Celebrating over 55 years of JARP

Officially incorporated May 23, 1949 as a distributor, JARP was founded by John Heinzen, Art Keene, Ray Heinzen and Pete Kraft. Our name, JARP, was an acronym formed from each founders first name. We began building custom hydraulic cylinders in 1959 with the construction of our original manufacturing facility in Schofield, WI. In the last 55 years JARP has grown — adding over 100,000 feet of manufacturing space, expanding its marketplace, and developing new designs, products and special application expertise to help our OEM customers succeed. All of which leads us into a bright and exciting future.

1960
• Opened 5,000 square foot facility in 1959
• Entry into the construction market
• Increased production space to 30,000 square feet
• Ray Heinzen serves as JARP's first President until 1963
• Ken Dern will serve as President from 1963 - 1985
1970
• Grew to over 50,000 square feet
• Sales grew with help from 66 employees
1980
• Survived the recession of the early '80's and grew sales with help from nearly 75 employees
• Entry into forestry and utilities markets
• John Kraft becomes President in 1985
1990
• Plant grew to approximately 75,000 square feet
• Entry into defense, material handling and mining markets • Sales doubled with help from 115 employees
• John Kraft becomes sole owner in 1995
2000
• Kevin Kraft, son of John Kraft, joins the leadership of JARP in 2006, becoming CEO in 2012
• Plant grew to over 100,000 square feet with 3 shifts of production
• Entry into offshore/marine and oil and gas markets
• Transformed Repair Center into JARP/RE, a full remanufacturing program
• Sales of over 40,000 cylinders with the help of nearly 200 employees
2010
• 24,000 sq ft addition focused on improvedproduct flow and larger cylinder capabilities
• Expansion to second plant dedicated to JARP/RE
1960
• Opened 5,000 square foot facility in 1959
• Entry into the construction market
• Increased production space to 30,000 square feet
• Ray Heinzen serves as JARP's first President until 1963 • Ken Dern will serve as President from 1963 - 1985
1970
• Grew to over 50,000 square feet
• Sales grew with help from 66 employees
1980
• Survived the recession of the early '80's and grew sales with help from nearly 75 employees
• Entry into forestry and utilities markets
• John Kraft becomes President in 1985
1990
• Plant grew to approximately 75,000 square feet
• Entry into defense, material handling and mining markets • Sales doubled with help from 115 employees
• John Kraft becomes sole owner in 1995
2000
• Kevin Kraft, son of John Kraft, joins the leadership of JARP in 2006, becoming CEO in 2012
• Plant grew to over 100,000 square feet with 3 shifts of production
• Entry into offshore/marine and oil and gas markets
• Transformed Repair Center into JARP/RE, a full remanufacturing program
• Sales of over 40,000 cylinders with the help of nearly 200 employees
2010
• 24,000 sq ft addition focused on improvedproduct flow and larger cylinder capabilities
• Expansion to second plant dedicated to JARP/RE