From its humble beginnings in a basement in East Peoria, to becoming a multi-million dollar company with plants in numerous states and countries, Jordan Manufacturing has seen its share of challenges and continues to overcome all hurdles.
Jordan Manufacturing Chief Financial Officer Tammara Lehocky gave a presentation on the company’s history at Monday’s Monticello Kiwanis Club meeting.
“It is hard to believe that the company started 43 years ago in my parent’s basement making wooden book shelves,” said Lehocky. “Our first plant opened in Pekin, Illinois and from there business kept expanding. However, in 1985 the company had to consolidate and we came to Monticello. It was some of the most challenging days for the company, but here in Monticello it was a fresh start.”
Another major challenge the company had to deal with was the September 1, 2005 fire that burned the Monticello plant to the ground.
“Despite the massive loss, not a single employee was laid off,” stated Lehocky. “We rebuilt here in Monticello and everything worked out. We were able to take the business internationally and even expanded the warehouse here in Monticello twice.”
Jordan Manufacturing continues to be a leader in the outdoor industry and is one of the nation’s only cushion manufacturers that produce its own fiber. With two fiber lines, Jordan has the ability to manufacture air lay or garnet fiber to ensure the best possible fill for each cushion.
“We are always trying to stay on top of technology advances,” added Lehocky. “The industry and customers needs are constantly changing, so being able to adapt is key. Right now we are doing a lot of drop ship business with Amazon, Walmart and other major retailers. We are working right now with Walmart on their ‘Made in USA’ promotion.”
Drop shipping is a retail method in which you don't keep products in stock. Instead, you partner with a wholesale supplier that stocks its own inventory - you transfer customer orders and shipment details to them, and they ship the goods directly to the customer.
Lehocky concluded that the company currently has plants in Vietnam, Yuma, Arizona, Monticello, and Kentland.