Thursday, October 23, 2014

County Loan Helps Spur JAFE Expansion

Second partnership between company and Darke County fuels new construction, added jobs

GREENVILLE- For the second time since JAFE Decorating came under new ownership in 2010, the specialty glass painting and coating company will be expanding and adding jobs. With the help of a $180,000 loan from Darke County’s low-interest revolving loan fund, the company plans to create at least 20 new full-time positions and add 14,000 square feet to their Greenville production facility.

“The company has seen steady growth in the past few years so we couldn’t be more pleased to have this current expansion underway,” commented JAFE owner, Randy O’Dell. “The community support has been great but the project wouldn’t have been possible without the strong management and production team we’re fortunate to have in place at JAFE.”

This is the second time that JAFE has partnered with the county, in conjunction with the Partnering for Progress initiative, to help grow local operations. The county’s program helped JAFE acquire new machinery and equipment in 2011 in an expansion that almost doubled employment from approximately 30 employees to the 58 current positions. The current $180,000 loan has been issued by the county at 1.5% for seven years and again will be applied towards the purchase of new equipment. The resulting growth will likely push JAFE’s employment north of 80 positions, a total that should place the company among the Top-10 manufacturers in Darke County.

“It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the continued growth of locally-owned companies such as JAFE,” stated Darke County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk. “Growth among our largest companies is welcome and vital, but the future of the county is also strongly tied to the sustained growth of quality mid-size operations such as JAFE. This is a very important company and a very important expansion”

According to O’Dell, the upgrade will enable JAFE to better serve existing clients as well as take on new customers. To assist with the training requirements that will accompany the $2M expansion, JobsOhio has committed $21,684 to the project in the form of a workforce grant.

For more information on the company, please visit For more information on the Partnering for Progress initiative, please call the Darke County Economic Development Office at 937-548-3250

JAFE Decorating, Inc. has been in business since 1978 providing specialty color/paint coatings for various industries including: automotive aftermarket lighting, commercial lighting, consumer lighting, restaurant table lighting, pharmaceutical, floral wholesale, ad specialty, outdoor recreation, chrome mirrors serving industrial and specialty automotive, solar filters, and personalized gifts for all occasions. We specialize in putting color and specialty coatings on and in glass. For more than 35 years JAFE Decorating has provided the highest quality, reliability and value to our customers.

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