Plainsboro, N.J. -- Merrill Lynch Conference & Training Center has been renamed Harrison Conference Center & Hotel -- Princeton Forrestal Center upon its sale to 900 Scudders Mill Road LLC, a private investment group based in Connecticut. ARAMARK Harrison Lodging will continue to operate and market the facility, as it has since its opening in 1986.
In addition to the name change, which more closely aligns the property with the ARAMARK Harrison brand, the facility will undergo an expansion of meeting space and enhancement of public areas. The program includes the conversion of 20,000 square feet of office space into 25 additional meeting rooms.
"With its ideal location in the heart of New Jersey's pharmaceutical, high-tech and financial business corridor, the Harrison Conference Center & Hotel has tremendous growth potential," says Rory Loberg, President of ARAMARK Harrison Lodging. "It is already one of the most sophisticated centers in the Northeast, and the planned improvements will further distinguish it."
The center is located midway between Manhattan and Philadelphia.The 337-room property offers a total learning environment in a wooded setting with a six-acre private lake. The center's existing 37,000-square-foot meeting facility is approved by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). Among its singular features is a smaller, self-contained Private Executive Center for private, high level meetings. The center is also distinguished by its four restaurants and a wide range of indoor and outdoor recreational options.
"We are delighted that we will continue to offer meeting services to Merrill Lynch and the many other corporations whose executives have chosen this award-winning facility for their meetings over the past 18 years," says Bruce R. Smith, Managing & Regional Director of Harrison Conference Center & Hotel. "We also look forward to introducing ourselves to meeting and event planners and to business and leisure travelers we've not yet reached."