History

Raising the Bar for Over 50 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 was founded

 

1970

  • Start of the 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 the small Sedans and the first rollform roof racks and deck racks are manufactured

 

1984

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

 

1985

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

 

1996

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

 

1999

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

 

2000

  • JAC introduces the articulating roof rack on No Boundaries Ford Escape
  • JAC wins the 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 the 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 the Daimler Chrysler Design Excellence Award in recognition for Enhancement of Vehicle Function through Component Design and Application SEMA 2002
  • JAC wins the 2002 Subaru of America, Inc. Supplier Excellence Award Silver in recognition of outstanding achievement in all areas of supplier performance

 

2003

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

 

2004

  • Launch of the first JAC tubular step rail program on new Nissan Titan full-size pickup truck
  • JAC introduces the first single-side release rack on Lexus RX 330
  • JAC wins the Daimler Chrysler Design Excellence Award SEMA 2004
  • JAC wins the Ford 2004 Silver World Excellence Award Saline, MI Roof Rails
  • JAC wins the New United Motor Manufacturing 2004 Excellence Award for Cost, Quality & Delivery
  • JAC wins the 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 the industry’s first swing-in-place roof rack on Toyota Tacoma and Renault Kangoo
  • JAC introduces the laser-welded side rails
  • JAC wins the Honda Productivity Improvement Award
  • JAC wins The Toyota Quality Alliance Recognizing Superior Excellence Gold Award 2005

 

2006

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

 

2007

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

 

2008

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

 

2009

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

 

2010

  • JAC introduces the first stowable roof rack system (Q4 2010)
  • JAC manufactures the first hydroform laser-cut anodized cover (Ford Europe)
  • JAC introduces X1 and 5 series (first highly stylized hydro-formed polished and bright dip anodized integrated roof rail)
  • JAC wins the Mitsubishi Motors N.A. — Manufacturing Division Certificate of for its extraordinary efforts in achieving Zero Defect Performance for 2010
  • JAC wins the 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 was 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 were launched on GM large SUVs

 

2015

  • First lit modular running board for Nissan Titan

 

2017

  • First brush clearcoat finish for Honda CRV

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