Celebration Day


The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program spent National Manufacturing Day celebrating some key players in the state’s industry.

Five New Jersey-based companies and one individual, out of 24 finalists, were recognized for their contributions to the Garden State’s $44.5 billion manufacturing industry during New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program Inc. (NJMEP)’s sixth annual “Made in New Jersey” Manufacturing Day. The event, which coincided with National Manufacturing Day and Manufacturing Week, took place October 6th at The Bridgewater Marriott and drew about 500 attendees including manufacturers, legislators, students and supporters.

NJMEP is a not-for-profit company that works with New Jersey’s manufacturers to help them become more efficient, profitable and globally competitive. The daylong celebration featured guest speakers, who discussed an array of triumphs and challenges for the manufacturing climate in both the state and nation. The line-up included United States Congressman Donald Norcross and members of the recently formed bipartisan New Jersey Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. Additional expert-led breakout sessions focused on key topics such as food manufacturing compliance, cyber security, disaster recovery and new tax laws.

The 2017 Manufacturing Awards winners are as follows:

  • ZaGO – Manufacturer of the Year – Small (50 or less employees)
  • Demountable Concepts – Manufacturer of the Year – Medium (between 51 and 250 employees)
  • GGB Bearing Technology – Manufacturer of the Year – Large (251 employees or more)
  • Sock Gang LLC – Manufacturer of the Year – Young/Start Up (in business 5 years or less)
  • Easterseals – Innovator of the Year
  • Jim Placa, Davion Inc. – Raymond Hopp Award for Excellence

Three people and two state organizations were named to the “Made in New Jersey” Honor Roll for Manufacturing and STEM at the event, receiving plaques for their support of manufacturing. They are: Sivaraman Anbarasan, executive director and CEO of the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development; Judy Savage, executive director of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools; Ralph Tillinghast, lab director, Picatinny Arsenal Collaboration Innovation Lab, ARDEC, US Army; the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Customized Training Team, including Patti Moran and Howard Miller; and the team members of the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC).

“This year’s Manufacturing Day celebration was one for the books,” says John W. Kennedy, Ph.D., CEO of NJMEP. “This was a day to honor our manufacturers, and provide an opportunity for them to connect with each other and gain knowledge to enhance their businesses. The diversity among this year’s award winners shows the impact manufacturing makes on lives. It’s evident now more than ever that the manufacturing industry can provide a lucrative career path for those with or without collegiate degrees.”

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