5 companies earn top honors at Manufacturing Day 2022

Five New Jersey companies were honored at Made in New Jersey, the annual Manufacturing Day event run by the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, held Friday at iPlay America in Freehold.

The winners, selected among three finalists in each fo five categories, are as follows:

Large Manufacturer (251 or more employees)

Winner: Marotta Controls, Parsippany

Founded in 1943, the family-owned company is a fully integrated solutions provider that designs, develops, qualifies and manufactures innovative systems and subsystems for the aerospace and defense sectors.  The company, which has more than 200 patents, has a portfolio that includes pressure, power, motion, fluid and electronic controls for weapon systems, shipboard and sub-sea applications, satellites, launch vehicles and aircraft systems.

Other finalists

  • Sanofi, Bridgewater
  • Stryker, Mahwah

Medium Manufacturer (between 51 and 250 employees)

Winner: IPAK, Pennsauken

It is a certified HUBZone, disadvantaged, disability- and women-owned small business that manufactures, warehouses, kits and distributes sales, marketing and educational tools for clients in highly regulated industries, primarily education/assessment, pharmaceutical/medical devices and flooring coverings.

Other finalists

  • Maingear, Warren
  • Worldwide Glass Resources, Vineland

Small Manufacturer (50 employees or fewer)

The team from Prince Sterilization Services.

Winner: Prince Sterilization Services, Pine Brook

Family-owned health care supply chain company provides services that are essential for the delivery of safe and effective vaccines, related drugs and medical devices. Rapidly growing company has increased year-over-year revenues, on average, by 66% in past five years.

Other finalists

  • Hickory Industries, North Bergen
  • ModTek, Pennsauken


Winner: Intelligent Material Solutions, Princeton

Material science and technology company develops rare-earth crystals as well as custom sensors. Company has a portfolio of patents covering devices, methods, systems and composition of matter.

Other finalists

  • Maingear, Warren
  • Sanofi, Bridgewater

Leader in Life Sciences

Winner: Celularity, Florham Park

Clinical-stage biotechnology company is leading the next evolution in cellular allogeneic cryopreserved off-natural killer cells, genetically modified NK cells, T-cells engineered with CAR-T cells and mesenchymal-like adherent stromal cells.

Other finalists

  • Case Medical, Bloomfield
  • CorePharma, Middlesex

Rising Stars

NJMEP also selected from rising star nominations. In keeping with the day’s theme, “Celebrating the Year of Women,” all five honorees were female.

Winner: Ellen Pietrowski-Phillips, president, LEM

Other finalists

  • Micaela Alvarez, director of operations/engineering, Universal Nutrition
  • Cari August, manufacturing and technology transfer manager, OFS Fitel
  • Catherine Nkoutche, quality lab engineer, Power Container
  • Devon Winter, chief operations officer, F.W. Winter