History of Jp
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was founded in 1969, by Albert Kania,
an optical mechanical engineer, who had a diverse background ranging
from positions as a high pressure boiler technician to a head
foreman at Omnitech, (a ground-breaking optics firm). Working in his
garage with a few small plastic injection molding machines, Albert
manufactured and sold magnifier "bug" boxes along with various small
hand magnifiers. These new products were sold mainly to the hobby
and educational markets. Soon, the company began making more
sophisticated and higher tolerance products for other industries.
A few years later, the company outgrew the original garage
space. A larger building was purchased at 13 Lovely Street,
Southbridge, Massachusetts and was remodeled in 1973. The operations of
Jp Mfg., Inc. are still at this original
In 1976, Edmund Kuzdzol
joined JP Mfg's as the Chief Executive
Officer. With 25
years of experience in ophthalmics at the American Optical Co, Mr.
Kuzdol brought many new opportunities and growth potentials.
Jp Mfg. has continued to grow by
increasing our molding capacities with continuous improvements
including the addition of lense coating equipment, advancements in
assembly capabilities, an in-house machine shop, 19 molding machines with
capacities from 40
to 200 tons, and
investments in our quality assurance department.
company is lead by Jan Kania, (the son of the company's founder) in
the position of the Chief Operation Officer with Mr. Kuzdzol
continuing as Chief Executive Officer
Jp Mfg's products are used in a wide range of
fields such as surgical instrumentation, standard optical lenses,
infra-red sensoring, teaching aids, consumer products, hobbies,
custom molded optical, and non-optical