New Jersey manufacturers and state legislators have been working vigorously to strengthen New Jersey manufacturing in all of its aspects. From putting New Jerseyans back to work to gaining a deeper understanding of what manufacturers need in order to thrive, collaboration between government officials and businesses within the state is critical. Now, state legislators have renewed their mission by establishing the bipartisan, Manufacturing Caucus. The first meeting was held in downtown Paterson, NJ on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 and this is just the beginning.
The goal of the Caucus was to find out how manufacturers can improve productivity, enhance capacity and increase the competitiveness of New Jersey manufacturing. 12 state legislators make up the Manufacturing Caucus and they will work with the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) as this organization plays a critical role in the initiative’s success.
NJMEP is a private, not-for-profit organization with a goal of improving the profitability and competitiveness of New Jersey’s manufacturers. NJMEP assists organizations working on improving productivity and efficiencies and looking for ways to reduce costs and improve employee performance. Listen to John W. Kennedy, Ph.D., CEO of NJMEP and learn more about what this important organization does for the New Jersey manufacturing industry.
The Start of Something Important
The Chairman of the Manufacturing Caucus, Senator Gordon kicked off the first session by stating, “Today in New Jersey we have over 10,000 firms engaged in increasingly advanced manufacturing that employ over 350,000 workers. The goal of this initiative is to help those businesses grow and succeed,”. He continued to explain, “The Caucus will work on policies that include improving partnerships between education and manufacturing, research and development and job creation and retention. NJMEP will be instrumental in helping to close the skills gap.”
Excessive taxes, over regulation, workforce development, innovation and collaboration are just a few of the policy issues that continue to hold back New Jersey manufacturing. The Caucus aims at addressing these constraints. Bringing manufacturers and government officials together to discuss issues in an open forum has always been a valuable way to get to the bottom of what’s holding a sector back.
John W. Kennedy, Ph.D., CEO of NJMEP shared his thoughts on the current state of the industry. “We all need to come together to champion the necessity for a strong manufacturing sector in New Jersey. New Jersey has more than a 200 year history of harnessing manufacturing to push the boundaries of science, technology and commerce,” he said.
As the U.S. manufacturing industry continues its recovery, it’s up to each individual state and its policymakers to address their local business community and its concerns. NJMEP is doing an incredible thing for the manufacturers of New Jersey by participating and representing the manufacturing community to local government officials. Without them, manufacturers may not have the strong voice they have today.
For more information on NJMEP, you can visit their website here.
Be sure to check back here for more updates on the Manufacturing Caucus as details are released.