’s cobranded product at all 50 of Applebee’s North Jersey locations and is negotiating to have Jersey Girl Beer served at a major Newark venue. Proud to be a New Jersey brand and New Jersey manufacturer, Jersey Girl Brewing anticipates accelerating its growth through added capacity and distribution, to be a leader in meeting growing market demands for New Jersey craft beer.

Raw Generation

People on the go know they should be ingesting more veggies, grasses, fruits, nuts and seeds, but prep time always seems to get in the way. As co-founder of Raw Generation in Long Branch, Jessica Rosen’s mission was to make eating healthy both simple and good. Fresh and raw juice made from plant-based ingredients – no artificial ingredients, flavors, colors or preservatives – was the answer, but with a twist: the juice would be frozen to give it more shelf life.

It took about six months for Rosen to identify her market, but between the August 2012 launch and 2015, Raw Generation’s revenue doubled annually, and projections are for a 200 percent growth in 2017 over 2016. Raw Generation has become a multi-million-dollar company, helping customers achieve their health and weight loss goals through juicing and juice cleansing.

Sock Gang LLC 

Sock Gang was founded in 2012 by Khalif Thomas as a small Newark sock manufacturing operation, marketing its imaginative product line to Essex County universities, schools and small apparel shops. Thomas also realized that his quality socks could help meet a pressing social need: providing warm socks to Newark’s homeless. That concept became the hugely successful “Socks for the Homeless” campaign.

Then, with Sock Gang’s ability to produce high-quality socks and cotton-polyester, non-skid fall management slippers, Thomas envisioned meeting medical facility needs. In 2016, the company signed a contract with Newark Beth Israel Hospital to supply its medical non-skid socks. Orders have followed from other RWJBarnabas health system hospitals.

Sock Gang plans to move its North Carolina manufacturing operation into its newly renovated Newark location, making a total of seven machines and increasing its Newark employment.


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