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           The next meeting of the Association will be at the Meeting Room at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, New Jersey, at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.  Our guest speaker is James McCreath, Ph.D., Vice President Behavioral Health/Psychiatry at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth, NJ, and St. Joseph’s Health, Paterson, NJ, who will speak regarding mental health and addictions.   

           Please note your diary and confirm your attendance by e-mail to, so that we may make the appropriate arrangements for breakfast.  You should plan to have a substitute attend on behalf of your company if you are not able to attend. 

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November 19, 2019 (Sponsored by Batteries Plus Bulbs)

January 21, 2020

February 18, 2020 (Sponsored by A&M Industrial)

March 17, 2020

Annual Dinner April 23, 2019

May 19, 2020

June 16, 2020



Linden Industrial Association



           A regular meeting of the Linden Industrial Association was held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, NJ, pursuant to written notice thereof duly sent to all members in accordance with the provisions of the Bylaws of the Association.  The following were present:

           Paul Abramson                                   Material Handling Society NJ

           Chris Beriont                                      Pennoni

           Kathleen Burke                                   A&M Industrial

           Wayne Cromwell                                General Magnaplate 

           Mike Denci                                         Just In Time Chemical Services, Inc.

           James K. Estabrook, Esq.                   Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, PC

           Steve Flood                                         Scomage

           Brandon Hering                                  Linden VFT

           Bernie Kordelski                                 Total Specialties USA

           June Lazaro                                         Primerica

           Alex Lospinoso, Guest Speaker          City of Linden Chief of Staff and LEDC Director 

           Janet Miller                                         Cox Printers & Digital Media

           Bob Morrison                                      ServPro

           Eric Nowoslawski                               Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce

           Mary Phillips                                       Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery

           Jerry Prevete                                       Pennoni Engineering

           Steven Reisler                                     Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

           Bob Sobol                                           Brinkerhoff Environmental Services

           Rebecca Kerins-Tattoli                       Office of the Mayor, City of Linden

           Kamila Williams, Guest Speaker        Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and

                                                                       Middlesex County, President & CEO; Community

                                                                       Food Bank of New Jersey, Vice President of 

                                                                       Programs and Services

Our special thanks to Lois Bass, Karl Van Driesen and Infineum USA L.P., for their continued support of the Linden Industrial Association in sponsoring today’s breakfast meeting. A motion was duly made and seconded to approve the minutes of the membership meeting on September 17, 2019.  The motion was unanimously passed.  


President’s Report.  President June Lazaro was pleased to welcome back Paul Abramson as a representative for a new member, the Material Handling Society of New Jersey.  The President also reminded the membership that the Kiwanis Club of Linden would be presenting the 7th Annual Taste of Linden fundraising event on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Grand Banquet Hall, 12 N. Stiles Street.  Finally, she provided the membership with an update on the preparation of a directory of all nonprofit organizations in the City of Linden and hoped to have it completed by year end.  

Program.  President June Lazaro was pleased to introduce Kamila Williams, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County, and Vice President of Programs and Services for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.  Ms. Williams stated that she was there as a representative of the five individuals who make up the staff of the Plainfield and Middlesex County Chapter.  

Habitat for Humanity has a vision - a world where everyone has a safe and comfortable place to live.  Its mission is to put God’s love to work in each community.  In the building of homes for the deserving, they provide simple, decent and affordable housing.  It is important to them that they must build in a manner that is suitable and visually acceptable to the environment in which they are building.  Typically, they have built in low-income areas to help revitalize that area.  It is not uncommon that when Habitat for Humanity comes into rehab a home to build new, the neighbors clean up their property so that it remains attractive with the new development.  It is also not uncommon that Habitat will end up with excess supplies from the project, particularly landscaping materials, and they will donate those to the neighbors.

Habitat for Humanity is a hand-up and not a hand-out organization.  The home is never given away as a gift to the homeowner.  First, they require sweat equity from each homeowner.  They have to come and work on the home with all the volunteers and trained professionals.  Second, they have to take out a mortgage on the property.  Habitat for Humanity is both a developer and a lender.  Different from other lenders, however, there is no cash down payment and the mortgage is provided as zero interest.  The sweat equity that the homeowner provides is a form of down payment.  As to professionals, Habitat for Humanity does have a professional roofer, sheetrocker and licensed plumbers and electricians, to handle those aspects of construction.  They are lucky as many of the trades will donate their labor for Habitat for Humanity.  

Habitat for Humanity has a national office which collects donations, which are then funneled to the local offices which are utilized for planning, materials and supplies, which are done in conjunction with families and other community leaders for the construction of new homes.  The mortgage payments that they receive from the homeowners are funneled back to the local office to help supply cashflow for the next project.  The Plainfield/Middlesex County Chapter has completed 45 homes to date.

How families are selected starts with a demonstration of a housing need.  They, however, do not accept families that do not have some steady source of income.  No more than 30% of their gross income should go towards paying the mortgage.  They have to show an ability to pay and a willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity.  They must go to counseling classes offered for free by Habitat to learn how to manage their budgets. 

