President’s Welcome

On behalf of the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce, I invite you to visit our vibrant community and share in our growing Chamber of Commerce.

This directory serves as an introduction to the who, what and where of what drives the economic forces in Woodbridge Township and the surrounding areas. We are the voice of the business community, established in 1964 as a proactive business organization. We invite you to become a member and share your experience and knowledge in the economy of our service communities as a new partner. Our Chamber offers many educational and networking opportunities for our members.

We are located in a historic region of our state. Woodbridge and the surrounding towns are a great place to live and work. Please visit us and share the excitement.

Building Business… Making Connections…Since 1964

Karen M. Barnes
Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce


Chairman’s Welcome

For over half a century, the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce has served as the township’s spearhead for bringing ready, willing and able buyers and sellers together. Our Membership Directory serves as a valuable resource as you consider merchants and business professionals, and the goods and services they provide.

Woodbridge Township is more than just Woodbridge proper. While Main Street is the heart of Woodbridge, the township also embraces the sections known as Colonia, Iselin, Fords, Avenel, Hopelawn, Keasby, Menlo Park Terrace, Sewaren and Port Reading. These communities have wonderful businesses and equally wonderful residents and visitors. It is the goal of the WMCC to bring these people together. Doing business is about building relationships. At the Chamber, we are deeply committed to building and growing the types of relationships that really generate commercial activity and social interaction.

Woodbridge Township Mayor John McCormac likes to say, “Woodbridge is the best town around!” He’s right; it is. Woodbridge has something for everyone. We have fine and casual dining. We have small and mid-size boutique businesses as well as large shopping malls. We have beautiful residential communities, parks, entertainment and fitness centers throughout our township. Coming soon to Avenel will be the Avenel Arts Village. This will be an exciting new addition to our community. Few communities rival our attorneys, realtors, accountants, bankers and financial professionals. We are the leaders in environmental sustainability.

We are known as the “Crossroads Chamber” and with good reason. There is no busier corridor in the state than the one where the Parkway, the Turnpike and Routes 1, 9, 27 and 35 all meet. At the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce, our vision is to bring together our “buyers & sellers” through common relationships. Share in our vision – invest in your success.

Robert Durso
JJ Elek Realty
Chairman of the Board


Mayor’s Welcome

Woodbridge Township has welcomed residents and business since 1669 when the township was chartered as the first incorporated municipality in the Province of East Jersey. Today, Woodbridge Township is composed of 10 towns located over 26 square miles, yet has the feel of small-town America. Woodbridge offers quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods, local schools within a short walk and a responsive government focused on the needs of those who choose to live, work, educate their children and recreate in our community.

As Mayor of Woodbridge Township, I am continually seeking opportunities and innovative initiatives whereby Woodbridge corporate headquarters and offices, industry and business, retail and shopping centers and residents and visitors can together contribute to the betterment of our community in support of the unparalleled first-class business environment that thrives throughout our community.

Over the past several years, we have successfully engaged economic development that has been the engine that has allowed us to drive a historic $26 million investment in our schools. As a result of these investments, the township will generate nearly $8 million annually from the development projects – projects that were provided tax incentives by the township to encourage investment in Woodbridge. By offering tax incentives, we ensured that these companies would invest in Woodbridge – bringing several thousand jobs to our citizens with the added benefit of tax-free financing to expand and renovate school district and community infrastructure.

In concert with the Greater Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Woodbridge Economic Development Corporation, we welcome you to learn more about our great township and the many commercial opportunities that exist throughout our “Ten Towns.”

To learn more about the great business and residential opportunities in Woodbridge Township, visit the township website, www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us, or call my office at (732) 602-6015. We look forward to welcoming you to Woodbridge!

