Manufacturers across New Jersey are gearing up for what’s expected to be one of the largest turnouts of manufacturing industry leaders, STEM firm executives and New Jersey legislators as they convene at the 2023 State of the State manufacturing summit May 4, according to a Monday announcement from the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program.
This no-cost event at the Trenton War Memorial includes a MADE in NJ exhibit that highlights many of the products manufactured right here in the Garden State. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to network and make connections that can help better businesses and contribute to positive change for the industry.
Register for the event here.
Last year’s State of the State manufacturing summit brought together over 500 from the industry. This show of force helped the sector secure over a $35 million line item in the state budget for manufacturing initiatives in 2023. It also helped develop the NJMVP program, which is helping manufacturers offset the cost of new equipment. The manufacturing industry must continue coming together and engaging with local government leaders to create more of these opportunities.
“State of the State of manufacturing is a critical event. Manufacturers often don’t want to engage with local government, but ignoring the people that create policies that can directly impact their business is not productive. By engaging with the local Legislature and state decision-makers, manufactures can educate these individuals, so they understand the value of domestic manufacturing and develop policy that supports and nurtures MADE in NJ manufacturers,” Pete Connolly, chief operating officer, NJMEP, said. “Manufacturing is going to be forgotten if industry leaders don’t come out in droves to show support.”