New Jersey manufacturing can experience the rebounds seen in other parts of the country if industry and State participants continue their push to reduce regulatory burdens and make New Jersey more competitive with its neighbors and the rest of the country. Other States, like Indiana and Texas, are actively seeking to poach New Jersey businesses despite the many geographic, labor force and other advantages of the Garden State that should keep them here.
“State Sen. Linda Greenstein, D-14th District, chairwoman of the manufacturing caucus, and representative of Middlesex and Mercer counties, explained at the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program’s State of the State summit in Trenton on Monday that the caucus’ goals are reducing burdensome over-regulation, lowering the cost of doing business and helping business owners navigate the government. “There is a place in New Jersey for more manufacturing jobs,” Greenstein said. “Over the last three years, we have introduced 40 pieces of legislation that focus on manufacturing.”…Melanie Willoughby, executive director of the Business Action Center, said she cuts through bureaucracy on behalf of businesses to get an answer to questions. The action center helps businesses to apply for permits and plan to promote exports…”