Lt. Gov. Stops In Mountainside During Statewide “100 Business Tour”

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MOUNTAINSIDE – Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno toured the offices of Danfoss Hago in Mountainside yesterday as part of her statewide “100 business tour.”

Danfoss Hago was founded in 1933 in Denmark and operates 79 factories in 22 countries. Its core business is manufacturing specialized nozzles for a variety of products, including cars, pesticide containers, and fire hoses. It also supplies other components and solutions for oil burners. Just last month, the company launched a new air source heat pump that provides heat efficiently even when the temperature is minus 20 degrees. The company has about 24,000 employees worldwide and about 70 in New Jersey.

“Danfoss Hago represents a significant employer of high skill manufacturing jobs, which plays an important role in the state’s supply chain to support the needs of other New Jersey’s businesses,’’ said Guadagno. “With more than 70 years in business, this company has become an expert in its field. I am glad they are doing business in Union County and the Christie Administration is committed to help Danfoss Hago expand and grow in the future.”

Richard Thiel, the company’s regional manager for North America, said, “We are very pleased with the state’s Business Action Center and the help they have given us. That’s why we wanted to host the Lt. Governor. We know she supports manufacturing, which is what we do.”

The advanced manufacturing industry contributed over $17 billion to New Jersey’s Gross Domestic Product in 2009, or about 3.6 percent of all state output. There were more than 127,000 people employed in this industry sector in 2009. The state’s advanced manufacturing industry paid a total of more than $11.6 billion in wages in 2009, which represents about 6.8 percent of New Jersey’s total wages paid.

“Wherever I go, I meet men and women dedicated to doing business in New Jersey,” Guadagno said. “I applaud them and stand ready to assist them.”

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