May-27-10 Labor Commissioner Visits Bergen County Manufacturing Company
TRENTON, May 27, 2010 — As part of a continuing outreach to business leaders, Commissioner Harold J. Wirths visited the Saddle Brook facility of Westlock Controls to tour the plant, learn about the business needs of the company and to gain more insight into keeping New Jersey businesses competitive in the global economy.
“We are working to retain good businesses like Westlock Controls in New Jersey and to create more opportunities for businesses to establish operations in our state,” said Wirths. “I have made it a priority to reach out to employers. It is important to meet with business leaders; to hear their concerns; understand their issues, and open the lines of communication. Our department has an important role in Governor Chris Christie’s efforts to grow the economy and I want to make sure we clearly understand and address the concerns of business.”
As part of Governor Christie’s efforts to rebuild New Jersey's business climate, Commissioner Wirths said the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) provides numerous resources for New Jersey businesses including customized training grants, tax incentives, business resource centers at our One-Stop Centers, onsite safety and health consultations, census, and labor market information.
In April, Governor Christie and Lieutenant Governor Guadagno launched “Choose New Jersey,” a new, nonprofit entity charged with marketing, promoting, and helping the state’s economy by expanding and attracting businesses in the Garden State.
Westlock Controls, an advanced manufacturer of process control instruments, employs approximately 110 people. In FY 2008, LWD awarded the company a $32,000 customized training grant to upgrade the skills of 30 workers in lean manufacturing processes. The training has helped the company operates more efficiently.
“Our company is happy to operate here in New Jersey,” said David Bennett, plant manager for the company. “The Customized Training Grant our company received helped us to improve the skills of our workers and increase our efficiency. Knowing that the Department of Labor is reaching out and opening the lines of communication to help businesses in the state run better is very encouraging.”
Information about the Department’s programs and services is available on the LWD Website at www.nj.gov/labor.