Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) visited Jessup Manufacturing Company in Lake Bluff where he met with workers and executives Thursday.
"Jessup's adhesive coated tapes, treads and signs are used all over the world--but they're made right here in Illinois District 10," said Rob Jessup, president and CEO of Jessup Manufacturing. "One-third of Jessup's employees are skilled machine operators who work at the Lake Bluff plant in three shifts running the coating lines. Jessup has been making adhesive and photoluminescent products in Lake Bluff for 30 years."
Jessup products are used in a wide range of industrial, commercial and consumer applications. Many adhesive coated tapes and treads are used for site safety, while the photoluminescent films and tapes are used for visual warning systems and egress markings. Among the action sports applications, world famous, original Jessup Griptape is used for traction on skateboard decks. The non-slip treads are used on the decks of marine vessels used by public safety organizations, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy.
Jessup Manufacturing was founded in 1956 in McHenry by Paul and Gertrude Jessup. After acquiring Kencote Laminations, later renamed Midwest Coatings, in 1988, Jessup increased its manufacturing capability and staff. In 2014, Jessup began construction on a 30,000 square foot expansion of the Lake Bluff facility. Two years later in 2016, Jessup Manufacturing added a state-of-the-art grit coating machine called The Maker in Lake Bluff. The Maker is 250 feet long and handles 3,900 linear feet of material from unwind to rewind--longer than 10 football fields.