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Milsco plays a part in charity project, helps Brookfield boy without full limbs ride his own bike

(Special mentions to team members representing Milsco on the project, Bob Carlson, Dalia Kyle, and Rob Lydon)

Karen Pilarski 12/5/2018 Journal Sentinal

Christmas came a few months early for a Brookfield 5-year-old boy. 

Francis Kahle came into the world with a rare disorder called Tetra-amelia syndrome, which resulted in him being born without four complete limbs. Nevertheless, Francis really wanted to ride a bike with his friends.

Children’s Charity of Wisconsin, Brent Emery Bicycles, Harley Davidson, and American Family created a special bike that Francis can operate with artificial arms. The bike, which is called "Francis Flyers," allows him to pedal with his arms and sits on a tricycle-type frame. 

© Variety – the Children’s Charity Francis Kahle, of Brookfield, who was born without legs and forearms, takes a ride on an adaptive bike made for him. Variety – the Children’s Charity, Wisconsin chapter, helped to make his dream come true.

He received the adaptive bicycle in August 

Variety's motto is that all children deserve the opportunity to pursue a limitless future and the charity works to inspire children to discover life without limits. 

Nancy Major, CEO of Variety – The Children’s Charity, Wisconsin chapter, said, “The mission is “Improving the lives of at-risk, disadvantaged, critically ill or special needs children, regardless of ability to pay," Major said. 

Major said some engineering masterminds built the one-of-a kind, specialized bike for Francis.

The little boy "took off like a jet", as soon as he laid eyes on the bike, Major said. 

 Laura Kahle, Francis' mom, said her family is thankful for the extraordinary people who worked diligently in so many ways to make it a reality for Francis. 

© Provided by Gannett Co., Inc. Francis Kahle of Brookfield rides in style. The little boy was born without legs and forearms. He received an adaptive bicycle in August.

The bike means independence and inclusion to Francis. 

"He can ride it just like any other 5-year-old, and he is already asking if he can take it to 'far away places,' like the playground and school," Laura said. 

His mom said Francis loves having a challenge to conquer.  He's still learning how to ride the bike uphill and how to make it go as fast as he wants on a level surface.

"It has been a great way for him to push himself and have fun in the process," Laura said.

 

 

 

 

Milsco Manufacturing’s Osborn Lippert India Seat Assembly Receives SQEP Gold Certification Award from Caterpillar


Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 6, 2018 – Osborn Lippert India Seat Assembly, a Milsco Manufacturing Co. and Jason Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN and JASNW) company, has been certified as a Caterpillar Gold level supplier. Caterpillar’s Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification (SQEP) of Gold or Platinum has only been achieved by approximately 3% of Caterpillar suppliers worldwide.

Milsco Manufacturing operates several locations throughout the US, Mexico and India, including Osborn Lippert India Seat Assembly in Maharashtra, India, which was selected for this prestigious award.

“We are honored to have achieved gold level supplier status from Caterpillar, in recognition of our team’s ongoing commitment to sustainable world-class performance,” said Timm Fields, Vice President and General Manager of Milsco Manufacturing.

“We are very excited and extremely proud to have earned Caterpillar’s Gold SQEP certification” added Sandeep Sharma, Focus Factory Manager for Milsco.

Each year, suppliers are evaluated with increasingly strict criteria for distinguishing outstanding supplier quality, exceptional service and delivery performance.

Milsco Manufacturing Co. to Welcome Harley-Davidson Riders at World Headquarters for Three-day Seating Experience

 

 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August XX, 2018 – Milsco Manufacturing Co., a Jason Company (NASDAQ:JASN and JASNW) will welcome Harley-Davidson riders to its World Headquarters from Thursday, August 30 to Saturday, September 1 as part of Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary celebration.

 

The three-day experience will take place daily from 9 am to 4 pm at Milsco’s corporate headquarters and development center in Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley neighborhood on Canal Street.

 

“After recently relocating back to Milwaukee’s downtown area, we are thrilled to be taking part in these monumental festivities that are so important to the city we have called our home for over 90 years,” said Timm Fields, Vice President & General Manager at Milsco Manufacturing. “It goes without saying that we are honored to be collaborating with Harley-Davidson, who has been a long-standing and very valued partner to our company.”

 

Founded in 1924, Milsco started out as Milwaukee Saddlery Company manufacturing and selling accessories for farm horses. Ten years later, the company developed the “Buddy Seat” for Harley-Davidson, which sparked the deep-rooted relationship between the two companies.

 

In 1948, after selling the original saddlery business to Sears, Roebuck & Company, the company was renamed to Milsco Manufacturing Company and shifted its focus toward products to serve the modern industrial era. As Milsco continued to grow, the seating solutions company also produced fashion belts and abacuses.

 

The three-day experience will include the opportunity for riders to visit the Harley-Davidson Fit-Shop to test different seat and handlebar combinations with guidance from experts who can outfit bikes with a seat for a test ride, experience a self-guided tour of the Milsco R&D Center to see how seats are developed from concept to production, and learn about Milsco’s 84-year history of partnering with Harley-Davidson.

 

For additional information on the three-day Seating Experience, please visit Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary website here.

 

About Milsco Manufacturing Inc.

Milsco Manufacturing Inc. designs and produces seats for the motorcycle, marine, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, turf care, power sports, industrial lift and mobility markets. Founded in 1924, the company is based in Milwaukee with manufacturing operations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, the United Kingdom and Mexico

 

About Jason Industries, Inc.

Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN and JASNW) is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the finishing, components, seating and automotive acoustics markets, including Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), and Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 13 countries. To learn more, please visit www.jasoninc.com.

Jason Names New Business Leader at its Milsco Division

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, December 6, 2017 – Milsco Manufacturing Co., a division of Jason Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN and JASNW) welcomes Timm Fields as the new Vice President and General Manager, Seating.

“We are pleased to announce a key addition to our Jason leadership team,” said Brian Kobylinski, CEO of Jason. “Timm joins us as Vice President and General Manager of our Milsco seating business. His functional and overall leadership experience will help us continue to transform our business and better anticipate the needs of our customers.”

Fields comes to Milsco from Illinois Tool Works (ITW) where he was the VP and General Manager of their North American Residential Construction Business. Prior to ITW, Fields held various leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Materials, and Operations for S&S Cycle, Inc. and United Conveyor Corporation.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from Valparaiso University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Fields will be based at Milsco’s new headquarters facility at 1301 West Canal Street.

About Milsco Manufacturing Inc.

Milsco Manufacturing Inc. designs and produces seats for the motorcycle, marine, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, turf care, power sports, industrial lift and mobility markets.  Founded in 1924, the company is based in Milwaukee with manufacturing operations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, the United Kingdom and Mexico.

 About Jason Industries, Inc.

Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN and JASNW) is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the finishing, components, seating and automotive acoustics markets, including Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), and Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 13 countries. To learn more, please visit www.jasoninc.com.

Milsco Manufacturing Co. Launches Significant New Seating Platforms for Mahindra North America

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 17, 2017 – Milsco Manufacturing Co., a division of Jason Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN and JASNW) has launched significant new seating platforms for Mahindra North America (MNA), the world leader in tractor sales.

Milsco will manufacture seats for Mahindra’s compact, mid-sized and full-sized utility tractor platforms for 10 models spanning both open and cab designs. Milsco’s contract includes significant volume over three years.

Said Mike Hynes, Vice President & General Manager Turf Care and Heavy Industry at Milsco, “We are proud to partner with Mahindra NA.  Our industrial designers and engineers incorporated the distinct Mahindra branding into the aesthetic features of each these seats.  We are one of the few seating manufacturers able to create seating that fully reflects the distinct Mahindra brand.”

The successful partnership with Mahindra resulted from Milsco’s ability to rapidly prototype tangible samples that allow Mahindra and Milsco to quickly personify what the OEM needs in order to meet dealer demand. Milsco began manufacturing the seats from its Redgranite facility in September.

“We value the contributions of dedicated partners such as Milsco; they are instrumental to Mahindra’s success in North America. When faced with the challenge of producing a seating platform that would provide industry-leading comfort, function and design, Milsco stepped up and delivered a home run,” said Mani Iyer, President & CEO, Mahindra NA. “We debuted our new seats at Mahindra’s National Dealer Meeting earlier this month to great reviews from our dealers. We look forward to putting our customers in this all-new driver’s seat.”

Mahindra North America (MNA) is part of Mahindra Group’s Automotive and Farm Sector, producing the number one selling tractor brand in the world, based on volumes and the only tractor manufacturer in the world to win the industry’s top two quality awards, the Deming Application Prize and the Japan Quality Medal, care of Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers.

About Milsco Manufacturing Inc.

Milsco Manufacturing Inc. designs and produces seats for the motorcycle, marine, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, turf care, power sports, industrial lift and mobility markets.  Founded in 1924, the company is based in Milwaukee with manufacturing operations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, the United Kingdom and Mexico.

 About Jason Industries, Inc.

Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN and JASNW) is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the finishing, components, seating and automotive acoustics markets, including Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), and Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 13 countries. To learn more, please visit www.jasoninc.com.

Milsco Showcased Innovative and Styling Seats at GIE+EXPO 2017

Milsco showcased innovative and styling seats for use on riding lawn mowers and zero-turn mowers at GIE +EXPO 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky from October 18-20. Thanks for stopping by our booth to learn more about our most current products. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in our customized seating solutions.  

Milsco Manufacturing Co. Returns to Downtown Milwaukee With New Location on Canal Street

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 2, 2017 – Milsco Manufacturing Co., a division of Jason Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN and JASNW) experienced a homecoming of sorts with its recent move from Brown Deer back to the heart of Milwaukee in the revitalized Menomonee River Valley neighborhood on Canal Street. The company’s new headquarters facility is at 1301 West Canal Street. 

The new location will be Milsco’s corporate headquarters and development center and includes office space, development labs and an early prototyping area. The facility provides ample space for the company’s 55 employees at this location. 

 “We had been at our Brown Deer location for 45 years,” said Tim Sievert, VP & GM at Milsco Manufacturing. “We’re looking forward to being closer to key business partners and the opportunities that will arise by becoming a part of this rejuvenated, up-and-coming neighborhood.”

Founded in 1924, Milsco started out as Milwaukee Saddlery Company manufacturing and selling accessories for farm horses. Ten years later, the company developed the “Buddy Seat” for Harley-Davidson, which sparked the long-standing relationship between the two companies.

In 1948, after selling the original saddlery business to Sears, Roebuck & Company, the company was renamed to Milsco Manufacturing Company and shifted its focus toward products to serve the modern automotive era. As Milsco continued to grow, the seating solutions company also produced fashion belts and abacuses.