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Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in New Jersey

Posted by IndustrySelect on Monday, March 4, 2024


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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 largest manufacturing companies in New Jersey.

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 7,346 manufacturing companies that employ 361,689 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 7,511 workers. Second-ranked Rahway accounts for 7,415. Other top cities in New Jersey include:

Moorestown: 7,055 jobs
Princeton: 6,715 jobs
Whippany: 6,532 jobs
Somerset: 6,5398 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 26,945 executive contacts among New Jersey’s manufacturing companies, including 5,093 presidents, 2,224 owners and partners; 3,186 vice-presidents and 2,367 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.

Merck & Co., Inc.6,000RahwayNJ
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.4,779East HanoverNJ
Lockheed Martin Corp.4,500MoorestownNJ
Nokia USA, Inc.4,000Murray HillNJ
Automatic Data Processing, Inc.3,000RoselandNJ
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.2,500WhippanyNJ
Bayer Healthcare, Consumer Care Div.2,500WhippanyNJ
Sanofi US2,000BridgewaterNJ
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.2,000TitusvilleNJ
Unilever North America1,900Englewood NJ

About New Jersey's Largest Manufacturing Companies

1. Merck & Co. (Rahway, NJ)

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 largest manufacturing company with 6,000 employees and produces pharmaceuticals.

2. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (East Hanover, NJ)

As the second- largest manufacturing company in New Jersey, Novartis Pharmaceuticals employs 4,779 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.

3. Lockheed Martin Corp. (Moorestown, NJ)

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.

4. Nokia USA, Inc. (Murray Hill, NJ)

This is the global headquarters of Nokia Bell Labs, a world-renowned leader in disruptive research and innovation in communications and connectivity. The facility hosts the first end-to-end 5G lab and a Technology Showcase that features some of the most important technological breakthroughs in history and produces telecommunications and networking equipment.

5. Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (Roseland, NJ)

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.

6. Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Whippany, NJ)

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.

7. Bayer Healthcare, Consumer Care Division (Whippany, NJ)

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

8. Sanofi U.S. (Bridgewater, NJ)

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

9. Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Titusville, NJ)

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.

10. Unilever North America (Englewood, NJ)

This is the North American headquarters of Unilever, a multinational consumer goods company that produces and sells a wide range of products, such as Dove, Axe, Hellmann’s, Lipton, and Ben & Jerry’s. The company has a presence in all 50 states, as well as Canada and Mexico. The facility is located on a 350,00 square-foot campus that features a Customer Care Center and a Food Solutions Center.

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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