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