5 of the Most Recent Companies to  Open in Newark

5 of the Most Recent Companies to Open in Newark

1 – COMPANY NAME: Broadridge Financial Solutions Global, Technology & Operations Division
LOCATION: 2 Gateway Center
IN NEWARK SINCE: November 2017

Broadridge Financial Solutions relocated to Newark in November of 2017. The company, which provides advanced communications, technology, data and analytics solutions for the financial services industry and businesses, moved its global technology and operations division to Newark, contributing to the city’s identity as a growing tech hub.

According to Glassdoor.com, more than 60% of those ­currently employed at the company have a positive outlook about it.

dN: Welcome to town. How’s it going so far?

Joan: “I have to say that I’ve been enjoying the commute to Newark and taking advantage of all the great restaurants.” Joan says Broadridge embraces diversity and is deeply respectful of all employees and their opinions: “It sounds cheesy but employees truly matter, and this mirrors my own beliefs. I like the people I work with and want to help them succeed.”  

Joan, Managing Director,
started working in Newark
at Broadridge one year ago.

 

Robert: “The commute [to Newark] is an easy drive for me, coming from Bergen County. And I also have the option of taking the train. Typically, I’ll do that, actually. It’s a pretty quick ride for me, so that -certainly makes it attractive.”

Robert says he was attracted to Broadridge because the company is “well-positioned in the industry to support what clients are looking for today, which basically is partners that can help them from both a technology perspective as well as from a -business perspective.”

Robert, Vice President,
started working at Broadridge
in Newark one year ago.

2 – COMPANY NAME: HelloFresh
LOCATION: 60 Lister Ave.
IN NEWARK SINCE: 2016

HelloFresh is an international, publicly traded meal-kit company based in Berlin, Germany. It’s the largest meal-kit delivery provider in the U.S. The company moved to Newark in 2016, bringing its 350,000-sq.-ft. distribution center to the East Ferry neighborhood. The company’s close proximity to the Passaic River and the New Jersey Turnpike offers better access to the tri-state area market. The distribution center employs approximately 240 people, with 25 percent of them being Newark residents.

dN: Welcome to town. How’s it going so far?

Valdon: I enjoy the opportunity to work in a diverse community with talented young leaders who are eager to learn and grow. Newark is a place of unlimited potential. Valdon says HelloFresh “provides me with the opportunity to use my 20-plus years in the military to develop future leaders and civic minded workers. Community extends beyond the walls of HelloFresh.”

Valdon, Director of Operations,
started working at the HelloFresh
distribution center in Newark last year.

3 – COMPANY NAME: Fabuwood
LOCATION: 69 Blanchard Street
IN NEWARK SINCE: August 2018

New to Newark’s continually-expanding employment landscape, Fabuwood Cabinetry Corp. recently moved its headquarters from Jersey City to Newark. The company’s green-certified, state-of-the-art facility is equipped with cutting-edge manufacturing technology and comfortable, spacious offices for its employees. According to the company’s Chief Operating Officer Joel Epstein, “Our new building encompasses all of Fabuwood’s core values: quality, service, innovation and community… Expansion means more employees and we can’t wait to be a part of the local Newark community.”

dN: Welcome to town. How’s it going so far?

Valdon: I enjoy the opportunity to work in a diverse community with talented young leaders who are eager to learn and grow. Newark is a place of unlimited potential. Valdon says HelloFresh “provides me with the opportunity to use my 20-plus years in the military to develop future leaders and civic minded workers. Community extends beyond the walls of HelloFresh.”

Valdon, Director of Operations,
started working at the HelloFresh
distribution center in Newark last year.

4 – Company Name: Petco
LOCATION: 609 Broad Street
IN NEWARK SINCE: August 2018

Petco is a leading specialty pet retailer. With more than 1,500 locations across the country, the company set up shop in Newark this summer. The Newark location offers products for a wide variety of pets, including dogs, cats, reptiles, fish and birds; premium pet services like full service and self-service dog grooming and training classes; and pet vaccinations. The location also has special adoption events for those looking for their next special friend.

According to Indeed.com, the company is touted as a fun, team-oriented workplace with supportive management. Last year, the company earned its sixth consecutive Ethisphere Institute recognition as one of the world’s most ethical companies.

 

dN: Welcome to town. How’s it going so far?

