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Bringing it in

Last year’s approach to obtaining enough PPE materials amid the onset of COVID-19 was largely an emergency triage system, said Mitch Cahn, founder and president of Newark-based Unionwear, which manufactures promotional materials but shifted to making personal protective equipment last year. States coordinated to get it where it was most needed, while manufacturers switched to producing it. But memories are short, and with supply chains between China back online, many are simply “chasing the lowest-cost product,” Chafe said.

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Aya Paper Co., a line of sustainable stationary started by SaVonne Anderson in 2019, will be available at Whole Foods and Nordstrom locations nationwide come October.- AYA PAPER CO.

‘Just because’

“There’s power in spreading joy. The world is not always flowers and sunshine but even when it’s difficult you can find something to celebrate,” says SaVonne Anderson, the creator of sustainable stationary company Aya Paper Co., which will be available at Whole Foods and Nordstrom locations nationwide come October.

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NJMEP names finalists for Manufacturer of the Year Awards

"The employees that showed up every day to produce the products, medicine, and food that helped dampen the impact the pandemic had on the nation received more attention than they have in decades," said New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program CEO John Kennedy. "They deserve more but it was nice to see them recognized to some extent."

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UTI Bloomfield begins welding program

Experienced instructors will train students in one of the most in-demand professions in today’s economy. "You can’t build bridges, highways, office buildings, pipelines, power plants, vehicles, and spacecraft without welders—they are literally the backbone of our economy," said instructor Cesar Cordero.

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