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Hunterdon Vitality

Small businesses are the mainstay of the county’s economic vitality. Only 120 workplaces here report more than 50 employees, but we have almost 4,000 who employ fewer than 50. Hunterdon has one of the highest concentrations of home-based businesses in the country, and the Chamber, Raritan Valley Community College’s Business and Professional Development Institute, the YMCA and high school adult education offer programs particularly suitable for emerging and start-up firms.

We also celebrate the presence and active involvement in our corporate and community life of the home offices of Merck & Co., Inc. and Foster Wheeler, of major operations of ExxonMobil Research & Development, Ingersoll Rand, New York Life, and 3M, and of our own home-grown but widely-respected companies including Advanced Biologics, Hitran, Johanna Foods, Kullman Industries, and Magnesium Elektron.

Retail:

Flemington, Lambertville, Frenchtown, and Clinton are the largest centers, attracting loyal shoppers from afar who return again and again for the unusual antiques, special bargains and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Flemington is also known as the Mecca for automobile purchasers, who can select from more than a dozen auto dealerships. Colalillo’s three regional ShopRite supermarkets are among the most visible food and produce purveyors in the area, and there are a number of bakeries, a top-rated seafood market, and other special foods stores.

Small Manufacturing:

In addition to the firms mentioned above, Hunterdon is home to Smurfit, Presco Foods, and Gerber Metal.

Professional Services:

Naturally, there are dozens of professionals, including large regional accounting firms like Amper, Politize and Mattia, and major law firms like Gebhardt & Kieffer. In the area of marketing, computer services, graphic design, insurance and financial services, Hunterdon is fortunate to have dozens of companies and associates serving corporate and individual clients. These firms are staffed by astute professionals, who’ve found they can develop a strong practice without sacrificing family and a healthy lifestyle.

The banks in the area supply unusually active support for many community activities, in addition to the full range of banking services for the county’s residences and businesses. Jersey Central Power & Light and Sprint serve Hunterdon in dozens of ways that go far beyond the utilities they provide.

Hunterdon boasts office parks, modest in size, along Route 22 in Lebanon, Interstate 78 in Union Township, as well as upscale, Class A professional buildings in Lambertville, and Whitehouse. To serve the overnight corporate account as well as the tourist, leading hospitality names such as Holiday Inn Select and Hampton Inn are conveniently located in Clinton and Hampton Inn in Flemington.

Sometimes overlooked are the non-for-profit organizations, of which there are many, offering the entire range of social services, arts and heritage preservation and promotion.

Hunterdon has a balanced economy, with a panoply of goods and services unusual for our rural character. With the temptations of shopping, sports and its own culture rich in visual performing arts and historic preservation, Hunterdon sits equidistant from the attractions of New York and Philadelphia (only a little more than an hour away). The county has become the center of a satisfying lifestyle for an increasing number of families.

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