Mid-1990s Merger, New President Cement NJM’s Future
By 1996, grunge music was on the way out, and fresh-faced boy bands were replacing flannel-clad rockers. Like Justin Timberlake hooking up with ‘N Sync to break ground musically, NJM Packaging was teaming up with CLI to become the premier pharmaceutical packaging provider for the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
The merger between NJM Packaging and CLI meant that the new entity, NJM/CLI Packaging Systems Int’l, would be able to offer a full line of pharmaceutical packaging machines. Right out of the gate, customers were able to acquire tablet counters, cottoners, cappers, labelers, line integration, and project management.
Bob Schaefer was president of NJM/CLI Packaging Systems at the time. However, his untimely passing meant that a new president took the helm of the company. Our new President was Michel Lapierre, who has been leading the company since 1996, helping to cultivate and reward talent and exceed customer expectations.
As NJM celebrated its 100th birthday, Michel said, “One hundred years in business – wow – amazing! The only way to achieve this milestone is to deliver a great customer experience, respond quickly to the ever-changing and evolving customer needs, and offer the latest innovative solutions. This is why we are still serving some of the same customers 100 years later. This accomplishment is achieved with a great team of talented and motivated employees who are dedicated to exceeding customer expectations and are having fun doing it.”
And the dedication of employees runs deep, as NJM recently held its 100-year celebration party in New Hampshire. Both current and past employees attended, and their combined service to the company totaled over 700 years.
The 1990s also meant an expansion into another industry – which we’ll cover next month. Until then, read more about our 100-year history.