Humboldt, Tennessee-based Jones Family of Companies has expanded its Jones Nonwovens plant in North Las Vegas, doubling its capacity.
New production capabilities and added capacity at the plant will position Jones to meet rapidly growing demand for natural fiber and other sustainable fiber products for manufacturing and packaging, said Richard Ayers, president and chief executive officer of Jones Family of Companies, which also includes Jones Yarn. “The investment in new manufacturing technology and innovation at our nonwovens plant in North Las Vegas demonstrates the commitment of the Jones Family of Companies to meeting customer-driven demand for sustainable materials in bedding, packaging and other markets,” he said.
The new production line also will enable Jones to create new and differentiated products. Some of these products will target comfort layers in traditional mattress constructions and base support layers in one-sided mattress constructions.
According to Ayers, the air lay technology used in the new line randomizes fiber orientation rather than combing and paralleling the fibers. This gives much more “spring” or “bounce” to the fiber pad as opposed to traditional carding. Residual height also is greatly enhanced.
Jones Nonwovens began production in North Las Vegas in early 2006. The 2018 expansion was brought about, in part, by the need for thicker, more resilient products for mattresses. Jones has seen more of the products traditionally sold into the mattress industry being displaced by foam and manufactured fibers. This expansion allows Jones to help mattress manufacturers replace foam and synthetic components with more sustainable and natural materials, the company said.
Founded in 1936, the Jones Family of Companies provides products for the sleep, furniture, packaging, acoustics, automotive and floor care industries. In addition to its North Las Vegas plant, the company operates production facilities in Humboldt and Morristown, Tennessee.