Acting Governor Kim Guadagno Continues 100 Business Tour with Three Stops

Trenton, NJ – Acting Governor Kim Guadagno’s “100 business tour” swept across northern New Jersey today, stopping at three businesses in a span of a few hours.

“New Jersey has so many robust businesses and visiting three in one day helps bring that home,” the Acting Governor Guadagno said.

Acting Governor Guadagno began with a stop at L&R Manufacturing Company in Kearny and followed that up with visits to the Sika Corporation in Lyndhurst and Croda, Inc. in Edison.

L&R is an 81-year-old family business that makes ultrasonic cleaning systems and solutions that are used to sanitize such products as medical and dental equipment, firearms, machine parts and jewelry. It employs 135 people.

Robert J. Lazarus, the President of L&R, said, “We are a proud fourth-generation business and we were very happy to show the Lt. Governor what we do for a living.”

The Sika Corporation in Lyndhurst just celebrated its 100th anniversary. It is a supplier of specialty chemical products and industrial materials for the construction industry, whose product lines include concrete admixtures, specialty mortars and industrial flooring and adhesives. The firm has about 200 employees.

“We were delighted to have the Lt. Governor visit our North American headquarters,’’ said Steve Harms, the company’s Senior Vice President. “Communication and outreach are important things and we were happy to show her our facility.”

Croda, Inc. has its North American headquarters and Innovation Center in Edison, where it employs 87 people. The innovation center is the company’s research arm for a variety of consumer care and industrial products. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Croda International Plc.

“Croda is pleased to welcome Lt. Governor Guadagno and her staff to our headquarters and innovation center in Edison,” said Kevin Gallagher, company President. “We’re very encouraged by her interest in improving the business environment here in New Jersey, and how this can help us in expanding our operations here. We are invested in the workforce here in New Jersey, actively recruiting new employees from both Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and providing programs to support training and development of our current employees. It’s only through the professional development of our employees that we’ll be able to continue to create the innovative ingredients that our customers require in order for them to better meet customer needs with better products.”

After visiting all three businesses, Acting Governor Guadagno said, “I am always impressed at the wide range of New Jersey businesses. Visiting three of them back to back reinforces my respect for the commitment so many New Jersey businessmen and women have for their state.” Acting Governor Guadagno is visiting businesses of all sizes and types statewide to reinforce the pro-business position of the Christie Administration. Her pattern is to tour the facility and to encourage businessmen and women to contact the state if they need assistance of any kind. The Administration created the Business Action Center last summer to help businesses remain in New Jersey and to encourage out-of-state businesses to relocate. Today’s tour brings to 36 the number of businesses visited since the tour began this year.

Press Contact:
Michael Drewniak
Kevin Roberts

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