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