SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WIS. (July 1, 12:35 p.m. ET) — Sheboygan Falls-based profile extruder Jifram Extrusions Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
James R. Fischer and his wife Betty founded Jifram in 1981. Since then, the company has tripled in size and now employs more than 40. Over the last decade, Jifram has expanded its product line to include a variety of patented consumer goods, visual merchandising items and industrial pallets.
James Fischer, a 50-year plastics industry veteran, has guided the company as president for the first 21 years and as CEO for the past nine. He holds 14 U.S. patents and three Canadian patents, with six patents pending.
Fischer invented and patented a new process to manufacture a hook and loop fastening system, similar to Velcro.
Today, the company is run by his Fischer and his sons Steve, president of the Custom Extrusions Division, who is a 25-year Jifram veteran, and Greg, president of the Consumer Goods Division who has worked there for 20 years.
Betty Fischer, the vice president, is still involved in managing Jifram.
The Fischers continue to invest in the Sheboygan Falls plant. Wayne Meyer, director of sales and marketing, said the company purchased a new extruder and downstream cutter two years ago, during the recession. Jifram also added some employees. Both moves helped prepare the extruder to meet pent-up demand in the economic recovery, Meyer said.
James Fischer thanked his loyal employees for the company's success.
“I firmly pledge to continue our investment in the community to ensure that Jifram continues to provide superior products and jobs made here in the U.S.A.,” he said.