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Born in 1903, Mr. W. Ray Jackson left very humble beginnings in Cleveland, TN at age 16 to set out on his own. After working for several years in an auto assembly plant in Ohio, he returned back South to Tennessee to try the chair upholstery business. After quickly learning the upholstery craft, he took the $30 in his pocket - ALL he had left after the banks closed during the Great Depression - and started Jackson Furniture Company. The business grew and grew with expanded factories and more people hired and put to work. His $30 gamble paid off as by the 1970s he had over 1.3 million square feet of furniture manufacturing space in TN, MS, TX, and FL - and now held one of the largest family owned furniture enterprises in the USA.
His greatest turning point was determining that assembly line production of Platform Glider Recliners was the key to a "comfortable America". He took his knowledge from the automobile industry and applied it to Chair/Glider production. These same techniques are still used every day in our plants as the culture still thrives under 3rd generation leadership.
Mr. Jackson would often comment that much of his success came from good old-fashioned hard work, and a dedication to giving employees an opportunity to "better themselves".
Today, Jackson Furniture Industries remains focused in the USA. We have 6 factories and over 1,500 dedicated employees and vendors committed to producing the most comfortable and longest lasting furniture that money can buy.
A lot has changed in the furniture industry since 1933. Recent developments, such as the closing of major textile plants in the U.S., have forced us to go overseas for products like fabrics and leathers that are no longer available here in mass quantities. The covers on our products may be made elsewhere, but for nearly all of our products, employees in our American factories build the frames and apply the cover. While many of our components, including our recliner mechanisms, are fabricated by our dedicated employees in this country, we also consider international suppliers and laborers for some parts - such as handles, massagers and swivel bases - in order to build long-lasting furniture at an accessible price.
At Jackson Furniture, we are investing in our plants and doing everything we can to remain a trusted, strong and competitive employer in the U.S. We are extremely proud of our roots and we look forward to providing you with American-made comfort and quality for many more years to come!
Upholsterers work as an assembly team to manufacture sofas, loveseats, and chairs. This position requires manual dexterity, fine motor skills, and attention to detail to meet high quality standards. The training period is typically 6 to 8 weeks before full production capacity (and pay) is realized.
Summary of essential job functions:
Upholsters one section of sofa, chair, or furniture frames, using the following methods:
Attaches spring assembly section to seat and back of frame with clips or ties springs with twine and tacks ends of twine to frame
Places padding and covering over seat springs and tacks or staples covering to frame to complete seat upholstering, using tack hammer or powered staple gun
Places padding and covering over inside of arms and tacks or staples covering to frame to complete inside arms
Places layers of padding over inside back, shaping padding to specifications, and tacks or staples covering over padding to make inside back
Tacks or staples cardboard, padding, and upholstery material to top, side, and bottom rails of outside arms, fitting and shaping materials to obtain smooth contour
Tacks or staples covering material to top, bottom, and side rails of back frame, and sews upholstery covering edges to adjoining inside back and outside arm coverings with needle and thread to complete upholstery of furniture piece
Tacks or staples cover to bottom rails to enclose bottom area. May attach trimming material, such as gimp, braid, binding, skirts, and panels to upholstered frames, using glue, staples, nails, or tacks
May be designated according to part or pieces upholstered as Arm Builder; Back Builder; Seat Builder, etc. Other duties to be performed as directed by supervisor(s)
Other tasks as assigned
High school diploma preferred but not required, and previous upholstery experience highly preferred
Good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
Attention to detail/high quality expectations
Must perform job with safety as a top priority
Must be able to show up to work on-time, every day, and take direction from supervisor(s)
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Must be able to stand on feet for entire shift (8 to 10 hrs per day)
Ability to get along with others and work in a team environment
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs repetitively on a daily basis