Best Regards,

Mayor John E. McCormac
Woodbridge Township


Township Numbers At-a-Glance

Town Hall
(732) 634-4500

Mayor’s Office
(732) 602-6015

Municipal Clerk
(732) 602-6007

Police
(732) 634-7700

Municipal Court
(732) 636-6430

Prosecutor
(732) 634-4500 x7358

Office of Emergency Management
(732) 602-7361

Tax Collector
(732) 602-6010

Tax Assessor
(732) 602-6002

Purchasing
(732) 634-4500 x6403

Community Center/ The Arenas
(732) 596-4000

Consumer Advocate
(732) 634-4500 x6498

Main Library
(732) 634-4450

Barron Arts Center
(732) 634-0413

Health Department
(732) 855-0600

Health Department Hotline
(732) 855-0600

Engineering
(732) 602-6047

Public Works
(732) 738-1311 x 3600

Pothole Hotline
(732) 726-2325

Recycling
(732) 738-1311 x3049

Parks and Recreation
(732) 596-4048

Channels 35 & 36
(732) 726-2310

Cable TV Hotline
(732) 726-2333

Board of Adjustment
(732) 602-6006

Planning Board
(732) 602-6005

Division On Aging
(732) 855-0600 x5023

Multi-Services Program
(732) 726-6261

Evergreen Center/Youth Center
(732) 726-6261

Building Department
(732) 602-6003

Housing Department
(732) 602-6009

Tooling Around the Township
(732) 609-6020


History

Woodbridge’s rich heritage began with the arrival of its first settlers in 1664. Traveling from Massachusetts, the pioneers put down roots on land acquired from the Lenni Lenape Indians. It is thought that the settlement chose the name of Woodbridge, honoring Newbury, Massachusetts, Reverend John Woodbridge.

In 1666, the Governor of New Jersey accorded the newly formed village permission to allocate land parcels, appoint a pastor and submit militia officers, followed shortly by the granting of a charter to the township by King Charles of England in 1669 – making Woodbridge the oldest original township in New Jersey.

In the next several decades, the town of Woodbridge grew, with the establishment of the state’s first permanent printing house by James Parker in 1751, resulting in the first published magazine, The New American Magazine, in 1758.

As additional municipalities, including Carteret, Rahway, Edison and Metuchen, were formed in the 1800s, Woodbridge Township lost land, though the community remained one of the largest in the state. However, Woodbridge benefited from its access to the natural resource of fine clay deposits, placing it as one of the world’s largest producers of fire bricks.

Over the next 100 years, the township opened School #1 and its first public library, what is now known as the Barron Arts Center (1877) and a high school (1911). The township also built the first U.S. cloverleaf at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and State Route 35 (1929) and received esteemed awards recognizing its advanced growth and contemporary governance in the mid 1960s. Among other achievements, the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1964, the extensive indoor shopping mall Woodbridge Center was established in 1971 and in the same year, the modern $2.6 million Woodbridge Metro Park train station was opened. In 1999, the community collectively built a community playground in Merrill Park.

A new town hall was built in 1996 and the Woodbridge Community Center was built in 2002. The Barron Arts Center and the Trinity Episcopal Church have been placed on the State and National Historic Registers. In 2010 and 2011, the New Jersey League of Municipalities named Woodbridge the “New Jersey Sustainability Champion.” In 2017, the Avenel Arts Village opened its doors. This project will bring top plays and entertainment to our community.

Woodbridge has experienced a number of significant benchmarks since its original settlers came to the area in the late 1600s, and continues to progress into a future just as bright as its vibrant past. Woodbridge still has many businesses serving the community for decades. Vito Mazza Salon and Spa celebrated 50 years in 2017. Vaticano and Son Shoe repair has been on Main Street for over 50 years. The downtown is steeped in history. w


Economic Development

Woodbridge Township is truly a special place – a large municipality with close-knit neighborhoods that embrace their individual identities.

Woodbridge Township is the fifth largest municipality in New Jersey, supporting the fifth largest suburban school system. Named an “All-American City” by the National Civic League, Woodbridge has been named New Jersey’s most sustainable municipality by the New Jersey League of Municipalities.

With its ideal location in northern Middlesex County – considered the Crossroads of New Jersey – Woodbridge encompasses 26 square miles and is strategically located between the major cities of New York and Philadelphia. The community’s 100,000-plus residents have easy access by land and rail to employment, shopping, dining and recreational opportunities throughout the region.

The plethora of transportation options literally brings business and business travelers to Woodbridge’s front door. Woodbridge’s transportation hub includes easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, Interstate 287, U.S. Highways 1, 9, 35 and 27, and Route 440, providing a direct link to New York City via Staten Island. Rail commuters find both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit passage via the Metro Park Station in Iselin and from the downtown Woodbridge and Avenel train stations. Nearby Newark Liberty International Airport speeds business air access to nationwide and international destinations. ›

The Woodbridge community and surrounding region boasts 350 years of history. When it comes to commerce, Woodbridge’s business and industrial endeavors have deep roots as well as a keen eye to the future.

While early economic prosperity focused on agricultural interests and brick manufacturing, today’s business magnates are more divergent. Woodbridge is home to top industries in health care, professional services, retail trade, international distribution and warehousing and more.

The ever-prospering economic landscape includes employers such as Siemens, Amazon Fulfillment Center, FedEx, CPV-Woodbridge Energy Center, Wakefern, Preferred Freezer, Prudential, Verizon and many other international corporations and businesses who are drawn to the community’s strategic location among major markets, transportation routes and the availability of unsurpassed commerce support.

