LINDEN, N.J., April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- General Magnaplate Corp. has announced this week that it remains committed to keeping its headquarters in New Jersey, after the announcement that it will be closing its Ventura, CA, facility.
"After 36 years we decided to leave California," Commented Candida Aversenti, CEO of General Magnaplate. "Predatory citizens groups and law firms that make their living entirely by preying on small businesses, combined with the higher than average costs of operating a business in California, made for an environment we no longer care to be a part of. We are proud to remain fiscally strong and good corporate citizens of the great state of New Jersey which continues to offer a business-friendly home for small-to-medium businesses like ours."
"Corporate citizenship is a phrase that gets thrown around but General Magnaplate has been a great corporate citizen for New Jersey. Not only are we a technology leader and dedicated environmentalists, we also have an exemplary job safety and health program. This was recognized when we were one of the first four small businesses in the country to participate in the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA's) pilot Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) for small businesses. Most recently we were proud to receive the Citation of Merit Award given by the Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Awards Program."
According to Aversenti, General Magnaplate's coatings have an inherently positive effect on the environment. She added, "Our founder believed that the advancement of metal coatings would have a positive impact on the use of natural resources. Because our coatings preserve the life of metal parts, our customers are able to reduce the amount of raw materials required for manufacturing, and therefore decrease the amount of scrap. Reducing the need to make new parts also conserves energy used in manufacturing processes. There are many, many positive environmental effects to be had from the use of coatings for metal components."
Other community relations programs by General Magnaplate include:
- Continued membership with the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum's Anchor Society, including a donation to the Intrepid to help rebuild the Space Shuttle Enterprise's pavilion damaged by super-storm Sandy.
- General Magnaplate donates to Puppies Behind Bars, Heifer International, the American Red Cross, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Kaleidoscope of Hope, Special Olympics, and the American Cancer Society.
- General Magnaplate set up scholarships with Endicott College and Pepperdine University, to fund programs that enable single parents to have a residential college experience with their child, and for foster children to complete their education.
- In its hometown of Linden, General Magnaplate contributes to emergency services, arts and education programs, donates to the local food bank and hires help from ARC, a county agency that helps those with disabilities find employment.
- At its facilities General Magnaplate has annually celebrated Earth Day for many years by planting flowers and trees and continues to enjoy vegetables from its company garden.
- General Magnaplate is an active member of both the Linden Industrial Association and the Linden Economic Development Corporation.
About General Magnaplate
General Magnaplate California is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Magnaplate Corporation of New Jersey, a woman-owned small business. It has facilities in Texas and New Jersey and worldwide licensees. General Magnaplate applied "synergistic" coatings transform low-performance, plentiful and inexpensive metals into corrosion-resistant, chemical-resistant, super-hard, dry-lubricated products that last longer, are more cost-efficient, and perform faster, therefore conserving the earth's valuable material resources. General Magnaplate is ISO 9001: 2008 certified, NADCAP accredited, and has been designated a "Star Site" by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In addition, many of its coatings are both FDA and USDA compliant. Learn more about General Magnaplate at www.magnaplate.com.
SOURCE General Magnaplate Corp.