Old Monmouth Candy Company and Cory Home Delivery Service Named New Jersey Businesses of The Year for 2008

Madison, NJ (October 16, 2008)- On October 7, 2008, a day officially proclaimed by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine as “New Jersey Family Business Day”, two New Jersey businesses were awarded the coveted title of “New Jersey Business of the Year”- Old Monmouth Candy Company (in the up to $10 Million category) and Corey Home Delivery Service (in the over $10 Million category). Both winners will be featured in the November issue of New Jersey Monthly, which will be on newsstands at the end of October.

The event featured a keynote address by Brenda Blackmon, co-anchor of WWOR TV’s My 9 News. “It is remarkable to see the innovation, longevity and legacy of New Jersey’s family businesses,” stated Blackmon. “Today we honor your success!”

This year marked the sixteenth year for the awards, which have become a revered New Jersey institution. The awards were made possible by the following sponsors: New Jersey Monthly, The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies, PNC Bank, Camares Communications, The Crystal Plaza, JH Cohn, PSE&G and Schenck, Price, Smith and King.


Winning Company Profiles


Category of companies up to $10 Million

Old Monmouth Candy Company, Freehold

Established in 1939, Old Monmouth Candy Company is sometimes referred to as a Freehold institution. Many generations have fond memories of visiting the shop, which is owned by Hal and Susan Gunther, President and Vice President and their two sons, who now work in the business.

Susan learned a valuable lesson from her father, Warren Prest, the company’s co-founder. “My father taught me that it is a priviledge to own a business and serve the public, selling a product you can be proud of,” Susan said.

Category of companies Over $10 Million

Cory Home Delivery Service, Secaucus

Cory Home Delivery Service, is one of the oldest and largest specialized home delivery carriers in America. Founded by Joseph Cory in 1934, it is now under third generation family management and ownership.  The company was founded as a one- truck operation and today lists clients including Best Buy, Crate and Barrel and Ethan Allen.

The family credits their success to carefully balancing home and work life while maintaining strong relationships among family members, retail clients, owner-operator teams, management and employees.

The five semifinalists in the category of  companies with sales up to $10 Million:

Cutting Edge Industries, Linden

Roman Jewelers, Flemington

Rue Insurance, Hamilton

Turul Bookbindery, Wharton

Villani Bus Company, Linden


The three finalists in the category of companies with sales up to $10 Million:

Old Monmouth Candy Company

Race Farms, Blairstown

Tony Pallet, Newark


The five semi-finalists in the category of companies with sales over $10 Million:

Machinery Services Corp., Rapid Pump and Meter Service, Paterson

Manufacturer’s Reserve Supply, Irvington Service, Paterson

Morey’s Piers, Wildwood

Reuther Material Company, North Bergen

Spiral Binding Company, Totowa


The three finalists in the category of companies with sales over $10 Million:

Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, Bridgewater

Cory Home Delivery Service, Secaucus

Verrex, Inc, Mountainside


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