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ZULLINGER, Pa. — A company born more than a century ago in Hagerstown marked its continued expansion Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new production facility in Franklin County.

With the 50,000-square-foot facility in the Wharf Road Industrial Park in the Washington Township community of Zullinger, Jamison/BMP is set to forge into additional product lines, company President and CEO John T. Williams said.

"We have a complete line of doors for a one-stop shopping for the cold-storage industry,” Williams told about 50 people who gathered for the event. "This facility gives us the opportunity to move beyond cold storage into the general industrial market."

That market includes doors for commercial mechanics' garage bays.

The Zullinger manufacturing facility is Jamison's fifth, with other locations in three states and Mexico.

With its headquarters in Hagerstown, the company employs 200, including the dozen now at the Zullinger plant. That number is expected to grow over the next three years.

"Our projections are we'll have 30 to 35 people in three years if we're able to grow the products like we think we should be able to," Williams said. "Adding two distinctly new product lines, we have great expectations for those."

L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., called the facility the "perfect project and the perfect location."

"They are able to maintain the coordination with their other locations in Washington County," he said. "It really speaks to connectivity between Franklin and Washington counties, and I think that's good for all of us.

"We feel fortunate that they're here, and we want to support their growth. The jobs they are starting with here, we believe will grow over time, and it really complements this industrial park in a really great way. To have them here really blends well."

Ground was broken for the $4 million facility a little more than a year ago.

"This is a really special day for Jamison," Williams said. "This is a result of a lot of teamwork — teamwork of all the people who have worked for Jamison in 113 years, and the teamwork of Mike Ross and his group that made this the simplest, awesome move for us."

For the development corporation, the Jamison project is both opening and closing doors. Ross said the development puts the industrial park at the "built-out" stage.

"This has been a project in which we take so much pride, so much so that for our annual report this year, we have featured Jamison Door, opening doors of Franklin County," he said.

 

Written by Joyce Nowell, as featured in the Herald Mail

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed John Williams, CEO of Hagerstown’s Jamison Door Co., to the University of Maryland Medical System’s board of directors.

Williams told Herald-Mail Media that he was nominated for the board by Kimberly Burns, former president of Maryland Business for Responsive Government and current chief of staff for the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Hogan’s office announced the appointment Wednesday, as well as nine other appointments to the board. Hogan plans to make more appointments in the coming months.

A scandal involving self-dealing by some previous members of the UMMS board emerged earlier this year, resulting in the resignation of former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh from both the board and the office of mayor.

The scandal also resulted in new legislation by the Maryland General Assembly this year setting new ethical standards for the 30-member board and requiring the terms of all previous board members to end by January 2020, regardless of whether they were tainted by the scandal.

Board members were permitted to apply for reappointment.

One who didn’t seek reinstatement was Hagerstown attorney Bruce Poole, who said his second term on the board expired a year ago. He remained on the board waiting for Hogan to appoint a replacement. He still is a member of the board of visitors for the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Williams said his appointment “was out of the blue,” although he “had read a good deal” about the scandal involving the previous board and was asked what he knew about it during his interview.

An independent review of the board’s contracts, also released Wednesday, showed contracts awarded to board members — including Pugh — were not competitively bid, and there was a “pattern by management” of making decisions without full board approval.

UMMS agreed to pay Pugh $500,000 between 2010 and 2018 for her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s books — but those contracts were not brought before the board or any subcommittee for prior approval.

Several other board members reportedly had business contracts with UMMS.

Poole, who missed several board meetings last year because of knee surgery, said he “literally had no inkling anything was going on.” He first heard that “some people appeared to have a conflict of interest” when he returned in February for a subcommittee meeting, he said.

“Most of my two terms was pleasant but hardworking,” Poole said, requiring five hours a week of work. “There’s a lot that goes on” since the board oversees not only the university medical center, but a number of other institutions and affiliates. The quality of care provided by the system “was quite good,” he said.

But “these last couple of months have been horrendous,” Poole said. The scandal “shook the confidence of the public,” he said, and “it was quite a process to learn the facts and respond to elected officials.”

Once he returned, the legislation aimed at the board, sponsored by state Sen. Jill Carter, D-Baltimore City, “all the sudden took on a life of its own.” By the time the legislative session ended, he said he was not surprised that all current members — which at the time included late House Speaker Mike Busch — would be terminated.

“I don’t see anything wrong with (the legislation),” said Poole, a former House majority leader and former chairman of the state Democratic party. He saw the list of new appointees, and “I was particularly happy to see John Williams” was on it, he said.

