IRVINGTON, NJ (June 5, 2009) Manufacturers Reserve Supply (MRS), Inc. of Irvington was recently honored with a 2009 New Good Neighbor Award for the construction of two new company buildings. The award is sponsored jointly by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and New Jersey Business magazine. With more than 22,000 members, NJBIA is the nation’s largest state-level employers association. New Jersey Business magazine is NJBIA’s flagship publication.
NJBIA President Philip Kirschner presented the award to Steve Boyd, President of MRS, at the 49th Annual New Good Neighbor Awards luncheon on June 5th, held at the Woodbridge Hotel and Conference Center.
“Our New Good Neighbor winners have cleaned up toxic waste on contaminated properties, converted former landfills into new facilities, renovated old buildings, and built brand new structures,” Kirschner said. “Each project improves the quality of life in its community by making it more attractive, providing jobs and increasing tax ratables.”
Never giving up on Irvington, Manufacturers Reserve Supply has been in the city since 1931, working hard to build and reconfigure its site on Woolsey Street. The $6 million project includes a warehouse and distribution facility, new parking lot, and an educational office building for the wholesale lumber distributor. Old dilapidated buildings were demolished, abandoned glass-strewn properties were cleaned and in the process, two hundred construction jobs were created. The project was designed by M.J.S. Architects of Dover. The builder was RC Andersen, LLC of East Rutherford. .
The New Good Neighbor Awards Luncheon annually brings together a dynamic group of builders, architects, engineers and others in the development community to honor those responsible for the State’s most impressive new commercial construction and renovation projects.
This year, 45 projects were nominated representing more than $560 million worth of construction and creating nearly 6,900 jobs. An independent panel of judges selected the winners based on economic impact, architectural merit and community involvement. Steve Boyd was honored to be included with some of the big winners like BMW, Novartis, Bayer and many others. The story of renovation goes back to MRS President Steve Boyd’s involvement with the city’s Camptown Improvement District (CBID.) Boyd is an original member of the organization, which was founded in the late 90’s by the New Good Neighbor nominator, Michael Roesch (president of the CBID & the Irvington Chamber of Commerce.) Boyd is noted for committing funds and generally “getting the CBID off the ground,” Roesch explains. MRS location became the first redevelopment designation in the industrial section of Irvington. The site was also the second “Industrial Special Improvement District” in the US.