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Gottheimer visits Thorlabs Inc. in Newton for ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate grand opening

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer Friday took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Thorlabs’ new building, Quantum Leap.

The expansion will create new jobs in Northern New Jersey. Gottheimer was joined by Thorlabs founder Alex Cable, Thorlabs President Jennifer Cable, and Thorlabs employee.

“Thorlabs is an innovative Northern New Jersey business that is continuing to expand their incredible facilities in Newton,” Gottheimer said. “The ingenuity and creativity taking place at Thorlabs has led to thousands of jobs for New Jersey and is continuing to help to revitalize and invest in Sussex County.”

Founded in 1989, Thorlabs is headquartered in Sussex County and is home to their mechanics, optics, fiber optics, advanced systems technology, and laser division teams as well as one of four primary distribution warehouses. On-site manufacturing takes place at the Newton headquarters and approximately 90% of its products are manufactured in-house. Thorlabs products serve research institutions, manufacturers, and biomedical organizations.

In 2020, Gottheimer joined with Thorlabs, Sussex County Community College (SCCC), and the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program to host a roundtable to discuss ongoing cooperation to close the middle-skill jobs gap in North Jersey, to identify federal investment opportunities to expand STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) training, and to continue the public-private partnerships supporting SCCC’s optics technology programs.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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