Jamestown Mattress Lands Multimillion-Dollar Contract
July 25, 2015
For a business that began with only three employees, Jamestown Mattress continues to see success as a locally owned and operated company.
Last month, the company, owned by the Pullan family, signed a multimillion-dollar, five-year contract with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.
"The Pullan family, along with all the employees of Jamestown Mattress are extremely excited and honored to have this opportunity," said Jim Pullan Jr. of Jamestown Mattress. "We look forward to serving the State University of New York colleges across the state for many years to come."
The Pullan family of Jamestown Mattress is gearing up to get busy on a five-year, multimillion-dollar contract signed last month. Pictured are: Lori Pullan, Louise Pullan, Pam Pullan, Steve
Pullan, Bruce Pullan, Jim Pullan Sr., Aaron Pullan and Jim Pullan Jr.
P-J photo by Katrina Fuller
Getting the contract took some effort, he said, but the business was up to the challenge.
Pullan Jr. said Jamestown Mattress submitted a vendor application to the dormitory authority for processing and approval. A few months later, in April, the company received a packet enabling them to bid on supplying mattresses and box springs to all SUNY colleges. As the process continued, they "went to the mattresses" and pursued the opportunity with fervor.
"We are very passionate about what we do, and we are very active in the day-to-day operations. We aggressively pursued this bid," Pullan Jr. said.
"Since we were a new vendor, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York went through a due-diligence process, verifying our product and capabilities," Pullan Jr. said. "We participated in several conference calls, sent them many component samples, sent many sample mattresses and had to burn six sets of mattresses to verify our product passed their required flammability standards."
Their work was rewarded with a successful contract, and the Pullan family and Jamestown Mattress employees couldn't be happier.
"We've never been in a stronger position than we are now," Pullan Jr. said, adding that with the contract, the company will add three to five jobs. "We are very appreciative of the support we've gotten from the community, so we do all we can to give back."
He added that the contract calls for 6,000-8,000 mattresses a year, which breaks down to 120-150 mattresses per week.
"We'll be very busy," he said with a smile.
Jim Pullan Sr. said he was glad to see the contract come in, not just for the company, but for the area as well.
"The company is over 100 years old, and we started with three employees," Pullan Sr. said. "It's turned into a good thing for the family and the community."
Jamestown Mattress started in 1886 in Jamestown, and the Pullan family purchased the company in 1982. Currently, the company contains three generations of the family, and has 35 employees.
There are seven retail stores located throughout Western New York, and northwestern Pennsylvania. The company prides itself on its capabilities to manufacture custom mattresses of any size, selling contract quilting pieces and working to supply bedding for colleges, institutional bedding and the hospitality sector.
Pullan Jr. said the business is incredibly grateful for all the support they have received over the years from the community, and in their latest endeavor for the contract.
He added that the company would like to extend a special thank you to the individuals who supplied phone calls and letters to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York in support of the company: Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-C-I-Jamestown; state Sen. Cathy Young, R-C-I-Olean; U.S. Congressman Tom Reed, R-C-I-Corning; Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua county executive; and Greg Edwards, former Chautauqua County executive.
Timmons: The World Is Passing Us By
Congressional Inaction Is Gambling Jobs
by Jennifer Drogus
Washington, D.C., July 29, 2015- National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement in response to the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to take up a long-term highway fudning bill and a bill to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank before adjourning for the August recess:
"The world is passing us by, as Conress yet again failed to get our country off the sidelines. Congress had the opprotunity to pass two bills that would immediately secure and create jobs for manufacturers in the United States and help our nation achieve sustained prosperity: a long-term highway funding bill and a bill to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank. Congressional inaction on both is gambling jobs in the United States, ceding our mantle of economic leadership to foreign competitors and hurting small businesses and manufacturers. Our nation's job creators and all Americans deserve more."
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Summer Internships a Success
By Justin Hanft, Dream It Do It Western New York
Dream It Do It Western New York concluded their third summer of manufacturing internships capping another successful year. Dream It Do It Western New York is a workforce development initiative increasing the skilled workforce pipeline in manufacturing careers and coordinates this opportunity for high school and college students pursuing careers in manufacturing. From welding and machining to marketing and engineering the DIDIWNY internship program provides a framework that will springboard them in their professional careers.
This year’s internship program continued to grow as it has been proven to be a successful program for all parties involved. Manufacturers are able to work with students that will make up their future workforce and students gain essential real world industry specific skills. In addition to the eight to ten week placement at their host manufacturer, interns also completed: a one-day orientation, an on-site visit by the Dream It Do It Coordinator and concluded with delivering their own presentation of their experiences in the Carnahan Theatre at Jamestown Community College.
Highlighted in this year’s program were several new additions that enhanced the intern’s experiences. During orientation day interns went through several trainings that focused on a variety of skills that are essential for success. Cindy Aronson from Cindy Aronson Training presented a seminar on “The Brand Called You”. Through Cindy’s teaching interns understood that in order to stand out and prosper in today’s new world of work, you have to build-and continually sharpen-the brand called you. Also included in the orientation was a session lead by Curt Anderson, Certified Business Advisor, from the Small Business Development Center. Curt stressed the importance in today’s day an age to “strengthen your on-line presence” for the betterment of your own professional career. His training was focused specifically on LinkedIn and how to best make use of this social media platform. Concluding the new additions was a presentation and activity by Max Krug of Eminence Consulting. Max explained the methodologies of operational excellence a philosophy of organizational leadership and focused in on management attention towards sustainable improvement of organizational performance. Interns also participated in a fun hands on activity that demonstrated the ill effects of multi-tasking.
The following students successfully completed this year’s program at these participating manufacturers. Hunter Deponceau-Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Jake Prindle-Cassidy-Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Garre Crowell-Berry Plastics, Zachary Hammond-Chautauqua Precision, Alan Christie-Chautauqua Precision, Nicholas McIntyre-Heidenhain, Julie Torrens-MD Electronics, Jared Hallberg-MD Electronics, Eric Tyra-MD Electronics, Nick Bowers-Ring Precision/Producto, Bram Johnson-Ring Precision/Producto, Benjamin Berry-Ulrich Planfiling, Chad VanEvery-Ulrich Planfiling, and Jonathan Drake-Water Street Brass. Upon conclusion, students received certificates of completion from Dream It Do It Western New York, The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.
Dream It Do It Western New York would like to congratulate all of the interns on their hard work over the summer and best wishes in their future endeavors! A special thank you to our sponsors of this program: Cindy Aronson Training, Small Business Development Center, Eminence Consulting and Empire State Development.
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