Axeon Specialty Products Participates in Made in New Jersey Day, Highlighted in South Jersey Times Newspaper

Editorial: World still takes what Jersey makes

You’ve seen that huge Trenton Makes The World Takes sign on the Lower Trenton Bridge to Morrisville, Pa., right? Touting the city’s historic role in manufacturing, the iconic sign dates from an era when it was a thriving industrial center.

A mere stone’s throw from that sign, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association hosted Made in New Jersey Day at the Statehouse on Thursday, offering manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their products to policy makers with the Legislature in session. For the day-long event, the association selected 28 manufacturers to exhibit Jersey made-products.

Manufacturers, from A (American Fittings Corp.) to Z (Zodiac Arresting Systems), got a chance to talk with legislators about the good work being done in our state. Among the varied exhibitors were sheet-metal fabricators,manufacturers of high-end precision instruments, and makers of environmentally friendly cleaning products. The Garden State’s thriving food industry was well represented, along with South Jersey’s historic glass industry.

In continual operation since the early 1700s, glass making is often called the state’s first export industry. Andrews Glass Co. of Vineland and ARC International North America in Millville showed off their current scientific and tabletop glassware offerings.

Other local exhibitors included Paulsboro’s Axeon Specialty Products, an asphalt refiner; Bridgeton’s W.W. Manufacturing Co., which produces rakes, shovels and other garden implements; and Logan’s Zodiac Arresting Systems (the Z94 above), which supplies safety systems for airport runways.

Our state is often accused of being unfriendly to business. For every complaint about taxes or land costs, though, let’s remember that a plentiful water supply, a well-educated work force and roads that easily reach tens of millions of people easily are not duplicated in many parts of the country. Sure, we can improve the regulatory climate, a topic that some exhibitors might have bent lawmakers’ ears about Thursday.

New Jersey, if not so much Trenton itself, supplies the world with thousands of consumer items and things that other industries need. Our products and the good people who make them deserve our support.

View an overview video taken at the Made in New Jersey Day event.

Written by South Jersey Times Editorial Board.

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(Above left) Axeon SP employees Maureen Chandler, Training Manager; Blair Meadowcroft, Communications Specialist and Scott Barnes, Senior Process Engineer, along with Claire Riggs, Public Affairs Director,represented the company at Made in New Jersey Day.(Above right) Claire Riggs chats with Caren Franzini, former head of the NJEDA.

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(Above left) Blair Meadowcroft and Scott Barnes showcase Axeon products.(Above right)Scott Barnes explains our product line to Assemblyman Paul Moriarty.


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