Valdon: I enjoy the opportunity to work in a diverse community with talented young leaders who are eager to learn and grow. Newark is a place of unlimited potential. Valdon says HelloFresh “provides me with the opportunity to use my 20-plus years in the military to develop future leaders and civic minded workers. Community extends beyond the walls of HelloFresh.”

Valdon, Director of Operations,
started working at the HelloFresh
distribution center in Newark last year.

5 – Company Name: TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown
LOCATION: 24 East Park Street
IN NEWARK SINCE:  April 2018

TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown sits in the heart of the city’s bustling business district, minutes from New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the nation’s busiest airports. The hotel occupies a historic building erected in the 1920s and its art-deco inspired design harkens back to that era. The Newark location is the sixth U.S. location for the TRYP by Wyndham brand.

The employee benefits package is reportedly one of the things that makes Wyndham a great company to work for. Other reasons include advancement potential and a team-oriented culture. 2018 is the ninth consecutive year that Wyndham companies have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index as one of the Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equality employees.

dN: Welcome to town. How’s it going so far?

Valdon: I enjoy the opportunity to work in a diverse community with talented young leaders who are eager to learn and grow. Newark is a place of unlimited potential. Valdon says HelloFresh “provides me with the opportunity to use my 20-plus years in the military to develop future leaders and civic minded workers. Community extends beyond the walls of HelloFresh.”

Valdon, Director of Operations,
started working at the HelloFresh
distribution center in Newark last year.

Newark’s Residential Rebirth

Newark’s Residential Rebirth

People are Moving in… and Staying

More than 1,000 new places to live have sprung up  in the last year. Who lives there and is it affordable?

On July 16, 2018, Chris Keys moved into a one-bedroom apartment in downtown Newark that overlooks NJPAC. “I work long hours, sometimes 13 hours a day at the restaurant, so I want to get home fast and be in a space that I enjoy and can relax in,” says Keys, who is the general manager of Marcus B&P on Halsey Street.

Keys didn’t move from New York. He moved to the new luxury apartments at One Theater Square from the other end of Broad Street where he had lived for the last eight years.

“Newark has this amazing vibe and culture. There is a really strong sense of community here that is unlike anywhere else. We all watch out for each other, we root for the new startups, and we support each other’s dreams,” says Keys, explaining why he stays in Newark. “There’s something bigger than just us happening here. It is a transformation for everyone.”

Since 2017, almost 1,000 new apartments have been completed, and more than 300 of those have been deemed affordable housing units, according to the 2018 City of Newark State of the City report.

Some of those new developments include Riverview Arms, which has 128 affordable housing units, and the Hahne and Co. Building, which has 100 market-rate units and 60 affordable-housing units. One Theater Square has 244 apartments, including 24 affordable housing units. The developer of One Theater Square held a lottery in August for applicants who make less than the average median income. The lottery enabled a broader pool of Newarkers to have a chance at obtaining some of the residential units.

Keys staked a claim to his home well before any lotteries. He secured his market-rate unit two years ago and waited patiently as the construction crew laid the foundation, topped off and finally finished the 22-story glass and brick sensation.

“I absolutely love my apartment! There’s ­nothing like brand new everything or sitting on my ­balcony and seeing the New York skyline.” Chris Keys

Newark’s Native Son Rebuilds Hometown

Newark’s Native Son Rebuilds Hometown

Hassan Keith likes to brag about James Baxter Terrace, the historic Newark housing project where he grew up.

“It was really a village — there were cousins, there were elders,” he said. “Those of us who grew up there are all highly educated and employed now.”

As the head of general construction for the Mid-Atlantic ­Alliance and managing partner of Lofts at Lincoln Park, Keith is one of Baxter Terrace’s highest achieving sons. From his community ­connections, to his own entrepreneurship, to his efforts to make more ­Newark residents homeowners, Keith spends every day building a better Newark.

The Mid-Atlantic Alliance has three developments in Newark: Lofts at Lincoln Park, Black Wall Street Project, and Urban League Townhomes. The ribbon-cutting for Lofts at Lincoln Park, a $7 million, 18-unit condominium development at 90-96 Clinton Avenue, took place this summer.

When Keith graduated from Rutgers in 1994, he moved back to Baxter ­Terrace to live with his grandparents and help care for his mother who’d just been diagnosed with cancer.

“The neighborhood was no longer what it was when I grew up,” he said. “It was dangerous.”

