This Day In History: 1954-01-27
The featured speaker at the meeting of the New Jersey Federation of Official Planning Boards held in Ramsey was Angus Harris, President of the Bergen County Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Ford Motor Company’s Edgewater Assembly plant. He spoke on the impact on Mahwah and Bergen County of the new assembly plant then under construction on the site of the former Houvenkopf Country Club. Any major changes in the towns in this area, he said, were up to the towns themselves. Almost all of the factory employees would be transferred from Edgewater and would remain in their present homes, commuting to Mahwah by car. Because of the excellent highway and rail transportation available in Mahwah, he foresaw little highway overcrowding. He expected the new plant to help Mahwah “to mature slowly, rather than cause a mass influx of people into the area”. according to newspaper accounts of his talk.