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JACO Manufacturing Company has been built on a reputation of customer service, practical applications experience and innovative engineering. We manufacture a number of products for the plastics industry including:

  • Custom molded and insert molded parts up to 20 oz with unmatched repeatability, utilizing a wide range of materials including high performance resins. JACO’s in-house mold design, tooling and production ensure high quality.
  • A full line of JACO plastic compression fittings, which on average, cost less than metallic fittings and are available in four different resins for various corrosion-resistance requirements. All common configurations are available in 1/8″ through 7/8″ tube O.D. sizes including metric sizes. Assembly of JACO Fittings is fast and easy with JACO’s sure-grip design.
  • JACO also offers bearing grade nylon bushings (both flanged and un-flanged), washers, and collars used for friction and wear applications that require rubbing contact with mating metal surfaces. Nylon bushings exhibit low friction, require no lubrication, and are great for applications that require superior mechanical properties. Nylon is quiet in operation, resists abrasion, and wears at a low rate. Any sizes that are not currently available can be available through our custom molding business.

To ensure top performance from all our products, we utilize a continuous improvement philosophy in all our systems throughout the organization. JACO’s unique in-house capabilities are your assurance of quality parts, timely service, and competitive pricing.

Our past reputation for excellence has laid the groundwork for our operations today. We maintain a commitment to continually enhance and improve the high quality of our products. We look forward to serving all your injection molding needs.

Joseph Coatter
President & CEO


JACO’s founder, Art Jacobs, started the company in 1949 when plastics were just starting to gain popularity in the United States. As the business began to grow, it became evident that additional production capabilities would be needed to keep up with demand. It was then JACO built its first injection molding machine, the Twinjector, to satisfy the company’s growing needs.

Then, in 1954, NACA, the predecessor to NASA, contacted JACO to design and manufacture a component for a plastic manifold system. It was this request that lead to the patented invention of our one-piece compression nut and the development of JACO’s compression tube fitting line.

The Next Growth Phase

By the end of 1966, the company had moved into a brand-new facility at its present location, 468 Geiger Street and employed 60 people. The three-shift operation turned out millions of plastic components each year, products which were specialty ordered by companies engaged in all types of business from chemicals and aircraft production to the plumbing and automotive industries.

Through the years, JACO achieved a reputation of having the technical ability and manufacturing capability to handle tough jobs, state of the art custom molding capabilities, a successful proprietary fitting line, as well as a line of injection molding machines sold under the JACO name.

In 1978, Art Jacobs retired and sold the company to Irv Davies, President of JACO Sales Corporation Fittings Division, and L. Claire Campbell, Vice President/General Manager, JACO Manufacturing Company. Irv Davies retired in 1987 and sold his interest to L. Claire Campbell.

JACO continued to flourish doubling in size as operations were expanded and modernized. Claire Campbell retired in 1996. Today, the company employs over 70 people in its two-facility, three-shift operation, and continues to be a closely held corporation.

Quality Milestones

In 1997, JACO achieved QS-9000, 1995 and ISO 9002, 1994 certification for its Custom Molding Division. In 2006, JACO was certified to ISO/TS 16949:2002 and ISO 9001:2000 (without design), a significant milestone that represents an ongoing commitment to ensure high quality standards.

Having reached its 68th year, JACO is as strong as ever, practicing many of the same business philosophies of its founding fathers. Working hard, and working together with a shared vision that focuses on our customers’ needs and expectations is what JACO is all about.


At an award ceremony in 1967, JACO receives the All-Electric Building Award. Present for JACO were (l. to r.) Ken Beckett, Dick Bilskey, Irv Davies (past President), Frank Kender (from The Illuminating Company), Art Jacobs (Founder), Ollie Jacobs, L. Claire Campbell (past President).


The Twinjector was the first injection molding machine built by JACO. It helped the company establish itself in the molding machine business. Its unique "twin" ejector system increased production, while its small 3' x 3' footprint required very little floor space.


When JACO built and moved to its current headquarters at 468 Geiger Street in Berea, Ohio in 1966, the company was one of the first to utilize an all-electric building. The Illuminating Company featured JACO in a full-page ad in TIME Magazine showcasing the "ALL-ELECTRIC BUILDING."


One of JACO's earliest products was the two-in-one salt & pepper shaker. It was designed to allow the user to store both salt and pepper in separate compartments. This early advertisement showcases the great deal at only 29¢!


In 1994, JACO won the State of Ohio's highest manufacturing honor - the Governor's Award for Team Excellence in Manufacturing. Today, this award is in JACO's lobby where it serves as a reminder to the high level of quality and customer service which JACO has built its reputation on.

Joseph Coatter, President & CEO

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Mr. Joseph Coatter was hired as our Controller in August 2001 and promoted to Vice President of Operations under the Corporation’s Executive Management restructuring in October of 2003. In 2007, Joseph was promoted to our President and at the beginning of 2020 his position was elevated to President & CEO. He graduated from the University of Akron in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. His work experience includes an extensive background in Operations, Finance and Systems Development & Implementation. His prior experience was with the F.R. Gross Company, a manufacturer of high performance heat transfer rolls.

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