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Manufacturing

Going national (access required)

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program will use a $992,050 grant to assist the MEP National Network in creating a platform for centers to advise food manufacturing companies across the county on quality, safety and efficiency questions.

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NJMEP awarded nearly $1M grant to offer food training to national network

"We are excited to expand our work nationally with other MEP Centers and appreciate that NIST MEP has seen the great importance of engagements with food manufacturers on a national scale," NJMEP CEO John Kennedy said in a statement. "Our services address manufacturing priorities through the creation and use of tools and resources that provide food manufacturing leaders with a clear roadmap and actions."

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From left, Bob Salamone, account manager, and Peter Okun, program director of marketing and public relations, New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program.

Protecting the pantry (access required)

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program and the County College of Morris have introduced online training courses to teach employees of food production companies to protect the integrity of food during its preparation.

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Ed Farnish installs a control arm on a customer vehicle at Malouf Chevrolet Cadillac in North Brunswick. Farnish is receiving training through NJ CAR’s Automotive Technician Apprenticeship Program.

Keep the wheels turning (access required)

New Jersey needs more people who can fix cars, and Jim Appleton, president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers is helping to train thousands of individuals to do the work. His organization received a $907,000 grant to the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development to support its Automotive Technician Apprenticeship Program.

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Multi ethnic group of women with various occupations

Breaking the mold (access required)

Some government procurement programs favor women-owned business, and a number of programs “in New Jersey in general, and Newark in particular, encourage women entrepreneurs in general,” said Zago Manufacturing Chief Executive Officer Gail Friedberg Rottenstrich. “But not so many in manufacturing. There could be more.”

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