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Jamison closing Albany mattress plant, 43 people to be laid off

Mattress manufacturer will consolidate operations.

— For those hoping to grow or retain jobs in the new year, 2012 is getting off to a dismal start after Jamison Bedding Co., one of the country’s oldest mattress manufacturers, announced plans to close its Albany plant.

The company announced Tuesday that it will ultimately phase out operations at its Albany plant, which has been in operation since 1961 when it was opened as a sofa-sleeper producer, by March 1. The Albany plant was one of two mattress manufacturing plants operated by the company. It’s believed the company will now consolidate operations at its Gallatin, Tenn., plant.

Troy Morehead, vice president of manufacturing for Jamison, said the plant employed 43 people and produced roughly 300 mattress units per day at its 90,000-square-foot facility.

In a press release sent to the Herald Wednesday, Jamison president Frank Gorrell said, “The many measures we’ve taken over the past few years to reduce expenses at the Albany plant proved insufficient, especially in the face of the general economic downturn.”

In November, the company attempted to rebrand itself and offered a series of new product lines, according to information obtained on the company’s website.

That “repositioning” came after “an 18-month period that involved management changes, self-study, market analysis and strategic planning,” according to the site.

Ken Hinman, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Jamison, said at that time that the “We Make Sleep Different” branding campaign was meant to reflect the commitment of Jamison employees to making quality sleep products.

“The ‘We’ in our brand statement is key because it reflects the commitment of every Jamison employee — not just of management — to this new direction,” Hinman said.

ALBANY’S JAMISON PLANT STATISTICS

  • Employees 43, who average a four-day work week

  • Employees produce about 300 units per day

  • Building is 90,000 square feet

Comments

Sally_O 2 years, 6 months ago

And everybody was hoping 2012 would be better than 2011, and already news of yet another company leaving Albany and more job losses. But yet the experts say the economy is getting better and unemployment rate is decreasing.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 6 months ago

Did the cost of healthcare influence the decision to leave Albany?

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rock 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, Health care is a big factor. If you will remember a couple of years ago, P&G questioned the cost of health care here, Versus the rest of the US and it was noted that health care in this part of the south exceeds twice the cost else where. P&G almost shut down here because of that.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 6 months ago

Health care is so high here because the "haves" (ones who have health insurance) have to pay for the "have nots" in our community. My recent ER trip was $4800 and I was only there for 3 hours.

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rock 2 years, 6 months ago

Albany Herald, This was reported by WALB 2 days ago.

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Amazed2 2 years, 6 months ago

I imagine that Jamison has been evaluating and comparing the ALbany Jamison Plant to operations in other cities. They would be looking at production effecientcy, quality issues, taxes, insurance, local politics and yes stuff like the school system and the quality of the workers avaialbe in the area. I am sure when they looked at production vs. labor, quality control issues and the quality of the available workforce they made the decision that it would be in their best interest to move the Albany production to another city. A city where everyday you don't pick up the local paper or turn on a TV and learn of a new SCAM or Cheat from the people that are supposed to be running the city and teaching the childred. Special Thanks go to, DCED and staff, Grovetown, Heritage House, Dalewood, Don Buie and the Facade Grant Program, Velvet Riggin, Gloria Baker, #34 Murfree, the 49 DCSS Cheaters and any others that I may have forgotten to mention.

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VietVet1 2 years, 6 months ago

NOT TO WORRY folks!!! The new Welcome to Albany signs are going to draw new business - "and that's the truth" I heard it in the news!!

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