Advocates for Critical Manufacturing Initiatives to Bolster State’s Most Vital Business Sector
Cedar Knolls, New Jersey – February 8, 2018 – The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP), the non-profit organization that provides resources and support to the state’s manufacturing companies, announced today that CEO John Kennedy and several of NJMEP’s manufacturing clients are headed to Capitol Hill on March 6th through 9th for Hill Day. They will meet with New Jersey congressional and Senate members to urge legislative support for NJ manufacturing and the overall MEP network in its annual appropriations process.
Hill Day is an annual event for manufacturing extension programs to meet with their respective congressional members on the importance of manufacturing to the US economy. This year, New Jersey’s manufacturing presence will be bigger than ever as NJMEP’s clients join the effort. There are over 12 million manufacturing workers in the US and, in New Jersey alone, over 13,000 manufacturing and STEM firms that employ close to 250,000 workers.
“Manufacturing is directly in the middle of so many major policy debates, and that’s why our visit to Washington is so important, said John W. Kennedy, CEO of NJMEP. “NJMEP is looking to partner with our Legislators to find solutions that ensure Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP’s) can continue to help sustain and grow the manufacturing sector. We need their help to create a better business environment to improve the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector, which provides some of the highest paying jobs in New Jersey,” continues Kennedy.
NJMEP is a private, not-for-profit organization that improves the profitability and competitiveness of New Jersey’s manufacturers. Backed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NJMEP enables organizations to enhance their productivity and efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve employee performance. For more than 20 years, NJMEP has used its extensive network of connections and proven track record of success to help manufacturers adapt to the latest innovative technologies and best practices to realize more than $3.6 billion in value. Our services are categorized into the following three areas: Operational Excellence, Innovation and Growth Strategies, and Workforce Development. NJMEP also has a signature philanthropic program, Manufacturing Cares, which is designed to provide a platform for manufacturers to give back to the community by pooling efforts to increase our impact.