Secretary of State, Jon Husted, paid a visit to Haas-Jordan to honor the company as one of the oldest companies in Ohio and to feature Haas-Jordan in the Ohio Business Profile program. The Toledo Blade also published an article about Haas-Jordan's long company history:
It’s a probably a safe bet that Todd Blackmar is the only guy who goes to a golf tournament and hopes for rain. But what do you expect from an umbrella salesman?
“Everybody else is wanting sun. I run around like a kid in the candy store when it’s raining,” he said with a laugh.
Mr. Blackmar is the owner of Haas-Jordan, a Springfield Township umbrella manufacturer that traces its history to 1899. The firm specializes in customized umbrellas, including exclusive rights for a number of major golf tournaments such as the U.S. Open and the Ryder Cup. They also do work for the likes of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.
“I think we are the absolute best at what we do, so a lot of the high-end people come to us,” Mr. Blackmar explained.
Haas-Jordan was recognized Tuesday by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who chose the firm as one of several Ohio manufacturing businesses to be featured in August by his office’s Ohio Business Profile program.
The firm that would become Haas-Jordan was founded in Norwalk but moved to Toledo, where it occupied the same place on Summit Street for more than 100 years. It grew significantly under the leadership of Mr. Blackmar’s great-grandfather, Cloyd Haas, and is still one of the premier firms in the sector.
Mr. Blackmar, who had been company president since 2010, bought Haas-Jordan from the Maumee-based F.J Westcott Co. in 2014.
Since then, he’s focused on expanding the company’s reach and profile. One of the first orders of business was bringing printing back in-house. The majority of the company’s umbrella manufacturing is contracted to overseas vendors, though some specialty work is done elsewhere in Ohio.
Just last month, Mr. Blackmar launched Spitting Image LLC, a custom printing company. The new business, operating next-door as a sister company to Haas-Jordan, gives Mr. Blackmar more capabilities and more opportunities, particularly with local retail.
“We’ve always had a national market,” he said, “but I think we also have a local market now too because we can do personalized items that aren’t just for golf, that aren’t just for the corporate sector, that can be ordered online.”
By using heat to transfer images from a special paper to polyester, Spitting Image can do everything from shirts, to phone cases, to aluminum-backed mosaics. And because of the simplicity of the process, officials there say they can essentially do one-off jobs rather than requiring minimum orders.
Haas-Jordan and Spitting Image have about 20 employees and generates annual revenues in the range of $2 million to $5 million.
And while Haas-Jordan has expanded to offer a handful of other products, umbrellas remain key.
“It’s always going to rain,” Mr. Blackmar said. “You’ve got death, taxes, and you’ve got rain. That’s the three guarantees in life. They’re [umbrellas] something nobody wants to buy, but everybody needs. And instead of just being black, and navy, and dreary, we bring them alive with vivid printing.”
Read the article on The Blade's website at: http://www.toledoblade.com/Retail/2016/08/24/Local-specialty-umbrella-firm-Haas-Jordan-honored-by-state.html
Haas-Jordan umbrellas on display at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont
Haas-Jordan Donates 85 umbrellas to Elementary School Umbrella Drive
Students and families of Pinecrest Elementary School in Florida are forced to walk up to two miles a day just to go to school. We recently had the pleasure of donating 85 imprinted umbrellas to Pinecrest Elementary School to help the needy families during the rainy season in Florida. Read more about the Pinecrest umbrella drive here.
After a long partnership with the FJ Westcott Company, we have branched out on our own. Our new facility has more warehouse space, more offices, and allows for more decorating processes and ultimately better service to our customers. We are excited to see where the future takes us as we continue to expand our printing capabilities and grow as a company!
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Our printing capabilities have increased tremendously over the past year and we now have the technology to print personalized umbrellas with no minimums! Each umbrella may have a person's name, sequential numbering, jersey number... The list goes on and on! Personalized options include a custom inner or outer canopy print, tie strap print, case print, and handle medallion. Medallions may be printed with beautiful full color images (medallions for 62" only).
Todd Blackmar graduated from Marine Corps Officer Candidate school in July 1991. Upon Graduation from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Todd was Commissioned a Second Lieutenant, an Officer of Marines, on 10 May 1992.