One of their biggest sources of assistance but also a scheduling issue are all of the many volunteers and companies that want to work with Habitat for Humanity.  They have an “Adopt a Day” where Habitat will take up to 12 volunteers from a company to come in and work on their current project.  It’s excellent for the company as a bonding experience for the employees.  For instance, new hires or different departments or senior management would all get together for a different work experience.  It is also possible for the company to sponsor a high school crew.  They can take individuals 16 years of age and older.

The average price for each home is somewhere between $150,000 and $180,000.  The municipality must agree to lock in the real estate property taxes for at least three years.  The homeowners are under a restriction on the sale whereby Habitat places a lien on the equity of the home, so if there is a sale within ten years, the equity comes back to Habitat for Humanity.  The waiting list for families is extensive in the Plainfield and Middlesex County areas, but they can be referred to other Habitat local chapters, but the families must be willing to move.  There are portions of the State where the waiting list is very low, and they will be building condominium structures or multiple housing units, which is more complex construction but can help more families in need.  In the Plainfield Middlesex County Chapter they only build single family residences.  They are currently working on three homes currently.  

Environmental, Health & Safety.  In the absence of co-Chairmen Richard Lulla, Joe Barbanel and Timothy Fitzpartrick, there was no report from the Environmental, Health & Safety Committee.

Government & Community Relations.  Chairman Bernie Kordelski ceded his time to representatives of the City.

Rebecca Kerins-Tattoli, reported on the following upcoming events:

· Red Ribbon Day 10/19 from 10 am to 2 pm at Nomahegan Park, Cranford;

· Latin Festival 10/19 from 2 to 7 pm at Linden Promenade on Wood Avenue;

· Anti-Vaping Seminar 10/28 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Wilson Bldg at Wilson Pond (Summit Terrace just off St. Georges, behind Linden High School Academy);

· Halloween Parade 10/27 starts at 2 pm, runs from South Wood at Linden Avenue to West Curtis Street;

· Car, Truck and Bike Show 10/27 from 11 am to 4 pm at Aviation Plaza, Rt. 1 North and Stiles St.;

· Taste of Linden 10/29 starts at 5:30 goes to 8:30 pm at the Grand Banquet Hall, formerly known as the Linden Ambulance Building, on 12 N. Stiles St.;

· Harvest Party 10/31 from 4 to 7 pm;

· Election Day 11/5 polls open at 6 am close at 8 pm;

· Veterans Day Dinner 11/11 starts at 5:30 pm in Linden High School Gym;

· Breakfast with Santa 11/30 8 am to 12 pm at JTG Center, 330 Helen St.

Linden Economic Development Committee.  Chairman Alex Lospinoso reported that the Lifestyles II development on Wood Avenue is moving along briskly with all the framing having been completed on the 45-unit condominium structure.  There is an expectation it will be retail at street level.  The St. George Avenue redevelopment project is at Phase I of 115 units and is moving forward.  The development at Linden and Park Avenue had its groundbreaking ceremony and it will accommodate an extended stay hotel plus storage facilities.  The LEDC is particularly pleased with this project resulting in new revenue flow for the City of $330,000 per year through a PILOT Program.  The LEDC had a meeting with a new engineering firm that is representing a company that is looking to build a port at Tremley Point.  This would be an ambitious and major project that is only in the beginning stages.  The improvements at the former GM site are proceeding briskly with many of the tenants, including Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell and LA Fitness opening their facilities the first half of 2020.  

On November 13th, there will be ribbon cutting for the new Super Walmart at the site.  It is their largest store in all of the northeast.  Mr. Lospinoso reported on a meeting held with SuperFresh which wants to expand its property in Linden and add a Dunkin’ Donuts on site.  The LEDC was also particularly proud of the Linden First Program.  It was a great success with 35 employers making themselves available to hire Linden residents.  Five hundred people attended the event.

Finally, the groundbreaking ceremonies for Aries Energy would be taking place that morning.  It is going to be at the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority.  The company will turn the slug from the Authority into usable material for construction, including as a mix for asphalt.  This will be a win for all parties as it will largely eliminate the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority’s obligation to pay fees for the removal of that waste.  

Membership.  In attendance was Paul Abramson, LIA representative for former member SolarKAL.  Mr. Abramson is now the Vice President for Business Development for the Material Handling Society New Jersey.  

Originally established in 1949, the Material Handling Society is the oldest professional organization of its kind in New Jersey with over 300 active members in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. MHSNJ is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting material handling professional by providing an educational forum and fostering communication among New Jersey's manufacturing, warehousing and distribution practitioners. Material Handling is the science and art pertaining to the movement, storage, control and protection of goods and materials throughout the process of manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.  For information regarding its Energy Roundtable on October 15 visit  

There being no further matters, the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the Hampton Inn. 

                                                                       Respectfully submitted,

                                                                       James K. Estabrook, Esq., Secretary

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(Sponsored by Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper PC)

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(Sponsored by Infineum USA L.P.)

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(Sponsored by Batteries & Bulbs)

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