SEA BOX CUTS RIBBON ON NEW HEADQUARTERS
By Todd McHale
Burlington County Times
July 24, 2011
CINNAMINSON — “It’s the American dream…”
Turn an idea for a business into a multimillion-dollar company with plants across the globe.
“I guess you can say the sun never sets on Sea Box,” said Jim Brennan Jr., founder and president of the largest domestic manufacturer of customized shipping containers.
On Friday, family, friends, vendors and dignitaries from across the state came out for a dedication ceremony of Sea Box’s new world headquarters off Union Landing Road.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno told the nearly 200 people gathered at the complex that the company is a great example of how a successful manufacturer can still thrive in the state.
“People said we couldn’t make anything with our hands anymore. And they said we couldn’t do it green,” Guadagno said. “Look around. Look at the (solar panels) on the roof on your way out.
“We can and we do make things in New Jersey, and we do it better than anywhere else in the world.”
The ceremony was to celebrate a recent expansion to a 378,000-square-foot facility on Sea Box’s 51-acre campus, formerly the AFG site.
The site has more than 330,000 square feet of manufacturing space, 18,000 square feet of warehousing, and 30,000 square feet of office space. It also offers rail access.
On top of the building, 8,000 solar panels have been installed, generating 2 megawatts of power.
Established in 1983, Sea Box specializes in custom shipping containers for commercial and military applications. Over the years, the containers have been modified into personnel shelters, power generating stations, large computer data centers, interim housing units, mobile restrooms/showers, and other uses.
Brennan said Sea Box has about 5,000 designs for its containers.
Since its inception, the company has grown from one employee to about 180, with offices or operations in five countries, including Sweden, Norway, Australia, United Arab Emirates and China.
In New Jersey, the company has a second production facility in Hillsborough, Somerset County.
Sen. Diane Allen said Sea Box’s continued expansion over the years says a lot about the company.
“Welcome to what is right about America,” said Allen, R-7th of Edgewater Park. “We have taken it back in New Jersey. It’s been a long, tough road.”
Burlington County Freeholder Joseph Donnelly agreed with Allen’s assessment.
“Sea Box is the example of what’s going right,” Donnelly said.
Mayor Kathleen Fitzpatrick congratulated the Brennan family.
“This is a dream that grew beyond anybody’s expectations,” Fitzpatrick said.
Brennan credited his wife, Maureen, and the entire work force for the company’s success.
“Our employees are our secret weapons,” Brennan said.
He said his family couldn’t be more proud of how it all turned out.
“It’s the American dream for us,” he said.