Manufacturing has been a vibrant contributor to the State’s economy for close to 200 years. A dominant force in North America’s industrialization, New Jersey often is credited with being a birthplace of the U.S. Industrial Revolution.
Manufacturing is still alive and well in New Jersey. Over 2,500 advanced manufacturers operate here– from large pharmaceutical companies to small machine shops. Those companies directly employ over 245,000 workers and contribute more than $37 billion to New Jersey’s GDP.
Chemical, pharmaceutical, petroleum and food manufacturing have been the State’s traditional strongholds. However, today, our companies make everything from computers to life-saving drugs to everything in between. You name it, we make it here in New Jersey.
Industry leaders such as Anheuser-Busch, Benjamin Moore, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lockheed Martin and Mondelez have manufacturing operations in our State. They produce products as diverse as food and beverage, health and beauty aids, building materials, flavors and fragrances, and high-tech defense components.
New Jersey offers manufacturers a competitive edge: access to one of the most concentrated and affluent consumer markets in the world.
In a single day’s drive, producers located here can reach 33% of the entire U.S. population. A distribution center in central New Jersey can serve more than 38 million consumers within a 2-hour drive. The same manufacturers are in close proximity to thousands of retailers and suppliers.
Situated in the middle of the U.S. Northeast Corridor, New Jersey manufacturers benefit from easy access to the world’s trade and financial centers, including New York City and Washington D.C.
Our State has unrivaled road and rail networks connecting Maine to Florida, including 2,800 miles of interstates and highways and the highest railroad density in the U.S. Newark, New York City and Philadelphia represent the #1 airport system in the United States with ~600 nonstop destinations.
New Jersey is home to the Port of New York and New Jersey, the 2nd busiest seaport in North America and the largest maritime cargo center on the East Coast. The Port and cargo center make it easy to import and export goods and products. New Jersey’s 5 Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs), including one of the largest contiguous FTZs in the U.S., help manufacturers control the costs of importing and exporting their goods.
Smart manufacturing companies are attracted to New Jersey’s specialized talent pool – that’s why 2/3 of all manufacturing employment in the State is classified as advanced. We are home to the highest concentration of scientists and engineers per square mile in the U.S and nearly 39% of New Jersey’s population has earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
New Jersey’s largest advanced manufacturing cluster – chemicals – employs roughly 44,000 people, ranking 5th in the U.S. Advanced manufacturers contributed over $34.3 billion to the State’s GDP in 2018. Old Bridge Chemicals, the North America’s largest copper and zinc compound manufacturer, sees the value of a New Jersey location for its workforce needs. The company doubled its capacity in Old Bridge, NJ, in 2018.
Manufacturers not only choose New Jersey for their headquarters, but R&D and innovation centers as well. Puratos, a Belgium-based bread and pastry manufacturer, recently opened a U.S. headquarters and research and development facility across from its Pennsauken factory as it expands its presence in the U.S. market. Gerresheimer AG, a German glass company, just opened the Gx Glass Innovation and Technology Center next door to its tubular glass converting plant in Vineland, NJ
New Jersey’s top utility companies are committed to infrastructure improvements that support the manufacturing industry. PSE&G, the State’s largest public utility, is investing between $14-17 billion over the next five years for gas and electric storage and efficiency, renewable energy development, vehicle electrification and clean power generation. New Jersey American Water, the State’s largest water utility, is piloting state-of-the-art technologies to ensure reliable, high-quality water service.
To meet the State’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2050 and ultimately reduce costs for manufacturers, several clean energy projects are underway. Ørsted, in partnership with PSEG, is developing a 1,100-megawatt wind project off the coast of Atlantic City– the largest ever offshore wind procurement by a U.S. state. A leader in strengthening the solar grid, New Jersey is currently ranked #5 in the nation for solar power capacity.
New Jersey also offers manufacturers a robust digital infrastructure with one of the most extensive broadband networks in the U.S. and speeds among the fastest in the nation.
Technology is disrupting traditional manufacturing, and New Jersey companies like Suuchi, Inc., based in Kearny, NJ, represent a new era for “Made in America” products. Suuchi, Inc., designs, manufactures and ships clothing for fashion brands and Fortune 500 companies. Suuchi Ramesh, CEO, launched the start-up in 2016, seeing an opportunity to digitize the apparel supply chain by developing Suuchi Grid technology. Relying on both automation and skill building, Suuchi established a Learning Center for sewers, designers, and other supply chain specialties to train the local workforce. In 2019, Suuchi, Inc., expanded its operations creating 410 jobs.
To address New Jersey manufacturers’ growing demand for high-tech labor, our community colleges and county vo-tech schools are expanding curriculums, degree offerings and industry collaborations. The County College of Morris (CCM) combines student, workforce and manufacturing company needs together through its Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM) program. The New Jersey Community College Consortium (NJCC)’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Initiative consults with companies on workforce development and recruits, trains and certifies individuals to fill job openings at New Jersey manufacturers.
New Jersey encourages innovation and research in the manufacturing industry with several makerspaces across the State. Located in Newark, New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Makerspace is a prototyping and collaboration facility to test ideas and bring them to scale utilizing 3D-printing and robotics.
New Jersey also offers qualified manufacturers a number of attractive incentives and workforce development programs.
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