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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!
Inspectors work throughout the plant but primarily at the end of the Upholstery line to inspect finished furniture before it is sent to the Shipping department. This position requires a close attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Summary of essential job functions:
Inspects completed furniture for defects in finish, construction, or upholstery, to ensure conformance with manufacturing standards: Verifies color, pattern, and grade of upholstery, using ticket specifications
Inspects upholstery cover for rips in fabric or seams
Feels upholstery padding to determine if padding conforms to specified degree of firmness
Examines wooden surfaces for defects in assembly, wood, or finish
Removes wrinkles, using hand steamer and removes soil marks using cleaning fluid
May stamp or mark furniture to indicate acceptation or rejection
May repair minor defects in finish, using heated blade, wax, lacquer, and stain stick
High school diploma preferred, and previous furniture inspection 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