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Mattress cover and component maker JOMEL Seams Reasonable opens sewing facility in Jamestown

National mattresses component maker JOMEL Seams Reasonable Inc. celebrated the opening of its 30-job manufacturing facility in Russell County last week.

The $422,000 project included reconfiguring and equipping the former GGF Heritage manufacturing plant on Ferco Way. The leased plant, already operating with 14 employees, 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.”

Plant Manager Steve Sanders, a 21-year employee of Fruit of the Loom, said the quality of workers makes 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.”

“JOMEL Seams Reasonable’s decision to expand its workforce and production capability in Jamestown is a testament to the company’s savvy growth strategy and proven record of the cut-and-sew workforce in South Central Kentucky,” Gov. Matt Bevin said of the announcement. “They can rest comfortably knowing there is no better place in America to accomplish their mission. In fact, JOMEL Seams Reasonable chose this ideal location, not only to capitalize on the market shift toward boxed mattress, but also to start writing the next chapter for both the company and the region. We wish them continued success in the coming years.”

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, N.C.

Affiliate company JOMEL Industries Inc. has been manufacturing custom bedding components, including corner guards, handles and zippers, since 1993.

For more information on JOMEL Seams Reasonable visit www.jomel.net

From Governor’s Office

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