1932- James Bridge and son Jack start Bridge Built Tinware & Sheetmetal Work based in Wellington Street, Perth.
1933- Arthur Wilson joins as a partner and the company Bridge & Wilson is formed. Early products included kettles, buckets, tubs, dustbins, chip and gas heaters, gutters, ridge-cap and downpipes, rainwater tanks and cool safes.
1938- Expanded into press work, metal spinning, electroplating and metal furniture making. This led to hospital and stainless-steel products and aluminium kitchenware.
1939- In a first for Western Australia, electroplating was introduced on tin, zinc and cadmium. Service contracts for the military included horseshoes, heel plates for military boots and tin-plate linings for ammunition boxes, sheet metal re-fitting, copper stills, hospital sterilisers and a wide range of projects for Government Departments.
1945- With the war ending, planning for post-war production had begun including aluminium homewares, water heating equipment and the continuation of electroplating.
1946- Name changed from Bridge & Wilson Limited to Jason Industries Limited. The change of name links the founders of the business, ‘JA’ for James Bridge, and ‘SON’ for James’ son Jack Bridge and Arthur Wilson. This change of name coincided with the move from Perth to Welshpool to create more opportunity for expansion.
1949- A dedicated technical laboratory and development department is implemented. ‘Model Maid’ Cookware is introduced with heavy gauge machined-based products, and the first mechanised production division is commissioned.
1957- The company is going strong on the back of its many homewares products when the founder James Bridge dies, leaving his son Jack to continue running the company.
1958- The American LA-Z-BOY Chair Company awards the licence to manufacture these furniture icons in Australia to Jason Industries and the Jason Recliner Rocker is launched.
1959- A link is established with the US-based Hawker Siddley Group to produce aluminium windows, and a contract is agreed with 3M Company to supply aluminium signs and supports for the new Narrows Bridge and Kwinana Freeway.
1960- Larger scale manufacturing is introduced with the production of sliding windows, sliding doors, double-hung windows, demountable partitions and ‘egg crate’ ceilings.
1961 – The opportunity to display these new building products came when a contract was awarded to supply and install windows for the Council House project in St Georges Terrace. A novel building codes test had to be conducted because of what the building, specifically the windows, would be subjected to. An aircraft engine supplied the wind velocity, a fire truck the required amount of water and the UWA Engineering Department measured the deflection of the windows to ensure compliance.
1962 – Jason Windows also supplied the roofing, gutters and downpipes required for Beatty Park, the new swimming pool and stadium for the Empire Games held in Perth in 1962.
1973- Ongoing expansion creates three distinct groups within the company: Jason Building Products, Jason Industrial Products and Jason Mello-lite Limited.
1975- The oil crisis had taken a toll on the business as a whole and the furniture operation was scaled back. By 1980 the manufacturing of Jason Building Products and Jason Mello-lite Limited was combined and became commonly referred to as Jason Windows.
1981- Anodising had become increasingly popular and the anodising plant was expanded and upgraded to produce new brands ANOLOK and KOLONA, which provided a colour finish.
1982- The company celebrates 50 years of business. There are now four distinct branches of the Jason Industries Group – Jason Recliners, Jason Anodisers, Jason Signs and Jason Windows.
1986- New plant and equipment, upgraded tools and production methods are introduced to increase output, an emphasis is placed on service and a dedicated service team with an office backup is implemented in the Windows Division. Market share is increased, and Jason Windows becomes the largest locally based manufacturer.
1987- Computers are introduced – a cutting edge initiative in the 1980s – and the company embraces change once again. A new premises is constructed to accommodate Jason Windows and Jason Signs, greatly improving layout and workflow.
1989- The Windows Division continues to grow, and an in-house tool room enables machine dies to be built and maintained for the increased range of aluminium sections and surface treatments now available.
1992- Jason Sliding Windows become standard with keylocks, a major innovation at the time.
1993- Jason Industries changes ownership and the company splits into three independent businesses: Jason Anodisers, Jason Signs and Jason Windows. With the separation of the business, the concentration for Jason Windows on innovation in doors and window products begins in earnest. New designs in sliding doors, sliding windows and awning windows are all introduced to the market.
1995- The BreezeLock design is implemented for sliding windows, a unique feature that automatically locks in three set positions. This allows air flow but at a narrow position for security and peace of mind.
1997- The new Benchmark range is launched and a dedicated Commercial Department with its own unique commercial product offering is introduced.
2000- A new sliding door with a Bolt Lock handle and lock design is released.
2008- A new residential stacking door is welcomed by the market as a cost-effective way to create larger openings to enjoy Perth’s renowned weather.
2010- A purpose-built manufacturing facility and new offices are constructed at the current location on Sheffield Road Welshpool. Significant investment is made in state-of-the-art glass processing equipment, including automated cutting, a furnace for glass toughening, and an IGU assembly line for double glazing.
2012- Double glazing for the Benchmark product range is introduced to give homeowners the option to upgrade and meet the demands of the more energy conscious customer.
2016- In-house Research and Design testing facilities are upgraded and new test rigs installed onsite to test all products. Capabilities include wind and water pressure testing, hardware strength testing and automated cyclic testing of windows and doors opening, closing and slamming.
2017- Security products specifically designed to integrate into Jason windows and door frames are launched.
2018- A new front entry door with three timber-look colours is launched. It quickly becomes a standard inclusion for many builders due to the benefits of no warping, no maintenance, and the superior strength of aluminium for security, compared with traditional timber entry doors.
2019- Double glazing for the Residential Range is released, creating a cost-effective double glazing solution in the market.
2020- The Awning Gas Strut servery window is developed to enhance WA’s love affair with the outdoors lifestyle and the new housing trend of integrating the inside kitchen with the outdoor areas.