County seeking vendors for Sept. 28 daylong event 

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – As unlikely as it might seem, jewelry, bagels, orchids and surfboards share a common thread with handmade glass, honey, cosmetics, flags, beer, chocolate, tea and more.

Give up? They are all made in Monmouth County.

These and other items, produce in Monmouth County, will be on display during the County’s second “Made in Monmouth” event to be held Sept. 28 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. The event is being held to draw attention to businesses that manufacture products right here at home and to give people the opportunity to shop local.

“Monmouth County has a long and rich heritage producing goods and services,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “From our earliest days of lumber, food, iron and boat building to today’s high-tech graphics and the arts, Monmouth County has always been creative and productive, bringing top-quality merchandise to markets here and around the world.”

Keyport was home to Aeromarine, which converted military aircraft to civilian service beginning in 1921. And some of the nation’s largest uniform manufacturers were in Red Bank, Long Branch and Neptune City. There even was a Wall Township company that made NASCAR racecars and there still is one of the most successful engine builders for custom cars, trucks s and hot rods in Freehold.

“Today, Monmouth County produces sophisticated custom motorcycles, emergency vehicles, coffee, specialty teas and much more,” Arnone added. “I’m proud that our residents can be creative and prosper while giving consumers the option of shopping locally.”

Made in Monmouth is organized by the Grow Monmouth team within the county’s Division of Economic Development. Grow Monmouth officials have met with hundreds of business, civic and government leaders in recent months to provide state-of-the-art information services. It has become a major public-private project to create and preserve jobs in Monmouth County.

Interested producers and manufacturers are encouraged to register online at www.visitmonmouth.com or contact Economic Development at 732-431-7470 for more information.

The list of participating vendors will be published on the County website at www.visitmonmouth.com.