“Made in Newark”

By: Bob Golon

“Made in Newark” was already a favorite local saying by the time the Newark Industrial Exhibition opened at the corner of Washington and Court Streets in August 1872. The first such exhibition ever held in the United States attracted 130,000 visitors during its two week run, including the President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. A dazzling display of locally manufactured products was featured, including agricultural tools, furniture, leather, gas lamps, upholstery, jewelry, piano-fortes, oil clothes, silverware and heavy machinery. Products “Made in Newark” form the historical basis of the modern manufacturing, retail, and service oriented city that MARAC members will see firsthand while attending the Newark Spring MARAC conference at the Robert Treat/Best Western Hotel in April 2017. Continue reading