Continuing her quest to show area enterprises that New Jersey is a good place to do business, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno visited two corporations in Parsippany Wednesday afternoon.
Guadagno's first local stop was Solix, Inc. at 10 Lanidex Plaza West.
Solix is a leading provider of government and commercial process outsourcing solutions. The company recently announced an expansion of its headquarters, having added 10,000 square feet of office space to complement the 30,000 square feet it occupies at 30 Lanidex Plaza West.
"We're pleased to continue the momentum we've acheved through the hard work of our staff and the quality of service we provide our customers," said CEO John C. Parry.
Parry and other company officials talked behind closed doors with the lieutenant governor, then gave her a tour of the building.
"It's all really impressive, " said Mayor James Barberio, who accompanied Guadagno on her visits. "What's happening at Solix shows that growth happens in Parsippany-Troy Hills. This is a great place for business."
The next stop was Wyndham Worldwide Corporation at 22 Sylvan Way. Whydham is one of the world' largets hospitality companies, covering hotels and resorts, vacation exchanges and rentals and vacation ownership. The corporation is known for brands including Ramada Inn, Howard Johnson's, Days Inn and Planet Hollywood.
After meeting and talking with Wyndham executives, Guadagno was offered a tour of the building, a LEED silver-certified structure built to be green-conscious and ecologically sustainable.
To the lieutenant governor, the sights she saw comprised real good-news New Jersey business stories, which is what her statewide tour is all about.
"We're visiting 100 businesses. We announced it at the beginning of this year," Guadagno told Patch. "We said we wanted to visit businesses and talk about what is important to them. We're visiting small, large, middle-size businesses—New Jersey businesses.
"People are surprised when they hear that Wyndham is here. 'They're in New Jersey?' And the answer is yes, Wyndham is a New Jersey business," she continued. "That's why we're here, to visit good New Jersey stories."
Solix earned points with the lieutenant governor as well.
"Solix is, again, a New Jersey story," she said. "At a time when most New Jersey companies were seeing red, Solix was seeing green. Their revenue chart continuously goes up when many others' were going down. And they're committed to staying and growing in New Jersey."
She also had praise for General Electric in Piscataway, which she visited earlier in the day.
Guadagno said the visits are welcomed by the companies, but she enjoys them as well.
"I learned a lot. I get to put names to faces. I get to give them my cell phone number so that they can give me a call when they're mad at the government and third, you get to live in their world for a little bit and we get to talk about some of the challenges they face," she said. "Many of them say they've never met a government official before and certainly never met them in a happy situation, so this is a good thing.
A good offense is the best defense. We get to find out what's bugging them and fix the problem before things get to an angry level.
The lieutenant governor said she has now visited 39 New Jersey businesses.
"Only 61 to go," she said.