NAPLES, FLA. - Arthur W. Jacobs, who founded Jaco Manufacturing Co. in Berea, Ohio, died May 27 at Naples Com-munity Hospital. He was 79. An inventor, Jacobs started the firm, which was originally named Berea Plastics, in his garage in 1947. One of his early products was an all-in-one salt and pepper shaker.
After making his own small injection molding machines, Jacobs began selling a press, called Twinjector, commercially. Jaco still makes and sells injection presses today.
Jaco specializes in close-tolerance tube fittings. The company's Fittings Division got its start in 1952 when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration asked Jacobs to mold a nylon manifold with compression nuts.
He found the sleeve and nut could be combined into one piece, eliminating an assembly step. He patented the Vibra-Pruf plastic fittings and began molding them in 1954.
Jacobs retired in 1978 and moved to Naples in 1980. The cause of death was not disclosed. He is survived by his wife, Olive Beckett Jacobs, and daughter Diane Jacobs Whitwell, both of Naples.