Two companies relocate and expand to the Meadowlands
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) is pleased to welcome two companies that recently made the wise decision to relocate and expand to the Meadowlands District, taking advantage of the region’s ideal location and business friendly environment that provide a pathway to economic success.
HighRoad Press, an award-winning, woman-owned small business, is making the move from Manhattan to Moonachie to grow its commercial printing company. HighRoad Press, which is set to begin operations in the District this summer, is a full-service digital and sheet fed offset printing business that makes proofs, plates and prints from graphic files onto paper.
The company’s clients include numerous businesses, designers and advertising agencies across the country, including many Fortune 500 companies. HighRoad Press is also a green company committed to environmentally sustainable business practices.
HighRoad Press CEO Hallie Satz founded the company in 2004. She told the NJMC that the Meadowlands was an ideal spot for the business, which was looking for a larger space and an opportunity to reconnect with past New Jersey clients. Satz worked in her family’s printing company, Barton Press, in West Orange, for 25 years before starting HighRoad Press in downtown New York City.
“The Meadowlands is industry friendly,” Satz said. “I grew up in the printing industry and I know the Meadowlands. I was interested in going back to my home state but wanted to stay close to the city. The Meadowlands area offered the most choices.”
The 38,229-square-foot warehouse in Moonachie is one-third larger than the company’s Manhattan plant. That’s good news for HighRoad Press and the local economy. They are planning to add several additional presses and finishing equipment to their inventory and to increase the workforce from 43 to 60 employees over the next 18 months.
“There is no question there’s a lot of excitement about moving to the Meadowlands,” Satz said. “It’s a great opportunity to grow our business.”
The numerous awards and honors that HighRoad Press has received include Winner of the 2012 SAPPI Gold Award—the SAPPI Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the print industry. The company was ranked among the Printing Impressions Top 400 Printing Companies in the United States for the past five years and won an American Express OPEN Award in 2010 as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned Companies in America.
Satz received the 2010 Printing Industries Alliance (PIA) Power of Communication Award for Print, an honor that recognized her positive influence, creative excellence and positive achievements in the world of graphic communications.
In March, Houston-based Distribution International opened a New Jersey branch in East Rutherford. The worldwide supplier of thermal insulation, safety equipment and environmental products is celebrating its 55th year in business. Distribution International supplies mechanical insulation, abatement, fire-stopping and safety products used to power generation facilities, petrochemical and industrial refinery plants, governmental and institutional buildings, military and commercial vessels, and offshore rigs as well as other facilities and industries.
Thomas McQuillan, regional manager for New York and New Jersey, said that the business’s energy-efficient products reduce heating and cooling costs for customers while protecting their businesses and benefitting the environment. With 30 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, Distribution International’s expansive network ensures customers of unparalleled technical expertise, convenient custom fabrication service and timely delivery via our in-house fleet, McQuillan said.
“We represent the manufacturing icons of our industry with broad product lines that provide a wide range of benefits in energy conservation, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased process productivity, condensation control and enhanced worker safety, all of which significantly increase our customers’ potential return on investment,” McQuillan added. “Our goal is to be an active partner, helping our valued customers improve operations and increase profits.”
McQuillan lauded the Meadowlands District’s proximity to its New Jersey and New York customers and easy access to major roadways. “We’re closer to projects in New Jersey, which makes it very convenient for our New Jersey customers,” McQuillan said. “A lot of our contractors who work in New York City also come through this way. Plus, we can deliver to our New York businesses right over the George Washington Bridge. The proximity to Routes 17 and 3 makes movement very easy.”
The NJMC is always excited to welcome new companies to the Meadowlands District and we wish Distribution International and HighRoad Press much success in their new facilities. This is an especially exciting time in the District, as the Big Game draws closer and excitement continues to grow over the excellent economic opportunities it will bring to the region’s businesses.
In anticipation of the unique opportunities that the Super Bowl presents for the Meadowlands District, the NJMC wishes to remind all new and existing businesses located within the District to contact the NJMC to discuss their plans and/or to apply for any required permits well in advance if they are interested in either hosting retail sales events and/or outdoor events and changing or erecting new signage.
Should you have any questions regarding the Commission’s regulations pertaining to these or other activities, please call 201-460-1700 and ask for the zoning officer of the day.