This spurred a search for a new home. Keith eventually found a three-family house in East Orange, NJ, fit for little else but a total rehab. But he did it—and moved his whole family out of Baxter Terrace.

“I got my passion for building out of that experience,” he revealed. “Out of ripping down the walls and putting them back up. From there I bought another house and got my friends from college involved.”

Keith has been gutting homes and fixing them up ever since, putting up new apartments and duplexes, and helping more Newark ­residents become homeowners. Members of the community know his mission and call him or stop him on the street to ask how they can ­qualify to buy a home, sort out mortgages, ­navigate credit inquiries, and build up the ­financial ability to own a home.

Even as Mid-Atlantic strives to meet the growing demand for at-market and even ­luxury housing in Newark, Keith takes care of his own.

“We have to make sure that we’re not pushing out residents that have been living in Newark for 30 or 40 years,” he said. “There’s no way that I would come in and move my cousins.”

But at the same time, he’s optimistic about what is happening in Newark.

“You can see changes every day. Our neighborhoods are becoming more desirable. People are coming to Newark and seeing the value.”

Those college buddies who helped Keith rehab that first house are now his business partners: Victor Baker, whose contracting firm was merged with Keith’s to form the Mid-Atlantic Alliance, and Michael Bunton, who went to Wall Street after college and helped Keith get the down payment for his first house.

A newer but no less valuable arrival to the crew is Mike Adams, the starting safety for the Carolina Panthers, who is involved in youth programs in Paterson, NJ, and who is emotionally invested in redeveloping urban communities.

And that emotional investment, shared by all of the Mid-Atlantic Alliance, is more central to their goals than the financial investments. What sets them apart from other developers is their dedication to the city of Newark.

“You need to have a conscience,” Keith says. “This work is more than just bricks and mortar.”

Look at Morgan!

Look at Morgan!

Name: Morgan Takae Smith
Age:  17
Occupation:  Intern at Audible
Hometown:  Newark, NJ
School:  Science Park High School
Grade:  12th grade

If someone would have told Morgan Takae Smith as a child that she would be one of the faces of a major technology company, she wouldn’t have believed them. A girl once bullied over her acne, Smith is now an intern at Audible and is featured in their local ad campaign.

Newark-based Audible is a subsidiary of Amazon and is the largest audiobook producer in the country. Smith is one of 70 Newark high school students who participate in the company’s year-round internship program.

The internship has gotten Smith model-ready and exposed her to corporate life. Prior to beginning her internship, Smith was set on a career as a makeup artist.

“Audible exposed me to things I wasn’t exposed to before in business,” she said. “I always thought business was super boring and wasn’t anything enjoyable.” But through her internship, Smith was able to see what goes on behind the scenes with large projects and the hard work that goes into them. She has assisted with projects like Audible’s website, Audible Range, and others.

Smith grew up in the Ivy Hill section of Newark. After graduating high school in 2019, she hopes to attend Howard University and major in marketing.

Ask the Mayor

Ask the Mayor

Mayor Ras Baraka answers questions about living and working in Newark.

Jessica Baker
@cjbaker91  

Does Mayor Baraka really believe that the working wage (including minimum wage) is enough for an original Newarker to afford these new lofts and buildings? And I don’t mean the lottery rent, I’m talking market price.

Mayor Baraka: There are Newarkers who can afford market rent. Everybody in Newark does not work below the minimum wage. About 30% of the city lives below the poverty line but our goal is to have an integrated community. We don’t want to concentrate poverty in one area and wealth in another. So we work to have units that are for -people who make more money and units for people who make less money.

Melissa Lyte
@mylisa35  

How do I as a Newark resident get a foot in at companies like Audible so I can live and work in Newark instead of commuting to the city?

Mayor Baraka: Go to the Newark 2020 website, newark2020.com, and click the button that’s for residents. Be patient because there are still some things we are trying to work out. But the Newark 2020 website has a direct link to the companies and corporations that are in the city. That’s a good start.

Debbie Sampson   

How can I get a job cleaning up Newark streets?

Mayor Baraka: You can get a job down at the Newark Downtown District (downtownnewark.com) or go to any of the other special improvement districts. There is the Bergen-Lyons-Clinton Special Improvement District, there is a West Ward improvement district (www.partnershipwestinc.org) on South Orange Avenue and there are several other improvement districts that you can work for -privately to help clean up Newark. And, of course, you can apply for a sanitation job (newarknj.gov/jobs).

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