Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker (D- Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset), and Shanique Speight (D- Essex) sponsor legislation to create a permanent source of funding for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP). This bill would establish a new source of funding up to $1.5 million from an allocation set aside for the Office of Customized Training. On Thursday, the legislation passed the Assembly 72-0 and the Senate 34-0.
The NJMEP is a private, not for profit organization that improves competitiveness of manufacturers. The program also enables organizations to enhance productivity and efficiency, improve employee performance, and reduce costs. The bill (A-3756) would help the NJMEP further their programs and services geared toward helping mid to small-sized manufacturers become more efficient and spur job creation.
Upon passage of the bill in the Assembly and Senate, Zwicker and Speight issued the following joint statement:
“Competition is what propels organizations to give consumers their best products and services and spurs innovation.
“As experts, the NJMEP can advise smaller businesses and increase success for manufacturers in New Jersey. The program continues to create and develop resources for organizations to utilize.
“The NJMEP understands the unique aspects of New Jersey’s manufacturing industry and customizes products and services to help smaller businesses thrive. Giving this nonprofit more support will enhance its ability to bolster businesses’ success and create jobs in New Jersey.”
Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips (R-Bergen) also sponsors the bipartisan legislation.