Jones Metal Inc. History

Our Start in 1942

Mildred M. Jones founded Jones Sheet Metal and Roofing Company in 1942 to provide roofing services to the Mankato, Minnesota community, and to support Kato Engineering (now a division of Emerson), a company owned by her husband, Cecil H. Jones. Cecil Jones was an inventor and successful entrepreneur (in 1952 he founded Katolight Corp., now MTU Onsite Energy/a division of Rolls-Royce) who patented numerous inventions that Jones Metal helped design and produce over the years.

Metal Fabrication Focus

By the late 1950s, the roofing business was phased out to focus on metal fabrication. At that time, Jones Metal was supplying fabricated parts to both Kato Engineering and Katolight Corp., as well as local farmers and individuals. By 1960, Jones Metal had expanded its customer base to regional businesses in other industries.

Today, Jones Metal serves the power generation, nuclear power generation, renewable energy, agricultural, and heavy construction equipment industries, and is a second-tier supplier to the US Military. Jones Metal is proud to say its products can be found around the world.

Leadership from Legacy

Jones Metal’s third-generation owners are committed to building on the company’s legacy to make it a leader in the industry.

As part of that initiative, the company launched a new visual brand, including logo, website, printed materials, and logo gear. The new logo continues to pay homage to the owners’ Welsh heritage, by still incorporating the Welsh dragon, but in a more modern design.The company also has plans to introduce new divisions that will complement Jones Metal. The first of these is Boxworx, a custom-enclosure division. And in 2015, Jones Metal became a paper-free manufacturing facility. Everyone in the company uses real-time information to deliver high-quality metal fabrication on-time.

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