New Jersey’s Manufacturers Show Versatility In Their Products

The manufacturing sector in New Jersey produces a wide variety of products ranging from foods that tantalize our taste buds, items that keep us fashionable,  doors that create curb appeal and picture frames that highlight our corporate awards and personal photos.  These manufacturers show the versatility of our workforce as well as the companies themselves.  Many of us have encountered these manufacturers’ products in our daily lives or on vacation.

Tasty Treats
Since 1925, Sea Breeze, a 4th generation family-owned beverage concentrate and syrup manufacturer has been keeping our thirst at bay and sweet tooth satisfied.  Our smoothies, iced teas, and energy drinks most likely contain Sea Breeze syrups and those chocolate sundaes using Bosco Chocolate Syrup, complete with nuts and a cherry, are another possible treat containing Sea Breeze products.  Those Saturday morning pancake breakfast’s at the local diner…. it may be a Sea Breeze syrup accompanying the stack, and the next time you serve yourself a cold drink…. that dispenser along with its syrup could be a Sea Breeze product.  Known for its award winning service, Sea Breeze takes care of its customers better than family!  To learn more about Sea Breeze and its products, please visit or call them at 800-732-2733 if you have any questions.

For those of you who know the Jersey Shore, you may recognize Scara’s Italian Ice from hanging out at the amusement parks or hitting the Scara stands in Point Pleasant or Lavallette.  In the early 1990’s three brothers, Joe, Jim and Doug Scara starting making Italian ice for their friends and family.  The response was so great they opened a retail store in Keyport, “ Scara’s New York Gourmet Italian Ices” and began wholesaling their product throughout the tri-state area.  Today Scara’s Ices are served in amusement parks, stadiums, water parks and zoos across the country.  Scara’s award winning Italian ice made those record breaking days of July bearable for all those folks vacationing at the Jersey shore as well as other hot vacation spots.  Visit to order product or learn more about the company or, give Doug Scara at call at 732-727-9300.

Those impulse sales of fresh product that you recently made might be attributed to savvy merchandising by merchants using Creative Serving’s products.  Based in Union, this manufacturer creates foodservice items that hold hot products at peak serving temperature for hours so that we all can safely enjoy our forbidden treats from convenience stores, concessions stands, snack bars, and a host of other establishments.  Whether its hot dogs, soups, salads or condiments Creative Serving’s line of products keep us happy and healthy when it comes to our grab and go food choices.  Kevin Grath at 908-688-0800 ext. 286 can answer any questions you may have or visit

Looking Presentable
If your company is looking for a U.S. manufacturer for custom hats, shirts or bags the Newark based Unionwear should be your first call.  Founded in 1992 the company is committed to supporting American workers by providing nothing but quality products that are manufactured here.  Unionwear has expanded into niches suited for the agile, local, “LEAN” manufacturer: small batch manufacturing and lightning fast product development.  A custom “cut and sew” company,” Unionwear is able to deliver hats, bags, travel gear, safety products and work wear in four weeks from order placement…far less than overseas manufacturing.  Now that exchange rates and shipping headaches have made imported product less appealing, Unionwear’s fast turn around makes it a great affordable choice, even for labor-intensive hats and bags.  Products made in its shirt and bag factories and its embroidery shops are only available from Unionwear or ASI distributors.  When your company needs premiums or uniforms visit or give Michael Zucker a call at 877-932-7864 Ext 131 to learn more about the company, its products and to find a distributor.

Our style is often set by the chapeaus we wear…whether it is a Unionwear cap or a Stetson, possibly the most well know hat in the world. Carlstadt is the home to NES Enterprises, Inc., the largest single U. S based manufacturer of hat linings for western & dress headwear.  In addition, NES distributes  custom handmade hat boxes that are made in the US out of recycled materials  and Ice Caps, performance headwear made from its state-of-the-art evaporative cooling fabric.  The original company was founded in 1916 and passed through three generations before being bought by Sheldon Salkovitch. If you are looking for innovative products for the headwear industry that are manufactured locally, NES Enterprises may be the perfect supplier for you.  Give Chamber member, Sheldon Salkovitch a call or visit the company’s brand new website

We don’t usually associate ISO 9001 with keeping us fashionable however one of New Jersey’s manufacturers, White Rail, produces a product line that does just that.  White Rail specializes in manufacturing slick rail system components that provide a low cost means of effectively storing and moving items in the garment industry.  The company is owned by Durex, Inc., a privately held manufacturing company that was founded in 1946.  The company is still owned and operated by the same family.  Durex has an extensive history of high-quality metal stamping, sheet metal fabrication, CNC vertical machining, powder coating and finished products.  Creative Serving is also a Durex company.

Manhattan Door Corporation has been manufacturing and distributing high quality custom wood doors to the building trade. For more than 45 years the company’s doors have been giving commercial buildings curb appeal, welcoming their visitors and keeping the buildings safe. The company was founded by Sam Sklar who patented an innovative “knocked-down” steel frame, which revolutionized the door installation industry. Today the company is run by 3rd generation Sklar family members and follows in its founder’s footsteps, continually taking its products to the next level using state-of-the-art technology and the latest CNC equipment. To learn more about the company visit or give Michael Sklar, a Chamber member, a call at 718-963-1111.

Our family portraits, vacation pictures and fine art may be looking good because Frames4everyone has been keeping them presentable.   The company has been a wholesale manufacturer and distributor for the picture framing industry for over 50 years.  The company produces a sustainable product line, ECO frames, which is made from residual wood waste that has been cleaned and converted into a high quality wood moulding.  Just like the company’s other lines, these frames come with glass, backing and hanging hardware, making it easy to keep our cherished moments safe.  If you haven’t noticed these frames in the store you may have seen them featured in Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and Country Living magazines.  To learn more about Frames4everyone or purchase frames on line visit

The companies featured here are just a small sample of the versatility that can be found in New Jersey’s manufacturing sector.  If you are interested in seeing other companies that manufacture in the state or adding your company to the page, visit the Made in New Jersey page on the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. website,

ABOUT New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP)
NJMEP, a member of the NIST MEP network, is a not-for-profit company that works with New Jersey’s small to mid-sized manufacturers to help them become more efficient, profitable and globally competitive.  To learn more about NJMEP visit

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