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Northeast

BEST IN N.J.

the new jersey manufacturing extension program spent national
manufacturing day celebrating some key players in the state's industry
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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 category (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. of North Brunswick - 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 the
manufacturing industry.
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." mt
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