Rep. Van Drew Visits Growing Small Business in South Jersey

Date: March 02, 2020

NFIB member and business owner shares insights with Congressman


U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew recently participated in an NFIB Small Business Challenge hosted by Bluewater Welding and Fabrication in Dennisville, New Jersey. The small business fabricates custom aluminum products primarily for the marine and construction industry, including docks, gangways, and boat accessories, and railing systems, as well as architectural structures for commercial or residential projects.

Congressman Van Drew toured the shop and even tried his hand at welding with the help of an employee. He also spoke with owner Ed Myland and his wife Marta about the challenges that small business owners face. Afterward, Congressman Van Drew participated in a small business roundtable discussion with the Mylands and other South Jersey business owners.  



Ed Myland started Bluewater Welding and Fabrication when he was just 23 years old. His wife, Marta, joined the company as the bookkeeper and office manager after they married. The thriving business made it through rough times like the recession and an ever-changing marketplace. But, with hard work and perseverance, the business successfully evolved to meet the challenges.

When the company first opened, it focused primarily on making aluminum tuna towers, T-tops, and boating accessories. Later the business shifted toward marine access solutions like aluminum docks and gangways when the use of chemically treated pilings became restricted. The latest chapter in the growth of Bluewater is the addition of a sign department, which includes an environmentally friendly latex printing system.

At the Small Business Challenge, Congressman Van Drew heard from NFIB about the need to make the federal Small Business Tax Deduction (Section 199A) permanent. That part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, along with other provisions for individuals, has an expiration date of December 31, 2025. Ed Myland says the federal tax relief law was very helpful, allowing him to put money back into growing his business.   

Small business owners also shared their concerns regarding state government. NFIB’s State Director in New Jersey, Eileen Kean, plans to take that information back to Trenton where she advocates on behalf of NFIB members.



We encourage all our New Jersey businesses to consider inviting a state or federal elected official to their business. It helps lawmakers understand how government policies can help or hinder small businesses.

Contact your NFIB New Jersey Grassroots Manager, Sharon Sykes, for more information by emailing her at [email protected]

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