Aug-27-13 Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Marks Grand Opening Of Distek Headquarters at Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
Christie Administration Assisted Leading Middlesex County Manufacturer Of Pharmaceutical Equipment Through Skills4Jersey Grant
|For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Contact: Michael Drewniak
“Through ingenuity and hard work, Distek has become an industry leader and a key supplier to many other major companies in the state,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “We join Distek in celebrating its expansion, the entrepreneurial spirit that made the company successful and the Garden State’s manufacturing heritage, which will thrive for as long as we keep expanding the business-friendly policies put forward by this Administration.”
Distek was started inside the New Jersey home of its founder, Gerry Brinker, back in 1976 before moving to its current location in North Brunswick. The expansion took over a year to complete and increased the facility’s total square footage by more than a third. The entire facility was modernized, with the company adding a large training center to enhance its product offerings and to develop the facility into a hub for industry education.
Distek, which employs mostly workers from the Garden State, also has been upgrading the skills of its employees through two training grants provided by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the latest of which was a $50,400 Skills4Jersey grant. Issued under a program created in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the grant is designed to offer training assistance to businesses impacted by the storm and employers involved in the major industry sectors driving the Garden State economy.
“Distek is part of New Jersey’s important Advanced Manufacturing industry cluster, and like many other businesses, it was forced to close for an entire week by Sandy. That meant lost sales and increased overtime costs as they worked to catch up. Our Skills4Jersey grant is allowing the company to train its workers in disaster and business continuity planning to prepare for future adversities, as well as improve on skills training offered under a grant we issued to the company last year,” said Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths.
The 2012 training grant for $49,600 enabled Distek to train workers in what are known as lean manufacturing techniques to improve efficiencies. The new grant is allowing the company to expand that training by focusing on supply chain management, business process analysis and strategies designed to improve processing and minimize defects. The company also is planning to hire as many as eight new workers.
“For two years, now, we have been able to better educate our entire staff thanks to the training grants the Administration of Governor Christie provided our company. Distek also has made a significant investment on upgrades and enhancements to our facility, implemented a new software package to run the entire business and developed lean initiatives for more efficient manufacturing. All Distek employees have attended many training courses and continue to do so,” said Jeff Brinker, President of Distek, Inc.
The company specializes in developing dissolution instruments for testing tablets and capsules in research and development as well as for quality control. Distek also develops instruments for media preparation, disintegration testing, friability testing and tap density testing, and the company provides products and services involving UV fiber optics, media preparation, physical testing, disintegration and validation services.
Skills4Jersey is one of three Hire New Jersey initiatives the Christie Administration announced following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy to assist private sector New Jersey employers and to increase employment opportunities for qualified unemployed workers.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno cut the ribbon on the new expansion at Distek Inc. of North Brunswick,
a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical laboratory testing equipment. Joining her, from left to
right, were Jeff Seely of Distek, Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths, Distek President
Jeff Brinker, Distek founders Gerry and Pearl Brinker, Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula,
MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce President Robert Prunetti, (right of Lt. Governor)
North Brunswick Mayor Francis Womack III and Steven Cacamese of Distek.