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Manufacturing

Senators Menendez and Booker Announce Over $1.4 Million for NJMEP in Federal Funding to Assist NJ Manufacturers

Newark, NJ, September 3, 2017 — U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) on August 23 announced a $1,407,216 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) grant awarded to the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP) based in Cedar Knolls, NJ.

The grant enables the NJMEP to provide technical assistance and other services to New Jersey small to mid-sized manufacturers at lower fees than other business consulting firms, helping them develop new customers, improve global competitiveness, and create jobs.

“Manufactures are an integral part of the backbone of our state’s economy,” said Senator Menendez.  “This federal investment will go a long way in helping many of New Jersey’s small and medium sized manufacturers realize more of their potential through the NJMEP’s innovative programs and initiatives.” Continue reading

NJIT Hosts Advanced Manufacturing Industry Summit; Focus on Education, Training to Develop Workforce

Newark, NJ, September 2, 2017 — Addressing a packed room of nearly 300, Raymond Vaccari, director, New Jersey Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network, welcomed manufacturers, educators, industry associations, Department of Labor representatives and New Jersey state legislators to this year’s Advanced Manufacturing Industry Summit, hosted by NJIT and held on-campus August 23.

Vaccari told the audience, “If we are going to help New Jersey manufacturers meet their workforce needs, we need to expand education and training programs to develop workers with the proper skill sets.”

Those words echoed throughout the full day’s industry summit, as well as the Apprenticeship Accelerator Program, where workforce training and starting apprenticeships was the clarion call. Here are the day’s highlights. Continue reading

FDA Signs Agreement with European Medicines Agency on Mutual Recognition of Manufacturing Site Inspection

London, August 28, 2017 — The European Commission (EC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on August 23 announced they have signed a new confidentiality commitment that allows the U.S. regulator to share non-public and commercially confidential information, including trade secret information relating to medicine inspections with EU regulators.

This confidentiality commitment is a milestone in the ongoing implementation of the mutual recognition of inspections of medicine manufacturers and it aims to strengthen the EU-US relationship. Continue reading

Partnership Between Drug and Glass Companies Means More Jobs for New Jersey

Vineland, NJ, August 2, 2017 — Bill Gallo, Jr. reported on NJBIZ that a collaborative effort among giants in the pharmaceutical and glass industry will mean new jobs in South Jersey, officials say.

Drug manufacturers Merck and Pfizer have joined with Corning Glass in creating a new, stronger glass packaging for injectable drugs, Valor Glass.

Corporate officials say Corning is making an initial investment of $500 million and creating 1,000 new U.S. jobs as the first part of a planned investment of $4 billion and 4,000 new high-tech jobs. Continue reading

NJ Spotlight: New Jersey Lawmakers Form Bipartisan Manufacturing Caucus; Focus on Productivity, Growth

Trenton, NJ, May 12, 2017 — John Reitmeyer reports on NJ Spotlight that, although not as dominant an industry as it was several decades ago, manufacturing is still a major part of the New Jersey economy, and a sector where a majority of employers have indicated they’re still looking to hire.

To help foster what could be a manufacturing renaissance in New Jersey — a state with a rich industrial history that dates to colonial days — state lawmakers are launching a new “manufacturing caucus” that will focus specifically on figuring out ways to craft policies that lead to increased productivity and growth for manufacturing. Continue reading

Boston Consulting Group Report Shows Private-Public Research Consortia Fundamental to U.S. Competitiveness

Westerville, OH, May 1, 2017 ― The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) reports that, while the United States remains the global leader in overall research and development (R&D) spending, China has surpassed the U.S. in later-stage technological investments, according to a new report by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

At its current rate of growth, the authors find that China’s investment in later-stage R&D could double that of the U.S. by 2018.

Their analysis suggests that there is significant potential for the U.S to get more out of its R&D by strengthening the relationships between industry and research institutions. Continue reading

Event: NJIT and NJ Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network to Host March 9 Event with Focus on Workforce Needs of New Jersey Manufacturers

Newark, NJ, March 4, 2017 — North Jersey manufacturers are encouraged to attend the upcoming third Region Targeted Industry Partnership (TIP) meeting from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 at Sandvick Coromant Company in Fair Lawn, NJ.

Hosted by NJ Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network (M-NJ) and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), with funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, this meeting will help to identify and find solutions to the manufacturing industry’s most pressing workforce needs. Continue reading

New Jersey’s Manufacturing Sector Benefits from Economic Development Authority Board Action

nj-eda-economicTrenton, NJ, December 17, 2016 — Three manufacturing sector projects expected to create a total of 390 new jobs were approved by the Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) for tax credits under the Grow New Jersey (Grow NJ) Program. Advanced under the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act (EOA), Grow NJ is the State’s main job creation and retention incentive program.

“Manufacturing is one of several key industries targeted for growth under the EOA,” said EDA Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen.  “Manufacturers are particularly important to the State’s economy for the career opportunities they offer, but also for the trade activity they spur and the important goods they provide that fuel other industries.” Continue reading

Assemblyman Zwicker Tours Manufacturer, Discusses Innovation and Job Creation in New Jersey

Asm. Andrew Zwicker

Asm. Andrew Zwicker

Princeton, NJ, October 23, 2016 — On October 13, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16) toured the UTC Aerospace Systems Sensors Unlimited business and led a roundtable discussion on creating jobs and growing New Jersey’s economy with innovative technologies.

Sensors Unlimited is a major supplier of shortwave infrared technology, products and imaging solutions.

The tour and roundtable, one of many Zwicker is having, highlighted the importance of high tech industries to fuel economic growth and job creation.  Zwicker, a physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, listened to what the business needs to continue to grow and be successful. Continue reading

Obama Administration Helps Grow STEM and ‘Making’ in U.S. Education

STEM 1New York, NY, June 9, 2016 ― T.J. McCue writes in Forbes that STEM education is an important aspect of how we remain competitive as a nation.  Last year, President Obama announced over $240 Million in new STEM commitments during the 2015 White House Science Fair in May.

It was part of a much larger initiative from the “Educate to Innovate” campaign that has over $1 billion in financial and in-kind support for STEM programs.  The administration’s attention on makers and making is part of the national movement kicked off by Make magazine and its founder Dale Dougherty.

Despite a desire for there to be more commitment, financial and otherwise, to supporting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the USA, there is actually quite a bit. You can read the full White House factsheet here – filled with 10-plus pages of STEM goodness. Continue reading