Jason Industries was established in 1932 when James Anthony Bridge, at the age of 45, resigned from his foreman’s job during the Great Depression to start-up BRIDGE-BUILT Tinware and Sheetmetal Work. James’ eldest son, John Bridge initially handled the accounting responsibilities outside of his regular job, and a partnership was formed in 1933 with Arthur Wilson (also a sheet metal worker).
From sheet metal work beginnings, the business expanded to include metal spinning, press work, electroplating, anodising and tool making. Aluminum was the link to all products manufactured and the company became a pioneer in the development of aluminium housewares and aluminium windows
The trademark “Jason” was chosen partly because of the enterprise and leadership it symbolises in Greek legend, and partly because it links the names of the founders of the business, JAS. A. Bridge, his SON J. S. Bridge, and A.T. WILSON.
The original Jason was a Thessalian prince who had been deprived of his rightful throne by his uncle, Pelias. Elias promised to give up the kingdom if Jason would lead an expedition to Colchis on the Black Sea, and bring back the famous Golden Fleece.
Jason accepted the challenge and set out with his band of fifty heroes, known as the Argonauts, from the name of their ship, Argo.