Downtown Vision

Blessed with a traditional downtown, Woodbridge boasts pedestrian streets lined with retail shops and restaurants. New development is set to change the face of the downtown business district, thanks to a Downtown Woodbridge Vision Plan spurring redevelopment along Main Street and the surrounding residential area.

Located at the foot of Main Street, a new Transit Village area will include one and two-bedroom apartments, shopping and retail establishments key to attracting the millennial workforce. The Parker Press area already boasts a popular farmers market, art exhibitions, cultural events and numerous concerts.

Powering the 21st century community is construction of the new $600 million, 540 megawatt combined-cycle Sewaren7 power plant in the Sewaren section of Woodbridge Township that is on the fast track to completion. Sewaren 7 is targeted to be operational in 2018 and to generate more than 350 jobs during the two-year construction phase. PSE&G has spent $125 million over the last three years hardening and upgrading its Sewaren Switching Station, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. These improvements, part of PSE&G’s Energy Strong program, included raising electric distribution equipment above new FEMA flood guidelines, as well as installing new, elevated transmission facilities needed to maintain electric system reliability.›

Why Woodbridge?

Convenient public transportation access, skilled workforce and training facilities, a booming economic development commitment, new housing, updated and expanded recreational facilities and more make Woodbridge Township a natural choice for business and industry.

During the past four years, the township has partnered with the school district to fund more than $26 million in new community recreational facilities on school grounds that include new multi-use turf football, soccer, softball and baseball fields, new running tracks, tennis courts and gymnasium/auditorium improvements at local high schools and middle schools. The theater at Woodbridge Middle School was renovated, and new playgrounds and recreational facilities installed at every elementary school.

The Cypress Recreational Center in the Port Reading section of the township adds to the amazing array of recreational opportunities and will be a permanent home for cheerleading and wrestling. Plans include the addition of four tennis courts; two sand volleyball courts; two hard surface volleyball courts; four pickle ball courts; a level playing field for soccer and baseball for special needs children including those in wheelchairs; a new basketball court; improved soccer fields; a new youth soccer field; and a spray park.

The Woodbridge Community Center, recognized as the best facility of its kind in the state, continues to add new recreational and wellness amenities.

Focus on Economic Development

• Principal Real Estate Investors is constructing the Transport Commerce Center, a high efficiency, state-of-the-art distribution facility located at 1400 Randolph Ave. in the Avenel section of Woodbridge.

• Arizona Iced Tea has announced plans to site a 1 million-square-foot warehouse and manufacturing facility in Fords.

• Woodbridge Center, the region’s largest, fully tenanted shopping center, welcomed the first Dave & Buster’s to open in New Jersey.

A Regional Performing Arts Hub

The Avenel Arts Center, a 13,500-square-foot performing arts facility specially designed for theater, stage productions and special performances, is envisioned as the centerpiece for regional performing arts. Located in the new Station Village at Avenel, the Avenel Arts Center is destined to be one of the hottest places in central Jersey.

The Avenel Arts Center’s exterior and interior finishes will include a combination of brick veneer, metal cladding, wood and glass that embrace Avenel’s industrial past. The Main Performance Hall stands as a large flexible space with audiovisual systems for multiple performance settings, as well as seating arrangements for up to 225 patrons. The performance hall will feature retractable seating, a sound/lighting booth and moveable modular stages, along with a separate performance room and pre-function/lobby area that can open to the exterior space for larger gatherings and events. The space will include two dressing rooms, an audio recording room, various storage rooms, lounges and a box office.

The Avenel Arts Center will also include a restaurant with commercial kitchen and a cocktail lounge with approximately 1,200 square feet of indoor dining space; the restaurant/dining space will allow for catered pre-performance and special events and as a stand-alone dining destination. A main lobby and reception hall will connect the performance area and restaurant space. Large overhead glass doors will open to the exterior to provide an indoor/outdoor social experience before, during and after performances. Outdoor dining will be offered by the restaurant in an adjacent patio area.

Situated nearby on an abandoned industrial site, Station Lofts at Avenel’s new 400 apartments adjacent to the redesigned Northwest Transit Station, will feature art-themed retailers, a 150-seat black box theater and upscale dining venues. ›

Welcoming the Business Community

Aiding the township’s already business-friendly environment are organizations dedicated to the well-being of local commerce.

Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization and vital resource for business, industry, retail and professionals working to improve Woodbridge’s economic and civic growth. For more than 50 years, the Chamber has been at the heart of business in the metropolitan area. Representing more than 450 member businesses, the Chamber offers numerous opportunities for growth through networking, educational programs, affordable advertising, member-to-member discounts and referrals, legislative influence and more.

The Small Business Development Center at the College of New Jersey provides counseling to more than 600 businesses, training 2,000 each year. The organization offers free membership and technical assistance through one-on-one or group consultations, informational seminars and interactive workshops.

Additional State of New Jersey programs offer a full range of opportunities for businesses in Woodbridge though the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Division. Business can access departments specializing in business retention and expansion, business attraction, real estate services and sustainable businesses.

Working to attract new businesses, as well as support the area’s already established businesses, the Woodbridge Economic Development Corporation has designed a number of programs to create successful ventures for area entities.

The Mayor’s Office of Planning & Development, the Woodbridge Redevelopment Agency, Woodbridge Planning Board and Woodbridge Zoning Board have implemented long-term economic development strategies and business incentives which serve to attract corporate economic development.

The administration works with corporations, business and industry, the retail sector and local business to encourage growth and expansion throughout the township. As a result, several significant development and construction projects that demonstrate that corporations and businesses view Woodbridge as a sound investment are changing the face of Woodbridge Township.

Staying Connected

An all-new WOODBRIDGE NOW app is a great one-touch source for what’s happening in Woodbridge Township. The app offers:

Business Directory: Get info on local businesses. Search by business category to quickly find directions and contact information for the businesses you need.

Events: Stay “in-the-know” about what’s going on in Woodbridge and send save-the-dates right to your calendar.

Videos: Check out the latest TV-35 videos of local events, concerts, interviews, sports, business openings and more.

News: Get the latest local news and updates. Access the latest news feeds from local and surrounding news agencies.

Parking: Find the nearest parking and explore everything Woodbridge.

Connect: Connect to other residents and customers through Facebook and Twitter

Links: Access links to web sites like Woodbridge Township, Woodbridge Community Center, Woodbridge School District and Woodbridge arts and events.


Nonprofit

“The center has been a good place for me, as an at-home mom and NJ transplant, to connect with other local families, socialize with other moms and get my kids out of the house! The center has been a great resource for our family, and it is an invaluable asset to our community!”

—Greenway Family Success Center“


We look forward to coming to Trinity’s soup kitchen not only for the great food but also because we enjoy the companionship we find here. All the people are very nice.”

—Bill and Marge


The Avenel Colonia First Aid Squad has my sincere thanks and appreciation for answering my calls for assistance for my late husband, Steve. The squad came promptly and handled the situations with care, concern and competence. They provide a vital and important service to our community and I am happy to continue to support their program.

—Jean Klc, Avenel resident


“Meet my new friend at the Library–Ty Rex! –the library is a great place to explore the past, present and future!”

—Nancy

The best part about Rebuilding Warriors is that they stay true to their motto “Saving Warriors One Dog At A Time.” The first time I met with Jeff Mullins, he already made me feel like I was a part of the family. Having K9 Kilmer by my side has been life-changing and I as well with my family cannot thank Rebuilding Warriors enough.

—John Durrenberger


The Relay For Life of Woodbridge Township was the very first Relay for Life in the State of NJ and has proudly raised funds to fight cancer for over 23 years. The funds raised go to cancer research, providing rides to patient’s Dr. appointments, wigs, free hotel stays near treatment centers for patients and their families and a 24/7 hotline. Through these efforts we are happy to say the number of people surviving cancer is on the rise. We won’t stop our efforts until we have found a cure for cancer. Please join us in the fight.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is a small community church, but when a group of people get together to serve the Lord, great things can happen!

—Pastor Sadlo



Community Living

With its first settlers calling the area home all the way back in 1664, Woodbridge has been an excellent place to live for 350 years. Ten communities make up the township that is Woodbridge – Avenel, Colonia, Fords, Menlo Park, Port Reading, Sewaran, Hopelawn, Iselin, Keasbey and Woodbridge Proper. Each community maintains its own distinct character while still fitting together to create a unified Woodbridge Township.

Life in Woodbridge is the perfect combination of small town and big city. Peaceful, suburban neighborhoods are ideal for raising a family or relaxing in retirement, and the plentiful businesses and excellent highway system make it easy to both work and play close to home.

Housing options are available for most every preference and price range. Public housing buildings, apartments, condominiums, single-family homes and extensive estates can all be found throughout Woodbridge’s 10 communities.

Senior living options are also abundant. The Woodbridge Housing Authority provides affordable and public housing for seniors, and there are several independent and assisted living facilities in
the area.