Earth Friendly Products president and CEO Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks invited New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano to the company’s Parsippany manufacturing plant on Tuesday. Her effort was part of a plan to show her support for a $15.00 state minimum wage.
The company, which has operated in New Jersey for 30 years, makes more than 200 ECOS® brand green cleaning products. One of its main goals is investing in its employees — and it practices what it preaches. A member of the “Business for a Minimum Wage” coalition, Earth Friendly Products pays its employees starting at $17.00 an hour.
The Parsippany facility opened in 2015, contributing a great deal to the local economy and at the same time contributing to a clean environment, since the plant is carbon neutral and has been certified as a “Zero Waste Platinum” operation.
According to a Parsippany Focus report, Mayor Michael Soriano said he stands with Governor Murphy in his campaign to raise the state minimum wage to $15.00, and he praised the company for its environment-friendly and employee-friendly policy. “Earth Friendly Products takes care of its employees, and worries about and takes care of the environment,” he noted.
“I am proud of Earth Friendly Products, with their line of ECOS products, operating right here in Parsippany. More money in employees’ pockets means more money is being spent here in Parsippany, in restaurants and retail stores… it is contributing to a thriving small-business culture,” he added.
“We start employees at $17.00 an hour and provide great benefits while selling our products at competitive prices, President and CEO Vlahakis-Hanks stated. “Investing in our employees has improved our profitability, productivity, employee retention, quality control, customer satisfaction and ability to innovate and grow.
“Our products are produced in our U.S. facilities in New Jersey, California, Illinois and Washington state. We’re proud to say that our employees are our greatest brand ambassadors,” she added.