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JJP Moving to Illinois


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    #501 52 days ago

    Based on some support emails I've gotten back, they have set a target for mid-June to at least be moved in and resuming support based shipments

    #502 52 days ago
    Quoted from musketd:

    Sounds like no new title anytime soon then

    I wouldn't hold my breath on anything from JJP for a while

    #503 51 days ago
    Quoted from wesman:

    You don't think they started the move, at all?

    Jack made announcement just days before covid lock down. Feb 26th.
    Dought old factory had packed up much.
    Then Butch left or was let go.
    Chicago still on lock down.
    This is going to take a year.
    Like I said before. Gives jack more time to prep for next years TPF because Expo most likely won't happen.

    #504 51 days ago
    Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

    This is going to take a year.
    Like I said before. Gives jack more time to prep for next years TPF because Expo most likely won't happen.

    It makes no sense to wait for the next pin event. Until there is a (reliable) vaccine, most of us won't risk attending.
    We have the internet. R&M sold out without 80 people at expo being able to play it. And prior JJP launch events have been terrible. This is their time to prep a proper launch-video and reveal-stream.

    I'm saving my pennies to help with NIB purchase, but Stern, Deeproot, JJP, and American really need to stagger their releases this year and next year.

    #505 50 days ago
    Quoted from Reznnate:

    It makes no sense to wait for the next pin event.

    Or does it make for very smart business sense?
    Even a video live event would be far away.
    There is maybe 2 assembled games that may of been at TPF. There is nothing to sell right now. No games to ship and no line to build them.
    Another really big problem...
    For many of us we wont be set back to far do to covid. For others it will take years to recover. This lockdown essentially took away about 80% instant sales, and trickle sales will be even slower.
    Pins are a luxury expense for many, that money has dwindled a little.
    Location pinball will struggle in year ahead also leaving many to avoid NIB.

    Quoted from Reznnate:

    purchase, but Stern, Deeproot, JJP, and American really need to stagger their releases this year and next year.

    This would be nice. However, Gary Stern has a pretty good track record not playing nice. Often bombing one reveal with his own a few days later or at same show.

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    #506 45 days ago
    Quoted from finman2000:

    I work on Greenleaf Ave. I will keep my eyes open.

    I can now confirm that 1850 Greenleaf Ave. in Elk Grove Village is the new home of Jersey Jack Pinball. They put the sign in the front lawn today. Yes, it does say JERSEY Jack Pinball. I can also confirm that there has been some activity in the building over the past few weeks. There are 5 or 6 construction permits posted on the front window. I have seen a few workers entering/exiting the building on a couple occasions. I have also seen one or two semi trucks backed in the dock, and a coupe cars in the parking lot from time to time.

    #507 45 days ago
    Quoted from finman2000:

    I can now confirm that 1850 Greenleaf Ave. in Elk Grove Village is the new home of Jersey Jack Pinball. They put the sign in the front lawn today. Yes, it does say JERSEY Jack Pinball. I can also confirm that there has been some activity in the building over the past few weeks. There are 5 or 6 construction permits posted on the front window. I have seen a few workers entering/exiting the building on a couple occasions. I have also seen one or two semi trucks backed in the dock, and a coupe cars in the parking lot from time to time.

    jeez! they are literally a block away from Stern. Have 2 pinball companies ever been this close?
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    #508 45 days ago
    Quoted from finman2000:

    I can now confirm that 1850 Greenleaf Ave. in Elk Grove Village is the new home of Jersey Jack Pinball. They put the sign in the front lawn today. Yes, it does say JERSEY Jack Pinball. I can also confirm that there has been some activity in the building over the past few weeks. There are 5 or 6 construction permits posted on the front window. I have seen a few workers entering/exiting the building on a couple occasions. I have also seen one or two semi trucks backed in the dock, and a coupe cars in the parking lot from time to time.

    To funny, my aerospace partner company is next door and long term customer is directly across the street. Looks like I'll have plenty of reason to stop by lol.

