Sea Box, Inc., whose world headquarters are stationed in Cinnaminson, dedicated its newest building Friday in front of hundreds of employees, family, friends and state and local dignitaries.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who also serves at New Jersey's secretary of state, called Sea Box, "everything you need to know about the future of New Jersey."
The lieutenant governor stepped in for Gov. Chris Christie, who originally was scheduled to be at the event, but changed his plans the night before.
Sea Box manufactures, sells and rents ISO shipping containers. Sea Box a niche company that saw 2009 and 2010, a time when the economy suffered, as its biggest years in history. Eighty percent of its clients are military-related, Sea Box President Jim Brennan Jr., of Moorestown, said.
Guadagno, who's been proactive in government red-tape reduction and the economic development of New Jersey, said the state will do whatever it takes to allow a business like Sea Box to stay—and grow—in New Jersey.
"You made a decision to come and stay and grow in New Jersey," Guadagno said. "If you are willing to make that tough decision, we are willing to work with you to expand business here."
Sea Box celebrated three major milestones at Friday's ceremony:
- The company expanded after the purchase of a 378,000-square-foot, 51-acre manufacturing facility, allowing them to build the steel containers;
- Sea Box installed a 6.5-acre, two-megawatt, solar array on the roof of the new manufacturing building. The power generated runs the entire factory and office building. The company has reduced its carbon footprint by over 600 tons;
- Over the last three years, employment at Sea Box has quadrupled and now, more than 160 employees work there.
Cinnaminson Mayor Kathy Fitzpatrick called Sea Box's success "an American dream," because prior to starting the company, Brennan, the company president, was collecting unemployment.
"To have a world headquarters here in Cinnaminson is a testament to what we have been trying to do—promote and retain business," Fitzpatrick said. "For it to stay and continue to thrive in Cinnaminson makes me so proud."