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Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in New Jersey

Posted by IndustrySelect on Tuesday, March 7, 2023


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New Jersey may have the nickname "Garden State," but it's also a manufacturing stronghold. Various industries, such as medical, technology, automotive, electronics and chemical take advantage of the state's unique location.

With access to international shipping ports and airports, and a strong interstate system, New Jersey is ideally located for importing and exporting. Let's take a closer look at some of the fastest-growing companies in New Jersey and the reasons for its success.

An Overview of New Jersey Manufacturing

According to data compiled by MNI, the century-old industrial data publisher that powers IndustrySelect, New Jersey is currently home to 7,758 manufacturing companies that employ 370,929 workers. An overwhelming majority of manufacturers in New Jersey are located in its northeast quadrant. Cities such as Newark, Clifton, Jersey City and Fairfield account for 67% of the state's manufacturing base.

Highly urbanized and in close proximity to New York City, the region hosts dozens of multibillion-dollar companies. The remainder of the state adds up to 33% of the manufacturing capacity, with the southeast and southwest accounting for 9% and 10%, respectively.

Newark remains the state’s largest city by number of manufacturing jobs, home to 8,008 workers. Second-ranked Whippany accounts for 7,167. Other top cities in New Jersey include:

• Moorestown: 7,024 jobs
• Somerset: 6,826 jobs
• Princeton: 6,737 jobs
• Pennsauken: 6,592 jobs

21% of New Jersey’s industrial workers are employed are in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry, making it among the top states in the U.S. for chemical manufacturing. Food processing ranks second, with 11% of the state’s industrial workforce, while printing and publishing account for another 10% of New Jersey industrial employment.

MNI reports there are 22,715 executive contacts among New Jersey’s manufacturing companies, including 5,348 presidents, 2,245 owners and partners; 3,315 vice-presidents and 2,450 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.

Other facts to know about New Jersey manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:

• 3% of New Jersey manufacturers are women-owned
• 7% are publicly owned companies
• 15% import raw materials
• 33% distribute their products internationally.

Largest 10 Manufacturing Companies in New Jersey

The following companies are New Jersey's largest, according to data collected by MNI.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.5,000East HanoverNJ
Lockheed Martin Corp.4,500MoorestownNJ
Merck & Co., Inc.4,200RahwayNJ
Automatic Data Processing, Inc.3,000RoselandNJ
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.2,500WhippanyNJ
Merck & Co., Inc.2,155KenilworthNJ
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.2,000TitusvilleNJ
Sanofi US2,000BridgewaterNJ
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.5,000East HanoverNJ
Lockheed Martin Corp.4,500MoorestownNJ
Merck & Co., Inc.4,200RahwayNJ
Automatic Data Processing, Inc.3,000RoselandNJ
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.2,500WhippanyNJ
Bayer Healthcare, Consumer Care Div.2,500WhippanyNJ
Merck & Co., Inc.2,155KenilworthNJ
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.2,000TitusvilleNJ
Sanofi US2,000BridgewaterNJ
Janssen Research & Development, LLC1,800RaritanNJ

About New Jersey's Largest Manufacturing Companies

1. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Employees: 5,000
Location: East Hanover

As the largest manufacturing company in New Jersey, Novartis Pharmaceuticals employs 5,000 people. Part of the global Novartis family, its total revenue is $52 billion. In addition to researching and developing medications to treat conditions ranging from hypertension to Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, Novartis is pioneering telemedicine for patients who lack access to doctors and hospitals.

2. Lockheed Martin Corp.
Employees: 4,500
Location: Moorestown

Lockheed Martin is a major aerospace and defense company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. With 4,500 employees, this location ranks as New Jersey’s second-largest industrial employer. Encompassing a facility of one million square feet, this location produces electronic components.

3. Merck & Co.
Employees: 4,200
Location: Rahway

Merck & Co. is a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, headquartered in Kenilworth, NJ and employing 70,000 worldwide. This Rahway location ranks as New Jersey’s third-largest industrial company with 4,200 employees and produces pharmaceuticals.

4. Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
Employees: 3,000
Location: Roseland

Occupying a massive 3.3 million square-foot facility in Roseland, this Automatic Data Processing site operates as the company’s corporate headquarters and produces offset & laser payroll check printing and also develops SaaS human capital management software. Employing 3,000, this facility ranks as New Jersey’s fifth-largest industrial employer.

5. Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Employees: 2,500
Location: Whippany

As the North American subsidiary of Bayer AG, this Whippany facility encompasses the corporate-center functions that support Bayer departments in North America. Employing 2,500 at this location, the facility produces pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medicine, as well as medical diagnostic equipment.

6. Bayer Healthcare, Consumer Care Division
Employees: 2,500
Location: Whippany

The Consumer Care Division of Bayer Healthcare produces over-the-counter medicines and also develops medical diagnostic equipment.

7. Merck & Co., Inc.
Employees: 2,155
Location: Kenilworth

With annual sales of $12.7 billion, this Merck & Co. location is a major pharmaceutical presence in New Jersey. Employing 2,155 in Kenilworth, this facility discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer and animal products.

8. Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Employees: 2,000
Location: Titusville

A division of Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals is a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Belgium and employing 10,000 worldwide. This Titusville location employs 2,000.

9. Sanofi U.S.
Employees: 2,000
Location: Bridgewater

Sanofi is a global pharmaceutical company based in France and employing 99,000 worldwide. Known for developing and producing a wide range of prescription pharmaceuticals such as Ambien and Flomax, the company has four locations in the U.S, this Bridgewater site among them

10. Janssen Research & Development, LLC, A Div. of Johnson & Johnson
Employees: 1,800
Location: Raritan

Rounding out our top ten list is Janssen’s second New Jersey location in Raritan. This location focuses on innovative medical research that powers some of the world’s most popular drugs such as Tylenol, Motrin and Lactaid

For More Information on New Jersey Manufacturers

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2022. It has been updated to reflect new statistics in the state of New Jersey.



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