In 1985, Vince Martin and Mark Train purchased three companies from their employer, Canadian manufacturing conglomerate AMCA, and created Jason. Train borrowed letters from Jason’s initial acquisitions – Janesville Products, Osborn Manufacturing, and Jackson Buff – to give the new company its name.
Collaborative partnership between Jason and its divisions – and among the divisions themselves – has fueled Jason’s growth from the start.
“The strength of the company needed to be at the operating level,” Martin says. “Not just in operations, but at a strategic level in the markets our divisions served.”
Jason provides an overarching strategic vision. Key elements include purchasing companies that lead their markets, fully leveraging international growth opportunities, providing a platform that encourages collaboration, holding every employee to a global standard of excellence, and rewarding employees fairly across all divisions.
The principles and processes that help Jason continue to lead the manufacturing world in overall quality, innovation, continuous improvement, and growth are outlined in the Jason Business System, implemented by current CEO David Westgate in 2005.