Manufacturing Day Aims to Boost NJ Production

New Jersey Manufacturing Day took place Oct. 2 at the Palace at Somerset set Park in the Somerset section of Franklin. Participants included Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

“National Manufacturing Day is all about exposure for an industry that is critical to the financial health of our state and our country,” said John Kennedy, CEO of co-organizer New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program. “It allows us to shine a spotlight on the almost 11,000 firms that manufacturer in New Jersey, and the $42 billion in output that they pump back into our annual economy. NJMEP has a mission founded by NIST-MEP, an affiliate of the US Department of Commerce in order to support manufacturing in our great state in any way possible — training, consulting, program development and even advocacy.

“We expected 400 to 500 attendees at the fourth annual event in New Jersey, and this includes the nominees and winners of the second annual ‘Made in NJ’ Manufacturing Awards. We had an excellent program with highlighted comments from individuals ranging from the national director of NIST-MEP, Carroll Thomas, to director of the Feliciano Center at Montclair State University, to our acting governor, Kim Guadagno. Additional support came in the form of a videotaped message from Sen. Cory Booker, and written acknowledgments from Sen. Robert Menendez, and Congressmen Frelinghuysen, Lance, LoBiondo, Pascrell and MacArthur. However, the true focus must remain on those individuals that create both products and companies in New Jersey.”

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