Asbury Park Press : Asbury Park Local News Paper Features Jersey Jack Pinball

LAKEWOOD – Jersey Jack Pinball just got a bonus ball.

The pinball machine maker that has added high-tech bells and whistles to an age-old game said Friday it has received an investment in the millions from a banker who once was called America’s best boss.

The money from Leonard Abess Jr. will allow Jersey Jack to ramp up production and help it fill 1,500 pre-orders of its next game, “The Hobbit,: the company’s owner said.

“It’s a dream come true, it really is,” said Jack Guarnieri, chief executive officer of Jersey Jack Pinball. “He believes in our products, he believes we can make some really good games and he believes we can make money. I’m just over the moon.”

Founded in 2011, Jersey Jack Pinball has about 40 employees at its 42,000-square-foot plant in the Lakewood Industrial Park.

It makes movie-themed pinball machines that have high-definition video screens and digital stereo surround systems. They cost upwards of $7,000 to purchase. But with as many as 5,000 parts to assemble, they are painstaking to build.

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