LJ Design & Manufacturing, Custom Design Products3205 North 124th Street,
Brookfield, WI 53005
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You may know us as the Laacke & Joys Company, and that hasn’t changed, but our manufacturing division deserved to be set apart from the parent company.
LJ Design & Manufacturing is a name that better represents the type of business we are today. We have moved into our new state of the art manufacturing facility and taken our design and engineering to the next level. Our expertise in design and fabric selection makes LJ Design and Manufacturing the choice for both large and small production runs as well as one-of-a-kind projects. We have manufactured Concept Seating intensive use dispatch chairs since 2012. We have earned a reputation for manufacturing high quality products on schedule at competitive prices.
LJ Design and Manufacturing continues the rich tradition of craftsmanship and attention to detail which our company was founded on in 1844.
In 2014, we relocated into our state of the art manufacturing facility in Brookfield, WI. Our new home gives us the room to expand and better serve the needs of our customers and their custom products.
We updated our design capabilities with AutoCad, SolidWorks, and computerized cutting and sewing equipment. We acquired the Concept Seating brand in 2012 adding a new dimension to the manufacturing business.
The company changed ownership and is still locally owned and operated by the managing partner, Marsha K. Mather.
Laacke & Joys was purchased by Ralph J. Wollmer, a long time Laacke employee, and Sargeant E. Joys, the fourth generation member of the Joys family in the firm. The manufacturing division of the company expanded it’s customer base to include many OEMs in southeastern Wisconsin.
Laacke & Joys Company supplied the large circus tents for the first years of Summerfest at the Milwaukee lakefront.
The Laacke & Joys Company moved to 1433 N Water Street in Milwaukee in 1961. The company expanded it's family camping tent and awning business to include large circus type tents. They also sold a line of pop-up style campers.
In 1957 R. Laacke Company purchased the Joys Brothers and merged the two companies. H.C. Woehr, son-in-law of Richard Laacke, was president and principal owner for 22 years.
During WWII the company supplied extensive canvas products to the armed services. Tents, truck covers, and canvas water tanks were the main war products that the R. Laacke Company made. Richard Laacke served on numerous congressional committees during the war and helped found the National Canvas Association which is the present day IFAI.
Richard Laacke concentrated on sign work. It prospered to the extent where in a few years the Laacke Company was erecting all signs in the Milwaukee area. By World War I the company had expanded into canvas products and was a military supplier.
In the 1930’s R. Laacke Company expanded into the manufacture of awnings. Richard Laacke acquired the Magic City Awning Company, Miami, FL, the Canvas Products Corp. and the Fond du Lac Awning and Tent Co., Northrop Tent & Awning of Janesville and the John Johnson Company of Detroit.
In 1844 when Wisconsin was still a territory, Greenleaf D. Norris, an early settler, opened a ship's chandlery and a sail loft at the corner of Water and Erie Streets. Norris and his employee, Andrew M. Joys, supplied cordage, covers, oars, tackle blocks, fittings, oils, paints, pitch and provisions for the commercial sailing vessels. Andrew Joys and his brother John assumed ownership of the company in 1875. The R. Laacke Co. was founded in 1887 by Richard T. Laacke, an 18 year old steeplejack, sign hangar and awning manufacturer.
Today LJ Design and Manufacturing continues the rich tradition of craftsmanship and attention to detail which this company was founded on. We are proud of our skilled and dedicated staff. We have the best people in the business backing you.
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