County-sponsored event highlights home-grown products
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Monmouth County will be holding its 5th annual “Made in Monmouth” expo displaying products made by companies in the County. The event will be held on Saturday, April 9 in the MAC at Monmouth University on Larchwood Avenue, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“After five years, the ‘Made in Monmouth’ program is still growing in popularity,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “The number of companies providing goods and services recognize the economic opportunity this event provides. Residents from Monmouth County and across the state have come to appreciate the quality products offered for sampling or purchase. We are proud of the vendors who call Monmouth County home. The public will have access to nearly 200 vendors who will showcase their craft.”
Previous events have showcased jewelry, furniture, pretzels, orchids, surfboards, handmade glass, honey, cosmetics, flags, chocolate, tea and much more. All of these items are made in Monmouth County and were available for purchase to the thousands of people who attended the single day event last year.
“Supporting our local economy creates jobs and gives businesses the incentive to keep expanding. That is good for consumers and good for our economy,” explained Arnone. “The Made in Monmouth Expo is the setting where people realize they don’t need to travel too far to take advantage of excellent products made by companies in this County.”
Made in Monmouth is organized by the Grow Monmouth team within the County’s Division of Economic Development. Grow Monmouth officials meet regularly with business, civic and government leaders to provide state-of-the-art information services. It has become a major public-private project to create and preserve jobs in Monmouth County.
Last year, more than 160 Monmouth County-based manufacturers registered for “Made in Monmouth.” The expo is free to the public. A list of vendors will be provided the day of the event and will available online at www.visitmonmouth.com.
Interested producers and manufacturers are encouraged to request to apply for the waitlist online at www.visitmonmouth.com or contact the Division of Economic Development at 732-431-7470 for more information.