SOUTHFIELD, Mich. The Nov. 27 fire at Janesville Acoustics Newcomerstown, Ohio, plant rendered the building and all equipment within a total loss. Therefore, in the weeks that have followed, company executives have diligently worked to put into place alternative production arrangements to ensure commitments to customers are met. The companys initial focus, however, was on ensuring the wellbeing of the 92 employees of the Newcomerstown plant and minimizing the burden the fire would place on them and their families.
We recognize that this tragedy couldnt have come at a worse time of year, said David Cataldi, president of Janesville Acoustics. Obviously, there was nothing we could do to make the loss of our employees workplace easy to handle. However, weve been intent on lessening the impact this situation might have on their enjoyment of the holidays. Janesville Acoustics is keeping employees on payroll through the close of 2011 and is working with other employers in the region to assist its Newcomerstown workforce in finding other jobs.
Cataldi also expressed gratitude for the generosity shown to his company and employees following the fire.
Weve been extremely humbled by the support weve received from the local community, he added. Local businesses, civic organizations, and even private individuals have offered everything from gift baskets and dinners, to the donation of their own corporate Christmas gifts to our employees. The safety of our employees and the kindness of the community are the silver lining on this tragedy.
To fulfill client orders, Janesville Acoustics has shifted some production from Newcomerstown to the companys nearby Norwalk, Ohio, plant. Plans are currently being finalized that would include retaining a limited number of Newcomerstown employees to assist in the training and production ramp-up phase required to initiate operations at this facility. Additionally, the company is turning to alternative designs and outsourcing production on a limited basis to meet customer commitments.
Janesville Acoustics has not yet made determinations regarding the future of its Newcomerstown presence.
Janesville Acoustics is a leading global producer of acoustical and thermal fiber insulation and molded fiber products. A Tier I and Tier II supplier to the automotive and transportation industry worldwide, the company is the recipient of numerous outstanding supplier awards from the automotive manufacturers with which the company does business and the industry at-large.
Founded in 1875, Janesville Acoustics is headquartered in Southfield, Mich., with manufacturing plants and satellite offices in Ohio, Mississippi, North Carolina, Germany and Mexico. For information about Janesville Acoustics, visit www.janesvilleacoustics.com.
Jason Incorporated is parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including Assembled Products (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Morton
Manufacturing (Libertyville, Ill.), Osborn (Cleveland, Ohio and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). All Jason companies utilize the Jason Business System, a collaborative manufacturing strategy applicable to a diverse group of companies that includes business principles and processes to ensure best-in-class results and collective strength.
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 3,600 individuals in 13 countries. To learn more, visit www.jasoninc.com.