Blackmar’s first assignment was overseas on Okinawa, Japan with 9th Motor Transport Battalion from 1993-1996. Todd was the Battalion Adjutant for 9th Motors and later the 3d Support Battalion in the 3d Force Service Support Group. His duties included military justice, pay, promotion, and record keeping for an 800+ Marine Battalion. Blackmar excelled in Okinawa and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and assigned to the Funded Law Education Program as a result of his accomplishments.
While on active duty with the Marines from 1996-1999, Todd earned his Law Degree (Magna Cum Laude) passed the Ohio Bar Examination, and was promoted to the rank of Captain. Upon being certified to practice law, Todd was assigned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii to practice law for the Staff Judge Advocates Office (JAG) from 1999-2002. Within a year and a half, Todd was selected as the Chief Prosecutor of Service Members for Marine Corps Base Hawaii and was designated a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) to prosecute civilians in Federal Court in Honolulu, HI.
In 2001, Todd became the lead defense Counsel on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. After excelling in this capacity, Todd was ordered in 2002 to the Washington Naval Yard to assume duties as Appellate Defense Counsel at the Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals.
In March of 2003, Todd retired from active service and entered the business world as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Haas-Jordan, which was a division of the F.J. Westcott Company. In May of 2014, Blackmar purchased Haas-Jordan from the F.J. Westcott Company under his Company, TMB Enterprises, LLC, an Ohio Limited Liability Company.
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"Haas-Jordan Umbrella (Chambers Bay)"
These umbrellas will keep you dry in a monsoon. You can get one with a flashlight or an internal fan. And if you can't find a design you like - or come up with a custom-made look to please you - you're not trying. Fun fact: Byron Nelson used to rep for this company. Haas-Jordan.com
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Maumee, Ohio, May 15, 2014.
TMB Enterprises LLC, has purchased the venerable and prestigious brand, Haas-Jordan umbrellas from the F.J. Westcott Company, Maumee, Ohio. Details of the transaction, consummated on May 15, 2014, were not disclosed.
President Todd Blackmar, TMB Enterprises LLC announced, “we are very proud to continue a great tradition that reaches back four generations to 1899”. “We are in a remarkable position in the golf market providing the golf umbrella this week at Pinehurst No. 2 for the historical joint Men’s/Women’s U.S. Open Championship and later this summer being the umbrella of choice for the PGA Championship at Valhalla”. “It makes us incredibly proud to serve these prestigious organizations at historic events”. The Haas-Jordan brand is no stranger to historic events though as golfing legend Byron Nelson served as Honorary Vice President of Haas-Jordan and endorsed the brand while on his unparalleled streak of wins on tour in the 1940’s. Mr. Nelson and Haas-Jordan founder, Cloyd Haas, shared a lifelong friendship that originated when Mr. Haas selected Mr. Nelson to be the Head Golf Professional at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
Blackmar, a United States Marine Corps Major (retired), licensed Attorney, and President of TMB Enterprises LLC, also explained that, “our imprinting capabilities are second to none, that coupled with our 115 year tradition of building quality rain umbrella products, positions us extremely well to serve the Advertising Specialty and Retail markets”. “When it comes to our Custom umbrellas we are not selling umbrellas, we are selling artwork and a message”. “The message of quality is always relevant”, explains Blackmar. “The best brands choose the best products to carry the corporate logo and message”. “When a distributor chooses Haas-Jordan it sends the end user’s message through a quality medium;.
Haas-Jordan umbrellas reach the market through a team of 51 Independent Golf Industry and Advertising Specialty Industry representatives, and can be reached by calling (419)-243-2189.
President, Haas-Jordan Umbrellas
Haas-Jordan Umbrellas by F.J. Westcott, a trusted golf and advertising specialty umbrella provider, announced the appointment of Todd Blackmar as President effective May 14, 2013. Blackmar, a 10-year veteran of Haas-Jordan Umbrellas, is also an attorney in the Ohio State Bar Association and former Major in the United States Marine Corps. Preceding President Tom Waltz has assumed the role of Executive Chairman of F.J. Westcott’s Board of Directors. Waltz praised, "Todd's leadership continues the fine tradition that extends over four generations in our family. He is taking us to new and exciting levels with exciting new products and by forming valuable relationships that will serve us well into the future."
Blackmar stated, "I am extremely proud to be running the Haas-Jordan Umbrella division, we have such a great team, facility and history. It is truly an honor.”