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Manufacturing

No. 8: Stephen Sweeney

The Senate president was a driving force behind the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act, which provides $500 million for the expansion and improvements of facilities at K-12, community college and vocational schools across the state. The Third District Democrat was also one of the lawmakers credited with the creation of the Manufacturing Caucus, jointly chaired by a Republican and Democrat, to craft legislation based on the input of manufacturers.

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No. 4: Mark Clouse

When Clouse took over the top job at Campbell Soup Co. in January he had some work to do. The market for soup was dwindling and the company he now led was undergoing some massive changes.

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The NJBIZ Manufacturing Power 50

In the latter half of the 20 century, as U.S. manufacturing declined, so too did the industry in New Jersey. But the plants and assembly lines are still here, and the demand for new products and the productivity gains afforded by modern equipment are fueling a revitalization of the industry. These are the men and women who have been, and will continue to be, responsible for maintaining and expanding the skilled workforce necessary for a strong Garden State manufacturing sector.

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Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson.

No. 5: Alex Gorsky

Johnson & Johnson spent a lot of time in court this year, settling several high-profile cases involving the marketing of its opioid products while defending charges that its baby powder contained asbestos. In early November the company released the results of tests showing that its baby powder was free of asbestos. Veteran executive Gorsky, J&J’s chairman and CEO has weathered the storm.

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Manufacturing Power 50 A-M

In the latter half of the 20 century, as U.S. manufacturing declined, so too did the industry in New Jersey. But the plants and assembly lines are still here, and the demand for new products and the productivity gains afforded by modern equipment are fueling a revitalization of the industry. The men and women listed in here have been and will continue to be responsible for maintaining and expanding the skilled workforce necessary for a strong manufacturing sector.

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Michele Siekerka, president and CEO, NJBIA.

No. 10: Michele Siekerka

“Think back 110 years in manufacturing,” Michele Siekerka said at the 2019 Manufacturing Day event with the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program. “We represent all types of industries. Our passion starts with New Jersey manufacturers. … New Jersey manufacturing supports the economy of the world.”

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Suuchi Ramesh

No. 2: Suuchi Ramesh

Suuchi Kamesh is the founder of Suuchi Inc., a next-generation supply chain platform provider for fashion brands and retailers. She operates her company in North Bergen, providing end-to-end platform-enabled manufacturing and technology for the fashion industry.

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From left, Bob Unanue, president, and Peter Unanue, executive VP, Goya. The two are pictured at Goya's headquarters in Jersey City.

No. 3: Bob Unanue and Peter Unanue

Their family business is the biggest Hispanic-owned food company in the country. The brothers run Goya, a company started by their grandfather Prudencio Unanue Ortiz, out of the Jersey City headquarters it settled into in 2015.

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Tim Sullivan, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

No. 6: Tim Sullivan

As head of the state’s Economic Development Authority, Tim Sullivan is one of biggest cheerleaders for Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed “State of Innovation” – an effort to attract businesses small and large to New Jersey.

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