SOURCE: Jones Family of Companies

Jones Family of Companies

March 14, 2016 11:19 ET

After 80 Years in Business, Jones Yarn & Jones Fiber Announce Rebranding as Jones Family of Companies

Jones Yarn Plays Role in Movie Joy

HUMBOLDT, TN --(Marketwired - March 14, 2016) - Founded in 1936, Jones is a leader in the textile industry. The company was formed through a partnership between two brothers and today is led by a third generation committed to these same standards. The company has two distinct divisions: Jones Yarn and Jones Fiber now known as Jones Nonwovens.

Executives decided the company's 80th year in business was the perfect time for a change, however, and are pleased to announce the newly rebranded Jones Family of Companies.

"We're very much a company committed to meeting expectations and achieving the results that we intend to achieve," said Richard Ayers, CEO/CFO, Jones Family of Companies. "Our decision to rebrand is one that we feel will allow us to best continue maintaining a high quality in our relationships, products and services."

Through the years with Jones Yarn, their spinning operations produced yarns for a wide variety of textile products; however, yarns for wet mopping, dry mopping and specialty cleaning applications constituted their primary focus. Today, their corporate strategies for the floor care market include a number of specifically engineered products, targeted programs, quality services and global sourcing. Jones is an active participant in the International Sanitary Supply Association [ISSA], American Brush Manufacturers Association [ABMA] and National Broom & Mop Association. They also participate in annual association meetings for Broom, Brush and Mop magazine, Brushware magazine and BrushExpert.com.

Jones Nonwovens is just as valuable to the firm's overall success. Markets for the division includes sleep products, furniture, packaging, acoustics, and automotive and floor care. As a family business, Jones Nonwovens combines tradition, sustainability and a forward-looking approach. Jones Nonwovens is guided by its core values of Integrity, Respect, Customer Focus, Quality, Integrated Products and Business Stewardship, as well as a passion for business results. These values act as an internal compass for employees and provide a foundation for sustained success. Jones Nonwovens actively participates in the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, the Southeastern Ginners Association and the Specialty Sleep Association. Jones Nonwovens is well prepared to meet the challenges of the future with our new market and product innovations, consistent customer focus and commitment to responsible manufacturing. 

The focus of the Jones Family of Companies has been providing solutions with select products and outstanding service that stem from decades of research and experience. This is something made evident in the Jones Yarn division's relationship with Joy Mangano. Inventor. Entrepreneur. Inspiration for the 2015 film Joy. And former customer of The Jones Family of Companies.

Mangano was a working, divorced single mother of three when she had the idea to design a self-wringing mop. After she dropped a glass of wine and cut her hands on the broken glass while trying to clean up the mess, she found herself inspired. She went on to create a prototype, which she sold locally on Long Island. After a modest success, she moved her operations to her father's shop. This was where her facilities were located when she first met Andrew Dailey, Vice President at Jones, in 1996.

Dailey recalls the look of her shop.

"Joy was set up in the side room of her father's auto body shop. The design of her machinery was interesting. What struck me most was that these mops were made completely by hand."

This was Mangano's first design to patent; she called it her Miracle Mop. For eight months, the standard cotton yarn that Mangano used in her mops came from Jones Yarn, with Jones selling her approximately ¾ million pounds of yarn during their business relationship. Viewers of the film Joy can see pallets of yarn, but because Jones' relationship with Mangano was solid from the perspective of both parties, it is not portrayed in the film.

Today, the Miracle Mop comes in five colors and no longer uses cotton, but the price is still $19.95. She has gone on to have a successful career, in which The Jones Family of Companies is proud to have played a role.

Years ago, Dailey thought Mangano was just an ordinary Jones customer until he was sitting at home, changing channels on his television and caught sight of her selling her merchandise.

He recently had that same experience when he saw the trailer for the movie Joy.

"I was sitting with my family around Christmas time, and a movie trailer came on television. I couldn't believe what I was seeing as I realized the film was based on the life of one of my former customers at Jones Yarn."

For more information on the Jones Family of Companies, please visit jonesfamilyco.com or view a story of their history on YouTube.

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