In 1958, Robert R. Jacquart began making bank deposit bags in his home basement. In 1965 he moved his company, Jacquart Manufacturing, into his dad's vacant grocery store.
Robert R. hired one employee and continued to work his full time job as a fireman for the City of Ironwood. In 1970 Robert R. was joined by his son, Bob, who managed and in 1983, purchased Jacquart Manufacturing and changed the name to Jacquart Fabric Products.
During the early 70's the company searched for expansion opportunities, and made the leap to creating custom boat covers, tractor trailer tarps and custom upholstery.
That all changed in 1982. A boat cover customer asked Bob to help him start a physical therapy supply catalog (GNR Health Systems) by making orthopedic pillows and supports. The opportunity transformed JFP as the company transitioned from a small custom cut and sew operation to a more formal production shop.
During the 80's the company made fleece hats, gun cases and machine covers while keeping the custom upholstery and canvas divisions fully operational.
Another significant opportunity came in 1988 when Drs. Foster & Smith asked JFP to make pet beds for their growing catalog. The pet business contributed toward rapid company expansion during the 90's.
In 1994 JFP moved to its present location, starting with a 17,000 square foot facility and eventually expanding to multiple buildings occupying 90,000 square feet.
JFP's most recent expansion efforts included the purchase and development of Stormy Kromer and two other companies for their knowledge in the cover and case industries.
Maintaining quality and service for a diverse customer base while managing rapid growth is no easy task. So how did JFP manage it?
By developing specific technical expertise for a broad array of product lines. By patenting processes in cutting fabric. By establishing itself as a leader in "just in time" delivery of products with low volume and high SKU count. By growing and learning each and every day.
And finally, by never losing sight of its number one priority: its customers.
JFP continues to grow as a world-class company constantly on the lookout for niche businesses and business opportunities to sustain and grow.