Honoring an Industry Pioneer
In 1883 a Black man who was a cobbler and shoemaker by the name of Jan Ernst Matzeliger dramatically changed the way shoes are made. His patented lasting machine increased production of shoes from 50 to 700 pairs a day, an invention that has become the foundation of modern-day shoe making. Tragically, Jan died before he was able to see the impact his invention would have on the world of footwear, and his story has been lost in the history books. In honor of Jan, Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, founder of Pensole Lewis College has named his ground-breaking factory JEMS, The Jan Ernst Matzeliger STU/DEO. At JEMS we strive not only to pay tribute to Jan’s legacy but also to pave the way for other future industry leaders.
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The JEMS team has 300+ years of combined footwear industry experience. With access to the top footwear materials and component suppliers, factory partners, retail partners, and industry innovators, JEMS is the premier footwear factory in the US. We are a privately-owned factory in New England, seeking to discover, develop, and launch the next generation of footwear talent. We’re looking for Makers with precise attention to detail and drive to succeed. If you’re interested in breaking into the footwear industry, consider yourself a perfectionist, and love learning, we want to talk!