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