    #509 45 days ago

    Moving a pinball assembly line isn't that hard. Its not like they are moving heavy machinery and robots into place. Heck, JJP's work stations were already on wheels. JJP does not seem to manufacture any of their own parts, so we are talking strictly assembly. Plumb some air lines in and drop power lines off the bus ducts. Pallet racking can be installed in a shift or two. I've helped move far more complex operations in a week or two. JJP will probably run into more issues getting their supply chain back up to speed due to COVID than getting their new assembly line functional. Cheap shipping from abroad on anything but the slow boat is a thing of the past. All those cheap and plentiful flights that shipped cargo along with passengers across the world have been nonexistent the last few months.

    #510 45 days ago
    Quoted from finman2000:

    I can now confirm that 1850 Greenleaf Ave. in Elk Grove Village is the new home of Jersey Jack Pinball. They put the sign in the front lawn today. Yes, it does say JERSEY Jack Pinball. I can also confirm that there has been some activity in the building over the past few weeks. There are 5 or 6 construction permits posted on the front window. I have seen a few workers entering/exiting the building on a couple occasions. I have also seen one or two semi trucks backed in the dock, and a coupe cars in the parking lot from time to time.

    Perhaps a future tour during Pinball Expo.

    #511 45 days ago
    Quoted from chad:

    Perhaps a future tour during Pinball Expo.

    I’m hoping for a tour on my lunch break sometime soon!

    #512 45 days ago
    Quoted from JodyG:

    Moving a pinball assembly line isn't that hard. Its not like they are moving heavy machinery and robots into place. Heck, JJP's work stations were already on wheels. JJP does not seem to manufacture any of their own parts, so we are talking strictly assembly. Plumb some air lines in and drop power lines off the bus ducts. Pallet racking can be installed in a shift or two. I've helped move far more complex operations in a week or two. JJP will probably run into more issues getting their supply chain back up to speed due to COVID than getting their new assembly line functional. Cheap shipping from abroad on anything but the slow boat is a thing of the past. All those cheap and plentiful flights that shipped cargo along with passengers across the world have been nonexistent the last few months.

    Agree that moving the line should be relatively easy. I’m concerned though with how long it will take them to get the new salary and hourly employees working as a team and making a quality product. I’ve overseen dozens of factory moves, and this is always the hardest part, i.e. practice makes perfect. Hopefully JJP has an experienced manufacturing start-up leader who is emphasizing employee training and quality culture. I don’t buy that there are plenty of experienced “pinball assemblers” available for hire.

    #513 45 days ago
    Quoted from toyotaboy:

    jeez! they are literally a block away from Stern. Have 2 pinball companies ever been this close?
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    The real Bally and Williams/United were even closer. Front door to front door of each factory/headquarters in the '60's & '70's via streets was 3 blocks. Main factories could touch even closer. Heck, Bally's Bingo plant, which was a separate building, was right across the street from Williams.

    In this recent photo, the Animal Eye Care building on the right is the old Bally Bingo plant (which later became the Midway TouchMaster plant when Williams/WMS bought the Bally Amusement game businesses). The Williams Pinball & United bowler plant is the red brick building on the left.

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    #514 45 days ago

    Jersey Jack, I like that guy.

    Also, (and more important to the point) it would make it easy to visit both companies.

    I read through the threads and I just wanted to add this.

    I did not ever think I might be able to go to j j for a visit but now, stern expo and jjp all in one. Just have to let things settle down for twelve months.

    #515 45 days ago
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    #516 45 days ago

    Saxon baby,

    #517 45 days ago
    Quoted from finman2000:

    I can now confirm that 1850 Greenleaf Ave. in Elk Grove Village is the new home of Jersey Jack Pinball. They put the sign in the front lawn today. Yes, it does say JERSEY Jack Pinball. I can also confirm that there has been some activity in the building over the past few weeks. There are 5 or 6 construction permits posted on the front window. I have seen a few workers entering/exiting the building on a couple occasions. I have also seen one or two semi trucks backed in the dock, and a coupe cars in the parking lot from time to time.

