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.

1919

Alvin E. Jacobson, Sr. and Paul A. Johnson, Sr. form the Grand Haven Brass Foundry.

1920

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.

1924

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).

1940

Dake Engine Company, founded in 1887, is purchased by Jacobson-Johnson-Sherwood.

1970

The Jacobson, Johnson, and Sherwood families formally combine all of their business together under JSJ Corporation.

1980

JSJ purchases Mcloone Metal Graphics Company, started in 1954.

1982

JSJ acquires Sparks Belting Company, founded in 1954.

1984

JSJ finalizes its acquisition of Hudson Tool & Die Company, started in 1940.

1987

JSJ Tianjin is launched as a foundry and machine shop joint venture in China.

1987

CounterPoint Furniture Products is established by JSJ.

1988

JSJ acquires SuperiorSeating, founded in 1972.

1994

JSJ China is founded.

1996

Sparks de Mexico is established.

2000

JSJ launches the izzydesign office furniture brand.

2004

GHSP acquires KDS Controls, started in 1977.

2005

GHSP Automotive Company is established in China.

2006

GHSP establishes Nobletec (Shanghai) Automotive Co., Ltd

2007

Izzy acquires the assets of Sweetwater Products, Inc.

JSJ Estalishes an equity JV with a Chinese office furniture wood component manufacturer.

2008

izzy acquires the Harter, Fixtures Furniture, Zoom Seating and ABCO Office Furniture Brands.

2009

GHSP expands manufacturing operations into Saltillo, Mexico.

Partnership

Our company founders began working together as partners. We continue to build on this legacy, forming new alliances locally, nationally, and globally.