Well, news has been pretty slow in the arcade world this week, so I’m going to highlight a piece of news that I would normally leave for our Newsbytes.
Yesterday, Jersey Jack Pinball issued a press release (found below) that indicated a major change for the company, as it will no longer be headquartered in New Jersey – part of the company’s namesake. Instead, they are moving to Pinball Central, i.e. Illinois, where they already have had an operational office. Per the release, this is being done to “allow JJP to remain competitive and efficient in the market.” Unfortunately this does mean it’s the end-of-the-line for some Lakewood staff, but the release does mention that it will create 50+ new jobs. I imagine that if someone wants to move with the company that they can, as we’ve seen happen in recent moves such as when Bay Tek purchased Skeeball Amusements or when Family Fun Companies staff moved from IL to FL to become a part of Jennison Entertainment.
Along those lines, you usually hear about companies/people leaving IL; NJ is also ranked higher than IL as far as economic stats go, so this all does come as a surprise. That said, IL still has a strong manufacturing base & history, particularly when it comes to pinball, so from that angle, I could see why. Interesting that they are setting this part of the business down in Elk Grove though, as that is home to their biggest rival, Stern (as a note, various arcade manufacturers are close by, such as Raw Thrills, Chicago Gaming Company, American Pinball and the US arms of Sega & Bandai Namco).
While I’ve seen some jokes online about the name going to have to change, I don’t think they’ll have to get rid of “Jersey,” since it’s tied to