This is truly a statewide celebration of manufacturing. New Jersey’s manufacturing industry has a long history of excellence. Each year, manufacturers throughout the state are given the opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievements of this vital industry and its leaders.
New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP), CohnReznick and ROI-NJ honored a dynamic group of manufacturing companies at the much-anticipated Manufacturing Day ‘Made in New Jersey’ Award Finalists Dinner.
Finalists came from all over the state to celebrate at the Bridgewater Manor in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Over 60 guests attended this event, which recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary achievements of the finalists. Guests were greeted on NJMEP’s red carpet.
The night began with a cocktail reception, where the guests were afforded the opportunity to mingle and network. This was followed with a welcome speech given by Lynore DeSantis CFO, NJMEP where she recognized the 2018 award finalists, and introduced the sponsor and media partner of the evening. Opening remarks were given by CohnReznick, the Manufacturing Day Award Finalists Dinner Sponsor and ROI-NJ, NJMEP’s media partner for ‘Made in New Jersey’ Manufacturing Day. “Many of New Jersey’s most extraordinary manufacturers are in attendance tonight”, said Lynore DeSantis. “This finalist awards event allows us to recognize these exceptional innovators and leaders, while also introducing them to a professional network of peers who are equally accomplished.”
The 2018 Manufacturing Awards Finalists are as follows:
Manufacturer of the Year – Small (50 or less employees)
- WEXCO Industries
- Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc.
- eMachine Shop
- Mincing Spice Company
Manufacturer of the Year – Medium (between 51 and 250 employees)
- Earth Friendly Products
- Carl Stahl Sava Industries
- Edmund Optics
Manufacturer of the Year – Large (251 employees or more)
- Component Hardware
Manufacturer of the Year – Young/Start Up (in business 5 years or less)
- Hot Sauce for Good (Caldo Sauce)
- Designs by Kait & Mike
Innovator of the Year
- Parts Life, Inc.
- Acrow Corporation of America
- eMazzanti Technologies
Raymond Hopp Award for Excellence
- Rafael Mendez, Tropical Cheese Industries
- Alan Haveson, formerly of Lee Linear and Eastern Bearing
- John Polite, INOPAK LTD
The Seventh Annual Manufacturing Day Awards program received more than 50 submissions from 30 companies seeking recognition in 6 categories. Finalists were determined by excellent achievements. The finalists are then voted upon by an external judging panel consisting of experts across the manufacturing industry. The panel of judges will choose the winners from an outstanding pool of manufacturing companies and executives. The winners will be announced at National ‘Made in New Jersey’ Manufacturing Day held on Friday, October 5th at the Marigold in Somerset, New Jersey.