C&J Industries’ History
C&J Industries began in 1962, when two young toolmakers, Dick Johnston and Harold Corner, started a small tooling company named Meadville Precision Tool and Mold. The company, which started in a small garage, quickly gained notoriety for building high-precision plastic injection molding components and quality injection molds. Some of our first customers were companies such as AMP, Western Electric and Packard Electric.
In the early 1970’s, one of our satisfied customers came to us with a problem. Although they were very pleased with the plastic injection molds we produced; they wanted us to qualify the tools prior to shipment. Now we had a problem – the company did not have any injection molding presses. Shortly after, our customer had an unexpected solution and they arranged for two slightly used plastic injection molding presses to arrive at our loading dock. This solution forever changed our company’s history – we were now in the plastic injection molding business.
Our expansion into the medical and business machine markets fueled our business growth in the 1980’s. With the company’s growth came a new name, “C&J Industries, Inc,” after our founders Harold Corner and Dick Johnston. We reached another milestone in 1982, when we became an FDA registered medical device manufacturer. We built our first Clean Room and began producing medical injection molded components and complete medical devices.
In 1990, Dick Johnston bought out his partner and C&J became an ESOP company (employee stock ownership plan). In 1994, C&J Industries became the first plastic injection molding company and tool builder to receive ISO 9001 from Underwriters Laboratories. Throughout the 1990s, C&J Industries expanded significantly and began to offer Product Design and Development services to our customers. The Honeywell whole-room air purifier was our very first product design that went to market in the mid-90s. In 1998, Lucent Technologies selected C&J as their primary contract manufacturing company for fiber optic assemblies.
From 2002 through 2013, C&J Industries invested heavily in facility upgrades and technology improvements. C&J increased its clean room capacity and overall floor space by 50%. C&J has experienced double digit sales growth in each of the last five years. To this day C&J has remained a family owned, privately held company entering its sixth decade of business. Our sales growth, improved automation services and upgraded quality systems have positioned C&J as a strong competitor in a global market.