PATERSON, NJ- Often considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the City of Paterson played host last week to the first meeting of the newly created Bipartisan New Jersey Manufacturing Caucus. The Caucus, created by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), will be tasked with developing legislation and strategies to make New Jersey more competitive for manufacturers to expand and locate their operations in New Jersey.

"Careers that once were centered in factories and mills are changing, which is why we have to adapt. Manufacturing is critical to our economic future, and we need to capitalize on every opportunity and that means putting an emphasis on workforce training, especially at the high school level," stated Senator Nellie Pou (D-Paterson), a member of the Caucus. "We need to ensure our vocational schools have the resources to expand and to give students the skills and experience they need.  We have to look at ways to improve our business incentive programs, and further help our businesses here in the state.

Senator Robert Gordon (D-Bergen/Passaic), whose family owned a yarn mill in Paterson, has been appointed as Chairman of the caucus.