97 Plus Years of Metal Forming and Manufacturing
Jones Metal Products Company began business in 1923, at the site of a former metal stamping and porcelain enameling company in West Lafayette, Ohio. Frank E. Jones, a young entrepreneur, was principal owner and first president of the eponymous company. Product focus shifted soon from pots and pans to hospital sick room utensils and lighting reflectors. Core strengths were in stamping and enameling.
The company’s focus began to change when Frank’s son-in-law Ed Mulligan joined the company. Looking for different ways to make metal parts and find new customers, Ed led the company to purchase a Cincinnati Hydroform machine. The machine was a good fit, well supported by skilled operators and tool and die technicians. Customers supplying the aerospace industry, commercial lighting customers, and a clad-metal cookware manufacturer found a capable new supplier in Jones Metal Products. Hydroform business supported the purchase of additional hydroform machines of various sizes; the company now has eleven machines in service. With the increase in business through hydroforming, the company closed its porcelain enameling operation and sold the lighting reflector company.
Investment not only in metal forming equipment but in technical services to provide next steps for formed metal parts has been strategic in Jones Metal’s continuing development and success and customer satisfaction. Upgrades over the past 20 years have transformed the company’s capabilities with the addition of aluminum and vacuum heat treat departments, 3 axis and 5 axis machining centers, 3 and 5 axis lasers. A fluid cell forming machine has expanded capabilities of the hydroforming department. The company specializes in forming metal parts for many industries, including aerospace, power generation, medical container, defense, and commercial lighting.
The company continues under private ownership. Dan Erb, who has been CEO since 2002, purchased the company on August 19, 2019. His goal is to continue the legacy started by Frank Jones, Ed Mulligan and Marion Sutton.
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