Celebrating Manufacturing in New Jersey

By Young Soo Yang

Based in Norwood, NJ, Earth Friendly Products is family-owned and operated and makes natural cleaning products. Photo by Briana Vannozzi.

The State Capitol is buzzing with activity today. Both chambers of the legislature are in session with nearly 90 bills slated for a vote.

With lawmakers and media members roaming the halls all day, the State House offers great exposure for the 28 New Jersey manufacturing companies participating in ‘Made in New Jersey Day.’

Tables lining the hallway showcase a variety of New Jersey-made products such as paper towels, fruit snacks, air fresheners and heavy duty vacuum cleaners.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno toured the exhibits and spoke to company owners about their work and products. The purpose of the annual event, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, is to highlight the companies, the people they employ, and the benefits and challenges of doing business in New Jersey.

“Manufacturing in New Jersey has a great story to tell, and Made in New Jersey Day is our chance to tell it,” NJBIA First Vice President Melanie Willoughby said. “Our manufacturers make great products and provide good-paying jobs for workers all over the state.”