Williams acknowledged that the board’s recent difficulties makes serving a little more of a challenge for the new members. But “it’s an honor to have been asked to serve,” he said, because “the system is so important to so many people.”

“I have no pre-conceived notions” of what the board will need to do going forward, he said. “I plan to listen and learn and ask a bunch of questions.” In light of recent events and the new legislation, one of those questions is, “How does this board operate publicly?” he said.

Williams said he also hopes there will be diversity among the new membership, and he believes his business experience “will have some value.”

Having served on the board for about 10 years, Poole said one of his biggest concerns is that rural hospitals and physician practices “are not doing well. We weren’t able to fix that problem.”

The problems encompass financial challenges and quality of care, he said.

“Many rural hospitals are struggling. They have difficulty recruiting young physicians and trouble with reimbursement rates. It’s a huge problem,” he said.

But he also sees that as an opportunity for Hogan and the board. “There’s no better thing he could do” than fix the rural health care challenge, Poole said.

And while he supports having a new board, Poole said it is important to have people involved with some institutional knowledge of the medical system.

“It’s a large and complicated system,” he said. “It’s not like you’re taking over a lemonade stand.”

 

Written by Tamela Baker, as featured in the Herald-Mail

Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence praised Jamison Door of Hagerstown Tuesday as he touted tax reform under President Donald Trump.

“It was pretty emotional, actually,” Jamison Door Chairman and CEO John Williams said Wednesday. “Jamison’s a great company with a great group of people.”

Pence was speaking at the spring meeting of the National Association of Manufacturers in Scottsdale, Ariz. Williams, a member of the board, was at the meeting.

The vice president said the “stories in this room are too numerous to recount,” but he singled out Charles Sukup, the president of Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield, Iowa, before turning to Williams and Jamison.

“We also have with us John Williams, the chairman and CEO of Jamison Door Company in Hagerstown, Maryland. Jamison Door Company was founded more than a century ago by three men with, I’m told, a little bit of money and a lot of determination. Since then, this family-owned business has produced more than a million doors for homes and businesses all across America. They’ve grown to more than 120 employees and recently broke ground on a new 50,000-square-foot manufacturing plant,” Pence said.

“Last year, thanks to the tax relief we’ll talk more about in a moment, John Williams and Jamison Door actually was able to offer a raise to every single one of their employees even after they had given two separate bonuses worthy of a week’s salary. That’s what we call sharing the wealth and growing the American way. Thank you so much to Jamison and to the whole team. It’s great.”

Pence also said Williams “stood with us in the Rose Garden at the White House last April” when Pence and Trump highlighted the “incredible boost” the tax cuts have provided to manufacturing companies.

Pence went on to thank those at the meeting for supporting the administration’s economic policies.

On Wednesday, Williams said the tax cuts had a measurable effect at Jamison.

“It freed up money for us to make additional investments (in the business) and to give bonuses and to pay dividends,” he said.

He also said the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back regulations have improved the business climate.

Jamison makes air doors, insulated doors and high-speed, roll-up doors, specializing in doors for cold-storage businesses.

With its existing space for roll-up doors overflowing in Washington County, the company is expanding into a new facility in Franklin County, Pa.

About $3.7 million will be invested in the new production facility in the Wharf Road Industrial Park in Washington Township.

The Franklin County Area Development Corp. is serving as a developer for the 50,000-square-foot building. The company held a groundbreaking ceremony in August.

Herald-Mail Media has reported that 35 people will work at the new plant. The company hopes to find new applications for its roll-up doors.

Williams said Wednesday that, as things stand now, the new facility should be open in May.

The company’s other operations and offices will remain in Washington County.

 

 

 

Written by Mike Lewis, as featured in the Herald-Mail

Work continues on the new Jamison Door Co. production facility in the Wharf Road Industrial Park in Franklin County, Pa. The 112-year-old company, based in Hagerstown, Md., makes air doors, insulated doors, and high-speed, roll-up doors, specializing in doors for cold-storage businesses. With the company’s existing space for roll-up doors overflowing in Washington County, Md., Jamison decided to build the new facility. Thirty-five people will work at the new plant. The company also has additional locations in Hagerstown and near Williamsport.

By Jennifer Fitch, Crossroads Business Journal, February 2019 | Vol. 2, No. 8

Lead with dignity and courage....

After 50 years leading in three different industries, our very own Jamison Door Company CEO, John Williams, decided to write down what he’s learned from his experiences to help his children make their way in business—and the world.

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