Young entrepreneurs Alvin E. Jacobson, Sr. and Paul A. Johnson, Sr. started Grand Haven Brass Foundry in 1919, which became the cornerstone of our company in Grand Haven, Michigan. After a fire burned the foundry to the ground, their friend B.P. Sherwood of Grand Haven State Bank helped rebuild the foundry by arranging bank financing. Later, B.P. joined Alvin and Paul as business partners.
The business grew into a family of businesses: Grand Haven Brass Foundry, Grand Haven Stamped Products Company, Dake, Michigan Plastic Products Company and Carlon Meter Company. In 1970, these companies joined together to form JSJ Corporation.
Members of the founding families of Jacobson, Johnson and Sherwood still lead the business today.
Alvin E. Jacobson, Sr. and Paul A. Johnson, Sr. form the Grand Haven Brass Foundry.
Future JSJ business partner B.P. Sherwood of Grand Haven State Bank helps Jacobson and Johnson purchase another building after fire destroys the original business site.
Bolling Manufacturing Company is founded by Jacobson-Johnson-Sherwood and other parties. Some time later, Jacobson-Johnson-Sherwood acquired the entire company and changed the name to Grand Haven Stamped Products Company (later GHSP).
Dake Engine Company, founded in 1887, is purchased by Jacobson-Johnson-Sherwood.
The Jacobson, Johnson, and Sherwood families formally combine all of their business together under JSJ Corporation.
JSJ purchases Mcloone Metal Graphics Company, started in 1954.
JSJ acquires Sparks Belting Company, founded in 1954.
JSJ finalizes its acquisition of Hudson Tool & Die Company, started in 1940.
JSJ Tianjin is launched as a foundry and machine shop joint venture in China.
CounterPoint Furniture Products is established by JSJ.
JSJ acquires SuperiorSeating, founded in 1972.
JSJ China is founded.
Sparks de Mexico is established.
JSJ launches the izzydesign office furniture brand.
GHSP acquires KDS Controls, started in 1977.
GHSP Automotive Company is established in China.
GHSP establishes Nobletec (Shanghai) Automotive Co., Ltd
Izzy acquires the assets of Sweetwater Products, Inc.
JSJ Estalishes an equity JV with a Chinese office furniture wood component manufacturer.
izzy acquires the Harter, Fixtures Furniture, Zoom Seating and ABCO Office Furniture Brands.
GHSP expands manufacturing operations into Saltillo, Mexico.