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Middlesex County’s current prosperity links back to its history. The European settlers reconstructed the Lenape tribe trails into substantial roads to make the transfer of goods more manageable. The railroad and water-based transportation also assisted in the shipping process. All of these new pathways into Middlesex County invited business into the area.

Due to the county’s prime location and the many roadways converging in this area, business continues to flourish today. Water transportation as well as rail service have improved over time and still prove to be quite beneficial. Large cities close by in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Boston help to sustain commerce.

Back in the county’s formative years business owners could see that this was a great place to locate. The home of Johnson & Johnson still operates in New Brunswick where it was founded in 1886. Bristol-Meyers Squibb started off as two different companies when first opening in Middlesex County, but eventually merged and remains there today. It is impressive that companies have conducted business here for hundreds of years.

Middlesex County’s economy was once primarily driven by agriculture, but during and following the Civil War manufacturing became prevalent. The 20th century saw the advent of the service industry. This type of economy still exists today and is evident in the area’s major employers:

• Bristol-Meyers Squibb

• Merrill Lynch & Co.

• Telcordia Technology

• Prudential Insurance Company

• Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

• Johnson & Johnson

• J.F.K. Medical Center

• Silverline Building Products

• Raritan Bay Medical Center

• Saint Peter's University Hospital

• AT&T

• Pathmark

• Dow Jones & Co.

• Seimens AG

• United Parcels Service

• Amerada Hess Engelhard Corp.

• Aetna/US Healthcare

• Figitsu

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