More than 175 manufacturing companies, along with New Jersey elected officials, attended the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension (NJMEP) Second Annual State-of-the-State Manufacturing event held at County College of Morris (CCM) on Friday, April 6. The event provided an opportunity for attendees to network and discuss best practices and needs in the manufacturing industry.
Included among the panel discussions was one held with members of the New Jersey State legislature, who answered questions on important topics to those in the manufacturing industry.
Among the takeaways is that manufacturing is alive and growing in New Jersey. In fact, every county in the state is represented in manufacturing accounting for more than 300,000 jobs statewide.
One of the discussions focused on how companies and higher education are working together to develop programs to complement technological advances in the industry. CCM helps to meet the need of manufacturing by producing skilled employees through both its associate degree and workforce development programs. In addition, the college plans to build a 30,000-square-foot engineering and manufacturing facility (https://tinyurl.com/y8caujaa) to meet the growing need for skilled employees and assist with meeting the demands of New Jerseyâ€™s manufacturing industry.