From Helen Henderson’s Matawan and Aberdeen: of Town and Field:
Strangers passing through twenty-first-century Matawan would have little idea of the amount of manufacturing that went on there in the past. Matawan became an early home of manufacturing industries and continued to be so in the late 1800s. Although the industries started during this time are no longer in existence, for many years they not only supplied products to the region and the nation, but also provided employment for hundreds of local residents. Barrels, crates, ceramic floor and wall tile, matches, piano plates, and pianos were all once manufactured locally.
Below are stories of the businesses and industries that helped shape Matawan’s history.