JOMEL Seams Reasonable Opens Jamestown, Kentucky, Plant
The $422,000 project included reconfiguring and equipping the former GGF Heritage manufacturing plant on Ferco Way. The leased plant primarily manufactures zippered smooth-top mattress covers. It can also produce a variety of bedding products and cut-and-sew items outside the mattress industry.
Company representatives said the large pool of cut-and-sew talent in an area where OshKosh and Fruit of the Loom formerly employed hundreds of people made south central Kentucky attractive. JOMEL’s second bedding-related Kentucky facility allows the company to grow along with the booming market for bed-in-a-box mattresses that can be home delivered.
“The location decision for us was made easier because there has been a lot of support, from the city and county, to the state,” said Lila Walker, President of JOMEL Seams Reasonable. “We have the skilled people here that made this an incredibly attractive place to be. We are very proud to be made in America, but also have the workforce and central location that allows us to compete anywhere.”
Jamestown Mayor Nick Shear said the company’s opening was a testament to ongoing efforts to attract business. “We strive each and every day to provide a better opportunity to citizens of Jamestown and Russell County,” Shear said. “Though we continue to strive, we are encouraged by the recent development and welcome JOMEL Seams Reasonable to Jamestown. We look forward to developing a deeper relationship with JOMEL and other industries that are looking to come to a community of hard working and dedicated people.”
Plant Manager Steve Sanders, a 21-year employee of Fruit of the Loom, said quality of workers make the plant versatile.
“We’ve already learned that, with the kind of sewing experience we have here, we can really do just about anything someone needs,” Sanders said. “We’ve had various things brought to us and have been able to deconstruct that back to a pattern and replicate it in a matter of hours.”
The New Jersey-based company also operates two plants in nearby Burkesville. The largest Cumberland County plant manufactures quilted mattress covers and employs about 58 people. JOMEL recently bought a 10-employee company that manufactures moving blankets. The company also operates a plant located in Trinity, North Carolina.
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