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JAFE Celebrates 40th Anniversary

GREENVILLE – There was a steady stream of visitors during JAFE Decorating’s 40th anniversary celebration and open house on Friday. From community members to local leaders and local and state politicians, each congratulated Randy O’Dell and his wife Lisa on the success of the company.

From the 7-22-18 edition of The Early Bird

By Ryan Berry, Editor

GREENVILLE – There was a steady stream of visitors during JAFE Decorating’s 40th anniversary celebration and open house on Friday. From community members to local leaders and local and state politicians, each congratulated Randy O’Dell and his wife Lisa on the success of the company.

JAFE is one of Darke County’s hidden treasures and tends to go under the radar when talk turns to local manufacturers. However, this business would not have been where it is today without its founder, Lloyd Williams, and his initial vision. Although O’Dell has been with business for approximately 20 years, he has owned it for eight years. “Lloyd was a father/mentor figure to me for me for almost 20 years and something that we wanted to do was keep the tradition of a family-owned business going,” said O’Dell.

The company originally painted glass for Corning when it was in Greenville, but with its closure, JAFE had to re-invent itself. According to O’Dell, it has done that three times since he joined the company. The day Corning closed its doors, JAFE’s 57-employee workforce was cut in half.

O’Dell added, “Last year we sold the vision that Lloyd founded the company with back to Corning, 39 years later. Lloyd took it in May of ’78 and we sold it to Corning Mexico last year.” He explained, “It wasn’t part of our core businesses anymore and we decided to let it go.”

Today, JAFE is making a name for itself in the candle, floral and lighting markets. While they don’t make the glass, they have a staff of 90 people involved in decorating the glass. They color the glass holders used for candles for companies like Bath & Body Works, Pier 1 and Walmart. Approximately 2 million candle glass pieces flow through the production lines each year. The company also decorates vases/glass for the floral markets and light bulbs for companies like Sylvania and Walmart......

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