With more than 140 years of experience under our belts, Jackson® still stands as the nation’s oldest and largest manufacturer of wheelbarrows. From the very beginning, we’ve taken pride in supporting American manufacturing and our commitment to responsible sourcing is at the core of what we do. The only difference is that now our expertise extends to include a range of tools (such as shovels, hammers, rakes, and even hoses), the quality of which is uncompromised.
Caleb Jackson was a man with an idea. He left his job at a farm machinery manufacturer to start his own wheelbarrow company in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He recognized the role that the wheelbarrow would play as the nation grew and his business prospered.
Caleb Jackson’s efforts were supported by Senator James Donald Cameron. With Cameron as a shareholder, Jackson’s unique connection to the nation took root.
Just five years after its founding, Jackson® Manufacturing was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with business to be carried out in Harrisburg. The growing company boasted 10 employees and assets of over $16,000. James Chamberlain was unanimously elected its first president at a salary of $500 per year.
Several significant patents were purchased, including those for malleable iron techniques and one for a chain hoist.
James Hambay, the developer of the chain hoist patent, assumed presidency of Jackson®—a position he held until his death in 1941.
The Jackson® headquarters moved to South Cameron Street in Harrisburg, PA. We still have a manufacturing facility at that location today.
Throughout the decade, the Jackson® facility underwent a nearly 40,000 square foot expansion which included new warehouse, shipping and office spaces. This enabled them to accommodate rail sidings for eight cars and docking facilities for 28 trucks.
After seeing tremendous growth since their inception, Jackson® joined the family of The AMES® Companies, Inc.
AMES® Companies, Inc. was purchased by the Griffon Corporation, which is a diversified management and holding company that conducts business through wholly-owned subsidiaries.
President Donald Trump toured the AMES® factory in Harrisburg in conjunction to signing two executive orders: one to review trade agreements and another to create a new office of trade and manufacturing policy in the White House. These orders were designed to protect manufacturing jobs in the USA, one of the core values of Jackson®.