JSI Produces at PMA 2018
Last month, JSI showcased at the Produce Marketing Association’s 2018 Fresh Summit event in Orlando, FL. Several different kinds of fixtures were used to showcase the produce on display by Melissa’s World Variety Produce in booth #2601.
The annual PMA trade show is always a great opportunity for JSI to connect with customers and collaborate across industries. In an environment as dynamic as the grocery business, many retailers struggle with communicating freshness, convenience, and innovation to their shoppers in meaningful ways. Year after year, JSI strives to bring the #freshexperience home to consumers. New product offerings, streamlined order processing, and helping customers maintain their unique approach to shoppers is only the tip of the iceberg lettuce for this team!
2018 Golf Tournament Raises Big Money for Little Kids
On August 9th of this year, JSI Store Fixtures donated $28,850 to the Three Rivers Kiwanis of Milo and Brownville, ME. The funds were collected from JSI employees, vendors, and partners, some of which are located across the country.
The 14th Annual Clayton Johndro Memorial Golf Tournament was the centerpiece of this large donation. Clayton Johndro, father of the founders of JSI Terry, Barry, and Mark Awalt, passed away in 2008 but is remembered posthumously by the community which he lived in and valued so highly. One of the largest and most important charities that is benefited by this annual fundraiser is Jean’s Blessings, named for Clayton’s wife Jean Johndro. Jean’s Blessings provides backpacks for children that are filled with food and school supplies, commodities which children in the Milo community are often forced to otherwise go without.
Over the last 14 years the Clayton Johndro Memorial Golf Tournament has collectively raised more than $190,000 for the community. Some other charities which have been benefited by these funds include local food cupboards, the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Secret Santa programs, Penquis Valley Key and Builders Clubs, YMCA swim programs for kids, and many others.
JSI would like to thank all who have donated and supported our event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will make a difference in the lives of many children.
Release of New TempFresh Prepared Foods Line
JSI has recently released a brand-new product line to their catalog of fixtures; TempFresh Prepared Foods are currently being integrated into the stores of JSI customers.
JSI has certainly entered the prepared foods market at the right time, as the industry is currently growing. From 2015-2016, 69% of retailers reported 5% or higher growth levels in their prepared foods department. Additionally, a sturdy 19% of consumers report that they expect their prepared meal purchases from grocery stores will increase through 2019 (Hobson, 2017). These statistics come as no surprise to JSI’s resident expert on Prepared Foods merchandising, Kristi Estes, who has been a part of the growing team since 2017.
Says Estes, “There is a serious demand for more efficient, more attractive, more flexible merchandising options for these types of products. JSI is in the perfect position to envelop both the technical requirements and merchandising expectations that retailers need in order to make sure the food, hot or cold, temps properly.” And keeping product at the correct temperature, although an obvious requirement for shoppers, is more easily said than done.
“Retailers are always extremely concerned with product integrity and presentation, and so are we” says Nate Perkins, JSI’s newest Product Manager. “We’ve got an entire engineering team working hard every day to make sure that we can deliver the right temperature every time.”
JSI’s plans for continuing development on this product line include a range of soup merchandisers, a flat-top pizza bar, and hot vertical merchandisers for items like rotisserie chicken. As the company continues to expand and explore more innovative ways to deliver the highest quality products to end-shoppers, it becomes only a matter of time before a JSI TempFresh bar is in every grocery chain across the country.
SOURCE: Hobson, Katherine. “Supermarket Prepared Meals: What to Watch Out For.” Consumer Reports, consumerreports.org, 2017 View Article
CHECK OUT OUR NEW WINE CATALOG
JSI’s new Wine Catalog is hot off the presses, and filled with great fixtures to make your store look its best and drive sales in your wine and spirits department! Contact us today for your copy.
JSI STORE FIXTURES TO EXPAND INTO CANADA
Supermarket display company continues its growth with the acquisition of Shaw Woodworks Inc.
JSI Store Fixtures Incorporated, a market-leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality merchandising displays for the supermarket industry, is proud to announce new growth and expansion into Canada, thanks to the acquisition of Shaw Woodworks.
“The new Ontario facility gets us closer to our target customers in Canada, helping us to reduce freight costs, provide much shorter lead times and lessening our environmental impact,” said Terry Awalt, JSI’s Chief Executive Officer.
The acquisition of Shaw Woodworks Inc. in Collingwood, Ontario gives JSI Store Fixtures its first facility outside the United States. Founded in 1987, Shaw has become a leader in the Canadian commercial fixture, interactive kiosk and point of purchase display industry, and is one of the largest wood and painted product fixture manufacturers in Canada. Shaw’s expertise reaches well beyond the grocery industry, with a client base that includes not only a broad range of grocers, but many other retail and commercial clients in Canada and beyond, including Indigo Books and Music Inc., Hudson’s Bay Company, Goodyear Canada, Toyota Canada, IBM Canada Ltd., The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Blue Mountain Resorts and many more.