    Thanks for confirming my March 1st post (post 359). The building is marked 1850 (as opposed to 1830) Greenleaf on the front as shown in these pictures.

    Let the games begin.....

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    #518 45 days ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Thanks for confirming my March 1st post (post 359). The building is marked 1850 Greenleaf on the front as shown in these pictures.
    Let the games begin.....
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    Ever notice a fancy looking car in all these photos?

    #519 45 days ago
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    #520 45 days ago

    I saw this earlier on Twitter, and wondered if the lettering was photoshopped in. Looks funky.

    #521 45 days ago
    Quoted from wesman:

    I saw this earlier on Twitter, and wondered if the lettering was photoshopped in. Looks funky.

    Yeah and the grass is to long and the bush isn’t pruned. Lol. It’s a Sign! Do we have to critique Every communication and effort? Lol

    #522 45 days ago
    Quoted from toyotaboy:

    jeez! they are literally a block away from Stern. Have 2 pinball companies ever been this close?
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    now they can send their pinball spies out to each others factory and outdo one another

    #523 45 days ago
    Quoted from Yelobird:

    Yeah and the grass is to long and the bush isn’t pruned. Lol. It’s a Sign! Do we have to critique Every communication and effort? Lol

    My point was, I genuinely wondered if the signage existed or if they pasted some text onto an existing image. The photo looked peculiar when I saw it. Still does. I have a background, (failed) in illustration so seeing something like that stands out for me.

    Plus, it's definitely interesting that they removed the NJ outline from their sign. I wonder if that will happen throughout their logo usage.

    #524 45 days ago
    Quoted from wesman:

    My point was, I genuinely wondered if the signage existed or if they pasted some text onto an existing image. The photo looked peculiar when I saw it. Still does. I have a background, (failed) in illustration so seeing something like that stands out for me.

    Sign is real

    #525 45 days ago
    Quoted from Azmodeus:

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    Great photo. Look al all the Stern games in the background!

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    #526 45 days ago

    I saw someone ask the same thing over on Facebook!

    They addressed the lack of the NJ outline also. Said the sign was too horizontal, so they focused on the name.

    #527 45 days ago

    How about something like this?

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    #528 45 days ago
    Quoted from yancy:

    How about something like this?
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    Looks good to me! Now where is the next run of POTC?

    #529 45 days ago
    Quoted from wesman:

    I saw this earlier on Twitter, and wondered if the lettering was photoshopped in. Looks funky.

    I have to admit, I found the sign unappealing when I saw it. It is for real.

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    #530 45 days ago

    There is nothing Pinsiders can't criticize!

    #531 45 days ago
    Quoted from finman2000:

    I have to admit, I found the sign unappealing when I saw it. It is for real.

    It looks a lot better than the empty frame with a missing fluorescent tube when I was there three months ago.

    #532 45 days ago
    Quoted from zaphX:

    There is nothing Pinsiders can't criticize!

    Observations are not the same as criticism.

    #533 45 days ago
    Quoted from wesman:

    Observations are not the same as criticism.

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    #534 45 days ago
    Quoted from finman2000:

    I have to admit, I found the sign unappealing when I saw it. It is for real.

    Needs to be in neon. That would rock the logo.

    #535 45 days ago
    Quoted from Reznnate:

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    I'm just happy to see a sign, and well...that there's a continuing business behind it!

    I do hope this streamlines production for them, but it's definitely sad to think about the loss of a sweet trip to Philly and NYC, and consequently JJP and the shore/Silverball Museum.....

    #536 45 days ago
    Quoted from LukyDuck:

    Looks good to me! Now where is the next run of POTC?

    Never happen

    #537 45 days ago

    the finished sign just went up.

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