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ZULLINGER, Pa. — When Jamison Door Co. officials embarked on an effort to find space to expand, they settled on a Washington Township, Pa., site where they hope to move beyond the cold-storage market they command.

Additional product lines are on the horizon for the 112-year-old company long a manufacturing leader in Washington County.

"This really is a great day and a culmination of so much that has gone on. In 2000, this was a company that was struggling to survive," Jamison CEO John Williams said.

Jamison Door Co. makes air doors, insulated doors, and high-speed, roll-up doors, specializing in doors for cold-storage businesses. Williams described the company's existing space for roll-up doors as overflowing; that property is off Sharpsburg Pike south of Hagerstown.

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

The Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp. is serving as a developer for the 50,000-square-foot building, then will hand the keys, and mortgage, Williams joked, to Jamison Door Co. next spring.

Thirty-five people will work at the new plant. The company hopes to find new applications for its roll-up doors, such as installing them in commercial mechanics' garage bays.

FCADC President L. Michael Ross thanked partners, including the Waynesboro (Pa.) Industrial Development Corp. and various politicians.

"Everything that happens happens through collaboration and partnership," he said.

Pennsylvania state Rep. Paul Schemel told Jamison Door Co. officials that he believes they will find Pennsylvania to be a favorable state in which to do business, in part because of its tax structure.

"We're a state that knows how to build things — certainly Franklin County does," said Schemel, R-Franklin.

Williams said he is excited to see the production facility develop.

"The process of finding a location was not an easy one or, at times, a particularly pleasant one," he said.

Jamison Door Co. has additional locations in Hagerstown and near Williamsport.

 

Jamison Door breaks ground on Pa. facility​​​​​​Jennifer Fitch, Herald-Mail Media

White House

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. 

Jamison Door Company had the opportunity to share in NAM's tax reform event in the Rose Garden of the White House where President Donald Trump highlighted the historic results of the NAM's outlook survey and the manufacturing industry's positive economic outlook.

As spoken by NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, "Manufacturers are proving that when the President and lawmakers deliver on policy, we will deliver for the American people." 

Pictured above from the left: Dallas Burger, Elaine Davis, Jason Weigle, and Jamison CEO and Chairman John Williams

 
 
Dwight Clark

PRESS RELEASE

 

Jamison Door Company Names Dwight Clark President and Chief Operating Officer

 

Hagerstown, MD. – December 7, 2017—Jamison Door Company has promoted Dwight Clark to be President and Chief Operating Office effective January 1, 2018.  John T. Williams will retain the title of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Clark joined the company in 2001 as Vice President Sales and Marketing and has led the sales effort since that time, developing a sales organization capable of selling the growing number of products the company manufactures. He has been a key player in helping guide the introduction of new products and territories.  Active also in industry activities, Mr. Clark has been on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Cold Storage Construction since 2002.

He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and was a manufacturer’s representative in Southern California for 15 years prior to joining Jamison. He and his wife, Jeanette, have one adult daughter.

Mr. Williams said “Dwight’s promotion is recognition of the significant contributions he has made to Jamison over the past 16 years.  He deserves much of the credit for the current success and growth of the company.”

 Mr. Clark said “Jamison has had excellent growth in these last 16 years by expanding the number of product lines we offer and by having a great team of people in all parts of the business.  I am excited to have the new responsibilities and the opportunity to help lead as we go forward.  Jamison has an excellent reputation for the highest quality products and customer service and I want us to continue to build on that solid foundation.”

 

ABOUT JAMISON DOOR COMPANY

Jamison Door Company, a privately-held manufacturer of doors primarily for the cold storage industry was founded in 1906 at its current location in Hagerstown, MD by J. V. Jamison, Sr. It has been in the same location in Hagerstown, MD, for all of its existence.  J. V. Jamison, Sr., was president until his death in 1920 and was succeeded by his son, J. V. Jamison, Jr. who served until 1942 when his son, J. V. Jamison, 3rd, succeeded him, serving as President and Chairman until 1993.  His daughter, Wye Jamison Allanbrook, succeeded him as Chairman from 1993 until 2000 when John T. Williams was named Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Since 2004 Jamison has added significantly to its product offerings including additional offerings under its main product line of insulated doors designed for use in cold storage facilities and the acquisition of HCR, Inc., a manufacturer of air doors based in Lewistown, MT.  In 2005 Jamison expanded internationally and  opened a manufacturing plant in Mexico City to make doors for the Mexican market.  In 2012 it opened a new plant in Hagerstown and partnered with an Italian company to make high speed rollup doors under the Jamison/BMP name. In 2015 Jamison opened another plant in Hagerstown to make Jamotuf doors, a line of 1 ¾ “insulated molded fiberglass doors.  

  

“Creators are wanted,” say many manufacturers across the United States. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is taking another step to populate the talent pipeline in America—with a new “Creators Wanted” video and infographic series. This year, on the NAM’s digital platforms, you’ll begin to see the makings of the NAM’s new initiative to show parents and teachers, and thereby children, what modern manufacturing really looks like today (and will look like tomorrow). According to the Manufacturing Institute, there will be 3.5 million jobs in modern manufacturing available over the next 10 years.

 

By using the voices of employees from Jamison and other member companies, the National Association of Manufacturers hopes to deliver a message on key policies, issues and, all the while, changing the perception of manufacturing. Individual videos from local companies will be pieced together to a larger "Creators Wanted" campaign to be highlighted on social channels and the National Association of Manufacturer's website to help tell the story of modern manufacturing in America.

On Saturday February 27th, Jamison Door Company celebrated its 110th anniversary by throwing a luncheon for over 400 employees, retirees and members of the community.

Mr. John Williams, President and Chairman of the Board, gave a short speech explaining the company's success being due to its focus and commitment to Jamison's four key stakeholders:  their stock holders, their employees, their community, and their customers.  Afterwards, Mark Widmyer from the Maryland Governor's office, presented Mr. Williams with a special Governor's Citation expressing both appreciation and recognition to the Jamison Door Company. 

Mike Gil, Maryland Commerce Secretary, pumped up the crowd by telling them how much the State of Maryland appreciated and supported the Jamison Door Company and how great it is to be a Maryland company.   Paul Frey, President of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, also spoke then presented Jamison with a Certificate of Recognition.  Hagerstown City Council member Lewis Mentzer announced that the names of the original Jamison brothers, the founders of the door company, were being added to a monument in Memorial Park.  Mr. Mentzer emphasized the honor of this recognition, since only the names of those who've played the most important roles in the growth and development of Hagerstown would be considered for placement on this monument.    

Other Hagerstown city council members in attendance were:  Donald Munson, Kristin Aleshire, and Penny Nigh.  County Commissioner Jeff Cline attended, as well as Jill Frick/Director of Economic Development, Melissa Reabold/United Way Executive Director Washington County, Linda Spence/Business Support Specialist for the Washington County Department of Business Development, and Katrina Wyand-Yurish/Board Member Chamber of Commerce.

After the luncheon, tours were held throughout the plant showing various products and the various manufacturing processes.  The event was hosted by the Jamison Social Committee:  Greg Lloyd, Karen Webber, Kayla Bussard, Andrea Divelbiss, Jan Rudisill, David Hixson, Joe Raffa, and Ben Breakall.

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