History

Raising the Bar for over 47 Years

Founded in 1967, JAC Products, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of original equipment roof racks and other auto body trim, supplying vehicles worldwide.

With the most innovative roof rack patents globally, we stand alone as the thought leaders in roof rack design.

1967

  • JAC Products founded

1970

  • Start of roof-rack development in Europe by Gebrüder Happich Gmbh

1975

  • First luggage rack manufactured by and under the JAC Products, Inc. name

1978

  • Luggage racks debut on small sedans and the first rollform roof racks and deck racks are manufactured

1984

  • Luggage rack on first minivans: Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager

1985

  • Introduction on Taurus station wagon of first injection-molded structural plastic roof rack

1996

  • JAC starts development in gas-assist injection molding of nylon-filled, Class A one-piece roof side rail

1999

  • JAC introduces first hydroformed roof rails on Toyota station wagons
  • JAC ships first gas-assist injection molded side rail on the 2000 Ford Explorer Sport and Sport Trac
  • JAC develops first height adjustment system for welded roofs
  • JAC wins Ford 1999 Silver World Excellence Award for Accessories Quality

2000

  • JAC introduces articulating roof rack on No Boundaries Ford Escape
  • JAC wins CAMI Automotive, Inc. President's Award 2000 in recognition of outstanding performance as measured in terms of: Quality, Customer Service, Cost, and Leadership

2002

  • JAC wins CAMI Automotive, Inc. President's Award 2002 In recognition of outstanding performance as measured in terms of: Quality, Customer Service, Cost, and Leadership
  • JAC wins Daimler Chrysler Design Excellence Award in recognition for Enhancement of Vehicle Function through Component Design and Application SEMA 2002
  • JAC wins 2002 Subaru of America, Inc. Supplier Excellence Award Silver In recognition of outstanding achievement in all areas of supplier performance

2003

  • JAC wins Ford 2003 Silver World Excellence Award Saline, MI Stampings & Fabrications
  • JAC wins 2003 Subaru of America, Inc. Supplier Excellence Award Silver Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in all areas of supplier performance

2004

  • Launch of first JAC tubular step rail program on new Nissan Titan full-size pickup truck
  • JAC introduces first single-side release rack on Lexus RX 330
  • JAC wins Daimler Chrysler Design Excellence Award SEMA 2004
  • JAC wins Ford 2004 Silver World Excellence Award Saline, MI Roof Rails
  • JAC wins New United Motor Manufacturing 2004 Excellence Award for Cost, Quality & Delivery
  • JAC wins 2004 Subaru of America, Inc. Supplier Excellence Award Silver Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in all areas of supplier performance
  • JAC wins The Toyota Quality Alliance Recognizing Superior Excellence Gold Award 2004

2005

  • JAC launches industry’s first swing-in-place roof rack on Toyota Tacoma and Renault Kangoo
  • JAC introduces laser-welded side rails
  • JAC wins Honda Productivity Improvement Award
  • JAC wins The Toyota Quality Alliance Recognizing Superior Excellence Gold Award 2005

2006

  • JAC creates first Laser welded roll form steel side rail
  • JAC wins 2006 Subaru of America, Inc. Supplier Excellence Award Achievement Award In recognition of outstanding achievement in all areas of supplier performance

2007

  • JAC introduces first single-side release on Hyundai Santa Fe
  • JAC launches cargo management system for Toyota
  • JAC wins Ford 2007 Recognition of Achievement Franklin Aluminum, Inc. Franklin, GA New Consumer Focused Technology
  • JAC wins Ford 2007 World Excellence Award Recognition of Achievement Franklin Aluminum Co., Inc.
  • JAC awarded Recognition of Completion 2007 TMS CAD Supplier Kaizen Challenge

2008

  • JAC manufactures first Swing-in-Place in Europe (Kangoo)
  • JAC launches cargo management system for Ford
  • JAC wins GM 2008 Global Supplier of the Year
  • JAC awarded Toyota Certificate of Achievement in recognition of Quality Performance Achievement 2008

2009

  • External gas molding first used
  • JAC wins Mitsubishi Motors N.A. - Manufacturing Division Certificate of Appreciation for its extraordinary efforts in achieving Zero Defect Performance for 2009
  • JAC wins SIA 2009 Exceptional Production Support award
  • JAC wins the Toyota Quality Alliance Recognizing Superior Excellence Platinum Award 2009

2010

  • JAC introduces first stowable roof rack system (Q4 2010)
  • JAC manufactures first hydroform laser-cut anodized cover (Ford Europe)
  • JAC introduces X1 and Toyota5 series (first highly stylized hydro-formed polished and bright dip anodized integrated roof rail)
  • JAC wins Mitsubishi Motors N.A. - Manufacturing Division Certificate of for its extraordinary efforts in achieving Zero Defect Performance for 2010
  • JAC wins Toyota Certificate of Achievement in recognition of Quality Performance Achievement 2010

2011

  • JAC introduces second generation tolerance adjustment system
  • Subaru Outback is Motor Trend SUV of the year with Swing-in-Place Roof Rack
  • JAC wins 2011 Chrysler RT MiniVan Supplier Launch Recognition Award
  • JAC given Chrysler Certificate of Achievement in recognition of outstanding performance in the 2011 Diversity Supplier Development High Focus Supplier Program
  • JAC wins SIA 2011 Excellence in Partnership for continued cooperation and commitment
  • JAC wins Toyota Certificate of Achievement in recognition of Supplier Diversity Performance Achievement 2011

2013

  • Two Shot Base Molds launched on GM large SUVs

 

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