Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

October 2, 2008

Romweber Co. changes hands

Dial the Batesville phone number for Romweber Co. and an automated female voice answers, “Jasper Group.”

Jasper Group marketing representative Jennifer Britt confirmed Monday that the Jasper, Ind.-based company has purchased the Batesville furniture firm.

“I think it’s a win-win for everyone,” said Mayor Rick Fledderman Monday afternoon. “My understanding is that Jasper Group is known for furniture manufacturing just like Batesville is for woodworking.”

This much is known about the purchasing company from information gleaned on the Web site www.jsifurniture.com: Jasper Seating, which has produced commercial furniture for 79 years, changed its name to Jasper Group in January, which shows “the company produces a wide array of furniture products, and has a wide array of production resources. The company is privately held ...”

Over the last few months, company leaders have constructed a 15,000-square-foot showroom in Jasper that showcases more than 50 collections and purchased the former Blanton & Moore production facility in Barium Springs, N.C., to gain much needed capacity for making library products.

The company, which employs over 430, has grown to include five production facilities housing a total of over 900,000 square feet, not including Romweber space. “By maintaining our own lumberyard, mill room, veneering and rare steam-bending capabilities, we are able to control the complete manufacturing process,” the Web site explained.

Romweber Co. evolved from three entities, the American Furniture Co., Batesville Cabinet Co. and Batesville Coffin Co., each started in 1879 here. How Jasper Group will incorporate its new acquisition remains to be seen.

Mike Elliott, Jasper Group CEO and board chairman; and Brian Lish, Jasper Group marketing vice president, could not be reached for reaction or details about the transaction. Bruce Rippe, Romweber president, chose not to comment at this time.

Check our Web site for the whole story as it unfolds.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at 812-934-4343, Ext. 113; or debbie.blank@batesvilleheraldtribune.com.

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