ALBANY 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