Pallone Visits International Flavors & Fragrances Facility and Discusses Importance of American Manufacturing

May 13, 2014 Issues: Economy and Jobs, New Jersey

HAZLET, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) toured the International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (IFF) facility in Hazlet, New Jersey.   Congressman Pallone met with IFF management team and employees.  He also visited the facility’s plant and took a tour of the company’s solar field, which IFF developed at their Hazlet facility with GeoPeak, a New Jersey-based leader in solar energy.  Under a 15-year solar power purchase agreement, IFF will provide the land for and purchase all of the electricity from the solar installation.  The development of this solar facility was incentivized by the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), a federal tax incentive program that Pallone has supported in Congress.

“It is exciting to see the great work that IFF is doing in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District,” said Congressman Pallone. “Businesses right here in our own community, like IFF, are drivers of economic growth in this country, and we must ensure that we are opening new doors for them so that they can continue to innovate and create jobs here at home.  The Democrats’ Make It In America agenda allows us to reinvigorate our manufacturing sector and will set us on a solid path forward to a future of greater competitiveness, more jobs, and long-term economic success. I hope that Republicans will work with us to enact critical legislation we have proposed in this agenda.”

Congressman Pallone discussed the Make It In America plan’s focus on creating the best conditions for American businesses to manufacture their products, innovate, and create jobs right here in the U.S.  The Make It In America plan for the 113th Congress is focused on four key priorities that can bring about the changes needed to help businesses grow and create jobs here in the U.S., and which are the most likely to draw bipartisan support.  These priorities are central to creating jobs, helping manufacturers produce more goods here, maintaining America’s innovation edge, and preparing a highly skilled workforce.

The Congressman also praised IFF for their innovation in pursing sustainable manufacturing and energy practices.  He noted that by generating electricity from their cutting edge solar field, IFF is not only promoting clean energy, but green jobs. 

“Green jobs are a cornerstone of the Make It In America jobs plan,” said Pallone.  “Green jobs are not only good for the environment, but they will help grow our economy, and IFF’s move to run their facility on solar power is a move that should be an example to manufactures throughout the nation.”

A member of the S&P 500 Index, IFF employs almost 600 people at their facility in New Jersey’s 6th District.  IFF is a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products, including fine fragrances and beauty care, detergents and household goods, as well as beverages, sweet goods and food products.  IFF and its predecessor companies have been in the flavor and fragrance business since 1833.