Conceived in 1991 as a family business, JSI Store Fixtures, Incorporated is headquartered in Milo, Maine, and has grown to include facilities in Bangor, Maine, Suwanee, Georgia, Payson, Utah, as well as the new Collingwood, Ontario facility. JSI’s product offering consists of display fixtures, patented foam products and refrigerated fixtures that are designed to showcase merchandise in produce, bakery, floral, wine and other high-traffic areas around a grocery’s perimeter, but the new acquisitions will allow JSI to expand beyond groceries into general retail and more. The company’s guiding philosophy is to design and offer quality displays to its customers, to merchandise product
better, resulting in higher retail sales.
JSI STORE FIXTURES TO EXPAND INTO SOUTH CAROLINA
Supermarket display company continues its growth with the acquisition of Solid Solutions, Inc.
JSI Store Fixtures Incorporated, a market-leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality merchandising displays for the supermarket industry, is proud to announce new growth and expansion into South Carolina, thanks to the acquisition of Solid Solutions, Inc.
“The new Greenville facility gives us another connection to our target customers in the southeastern United States, helping us to reduce freight costs, provide much shorter lead times and lessening our environmental impact. The acquisition of Solid Solutions also broadens our capabilities in installation and manufacturing, both areas of specialization for that facility,” said Terry Awalt, JSI’s Chief Executive Officer
Solid Solutions, Inc. was founded in October 2003 with a small team of dedicated craftsmen and the finest production equipment, which allowed the company to develop a successful business in custom millwork and fixtures for the grocery/specialty, pharmacy and retail/convenience industries. Based
in Greenville, South Carolina, Solid Solutions’ production techniques and state-of-the-art technology allow them to create high quality custom millwork and fixtures with exceptional value in their 42,000 square foot facility. Their customers include The Fresh Market, Supermarket Systems, Rouses, Ingles,
Harris Teeter, Earth Fare, Houser Shoes and Piggly Wiggly.
Conceived in 1991 as a family business, JSI Store Fixtures Incorporated is headquartered in Milo, Maine, and has grown to include facilities in Bangor, Maine, Suwanee, Georgia, Payson, Utah, as well as the new Greenville, SC facility. JSI’s product offering consists of display fixtures, patented foam products and refrigerated fixtures that are designed to showcase merchandise in produce, bakery, floral, wine and other high-traffic areas around a grocery’s perimeter, but the new acquisitions will allow JSI to expand
beyond groceries into general retail and more. The company’s guiding philosophy is to design and offer quality displays to its customers, to merchandise product better, resulting in higher retail sales.
VISIT JSI AT FMI!
Come by the JSI booth at FMI Connect 2015 in Chicago, June 8-11, and see what’s new! We’d love to meet you and show you what JSI can do for your business! You’ll find us in McCormick Place, South Building – Halls A1 & A2 – Booth 2423.
JSI STORE FIXTURES EXPANDS INTO UTAH
Supermarket display company is manufacturing equipment for western states
JSI Store Fixtures, Inc., a market-leading designer and manufacturer of high quality merchandising displays for the supermarket industry, along with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), announces the opening of a facility in Payson, Utah. The new facility has begun manufacturing display fixtures for JSI’s customers in the western United States.
“The new Payson, UT facility gets us closer to our target customers in the western U.S., helping us to reduce freight costs, provide much shorter lead times and lessening our environmental impact,” says Terry Awalt, JSI’s President.
JSI Store Fixtures Announces Two New Facilities
Milo, Maine – September 15, 2014 – JSI Store Fixtures is proud to announce the opening of two new facilities in Georgia and Maine.
In 2013, JSI purchased John Wilson Cabinetry, and recently moved the factory from its 20,000 sq. ft. building in Cumming, Georgia to a new 65,000 sq. ft. facility in Suwanee, Georgia, creating JSI’S new Southern Facility. The Southern Facility will provide manufacturing, distribution and customer service to JSI’s customers in the southeast.
JSI has also relocated their Bangor, Maine refrigeration factory to a new 45,000 sq. ft. facility. The new Bangor facility expands JSI’s research and development capabilities, allowing the company to develop more of the prepared food display products that customers are looking for, including retail fixtures for salad bars, rotisserie chicken and more. The new facility also gives JSI the ability to self-test equipment, ensuring that products meet U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) standards.
JSI Store Fixtures Announces New Hire
Milo, Maine – September 15, 2014 – JSI Store Fixtures is pleased to announce that Kenneth Bush has joined the company as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Ken brings extensive operations experience to the JSI team, with an outstanding history in business growth, operational transformation, turnaround and innovation. As COO, Ken will lead JSI’s continuing initiative to grow the company’s business by 20% each year.