Senate President Stephen Sweeney Creates New Manufacturing Caucus in Legislature
August 10th, 2017
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (District 3) gave New Jersey manufacturers a boost in his recent remarks before the Annual Conference of the New Jersey State Council of Machinists AFL-CIO in Atlantic City. The Senate leader said he decided to establish a manufacturing caucus in Legislature to re-enforce the importance of manufacturing in New Jersey. The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey applauds his actions.
“It’s time to bring New Jersey back to manufacturing prominence,” Sweeney said. He explained the caucus will be a bipartisan body and it will include members from the Senate and the Assembly. Sen. Robert Gordon (District 38) whose family once owned a yarn mill in Paterson will be the chair of the new caucus.
The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP), a non-profit agency whose mission is to help manufacturers become more efficient profit, reported there are more than 10,000 manufacturing plant in the state.
“That is why I’ve created a manufacturing caucus to capitalize on our unique position in having the fastest growing logistics industries. We are becoming a supply chain state, and there are tremendous opportunities in the future for New Jersey to be the state where the finishing touches are put on products before they’re shipped out of the warehouses and distribution centers that line the New Jersey Turnpike.”
In his remarks to the union conference, Sweeny also discussed the plans to dedicate $33 million funding toward county vocational-technical schools. Manufacturers have called upon the state’s lawmakers to expand the vocational-technical school system to help them acquire the skilled workers needed in their plans.
CIANJ has a special focus on manufacturers and is one of the sponsors of the NJMEP Manufacturing Day on Oct. 6 at the The Bridgewater Marriott from 7:30am to 2:30pm. CIANJ plans to organize a manufacturing summit in mid-October.