New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno on Monday visited MRP, a steel fabricator in South Plainfield that is providing steel to rebuild the World Trade Center.
MRP began working on the project three and a half years ago. Its workforce has expanded from 80 to 200 employees and the mill is now open seven days a week. The company is expected to provide 40 percent, or 33,000 tons of the steel for the new 1,776-foot tall World Trade Center one, formerly known as the “Freedom Tower.”
“We are literally helping to rebuild the World Trade Center here in South Plainfield,” Lt. Governor Guadagno said. She remarked how just a few years ago, the scene at MRP was very quiet, noting that, “I’m told you could even hear the crickets.”
The Lt. Governor toured a cavernous warehouse filled with dozens of workers. Sparks flew and electronic equipment hummed as welders shaped and fabricated steel for various parts of the Ground Zero reconstruction project.
“Today, the plant is alive 24 hours a day,” she said.
David Floyd, the president of MRP, said the company is providing steel for three specific projects: World Trade Center One, Tower Four and the reconstruction of the area’s transportation system.
“Our workers are here in New Jersey, “ Floyd said. “It’s been a tremendous effort.”
The Lt. Governor toured the company plant on New Market Road along with Bill Baroni, the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Baroni said, “The massive rebuilding effort at the World Trade Center site has brought this underused steel plant back to life, creating more than 120 good paying jobs in New Jersey and throughout the region. This is just one of the many New Jersey businesses that have benefited from the multibillion dollar projects being built at the World Trade Center that have provided a major boost to the state’s economy.”