NJ Manufacturers & Organizations Set to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 2nd

New Jersey’s manufacturing community is set to celebrate the fourth annual National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 2nd, 2015. The highlight of the state’s celebration will be the annual “Made In New Jersey” event, which is organized by the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP). The event is scheduled for October 2nd from 7:30am – 12:00pm at The Palace at Somerset Park at 33 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873.

The agenda features a continental breakfast, networking opportunities, opening remarks by Carroll Thomas, Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Program, keynote addresses by New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and Dennis Bone, Director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State, and panel discussions on “Attracting the Next Generation to a Career in Manufacturing” and “Case Studies: Manufacturing in NJ; Challenges and Opportunities.” Click here to view the full agenda.

The event will also feature the second annual New Jersey Manufacturing Awards presented by NJMEP and NJBIZ. Winners will be announced live at the event in the categories of Manufacturer of the Year: Small (Less than 50 employees), Manufacturer of the Year: Medium (Between 51 and 250 employees), Manufacturer of the Year: Large (251 employees and greater), the Innovator of the Year Award and the Raymond Hopp Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence.

Manufacturers participating in NJMEP’s Made in New Jersey program receive two complimentary tickets for the event. Manufacturers can sign up at no cost to be featured in the Made in New Jersey online directory or participate in the Made in New Jersey social media groups. If you are interested in joining, click here to sign up.

Additional manufacturers with a valid NAICS code can attend for $50.00 / ticket and the event is open to the general public for $75.00 / ticket. Click here to register.

“New Jersey’s manufacturing community is crucial to our state’s economic prosperity,” says Lynore DeSantis, NJMEP’s Chief Financial Officer and organizer of the event. “This annual celebration emphasizes how important manufacturing is to our economy and highlights the diverse career opportunities in our sector.”

NJMEP is additionally helping New Jersey manufacturers host events Monday, September 28th through Thursday, October 1st, during the week leading up to National Manufacturing Day. Events include open houses and tours for groups such as community leaders, legislators, local businesses, media members and students and educators. Click here to see the events scheduled around the state.

National Manufacturing Day was established in 2012 to expand the knowledge about and improve the public’s perception of manufacturing careers and the industry’s value to the U.S. economy.

Platinum Presenting Sponsor for the annual “Made in New Jersey” event is CohnReznick LLP. Gold sponsors include APICS – Northern Jersey Chapter, Caddege, Cimquest, Columbia Bank, Concord Energy Services, Connell Foley LLP, Emilcott, Grass Roots Marketing, Manufacture NJ, Marsh & McLennan Agency, NJBIA, Opex Corporation, Pentad People Solutions, Sander Mechanical Services, Santander, Sobel & Co. LLP, Sunteck, TDK Lambda, the Technology & Entrepreneurship Talent Network and WithumSmith+Brown PC.

Silver Sponsors for the event include AEPG Wealth Strategies, Brach Eichler LLC, Cowan Gunteski & Co., P.A., Chase, KPMG LLP, LinkHigh Technologies, Intrepid Advisors LLC and SaxBST LLC. Bronze Sponsors include Alan Zakin Associates, Cross Sector Consulting, EI Associates, The Printer’s Place, Triangle Manufacturing and Zero Surge. Blue Sponsors include Atlas Bronze, Beacon Converters, CIANJ, Columbia Bank, Discenza Business Continuity Solutions, Employment Horizons, Falstrom Company, PeopleAreKey, Inc. and Spex CertiPrep.

The Co-Host and Partner for the event is NJBIZ, and Partners includes Manufacture NJ, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and NJIT. Click here to view all of the sponsors and partners along with their logos and websites.

For more information about the “Made in New Jersey” event in celebration of the fourth annual National Manufacturing Day, please click here or contact Lynore DeSantis at ldesantis@njmep.org or 973-998-9801.


NJMEP is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization affiliated with The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a network of more than 60 MEP centers across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about NJMEP visit www.njmep.org or call 973-998-9801.


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