History

Track Record of Innovation

Unrivaled 50+ Years of Market Altering Innovation

Patent Portfolio

Over 70 Active and Pending Patents

2019
First automated fabrication cell (Outback)
First blow molded running boards (Lincoln Aviator)
JAC wins Tier II Diverse Spending Award from FCA
First black tinted clear coat side rail (Honda)
First anodizing line
2018
JAC opens second MFG. Plant in Europe (Poland)
First Yakima-JAC aftermarket solutions (Jeep, Nissan, and Ford)
JAC wins Delivery Performance Award from Honda Accessory of America
JAC wins Quality Award from Toyota
2017
JAC wins Excellent Performance Award from Subaru
JAC opens first China MFG. Plant (Yuyao)
First Tonneau Cover (Tacoma)
First Brush Clear Coat (Honda CRV)
2016
JAC wins Quality Award from Toyota
First Bed Mounted Tie Downs and Patents (F-Series)
Introduction of the JAC 'Rack Pack' cargo management system
2015
SIA Environmental Stewardship Award
2nd generation stowable roof rack (Chrysler Pacifica)
SIA Superior Excellence in Partnership
First Lit Modular Running Board (Nissan Titan)
JAC wins Delivery Performance Award from Honda Accessory of America
JAC wins Excellence in Value Award from Honda of America Manufacturing
JAC wins Crain's Detroit Most Innovative Companies Award
2nd generation Subaru Outback swing-in-place roof rack
First Ford Running Board (Explorer)
2014
JAC wins Crain's Detroit Most Innovative Companies Award
2013
JAC first and largest in industry Two Shot Cover (GM large SUV and Subaru Outback)
2011
SIA Excellence in Partnership for continued cooperation and commitment
Chrysler RT Minivan Supplier Launch Recognition Award
First flush mount, anodized roof rail supplied by JAC (Zafira)
First stowable roof rack system (Q4 2010) Dodge Durango and Caravan
Toyota Certificate of Achievement for Supplied Diversity Performance
2010
Mitsubishi Motors N.A Manufacturing Division Certificate of Appreciation for Achieving Zero Defect Performance
Toyota Certificate of Achievement for Quality Performance
2009
SIA Exceptional Production Support
Subaru Outback Motor Trend SUV of the Year with swing-in-place system
Mitsubishi Motors N.A Manufacturing Division Certificate of Appreciation for achieving zero defect performance
Chrysler Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Performance in the Diversity Development High Focus Supplier Program
2008
GM Global Supplier of the Year
Toyota Certificate of Achievement for Quality Performance
2007
Subaru Supplier Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in supplier performance
First swing-in-place in Europe (Renault Kangoo)
Launched cargo management system (Ford and Toyota)
External gas molding first used
TMS CAD supplier Kaizen challenge recognition of completion
Ford recognition of achievement for Franklin Aluminum Co, INC
Ford World Excellence Award for Franklin Aluminum Co, INC.
2005
Launched cargo management system (Toyota)
First single side release (Hyundai Santa Fe)
First laser welded roll form steel side rail
Toyota Quality Alliance Gold Award for superior excellence
New United Motor Manufacturing Superior Award for quality and delivery
2004
Toyota Quality Alliance Gold award for superior excellence
Daimler Chrysler Design Excellence award for roof rails
Ford Silver World Excellence award for roof rails
Subaru of America, INC. Silver Excellence award for outstanding supplier performance
New United Motor Manufacturing Excellence award for cost, quality, and delivery
2003
Ford Truck Significant Achievement award ('No boundaries' Ford Escape)
Ford Silver World Excellence award for stampings and fabrications
JAC introduces first single side release (Lexus RX 330)
JAC introduces laser-welded roof rails
JAC launches industry first swing-in-place roof rack (Toyota Tacoma and Renault Kangoo)
Launch of first JAC Tubular Step Program (NissanTitan)
Honda supplier forum on-time delivery model introduction
2002
CAMI Automotive, INC. President's award for outstanding performance
Daimler Chrysler Design Excellence award for enhancement of vehicle function through component design (SEMA)
Subaru Supplier Excellence award for outstanding achievement in supplier performance
2000
JAC introduces articulating roof rack system ('No Boundaries' Ford Escape)
First height adjustment system for welded roofs
CAMI Automotive, INC. President's award for outstanding performance
1999
JAC ships first gas-assist injection molded side rail (2000 Ford Explorer Sport and Sport Trac)
JAC first hydro-formed rails (Mercedes Station Wagons)
Ford Silver World Excellence award for accessories quality
1996
JAC starts development in gas-assist injection molding in nylon-filled class A one piece roof side rail
1985
Introduction of first injection molded, structural plastic roof rack (Taurus Station Wagon)
1984
Luggage racks on first minivans (Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager)
1978
First roll form roof racks and deck racks
Luggage racks debut on small sedans
1975
First luggage rack manufactured by and under the JAC Products, INC name
1970
Start of roof rack development in Europe by Gebruder Happich GmbH
1967
Company founded

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