(Princeton Junction, NJ) – On Thursday, August 11, 2016,  Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker D-16 NJ toured 3DMonstr and Leigh Imaging Thursday and led a roundtable discussion on creating jobs and growing New Jersey’s economy with innovative technologies. Joining Assemblyman Zwicker in the discussion were Ben Reytblat, CEO of 3DMonstr and Peter Dawson, President of Leigh Imaging. Both are small business owners in Princeton Junction, New Jersey -- Reytblat of a start-up and Dawson an established business serving the region for over 70 years.

The tour and roundtable, one of many Zwicker is having, highlighted the importance of high tech industries to fuel economic growth and job creation. Zwicker, a physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, listened to what these entrepreneurs need to start, grow and be successful.

“What I heard today is what I have been hearing from entrepreneurs and business owners around the district,” Zwicker said. “New Jersey needs to embrace and encourage an innovation economy if we are going to create the jobs necessary to compete globally and with neighboring states. We need to make sure our universities and colleges are of the highest quality and affordable so businesses have qualified employees. We need to make sure are laws and regulation create an opportunity to succeed and we need to encourage more collaboration with our research universities.” 

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Reytblat noted, “We have 3D printers that we need to build and deliver, and we need to continually be innovating. For this we need qualified people and capital to accomplish this.”

For Dawson, “Buy Local” is the message. “Quality and customer care has always been first with us and has always been important to customers. Yet, with customers turning to online purchases where quality and customer care isn’t as important, how can we stress to the local community the importance of buying local?”

“New Jersey needs more people like Ben and Peter.  People with ideas and dreams who are willing to risk, invest and start companies. People who provide work and paychecks to grow our economy. Our future depends on generating more innovative ideas and risk-takers and then building an environment that keeps them here,” Zwicker stated.

3DMonstr designs and manufactures large-format, industrial grade, quad-extruder 3D printers while Leigh Imaging specializes in commercial photography, large format printing, and signage.

Picture: Asm. Zwicker speaking during the tour of 3DMonstr in Princeton Junction.

Andrew Zwicker is an Assemblyman representing the 16th Legislative District. Assemblyman Zwicker is a PhD. physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab where he works on developing fusion energy and heads their science education program.

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Andrew Zwicker is a New Jersey Assemblyman in Legislative District 16 which includes Delaware Township, Borough of Flemington, Township of Readington, Township of Raritan, and Borough of Stockton in Hunterdon County; Princeton in Mercer County; Township of South Brunswick in Middlesex County; and Township of Branchburg, Hillsborough Township, Borough of Manville, Millstone Borough, Montgomery Township, Borough of Rocky Hill, and Borough of Somerville in Somerset County. For more information on Assemblyman Zwicker visit [www.andrewzwicker.com].