In celebration of the nation’s seventh annual National Manufacturing Day, approximately 400 people, including leaders in government, academia and business, gathered at The Marigold conference center in Somerset, to honor leading companies and individuals who help make manufacturing a $44.52-billion industry that employs 240,500 workers in the state (traditional manufacturing jobs only) and represents 8 percent of state GDP.
The awards and daylong event – complete with breakout sessions – was hosted by the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP).
In opening comments, John Kennedy, CEO of the organization, discussed the total economic impact of the industry, saying that if life sciences, STEM/technology and transportation, logistics & distribution firms were considered in the statistics mentioned above, the industry’s real economic impact would be between $60 billion and $100 billion. “That is 1.1-million people who are working in these industries. It is critical for us that they continue to not only exist, but thrive in New Jersey,” Kennedy said.
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